Barrett, 48, would fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, preserving the court’s gender balance of three women and six men while potentially tipping its ideological balance for decades.
If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, it will likely mean a lower bar for laws that restrict abortion. It will bring higher scrutiny of gun regulation. The Affordable Care Act is on the docket again. And whether the public continues to see the court as the government’s most functional branch is on the line as well.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously backed Congress’s power of the purse and said House lawmakers could proceed with their lawsuit alleging it was illegal for President Trump to transfer the money for the wall.
As coronavirus cases in the region hit their lowest levels in months, school systems in Maryland, Virginia and the nation's capital are pledging to gradually usher pupils back into classrooms, and onto sports fields, over the next several weeks.
From the nation's capital to New York to Los Angeles, hopes of a quick recovery for deserted central business districts have sputtered and fear is rising that the collapse of downtown economies could be irreversible.