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Amy Coney Barrett taking oath as Supreme Court Justice

Photo from C-Span.org/ via @SCOTUSblog/ Twitter

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In the first entirely partisan Supreme Court vote Republicans have just confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to become President Donald Trump's third justice to sit on the nation's top court.

Barrett was confirmed with 52 votes.


This is the first time in U.S. history a Supreme Court nominee did not get a single "yea" vote from the minority party.

Barrett, a far right extremist, is slated to be sworn in Monday night at a White House event.

Judge Barrett subscribes to the pseudo-science of constitutional interpretation known as originalism, which was created just 40 years ago. It claims the U.S. Constitution is not a living document, and justices must rule based on how the founders thought and viewed the law in their day.


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Sen. Chuck Grassley

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Last year, Senate Republicans were already feeling so desperate about their upcoming midterm prospects that they rushed to wish Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa a speedy and full recovery from COVID-19 so that he could run for reelection in 2022. The power of incumbency is a huge advantage for any politician, and Republicans were clinging to the idea of sending Grassley—who will be 89 when the '22 general election rolls around—back to the upper chamber for another six-year term.

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