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The Hill's 12:30 Report: War over the Supreme Court

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IN SUPREME COURT NEWS

Near-October surprise:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE plans to announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgSenate GOP eyes Oct. 26 for confirming Barrett to Supreme Court GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Overnight Defense: Supreme Court to hear case on diversion of Pentagon funds to border wall | Biden campaign cutting retired general from ad after objection | Trump's arms control talks with Russia hit wall MORE on the Supreme Court this Friday or Saturday: https://bit.ly/32PJcDr

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, he also urged the Senate to vote on the nominee before Election Day: https://bit.ly/3ckZTK0

The war over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will define the month before the election.

Op-ed from Alan DershowitzAlan Morton DershowitzThe Hill's 12:30 Report: War over the Supreme Court Dershowitz suing CNN for 0 million in defamation suit Bannon and Maxwell cases display DOJ press strategy chutzpah MORE: https://bit.ly/3kzhJMs

SHH IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A SECRET:

President Trump plans to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court. Here are the top names under consideration for the nomination: https://bit.ly/3mGUKB2

 

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IN THE SENATE

How to make things worse 101:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, the GOP announcement that the Senate would try to hold a vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before Election Day was as predictable as the Democratic howls of hypocrisy that followed. https://bit.ly/2FMfOFy

What makes this fight different: Heading into an acrimonious election, “neither side seemingly has the incentive or the ability to de-escalate,” Wilson reports.

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, the three Republican senators who could decide whether a vote happens are Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Democratic super PAC pulls remaining ads from Colorado Senate race Exclusive: Poll shows Affordable Care Act challenge a liability for McConnell at home MORE (R-Colo.), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP noncommittal about vote on potential Trump-Pelosi coronavirus deal 10 bellwether counties that could signal where the election is headed The Memo: Trump's second-term chances fade MORE (R-Utah) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): https://bit.ly/3iSqhxr 

Op-ed offers another possible wrinkle: https://bit.ly/3cfUNPq

MORE THAN JUST A SUPREME COURT SEAT:

Among other things, the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remained at the top of her Harvard Law class while also helping her sick husband with his law school homework and caring for a toddler: https://bit.ly/2RHCZTU

 

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Rash of cash:

Via The Hill’s Justine Coleman, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE has a lot more cash on hand six weeks out from the election than President Trump: https://bit.ly/33PilXl

President Trump brushed off the fundraising gap Monday morning: https://bit.ly/2FOq2oL

THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED:

President Trump’s campaign has started using Biden’s position on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as an attack line: https://bit.ly/2ZYg0bw

THE OTHER BIDEN CONTROVERSY:

A Republican committee is likely dropping a report on Hunter Biden this week: https://bit.ly/2FU2DSD

Plus there’s still this virus thing:

Via The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher, Katie Glueck and Thomas Kaplan, Democratic presidential candidate Biden plans to keep the coronavirus pandemic front and center in the campaign despite the upheaval of the new fight over a Supreme Court nomination: https://nyti.ms/3iTAUA7

IN BREATHING NEWS

I live outside now:

Via The Washington Post’s Tim Elfrink, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quietly updated their guidance on airborne coronavirus over the weekend: https://wapo.st/33Qdx4f 

The new guidance found that COVID-19 spreads mainly by aerosol droplets in the air that “can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet.” 

However, on Monday the CDC walked back that change, saying it was draft guidance that was posted in error. The CDC maintains that coronavirus is spread through large drops transferred between people in close range — within six feet. 

The World Health Organization recognized aerosol spread back in July: https://bit.ly/3ciOfiP It is not clear when or if the CDC might make a change.

WINTER IS GOING TO BE ROUGH:

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci quotes 'The Godfather' in response to latest Trump attacks Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Trump's scorched earth style overshadows campaign's message in final weeks MORE is warning that baseline COVID-19 infections in the U.S. need to be a lot lower than they are right now in order “to maintain control of this outbreak” through winter: https://bit.ly/2RL8oor

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,814,696 

U.S. death toll: 199,531

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

NOTABLE TWEETS:

I too dressed like a celebrity for last night’s Emmy’s:

 

 

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This seems genuine:

Twitter’s reaction to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday night:

 



ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in session. President Trump is headed to Ohio. Vice President Pence is in Washington. 

9 a.m. EDT: The United Nations General Assembly met to mark its 75th anniversary.

WHAT TO WATCH:

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill Virtually Live presents “Ecommerce and the American Small Business” with members of the House Small Business Committee. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3kvWdIg

3:15 p.m. EDT: Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Manitowoc, Wis. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2RMtmmU

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks on Fighting for the American Worker in Dayton, Ohio. 

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a Great American Comeback Event in Swanton, Ohio.

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