|Senate Democrats know “that judicial nominees cannot and should not express their personal views on controversial political issues that could come before the courts. Doing so would make them appear biased and unable to do their job,” Kaylee McGhee writes in the Washington Examiner.|
“Democrats should instead use their time to ask Barrett questions about her past court opinions in which she has expressed her legal views.” But they “seem bent on avoiding Barrett’s record—perhaps because they know it speaks for itself.”
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President Trump’s First Step Act “corrected many of the injustices of the Clinton Crime Bill and others,” Richard Johnson writes. Of the inmates the law helped, 91 percent have been Black and 98 percent are male. “Thousands of Black men are now back home because of President Trump’s policies. They’re being fathers, husbands, sons and brothers—restoring lives and families and communities.” Read more in The Hill.
Yesterday, President Trump “signed an executive order establishing the United States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council,” which “will not only expand on the recreational and economic benefits that forests provide our nation’s citizens but also work to improve the global environment for future generations,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Liddell writes for Fox Business.
“Federal customs officers working at a border crossing between California and the Mexican city of Tijuana seized 3,000 pounds of meth from a commercial truck, making it the second-largest bust in history on the United States-Mexico border,” Anna Giaritelli reports. “Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border,” one border official said. Read more in the Washington Examiner.
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|“The House speaker has been badgering the GOP to pass her $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill to ‘crush the virus, so that we can reopen the economy and our schools safely.’ Yet her bill would do almost nothing to achieve those goals,” Betsy McCaughey writes in the New York Post.|
“Her bill would rewrite election law for 2020, barring voter-ID requirements” and making other changes that have nothing to do with relief for workers. “Pelosi’s version would fritter away hundreds of billions of dollars closing state and city budget gaps, with nothing long term to show for it. We won’t be any more prepared for the next pandemic.”
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“Support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett spiked over the last two weeks . . . The number of voters who say the Senate should reject Barrett’s nomination dropped three points to 31 percent,” Mairead McArdle reports. “Some Democrats [in Congress] have suggested or said directly that they are open to adding justices to the Court should Barrett be confirmed.” Read more in the National Review.
“Eli Lilly & Co. said it has requested U.S. authorization of the emergency use of an experimental antibody-based treatment for people with recently diagnosed, mild-to-moderate Covid-19, following positive results from clinical testing.” This antibody drug “could not only provide treatment but also potentially give temporary protection against the virus to people at risk of infection,” Peter Loftus reports in The Wall Street Journal.
When it comes to clean air, clean water, and conservation, “for far too long, the Left has pursued ineffective and unworkable policies that unnecessarily put jobs and economic growth at risk, rather than achieving practical results. This all changed with the Trump Administration, where actions speak louder than words,” writes Mary Neumayr, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, for RealClearEnergy.
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|Judge Amy Coney Barrett “has received extraordinary testimonials from her colleagues and students, who say she is brilliant, conscientious and kind,” Rich Lowry writes in the New York Post.|
“The opposition has countered with a dog’s breakfast of nonsense, including that her confirmation hearing can’t be held in the middle of a pandemic.” Meanwhile, “the Senate Judiciary Committee has already been holding hybrid in-person and virtual hearings all year. There is no reason the committee can’t do the same with Barrett next week.”
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“President Trump continues to make progress as he receives treatment for COVID-19 . . . Some in the media are demanding more information about the president’s health as if his doctors should map the president’s entire genome and post it on the Internet. But at this point, Mr. Trump’s condition is well-described and his prognosis appears to be excellent,” Dr. Martin Makary of Johns Hopkins University writes for Fox News.
“Who will speak for those who have no voice? President Trump’s recent executive order regarding babies born alive answers that question: We will, as fellow Americans. Even as some hospitals question whether babies born ‘too young’ or ‘too disabled’ are worth trying to save, the president’s executive order reminds all of us that they, and we, have both a legal and moral obligation to try,” Mary Vought writes in the Washington Examiner.
“The downtowns of numerous American cities have been burned up. Government buildings have been attacked. Private businesses have been destroyed. And people have even been killed. This has been happening off and on now for many months. And—perhaps most amazing and horrifying of all—the news media has decided to largely ignore it,” Neil Patel writes in The Daily Signal.
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