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Amy Barrett: no “personal agenda”

SUPREME COURT nominee Amy Coney Barrett told a Senate panel that she has no “personal agenda” (Shutterstock).

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett continued to be questioned by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.  According to the Associated Press, she told the panel she had no specific and personal agenda, vowing to take on the cases before the high court “as they come.” She promised to make decisions based on the law and the Constitution. “It’s not the law of Amy,” she said. “It’s the law of the American people.” She declined to answer questions about how she would vote on a variety of questions, including cases on abortion rights, including challenges to the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. “It’s distressing not to get a good answer,” said Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California). Republicans, who control the Senate, are hoping to get a confirmation vote on Oct. 22. In other news involving the Supreme Court, it ruled Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump’s order to end the census count according to the legal deadline, rather than extend it because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The News: Kidnapping of Va. governor was discussed

“Militia” groups meeting in Ohio in June discussed kidnapping Virginia’s Democratic governor Ralph Northham, according to the FBI. A plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor was uncovered by federal agents and arrests have been made. • A severed fiber optics cable has interrupted online voter registration in Virginia on the last day to sign. A roadwork mishap is blamed for the cut. • Statues of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt were pulled down during a protest Sunday night in Portland, Oregon, an event termed “Indigenous People’s Day.” There were no injuries reported and three arrests. •  Wall Street’s winning streak ended Tuesday with all three major stock indexes losing ground. The Dow was down 157.71, S&P 500 declined by 22.29 points and Nasdaq dropped by 12.36. • Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday evening that “I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble,” concerned that coronavirus and the annual flu season could result in a “twindemic.”

Weather: Hang in there until Saturday

Residents of West Orange County who want relief from the heat may have to wait until the weekend to see cooler temperatures. According to the National Weather Service, after a high forecast of 95 today (Tuesday), the next three days should remain in the 90s. Wednesday is predicted to have a high of 96 (overnight low of 63), while Thursday may be 96 (64) and Friday also 96 (63). Temps will be a trifle cooler on Saturday with a high of 88. The skies should remain sunny and clear during the day. As usual, coastal temps will be lower. The NWS predicts that in Huntington Beach, highs this week will range from 84 on Wednesday to 86 on Friday, dipping to 79 on Saturday.

Sports: Dodgers fall 8-7 to Braves

A four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning fell short as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 8-7 to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night to fall behind 2-0 in the National League Championship Series. The Braves built a 7-0 lead, but the Dodgers scored three in the seventh and four in the ninth. However, the decider proved to be Ozzie Albies’ ninth-inning solo homer for Atlanta.  Corey Seager starred for LAD, with two hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the seventh. Max Muncy’s two-run home run in the ninth helped get the Dodgers close. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer for Atlanta in the fourth. Game Three of the series will be played Wednesday.

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