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Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama said ahead of a meeting with congressional leaders Monday that an impasse that threatens throw the United States into a debt default could end “today” if Republicans cooperate.

Obama also warned that a partial government shutdown, now on the cusp of its third week had been “completely unnecessary” and hit out at the use of political brinkmanship designed to extract “extreme” concessions.

Amy Coney Barrett

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Donald Trump will select U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court pick Saturday, multiple news outlets confirmed with White House officials on Friday — and the outlook couldn't be more bleak for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the future of health care in the United States.

According to the New York Times, Trump "will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day."

"The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia," the Times reported.

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