The Hill's 12:30 Report: Romney supports Supreme Court GOP vote

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump to announce Supreme Court pick on Saturday | Romney supports holding a floor vote | Paves way to McConnell to move forward with floor vote | Trump narrows shortlist to five | Remembering RBG | ‘Women of all ages’ grieve Ginsburg’s death | Ginsburg to lie in state | Pivotal moment for Senate GOP | Dems’ balancing act | House Dems mull spending bill vote | New emojis



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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead China draws scrutiny over case of tennis star Peng Shuai MORE (R-Utah) said this morning that he supports holding a Senate vote on President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE’s Supreme Court nominee. 

Romney said in a statement: “The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications."  Read Romney’s full statement 

Why this is big news: Romney had been the last potential swing vote on whether to move forward with the president’s Supreme Court nominee. This means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (R-K.Y.) has enough votes. 


What Democrats would have needed to block the nomination: Four Republican senators to vote against a floor vote. So far, only Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Man charged with threatening Alaska senators pleads not guilty Two women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for first time in history MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (R-Maine) are the only Republicans who think the vote shouldn’t be held before Election Day. The New York Times’s Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos have a helpful read on what to expect 

NEW— When Trump will announce his Supreme Court nomination: The president tweeted, “I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA.” 

Happening on Friday: Ginsburg will become the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.


Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage

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December is the new September:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, “House Democrats may postpone a planned Tuesday vote on a bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 as talks resume with Republicans and the Trump administration over disputed farm assistance.”

Why: “Talks are currently ongoing over the aid for farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as well as nutrition assistance for children in low-income families, according to multiple Democratic aides. Depending on how the bipartisan discussions unfold, aides said that the originally planned vote could be postponed.”


Remembering Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRoe redux: Is 'viability' still viable as a constitutional doctrine? Yankee Doodling the media: How 'Let's Go Brandon' became a rallying cry against news bias Katie Couric: CNN shouldn't have let Chris Cuomo 'yuk it up' with brother Andrew during pandemic MORE:

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, 2020 at the age of 87. Read — or listen to — her obituary from NPR 

‘Women of all ages are feeling the loss of a role model’: The full piece from The New York Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg 

Check out Time Magazine’s commemorative cover 

Throwback — this will make you smile: In 2017, Politico’s Ben Schreckinger wrote a piece, “I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me. Pumping iron with RBG’s personal trainer is no joke.” The video is worth checking out:

About her iconic collars: Via Town and Country Magazine, here are “Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Collars Decoded: What Each Neckpiece Means”:


What we know about Trump’s nomination: Trump said he wants a woman to fill the spot. 

The shortlist: Trump said he narrowed his list to five potential picks.

A list of potential Trump nominees: Via The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake 

Tidbit: Trump met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a leading contender, yesterday. 

Op-ed on vacancy scenarios:


Close your eyes, flip the Senate up in the air and call ‘Republicans’ or ‘Democrats’:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “The burgeoning battle over who should replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is upending the fight for control of the Senate. With 43 days until Election Day, and voting already underway in some states, the Supreme Court fight is a volatile issue likely to overshadow the final weeks of a campaign already taking place amid a historic pandemic.”

Where the Senate races stand: “The Senate battle is viewed by political handicappers as a toss-up, with Democrats having momentum in recent weeks. They need to gain at least three seats and the White House to take back the majority.”  

What to expect

President Trump sees an opportunity:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, “The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has jolted the Trump campaign, offering the president a new message to seize on in the final weeks of his reelection pursuit.” 

How so: “For months, the focus of the 2020 campaign has been on the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic … But Trump allies see the new Supreme Court vacancy as a way to rally conservatives…” 

For example, this weekend: “Trump basked in the opportunity to appoint a third Supreme Court justice with supporters at a rally over the weekend in the swing state of North Carolina, musing about printing T-shirts that read ‘Fill that seat’ and polling the crowd on whether to pick a man or a woman.”  

How this could play out on the campaign trail:


Just now — The U.S. tops 200,000 coronavirus deaths:

More than 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

For context: The U.S.’s coronavirus death toll is the highest in the world. “Globally, there are over 31 million confirmed cases and a total of 965,742 fatalities. Trailing the U.S. in both COVID-19 fatalities and confirmed cases are India and Brazil.”

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,861,211 

U.S. death toll: 200,005 

Breakdown of the numbers

These are powerful images from the National Mall today:



The full-size photos are worth checking out


At the Capitol yesterday:





The House and Senate are in. President Trump is heading to Pittsburgh this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in New Hampshire today. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today 

Noon: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

12:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Manchester, N.H.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons.

2:15 p.m. EDT: Two more roll call votes in the Senate.

3:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign rally in Gilford, N.H.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.  

5:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Pittsburgh.

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Pittsburgh.

8:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

9:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.


10:30 a.m. EDT: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMajor Russian hacking group linked to ransomware attack on Sinclair: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Former Treasury secretaries tried to resolve debt limit impasse in talks with McConnell, Yellen: report MORE and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testified on the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Livestream


Today is National Ice Cream Cone Day. It’s also National White Chocolate Day!

New emojis!:

Via CNN’s Leah Asmelash, “New emojis are coming in 2021, including a heart on fire, a woman with a beard and over 200 mixed-skin-tone options for couples.” Photos of the new emojis

And because it has already been a draining week, here is just what we all need: a golden retriever pool party: