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Democrats force closed door session to delay Amy Coney Barrett confirmation

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during her Senate hearing. (Screenshot)

Senate Republicans and Democrats are fighting until the bitter end over the upcoming confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court bench. The heated discussion came to a froth Friday afternoon when Democrats demanded a closed session. It only takes one senator to offer to move into closed session and another to second it for the process to occur.

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“I believe the Senate majority is on the precipice of making a colossal and historic mistake,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) said as he moved to close the Senate Friday afternoon. Schumer added that the “damage to Americans’ faith in these institutions could be lasting, so before we go any further, we should shut off the cameras, close the Senate and talk face-to-face about what this might mean for the country.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was already taking steps forward in an effort to finalize Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court Monday evening.

The Democrats’ argument that tens of millions of Americans have already voted seemed to fall on deaf ears. With just under two weeks until the GOP stands to potentially lose the White House and the Senate, Republicans are not holding Barrett’s confirmation back – and they have the votes.


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Rick Wilson and George Conway hilariously ridicule the GOP’s attempt to save Georgia’s Senate seats as Trump implodes

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Conservative attorney George Conway-- who is married to former Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway -- made an appearance on GOP consultant Rick Wilson's "New Normal" podcast on Tuesday, where the two Lincoln Project founders wondered whether the president really wants the Republican Party to hang onto the two Georgia Senate seats headed for a run-off in January after he went down to defeat in the state.

The trio started off the Daily Beast podcast with a hilarious dramatic reading of the Washington Post's bombshell report about the president's inability to comprehend how he lost the election, with Conway laughing at the mention of Trump's "fragile mental state."

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US lawmakers renew stimulus push as focus shifts to Biden

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President-elect Joe Biden will present his economic team on Tuesday, as a bipartisan group of senators make a renewed push for another stimulus package to help the faltering US economy.

With Covid-19 cases spiking, the world's largest economy faces an uncertain outlook that Biden and his economic team led by nominee for Treasury secretary Janet Yellen will have to work to remedy.The diverse group, with women and minorities in key roles, will face millions in jobs losses and a rising wave of small businesses shutting their doors and major corporations laying off their workers.

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‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing

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Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.

At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.

For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.

"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.

"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."

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