Trump told Republican donors holding Senate will be ‘tough’ – report

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Shortly after Donald Trump insisted to reporters in Ohio he expected a “red wave” on election day, 3 November, it was reported on Saturday that he told Republican donors this week it would be “tough” for the party to hold on to the Senate.

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Amy Coney Barrett pledges ‘open mind’ and plays down conservative record

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s nominee to the US supreme court, promised to keep an “open mind” when considering cases before the court during a final round of questioning on Wednesday, as Republicans declared her confirmation all but assured despite Democrats’ forceful opposition.

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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

Kamala Harris delivered a blistering rebuke of Republican efforts to tear down healthcare and abortion access as she grilled Amy Coney Barrett, prompting the supreme court nominee to make the unbelievable claim that she was not aware of Donald Trump’s campaign promise to appoint justices who would dismantle Obamacare.

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Amy Coney Barrett faces questions on legal record as nomination hearings continue – live

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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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Republicans sought to normalise her rushed nomination while Democrats maintained a laser-like focus on the future of Obamacare

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That was rich. Senate Republicans, otherwise known as Donald Trump’s Praetorian Guard, lined up on Monday to pay pious homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the separation of powers and the halcyon days of political bipartisanship.

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Holy war: Republicans eager to focus Amy Coney Barrett hearings on religion

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

When Donald Trump’s latest supreme court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, arrives before the Senate judiciary committee for her confirmation hearings on Monday, Democrats will be out to raise an alarm that Barrett could help strike down the Affordable Care Act in the very first case she hears.

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Trump says overturning Roe v Wade ‘certainly possible’ with Amy Coney Barrett – live

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: key Republicans under spotlight as fight to replace justice begins – live

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death adds even more weight to November’s elections, with both Democrats and Republicans saying that voters will not only decide the presidency but the lo...

Trump’s pick for federal court ‘too inexperienced’, Democrats say

Justin Walker, 37, is facing a Senate confirmation hearing as Mitch McConnell restarts push to confirm federal judges

A federal judge nominated to the nation’s second-most powerful court said on Wednesday that he was writing as an academic and commentator when he criticized as “indefensible” a supreme court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act.

Justin Walker, a 37-year-old protege of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and the supreme court Justice Brett Kavanaugh...

Trump cancels key services for unaccompanied child migrants – live

Officials say language classes and recreation programs for immigrant children staying in federal shelters ‘not directly necessary’

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The Trump administration is canceling English classes, legal aid and recreational programs for unaccompanied immigrant minors staying in federal shelters, the Washington Post reports.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is wit...