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Politics: Presidential election, Senate and House races, Supreme Court: 5 things to know Wednesday

Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to Supreme Court following all-night Senate session

  Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to Supreme Court following all-night Senate session Judge Amy Coney Barrett is poised become the ninth justice on the Supreme Court on Monday, solidifying a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court.The Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm her to the Supreme Court in a vote Monday evening, capping off a sprint to place Barrett on the high court before Election Day over Democratic objections.

The House is expected on Wednesday to vote on a one-week extension of funding to keep the federal government open, avoiding a Friday deadline while negotiations continue on a comprehensive spending bill. If the House successfully passes a short-term extension, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber would also vote on it before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. New Supreme Court term, Powerball jackpot, Nobel Prize: 5 things you need to know Monday.

The election of the president and the vice president of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States who are registered to vote in one of the fifty U.S. states or in

Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: A combined image of protesters, President Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett and Joe Biden. © Associated Press A combined image of protesters, President Donald Trump, Amy Coney Barrett and Joe Biden.

The presidential election: Stand by for key results

Despite securing 213 Electoral College votes of the necessary 270, President Donald Trump falsely declared victory early Wednesday. He has not won the election. Some battleground states are still on the table and mail-in ballots could delay a result in the presidential race. We're standing by for key results from Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday. Trump has won Texas, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Montana. Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won Arizona — turning the state blue for the first time in 24 years — Minnesota and Hawaii. Biden earlier won California, Oregon, Washington, New Hampshire, Colorado, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware and Connecticut. Either candidate will need 270 electoral college votes to win the election. As of 4:56 a.m. EDT, Biden held 238 votes to Trump's 213, according to the Associated Press. USA TODAY Network journalists are closely watching election results and protests across the country. Follow for live updates and analysis.

Supreme Court rules Wisconsin mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3

  Supreme Court rules Wisconsin mail-in ballots must be received by Nov. 3 The Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin's voting laws, rejecting an effort to require the counting of absentee ballots arriving after Election Day.The court's 5-3 ruling means that absentee ballots will be counted only if they are in the hands of municipal clerks by the time polls close Nov. 3.

Upon the election of a new President , incoming White House staff prepare profiles of possible candidates for the Supreme Court , considering not only judges but also politicians and other individuals whom they consider appropriate for the role. Besides considering national figures whose views are Once a Supreme Court vacancy opens, the President discusses the candidates with advisors. Senators also call the president with suggestions, though he is not obliged to take their advice on whom to nominate, neither does the Senate have the authority to set qualifications or otherwise limit

The Presidential Succession Act of 1792 (Full text ) provided for succession after the president and vice president : first, the president pro tempore of the Senate , followed by the speaker of the House .[11] The statute provided that the presidential successor would serve in an acting capacity, holding office In addition to the president pro tempore and the speaker, both the secretary of state and the chief justice of the Supreme Court were also suggested.[13] Including the secretary of state was unacceptable to most Federalists, who did not want the then secretary of state, Thomas Jefferson

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The battle to control the Senate got tighter. Here's where things stand.

Republicans have fended off challenges in a number of key Senate races, putting a damper on Democratic hopes of taking control of the chamber. Democrats need at least three wins to flip the Senate — four if President Donald Trump wins reelection. Republicans currently hold 53 seats, while Democrats have 45, plus two independents who caucus with them. There were 35 Senate seats in the election but only about 14 were truly in play. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rated 12 Republican-held seats as competitive, while just two Democratic-held seats were in that category. Democrats won two seats held by Republicans: in Colorado and in Arizona. But Republicans held off liberal challengers in Iowa, Montana and South Carolina and flipped a Democratic seat in Alabama. Election results in some states could take days to finalize because of the unprecedented volume of mail-in ballots. Additionally, at least one Senate race in Georgia is headed to a January runoff; a second could follow.

New Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett could have immediate impact on American democracy

  New Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett could have immediate impact on American democracy It won't take long for Republicans to learn if Barrett is the reliable conservative upon whom they raced to bestow a seat on the Supreme Court.Upon taking her judicial oath from Chief Justice John Roberts Tuesday, Barrett became the person who could tip the balance on challenges to state election procedures that could determine who wins the White House and control of Congress a week later.

The Supreme Court , the country's highest judicial tribunal, was to sit in the nation's Capital and would initially be composed of a chief justice and five associate justices. The act also divided the country into judicial districts, which were in turn organized into circuits. Immediately after signing the act into law, President George Washington nominated the following people to serve on the court : John Jay for chief justice and John Rutledge, William Cushing, Robert H. Harrison, James Wilson, and John Blair Jr. as associate justices.

The House and Senate are equal partners in the legislative process – legislation cannot be enacted without the consent of both chambers. However, the Constitution grants each chamber some unique powers. The Senate ratifies treaties and approves presidential appointments while the House initiates revenue-raising or Supreme Court justices; one wrote that "legislators remain ghosts in America's historical imagination."[ 5 ] One analyst argues that it is not a solely reactive institution but has played an active role in shaping government policy and is extraordinarily sensitive to public pressure.[ 5 ] Several

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Democrats expected to retain control of the House

Democrats are expected to retain control of the House of Representatives, but optimistic projections that they would be expanding their already robust margin are falling short. Instead, Republicans have enjoyed some bragging rights, unseating freshmen incumbents in South Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Carolina, while successfully defending what looked to be several vulnerable seats in Texas and elsewhere. And early Wednesday, the GOP claimed its biggest prize by knocking off 15-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota. It's a stark contrast to 2018, when Democrats picked up key seats — many in suburban areas — that helped flip the House from Republican control to a Democratic majority.

More conservative Supreme Court faces major dispute pitting religious freedom against LGBTQ rights

  More conservative Supreme Court faces major dispute pitting religious freedom against LGBTQ rights After years in which the court has boosted religious freedom and granted increasing LGBTQ rights, it now confronts a case where one side has to lose.The high court has been kind to the cause of LGBTQ rights as well, granting same-sex marriage rights in 2015 and protection against employment discrimination this past June.

The result of the 2000 presidential election ending in such a close call wasn’t a huge surprise: According to The Perfect Tie, the Gallup tracking poll showed nine lead changes during the fall campaign, with Bush holding a slight lead in the final week of the campaign, and Gore gaining a “The Franken-Coleman recount of the Minnesota Senate race in 2008 took almost nine months to fully resolve. But for a presidential election we need finality much sooner, making everything more difficult.” Busch says recounts at the local or state level are not infrequent, but an event like this, at the

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Protesters clash outside White House, gather in L.A., Raleigh, Portland

Protesters clashed outside of the White House into Wednesday morning, while dozens marched through streets in Los Angeles and crowds of 200 or more gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Portland, Oregon, late Tuesday. There were no signs of serious violence or widespread unrest across the Unites States in the hours immediately after the polls closed, the Associated Press reported. More than 520 events have been organized nationwide by Protect the Results on Wednesday and beyond if Trump either declares victory before all votes are counted or refuses to accept election results. Protect the Results is a coalition of more than 165 grassroots organizations, advocacy groups and labor unions led by activist groups Indivisible and Stand Up America. Businesses across the country are also bracing for the fallout from the presidential election after a year roiled by a pandemic and protests for racial justice.

Trump, Biden wait with the world for election results in a contest to decide course of America

  Trump, Biden wait with the world for election results in a contest to decide course of America Millions voted in an election between Trump and Biden to determine how the US responds to COVID-19 pandemic, bolsters the economy and heals divisions.Millions turned out to polls for an election that will determine how to respond to a pandemic that has killed a quarter of a million Americans, bolster an economy that has taken a beating from the virus and heal deep divisions over racial injustice.

Religious freedom v. LGBTQ rights: Supreme Court faces major test

With a new justice on the bench, the Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear an argument on whether foster care agencies can turn down gay and lesbian couples. At issue is the city of Philadelphia's decision to stop referring children in need of foster care to Catholic Social Services, for decades one of its most reliable contract agencies, after discovering that it would not place kids with same-sex couples. The dispute pits the Constitution's guarantee of religious freedom against government bans on discrimination. The addition of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett gives the court's conservatives a 6-3 majority, putting at risk a 30-year-old Supreme Court precedent that made it difficult for religious groups to avoid neutral laws that apply to everyone. Several justices are eager to overturn the precedent – written, ironically, in 1990 by conservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Critics decry Supreme Court Justice Alito's 'nakedly partisan' speech on COVID-19 measures, gay marriage .
"Supreme Court Justices aren't supposed to be political hacks.," tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. "This right-wing speech is nakedly partisan."Alito said the restrictions imposed by political leaders in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic have "resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty" and denounced recent Supreme Court decisions holding up orders he believed discriminated against religious groups. He argued the pandemic highlighted a wider assault on religious freedom as conservative views are increasing equated with "bigotry.

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