Republicans slap down Manchin’s voting rights compromise – US politics live

  • Mitch McConnell says proposal is ‘rotten to the core’
  • Manchin’s plan tries to attract bipartisan support in Senate

Christopher Staudinger reports for the Louisiana Illuminator and Floodlight, a nonprofit that partners with the Guardian:

One morning in September, word of layoffs began to spread quickly through Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in the small industrial community of Garyville, Louisiana.

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Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.

Most of the city’s attention was focused on the supreme court yesterday, as the justices dismissed a Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act. However, there were also some significant developments on Capitol Hill.

Democrats can change the packaging, but their plan for a power-grab of America’s electoral system is still rotten to the core. My full statement: https://t.co/HLRuDSZ3lS

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Kamala Harris grilling prompts doubtful claim from Amy Coney Barrett

Democratic senator and vice-presidential nominee condemns Republican push to overturn healthcare law and abortion rights

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One other extraordinary dodge today: Barrett said that while she has “read things about climate change”, she does not have “firm views on it”.

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GOP senators believe painting Democrats as attacking the supreme court nominee’s faith could help save seats in November

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