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Stunning Split Decision By Supreme Court Upholds Voting Rights — And May Decide 2020

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued what may be its most significant decision involving the 2020 election, and the Democratic Party should be pleased. But there are still reasons for consternation.

Splitting 4-4, the court left in place the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to extend the deadline to receive mail-in votes until Nov. 6, three days after Election Day. As long as ballots are postmarked by the end of voting on Nov. 3, and received by the 6th, election officials will count the vote.

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Why Democrats Should Reject Court Packing

Joe Biden and the Democratic Party believe they are on their way to a decisive victory on Nov. 3, and they may be right. He could find himself in the presidency with his party in control of Congress. But they should beware the pitfall of hubris. The fatal temptation in a moment of triumph is to overreach, and Democrats are already at risk of trying to grab too much.

One of the worst parts of the debate for Kamala Harris came when Mike Pence demanded to know whether, if elected, Joe Biden would "pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed." Harris did an extended dance of evasion, allowing her rival to respond, in one of his rare moments of truthfulness, "You, once again, gave a nonanswer."

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Barrett Is Least Popular Supreme Court Nominee Since 1987

Only 42 percent of Americans believe the Senate should confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, according to the results of a CNN poll conducted Oct. 1-4 and released Wednesday. This puts her about even with Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the lowest level of initial support for any nominee since 1987.

The poll found that 46 percent of Americans say the Senate should not approve Trump's pick for a lifetime appointment, putting her at a net negative four percent. Initial polls found Kavanaugh at a net negative three percent or four percent — the worst numbers of any nominee since Ronald Reagan unsuccessfully tried to put Robert Bork on the high court.

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Hashtag ’Superspreader’ Pinned To Trump’s Reckless Supreme Court Nominee

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As more White House staffers and Republican lawmakers test positive for COVID-19, there is speculation that several people may have contracted coronavirus while attending President Donald Trump's Rose Garden event last Saturday announcing the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Now, Twitter users are highlighting Trump and Barrett's recklessness under the hashtag, "SuperSpreader," which appears to describe the nature of the event. In addition to Trump being blamed for his own battle with COVID-19, photos from the Rose Garden event are now being used to argue that Barrett's alleged irresponsibility proves she is not fit to serve on the Supreme Court.

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