Recap of Day Four: Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

Headline Roundup October 15th, 2020

Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearing concluded on Thursday with testimony from outside experts, who spoke against and in favor of Barrett's nomination. Senate Democrats criticized what they called the "rushed" hearing; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he plans to move “full steam ahead” on the confirmation process. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s nomination next Thursday, and the full Senate is expected to vote shortly thereafter.

Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets tended to speculate on the results of the Senate vote. Many voices from the right praised Barrett's judicial prowess, and some condemned the left for criticism of Barrett's family and beliefs.

Recap of Day Four: Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

From the Left
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Step one on the all-but-certain path to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the US Supreme Court — a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee — is officially complete.

Her nomination to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat now heads to a committee vote next Thursday, and a full Senate vote shortly after that. Barring any significant changes in the interim, she’s widely expected to get confirmed, though Democrats are weighing some procedural maneuvers to express their opposition.

Barrett’s testimony this week highlighted her past critiques of decisions...

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From the Right
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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett continued to defend her judicial independence and impartiality during the third day of the confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Following an 11-hour hearing the day before, Barrett on Oct. 14 faced a second day of questioning from committee members, who quizzed her about voting rights, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), climate change, immigration, among other social issues. Some senators made further attempts to press the judge into acknowledging constitutional limits on presidential power.

Barrett, who exercised prudence during the first round...

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From the Center
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The Republican-led U.S. Senate on Thursday moved a step closer to confirming President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court choice Amy Coney Barrett, with the Judiciary Committee scheduling an Oct. 22 vote on her nomination despite Democratic objections. The fourth and final day of the committee’s confirmation hearing for the conservative appellate judge wrapped up with testimony from outside experts. Democrats protested what they called the rushed nature of the proceedings and complained that Barrett had sidestepped questions about presidential powers, abortion, climate change, voting rights and Obamacare.

Republicans are aiming...

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