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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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GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.

Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.

However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.

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‘Whiny kid’ Trump’s tantrums over election loss getting ignored by Pennsylvania swing county voters

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President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election are being met with shrugs in a key Pennsylvania swing county that helped deliver the state to President-elect Joe Biden this year.

The New York Times reports that many Biden voters in Bucks County say they aren't worried about Trump's frantic efforts to get hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania votes tossed out.

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Donald Trump PAC has pocketed most of the cash he bilked from his supporters to fund election lawsuits: report

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President Donald Trump has raised about $170 million from his aggressive fundraising campaign ostensibly aimed at fueling his baseless election challenges, but the majority of the money is actually going to the new political action committee he set up after the election, according to The New York Times.

Trump has bombarded supporters with appeals for cash as he wages a fruitless legal campaign to challenge the results of an election he lost by more than 6 million votes. But the president's attorneys have failed to back up his allegations of fraud and irregularities with any actual evidence.

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