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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senators question Amy Coney Barrett | Barrett asked whether a president can delay election |  Won’t answer hypothetical question |  Feinstein asks about Roe v. Wade |  Barrett isn’t using notes |  Johnson & Johnson delays COVID-19 vaccine trials after ‘unexplained illness’ |  Alarm grows over Trump’s poll watchers |  Trump campaigns in Pa. while Biden visits Fla. |  Romney urges leaders to ‘lower the heat’ |  20-year-old’s cooking adventure goes viral  

 

HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL

We’ve moved onto the questioning part of the program:

 

 

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, is facing a marathon of questions today from senators on the Judiciary Committee.  

How long each senator will have for questions: 30 minutes https://cbsn.ws/310YGmV

Today’s hearing livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2SRlaSM

FROM THE HEARING:

Barrett on whether a president can delay an election — *cough,* I wonder why this hypothetical question was posed: "If that question ever came before me, I would need to hear arguments from the litigants and read briefs...If I give off-the-cuff answers, then I would be basically a legal pundit.” Video of her responsehttps://bit.ly/2GLb8jW 

On Roe v. Wade: Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinMurkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE (D-Calif.) said to Barrett, "It's distressing not to get a straight answer. So let me try again. Do you agree with Justice Scalia's view that Roe was wrongly decided?" Barrett responded: "Senator, I completely understand why you are asking the question, but again I can't pre-commit or say yes." Watch the full back and forthhttps://bit.ly/2Ilm87L 

On George Floyd: “Sen Durbin: What impact did the George Floyd video have on you? Barrett: ‘Given that I have two black children, that was very, very personal for my family.’ She says she and her [17 year-old] daughter Vivian, who was adopted from Haiti, ‘wept together.’" (Via PBS's Yamiche Alcindorhttps://bit.ly/3727I6M

On the process for cases: "Judges can't just wake up one day and say 'I have an agenda. I like guns. I hate guns. I like abortion. I hate abortion.' and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world." Watchhttps://bit.ly/312hrGs 

On the late Justice Antonin Scalia: “Amy Coney Barrett says Antonin Scalia was a mentor to her but if she's confirmed, ‘You wouldn't be getting Justice Scalia, you would be getting Justice Barrett.’" https://bit.ly/36ZmJX0

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Wow, that’s pretty impressive

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2GLUHE1 

I love these photos of the photographershttps://bit.ly/3708Fg7 

Outside the hearing: “Well look who's outside the Senate Hart building, where Amy Coney Barrett's hearing is taking place: Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right, white supremacist group Proud Boys. People are taking pics with him.” Photo tweeted by the Huffington Post’s Jennifer Benderyhttps://bit.ly/3lGZeWT

Photo of some of the protesters yesterdayhttps://bit.ly/3lUjogr

Throwback: Here is video of Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE during the confirmation hearing for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBarrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice by Thomas Roberts to administer judicial oath to Barrett Tuesday Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett MOREWatch the clip from 1993 — Biden has a bit more hair!https://bit.ly/34VpHsT

WHY Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg The painstaking, state-by-state fight to protect abortion access MORE MUST WALK A ~VERY~ FINE LINE DURING THIS HEARING:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who turned in a solid performance during her debate against Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence won't preside over Barrett's final confirmation vote Trump is cruising for a bruising Biden to campaign in Iowa for first time since winning nomination MORE last week, faces another test this week during Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, in which Democrats want to avoid making any big mistakes before Election Day.” Why she can’t be too aggressivehttps://bit.ly/33Ulkzm

It’s Tuesday. 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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NEWS THIS MORNING

Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds Will anyone from the left realize why Trump won — again? Ratings drop to 55M for final Trump-Biden debate MORE is telling everyone to CHILL:

In a tweet this morning, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is urging political leaders to “lower the heat” in American politics. 

Excerpt: “I’m troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation … The rapid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate world to dangerous action.” 

Romney’s message to political leaders: “It is time to lower the heat. Leaders must tone it down.”

Read Romney’s full messagehttps://bit.ly/313fWI3

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Whoa, the ‘L’ word is being used:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “A landslide victory for Joe Biden is now a realistic possibility.” https://bit.ly/2GSrp6w

How so: “[Biden] has a lead of around 10 percentage points over President Trump in national polling averages, and he is up across almost all the battleground states.  Trump faces low job approval ratings, bad marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and an ever-decreasing number of opportunities to change the direction of the race.” 

The debates can change things, but: “The first debate has come and gone, and the second scheduled clash has been canceled. Only one more debate, set for Oct. 22, remains.” 

Putting this into context: “No challenger to an incumbent president since Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Trump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate Davis: On eve of tonight's debate — we've seen this moment in history before MORE almost 30 years ago has been in such a strong position as Biden with such a short period of time until Election Day.”  

What to know about thishttps://bit.ly/2GSrp6w

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/37ezdKP

What do you mean, *insert air quotes* ‘poll watchers?’:

Via The Hill’s Julia Manchester, “Concern over voter intimidation is growing among Democrats and some observers as the Trump campaign calls for poll watchers to be dispatched across the country.” https://bit.ly/3lNDk4x

Back story: President Trump's reelection campaign argues that poll watchers are essential in combating voter fraud, despite a number of studies failing to find widespread evidence of voter fraud at polling sites or by mail. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over the weekend suggested that voter intimidation could result in him losing the election.”

Happening in Texas:

This tweet has nearly 30k likes so far.  

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3nKpMZa

And in Kentucky:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/313L8qF

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,806,186 

U.S. death toll: 215,101 

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

A second company working on a COVID-19 vaccine has halted trials:

“Johnson & Johnson announced Monday that it had become the second company to halt its trials on a COVID-19 vaccine due to an ‘unexplained illness’ affecting a trial participant.” https://bit.ly/2SWUyjb

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS:

Omfg, I am cackling at this:

This tweet has more than 1 million likes already. https://bit.ly/3dpBFza 

 

 

The author of the tweet told NBC’s Today Food, "Like most moms, his offered to give him cooking lessons, but like most 20 year (old) boys, he informed her that 'That's what the Internet is for,' Hal, said. ‘As you can see, he didn't spend much time on research, rather leaning on his keen culinary instinct.’" https://on.today.com/3drQD7x

Amazing.

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is holding a campaign rally in Pennsylvania tonight. Vice President Pence is in Wisconsin today. 

10:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Milwaukee.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign rally in Waukesha, Wis. 

5:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

5:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Johnstown, Pa. 

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Johnstown, Pa. 

9:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump returns to the White House.

WHAT TO WATCH:

2:25 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigns in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The topic: Policies affecting senior citizens. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2SWGSVn

4:30 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigns in Miramar, Fla. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/33Vfmhs

7 p.m. EDT: The West Virginia gubernatorial debate. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3jXsXKJ

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day.

And to brighten you Tuesday, find out what cute lil’ animal is in this shirt pocket: https://bit.ly/3jW24XJ