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Heavy rains flooding already soaked northeast

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Heavy rains have swamped areas of the US northeast already sodden by last week’s Hurricane Irene, causing flash floods and forcing thousands to evacuate early Thursday.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for several counties in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Binghamton, New York ordered a mandatory city-wide evacuation.

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“A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately,” the National Weather Service said in an early morning advisory.

The rains are the remnants of Lee, a storm system that slammed into the Gulf Coast on Sunday, generating high winds that have fanned devastating fires in drought-stricken Texas while dumping rain on the already-drenched northeast.

In Binghamton, authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation due to “imminent flooding” of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers.

“Residents able to drive are encouraged to go to a safe location. Buses will be in the area to pick up evacuees and take them to the Broome County Airport. Bring your medications with you,” the city said on its website.

The flash flood warnings include much of New Jersey, which suffered devastating flooding from Hurricane Irene after it made landfall hundreds of miles (kilometers) south and trailed heavy rains all the way up the coast.

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‘Big mistake’: Trump’s favorite pollster tells Fox News why Republicans shouldn’t push nomination before the election

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Fox News on Friday examined why it would be a "big mistake" for Republicans to attempt to force through a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Following Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed that Trump's nominee would receive a vote, but did not specify whether it would occur before the election or during the "lame duck" session of Congress that occurs before the 2020 election victors are sworn in.

But conservative pollster Scott Rasmussen warned Republicans it would be a bad idea during an appearance with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

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LISTEN: Mourners sing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Supreme Court to celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Heartwarming videos were shared on social media on Friday night showing the spontaneous gathering at the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The large crowd, with many people wearing masks, sang the hymn "Amazing Grace."

Here are some of the videos of the scene:

A moving moments as dozens join in to sing “Amazing Grace” on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/NGZyZi4YR4

— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020

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Here’s how Mitch McConnell could lose his leverage to replace Ginsburg after November

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According to a report in AZCentral, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could encounter an unexpected roadblock if he tries to hold a confirmation vote after the election.

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