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Trump, Biden both campaign in Pennsylvania as Supreme Court pick confirmed

Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in to the Supreme Court by Justice Clarence Thomas at an outdoor White House ceremony on Oct. 26. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, was sworn in during a ceremony at the White House on Monday. The ceremony came after Trump held three campaign events in Pennsylvania, a bid to bolster support in a state he narrowly carried four years ago. Vice President Pence campaigned in Minnesota despite an outbreak of coronavirus infections among his chief of staff and others who work with him.

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden made an appearance in Pennsylvania, while his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), was in Washington as a bitterly divided Senate confirmed Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court.

After being sworn in Monday night, Barrett delivered remarks to the assembled crowd, an unusual move for a new Supreme Court justice. She spoke at length about the importance of judicial independence, saying "it is the job of a judge to resist her policy preferences. It would be a dereliction of duty for her to give in to them.”

With eight days until Election Day …

  • Trump insisted that he has not decided to “wave the white flag” on the novel coronavirus, as Biden accused him of doing Sunday after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in a TV interview that the administration had effectively given up on trying to slow its spread.
  • The Supreme Court rejected a pandemic-related request from Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots received after Election Day in the battleground state of Wisconsin.
  • Pennsylvania Republicans asked the Supreme Court to rule on the merits of their challenge to the state’s extended deadline for mail ballots, an apparent bid to put the issue in front of a friendlier nine-member court once Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed.
  • Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points nationally, 52 percent to 43 percent, according to an average of national polls since Oct. 12. Biden’s margin in the battleground state of Michigan is nine points. It’s eight points in Wisconsin, seven in Pennsylvania, five in Arizona and one in Florida.
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