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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings begin | Sen. Lee shows up after COVID-19 diagnosis | Doesn’t wear a mask | Handmaid protesters brave rain | Other sights and sounds | Barrett mentions Ginsburg in opening testimony | Trump back on the campaign trail, holds Fla. rally today | Disney World avoids coronavirus outbreak | The Bachelorette returns tomorrow | LeBron celebrates title by calling his mom 



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Three weeks before Election Day, President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is beginning her four-day hearing on her nomination to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgIn Biden, the media finally have a religious president to celebrate NYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds MORE.

The goal of Democrats: To tie Judge Barrett to President Trump on the Affordable Care Act. https://bit.ly/310N5nP

The gist of the hearing

Democrats: This hearing is rushed, COVID is a problem, and Barrett will jeopardize your health care."

"Republicans: Barrett is Catholic and that shouldn’t be an issue here. Also she’s qualified, and we’re allowed to hold this hearing.” (From The San Francisco Chronicle’s Tal Kopanhttps://bit.ly/3jVhpaT

Spoiler alert — what will likely happen: “Regardless of what happens at the hearings, it’s expected that all 10 Democrats on the committee will oppose Barrett and that the 12 Republicans will support her. Barring surprises, Barrett is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate.” https://cnb.cx/3jQl8qn

A primer on Judge Barrett, from the New York Timeshttps://nyti.ms/34Jyw9g 

Hearing livestreamhttps://cs.pn/352HKhd


Barrett on the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "I have been nominated to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat, but no one will ever take her place. I will be forever grateful for the path she marked and the life she led.”

Barrett thinks the judiciary branch should not make policy: “Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” she said in her opening statement. “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.” https://bit.ly/30XPvUi 

From Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyFormer DHS heads blast Republicans for stalling Binden nominee Mayorkas Senate GOP slow walking Biden's pick to lead DHS Conservatives lean into warnings on 'wave of censorship' MORE (R-Mo.): "When you tell them they're going to be a Catholic judge not an American judge, that's bigotry." https://bit.ly/3jQoiKI


Protesters dressed as handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale: The rain does not look fun. Watchhttps://bit.ly/3lHMjUv

Photos of the roomhttps://bit.ly/2GY8hnr 

By the way, Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate committee advances Biden's DHS pick despite Republican pushback Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Austin sworn in as nation's first Black Pentagon chief MORE (R-Utah), who recently tested positive for COVID-19, is there — and isn’t wearing a mask: Here’s video: https://bit.ly/2GGMWiB 




Hyperlink https://bit.ly/30Zaw0H

Nothing like hearing props: “Senate [Judiciary Committee] Dems have come prepared w/ posters of constituents that they argue will be impacted if Obamacare is overturned.” Photo from The Hill’s Olivia Beavershttps://bit.ly/34Nglzz 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform MORE (D-Calif.) is participating remotely: Here’s why, from a spokesperson: "Due to Judiciary Committee Republicans’ refusal to take commonsense steps to protect members, aides, Capitol complex workers, and members of the media, Senator Harris plans to participate in this week’s hearings remotely from her Senate office in the Hart building.” https://bit.ly/30VRbh0 

Tidbit from the American Bar Association: “Ahead of her confirmation hearing tomorrow, the ABA rates Amy Coney Barrett as ‘well qualified.’” https://bit.ly/3lE0slS 

‘Actual’ footage of reporters going into this week ;)  https://bit.ly/33ND7Im

ALSO THIS A.M. — Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Science denialism in the new administration Jill Biden to offer input on helping reunite separated immigrant families: report MORE WEIGHS IN ON BARRETT AND HER FAITH:

Via CBS’s Bo Erickson, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he believes there should be no questions during the hearing this week about Judge Barrett’s faith. Watch Biden’s full response: https://bit.ly/34NXOmK

It’s Monday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Lol, his reaction is great:



Full size photoshttps://bit.ly/36WeTxn

Btw, six of seven members of the Joints Chiefs of Staff are quarantining…:

Via The Hill’s Ellen Mitchell, “The Pentagon is putting on a show of force as most of its Joint Chiefs of Staff quarantine after two top military officials tested positive for COVID-19 last week and possibly exposed others.” https://bit.ly/30UXBx1

Should we be worried?: “Defense Department officials have repeatedly insisted that military readiness has not been affected and that it remains ready to defend the country, a stance it repeated on Thursday.” 

What to knowhttps://bit.ly/30UXBx1


“President Trump has sparked a new wave of criticism over his treatment of members of the military after suggesting he may have caught the coronavirus from Gold Star families.” What Trump saidhttps://bit.ly/34Roens


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,765,684 

U.S. death toll: 214,793 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

Knock on wood — there haven’t been any coronavirus outbreaks yet at Walt Disney World:

Via The New York Times’s Brooks Barnes, “Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.” https://nyti.ms/36WQTtX


Another topic non grata on Facebook:

Facebook announced this morning that the platform will ban content denying the Holocaust. https://bit.ly/2Fm0yPs

Read the blog posthttps://bit.ly/3iQJ8Io

Interesting read on the holiday today:

Via WTOP’s Rick Massimo, “Columbus Day? Indigenous Peoples Day? What is Monday’s holiday all about?” https://bit.ly/2SNX1wl



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And on Day 10 since Trump tested positive for COVID-19:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3dl4E6R 

Yes, this is true.:




And here’s the full Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit on the debatehttps://cnn.it/3djZgRN


The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is campaigning in Florida this evening.  

10:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Columbus, Ohio.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign rally in Columbus. 

4:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Sanford, Fla.

4:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

10:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump returns to the White House.

Tuesday: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigns in Milwaukee.


7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Sanford, Fla. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2FmvgIn

7 p.m. EDT: The Kentucky Senate debate between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Bringing America back from the brink Senate GOP slow walking Biden's pick to lead DHS MORE (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Amy McGrathLivestreamhttps://cs.pn/3nGrBpU


Today is National Gumbo Day!

Sure, happy to accept the rose:

The new season of The Bachelorette is premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. How this season is complicated, aside from, you know, COVID-19https://bit.ly/3lBIfFA  

NBC’s Ali Vitali tweeted: “Thank you to the Lakers for ensuring #TheBachelorette will, in fact, commence on Tuesday.” https://bit.ly/30SM40T

Getting traction:




Tidbit — oh wow: “The last three decades have all started with Laker championships.” https://bit.ly/34QonaG

And because you’ve made it this far on a Monday, here’s a tiny kitten who is so small that its perfect perch is on a foot: https://bit.ly/30VU5Cw