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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first votes on the Supreme Court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President Donald Trump to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns as well as appeals from the Trump campaign and Republicans to shorten the deadline for receiving and counting absentee ballots in the battleground states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. It’s not certain Barrett will take part in these issues. No justice has assumed office so close to a presidential election or immediately confronted issues so directly tied to the incumbent president’s political and personal fortunes.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett is headed to the Supreme Court. The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee by a 52-48 vote, with Republicans overpowering Democratic opposition a week before Election Day. Trump held a primetime swearing-in event at the White House and called it “a momentous day for America.” Barrett will be the third Supreme Court justice nominated by Trump, and she will be able to start work Tuesday. At 48, she is likely secure a conservative court majority for years to come. Barrett will fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died last month.

 

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The coronavirus is getting worse in states that President Donald Trump needs the most. The upper Midwest is bearing much of the brunt of new infections surging across the U.S. That includes Wisconsin, where Trump is fighting to catch Democrat Joe Biden in a state Trump narrowly won in 2016. Also seeing a surge is Iowa, where Trump is now in a toss-up race with Biden after carrying the state by 9.4 percentage points four years ago. Both states are in the top 10 of those with the fastest-growing number of cases per capita over the past two weeks.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden plans to use the final week before Election Day to go on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia and planning travel that may put President Donald Trump on defense in other states he won four years ago. The Democratic presidential nominee plans to hit Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin after a pair of stops in Georgia and is dispatching his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, to Arizona and the largest red state, Texas. Trump returns to Wisconsin on Tuesday, visiting West Salem just three days after holding a Janesville rally. While Biden rarely travels to more than one state per day, the Republican president has maintained a whirlwind schedule.