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‘Total warfare’: Trump’s GOP allies plan to use ‘battle ax’ to turn Judiciary hearings into a TV spectacle

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House Republicans intend to fight tooth and nail to fight Democratic efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.

The process moves Wednesday from testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, where chairman Adam Schiff kept the temperature cool, into the House Judiciary Committee — where some of the president’s most over-the-top defenders are lying in wait, reported Politico.

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who frequently railed against the Intel hearings, also serves on the Judiciary Committee, along with colorful Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Mike Johnson (R-LA).

“It is our duty to raise every parliamentary and procedural maneuver that we can that’s legitimate,” Biggs told Politico. “Not to be dilatory, but to legitimately point out how flawed this process has been and how weak the Democratic case is. We will do that aggressively and assiduously.

“Let me put it this way,” he added. “It will be better TV than the Schiff hearing.”

Republicans have huddled with Vice President Mike Pence to plot their strategy for the Judiciary hearings, but they were forced to sketch out broad strokes instead of finer points because Democrats have held details about their own plans close to the vest.

“It means you can operate with a battle ax instead of a scalpel,” Biggs said. “You’re basically left with total warfare. You have to totally annihilate the [other side’s] argument.”

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Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace RBG on the Supreme Court: NYT

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President Donald Trump is to announce on Saturday that he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

"President Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the favorite candidate of conservatives, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day in a move that would significantly alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court for years," New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker reported Friday.

"Mr. Trump plans to announce on Saturday that she is his choice, according to people close to the process who asked not to be identified disclosing the decision in advance. 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, referring to the justice who died in 2016 and for whom Judge Barrett clerked," the newspaper explained.

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Lincoln Project drops new ad targeting ‘hypocritical Republican Senators’ pushing Trump’s SCOTUS pick

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The anti-Trump Republican PAC Lincoln Project dropped a new ad this Friday, this time targeting President Trump's upcoming announcement of his pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the "hypocritical Republican Senators who have vowed to push Trump’s nomination through the Senate before the next president can be sworn in."

"The 60-second ad 'The Choice' condemns Republican Senators for tearing the country apart in their unending quest for power and position. It admonishes their unchecked power in their attempt to remake America in Trump’s image," the group said on its website.

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‘I feel sorry for Americans’ — The world grieves for the US because of Trump’s disastrous presidency

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Reading non-U.S. publications is an excellent way to gauge what other countries are thinking about life in the United States under the Trump Administration. But U.S. publications sometimes address that subject as well, and New York Times reporter Hannah Beech — in an article published this week — takes an in-depth look at non-U.S. reactions to the effects that the coronavirus pandemic and other crises are having in the U.S.

From Canada to Myanmar, Beech reports, much of the world feels badly for Americans in light of how deadly COVID-19 has been in the United States — which leads the world in deaths from the novel coronavirus.

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