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Barrett repeats promise to keep an open mind

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/14/20, 04:06 pm

Democratic senators pressed President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee about how much her originalist views mirror those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom she once served as a clerk. Judge Amy Coney Barrett insisted she would “have an open mind” in approaching cases and defended her respect for Supreme Court precedent during the final day of her confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham indicated the full committee vote would be next Thursday.

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No hints, no previews, no forecasts

Supreme Court | During two days of questioning, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett resisted suggesting how she might rule on abortion or healthcare
by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/14/20, 03:11 pm

During then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing in 2018, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, at one point lobbed the Supreme Court nominee a softball question about his choice of writing utensil. Lee said, “I noticed you take a lot of notes, and I respect that—because I can tell you’re paying close attention.”

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Barrett answers barrage of questions

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/13/20, 02:17 pm

WASHINGTON—Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee pressed the Supreme Court nominee on abortion, healthcare, gun control, and other issues during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing. “I don’t have any agenda,” Judge Amy Coney Barrett said, answering a question about her opinion on abortion cases. “I have an agenda to stick to the rule of law and decide cases as they come.” She said she would rely on the original meaning and text of the U.S. Constitution and other laws, telling Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., “If there are policy differences, those are for this body.”

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