Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the newest member of the US Supreme Courtby a deeply divided Senate on Monday, as Republicans overpowered Democrats toinstall President Donald Trump’s nominee only days before the election.
MsBarrett’s confirmation will likely secure a conservative court majority formany years to come.
Mr Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberalicon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on issuesincluding abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even the president’s own re-election bid.
Brian Stelter says any change in tune about vaccines was subtle and short-lived on Fox. “What you see in right wing media is this general anti-vaccine rhetoric,” Oliver Darcy says, even though the vaccines were developed while Donald Trump was president.
“Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present” author Ruth Ben-Ghiat says Donald Trump “has the same personality traits as many of these leaders I’ve studied,” including a “massive ego, megalomania, ‘only I can fix it’” attitude. Ben-Ghiat also discusses propaganda techniques.
Brian Stelter says Donald Trump’s continued promotion of the Big Lie makes sense “when viewed through the prism of narcissism.” He also points out that political reporters are becoming more explicit about describing Trump’s “delusions.”
Seven Democratic senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
CNN’s Pamela Brown looks at former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ delayed support of the coronavirus vaccines even as Sanders blames President Biden, Democrats and Dr. Fauci, among others, for vaccine hesitancy.
Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida tells CNN’s Pamela Brown that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is to blame for the state’s surge in Covid cases and he believes there should be more mask mandates and lockdowns in Florida to combat the virus.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) took issue with reporters asking GOP lawmakers if they were vaccinated, and said reporters should be asking the Democrats if they are vaccinated. A CNN survey found that 100% of Democratic lawmakers on Capitol hill have been vaccinated.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn’t plan to impose a mask mandate nor a vaccine mandate in Arkansas at this time, despite the state’s rising Covid-19 cases that health experts have compared to a “raging forest fire.”
U.S. Senate Republicans blocked a move to open debate on Wednesday on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure that is a top priority for Democratic President Joe Biden, but the chamber was poised to take it up again as early as Monday. Gavino Garay reports.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is the cause of more than 80% of new U.S. COVID-19 cases, but the authorized vaccines remain more than 90% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, said top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci during U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday. This report produced by Freddie Joyner.