'We're not going to control the pandemic,' Meadows says; Senate blocks Dems' Barrett filibuster: 2020 election updates

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For the reason that coronavirus pandemic began, the US has recorded greater than 8.2 million circumstances of COVID-19 and over 220,000 deaths. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s chief of employees acknowledged Sunday that the Trump administration will not have the ability to do a lot in regards to the unfold of COVID-19, and is specializing in cures as an alternative.

“We’re not going to manage the pandemic,” White Home Chief of Employees Mark Meadows instructed CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Meadows added, “we’re going to management the truth that we get vaccines, therapeutics and different mitigations.”

When CNN host Jake Tapper requested, “why aren’t we going to get management of the pandemic?” Meadows responded: “As a result of it’s a contagious virus.”

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and others say Trump has by no means tried to manage the unfold of the virus, citing actions starting from his mocking of masks carrying to his insistence on holding marketing campaign rallies with maskless folks packed shut collectively.

Biden stated Sunday in an announcement that Meadows had “stunningly admitted” that “the administration has given up on even making an attempt to manage this pandemic. 

“They’ve given up on their fundamental obligation to guard the American folks,” Biden stated. “This wasn’t a slip by Meadows, it was a candid acknowledgment of what President Trump’s technique has clearly been from the start of this disaster: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus would merely go away. It hasn’t, and it will not.

“It is sadly no shock then that this virus continues to rage unchecked throughout the nation and even within the White House itself.” 

☕ The most recent: 

  • The GOP-controlled Senate voted to interrupt a Democratic filibuster on Decide Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court docket, which tees up a vote on her affirmation Monday
  • Marc Brief, chief of employees for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for COVID-19. At the very least three staffers have now examined constructive, in keeping with CNN and The New York Instances. The Instances says the full quantity is as excessive as 5. 
  • A lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner despatched a letter to the Lincoln Venture on Friday threatening to sue if two billboards in Instances Sq. had been not eliminated. 

📊 What the polls are saying: Fifty-four % of registered voters stated Biden performed better than Trump in the course of the second presidential debate, in keeping with a POLITICO/Morning Seek the advice of ballot launched Friday. Thirty-nine % thought Trump got here out forward.  

📆 9 days till Election Day, 87 days till Inauguration Day, 68 days left in 2020.

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Collins to vote in opposition to Barrett affirmation

Sen. Susan Collins stated Sunday that she would vote in opposition to Amy Coney Barrett’s affirmation to the Supreme Court docket making the Maine Republican the one member of the GOP anticipated to oppose the federal appeals decide’s appointment to the excessive court docket.

Collins, who’s going through a troublesome reelection battle, had stated for weeks that she opposed the Senate taking on Barrett’s nomination earlier than voters have their say on Election Day, simply 9 days from Sunday. She reiterated her stance on Sunday and made her place official, saying she would vote in opposition to Barrett when the Senate takes up her affirmation Monday night.

“As a result of this vote is happening previous to the election, I’ll vote in opposition to the nomination of Decide Amy Coney Barrett,” Collins stated in an announcement.

She added that her “vote doesn’t replicate any conclusion that I’ve reached about Decide Barrett’s {qualifications} to serve on the Supreme Court docket” however somewhat, was about equity after the Republican majority refused to take up Merrick Garland’s nomination by President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court docket months forward of the 2016 election.

Republicans on the time argued voters ought to have their say within the election earlier than filling the lifetime emptiness. Barrett’s anticipated affirmation on Monday would occur eight days earlier than Election Day.

“What I’ve targeting is being honest and constant, and I don’t assume it’s honest nor constant to have a Senate affirmation vote previous to the election,” Collins stated.

Collins, who was a deciding vote within the controversial affirmation of Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 to the excessive court docket after sexual assault allegations, is going through the hardest re-election battle of her greater than twenty years in Congress. She has been persistently behind in polls in opposition to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.

– Christal Hayes

Nationwide safety adviser assures election safety: ‘They can not change votes’

Nationwide safety adviser Robert O’Brien provided assurances to Individuals involved about election interference throughout a Sunday interview on CBS Information’ “Face the Nation.”

O’Brien’s feedback come after experiences of election interference by Iran and Russia within the 2020 election, together with focusing on voting programs and spreading disinformation in the US.

“I wish to make a distinction between election interference on Election Day and making an attempt to affect folks,” O’Brien stated, highlighting the distinction between sowing misinformation and division and really altering the vote depend.

Final week, the Division of Homeland Safety stated that Russian hackers have been in a position to entry state and native voting programs throughout this election cycle, elevating the likelihood that adept hackers may change vote tallies or in any other case disenfranchise Individuals.

O’Brien stated that the administration had taken “a really sturdy stance” on overseas election tampering with voter counts and promised “extreme penalties” for any international locations that may try to take action. He additionally stated it’s troublesome for overseas actors to intrude as a result of “we’ve paper poll auditing trails for ninety-five % of the votes which might be solid.” 

“There’s nothing they’ll do to alter your vote or to cease you from voting,” O’Brien stated. 

The White Home adviser emphasised that “your vote is secret. Each American ought to perceive that their vote is secret.”

And he argued arguing that one of the simplest ways to defeat overseas interference within the election is to vote.

“Get out and vote. That is how we defeat our overseas adversaries which might be looking for to sow discord amongst Individuals,” O’Brien burdened.

– Matthew Brown

McConnell: Dems gained’t have the ability to undo Barrett affirmation

The highest leaders within the Senate gave dueling speeches Sunday debating the deserves and controversy surrounding Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court docket.

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., highlighted Barrett’s profession within the courts. He regarded again at his convention and instructed Republicans “the Senate is doing the suitable factor. We’re transferring this nomination ahead and colleagues, by tomorrow night time we’ll have a brand new member of the US Supreme Court docket.”

McConnell famous that whereas Democrats would possibly have the ability to roll again Republican coverage achievements, Barrett’s anticipated affirmation to the excessive court docket couldn’t be undone.

“We have made an vital contribution to the way forward for this nation. Lots of what we’ve executed during the last 4 years can be undone eventually by the subsequent election,” he stated. “They gained’t have the ability to do a lot about this for a very long time to return.”

Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Republicans for the frenzy to substantiate Barrett solely days earlier than the election. He chronicled years of Republicans blocking judicial appointees and stated McConnell’s clarification for pushing Barrett by simply days earlier than the election after halting Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court docket nomination by President Barack Obama about Eight months earlier than the 2016 election was “schoolyard stuff” to justify a “energy seize.”

“To be able to justify an outrageous energy seize that even some members of his celebration do not agree with, the chief’s argument boils right down to ‘however you began it!’” Schumer stated on the Senate ground. “Any father or mother with younger youngsters would acknowledge that argument. It is when you have executed one thing improper, however you don’t need the blame.”

– Christal Hayes 

Pelosi: I’ll run for an additional time period as speaker if Dems preserve Home 

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she’s going to run for another term as speaker ought to Democrats preserve management of the decrease chamber. 

When requested whether or not she would search reelection in 2021, Pelosi instructed CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper, “Sure, I’m. However let me additionally say, we’ve to win the Senate.” 

The assertion is in keeping with an settlement Pelosi made when she was elected to the workplace, which limits her speakership to 4 years.

The settlement got here after the speaker was challenged by a number of members of the Democratic caucus from extra conservative districts who noticed Pelosi’s place as an obstacle to the celebration’s electoral possibilities.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., a first-term progressive who has been one of the crucial vocal Democratic critics of Home management, instructed CNN’s Tapper she would assist Pelosi for an additional time period, offered no progressive challenger surfaced. 

– Matthew Brown

Senate votes to interrupt Democratic filibuster on Barrett’s nomination

The Republican-controlled Senate voted to interrupt a Democratic filibuster on Decide Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court docket, a vote that can permit the chamber to take up her affirmation Monday – eight days earlier than the election.

The procedural vote, which handed 51 – 48, tees up a vote to be held after 30 hours of debate, which might set it for Monday night on the earliest. 

Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s demise in September, each side have fought over learn how to go about changing her on the court docket. Republicans have sought to substantiate a brand new justice by Election Day in an effort so as to add another conservative to the court docket earlier than a contentious election the place polls point out the GOP may lose management of the chamber. 

Democrats, hoping Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump and so they regain management of the Senate, have stated the end result of the election ought to decide who will get to decide on the new Supreme Court docket justice.

Whereas Democrats have roundly rejected Barrett’s nomination, they’ve acknowledged they can’t block it from transferring ahead as a result of Republicans, who management the chamber, have greater than the 51 votes wanted to substantiate her. Regardless of this, Senate Democrats for days have used procedural maneuvers to drive votes on contentious points, and tried to adjourn the chamber till after the election to halt her appointment.

– Christal Hayes

AOC: ‘Will probably be a privilege’ to foyer Biden on fracking

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated that former Vice President Joe Biden’s stance on fracking doesn’t hassle her, regardless of the 2 having contrasting views on the observe.

“I’ve a really sturdy place on fracking, the science may be very clear,” stated Ocasio-Cortez. “Nonetheless, that’s my view. Vice President Biden has made very clear he doesn’t agree with a fracking ban.” 

Ocasio-Cortez stated, “Will probably be a privilege to foyer him ought to we win the White Home however we have to deal with profitable the White Home first.” 

“I’m pleased to make my case however I perceive that he’s in disagreement on that situation,” she stated.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is an extraction technique that makes use of a mixture of water and pressurized chemical compounds to interrupt up bedrock and draw out pure fuel and petroleum.

The observe has change into a marketing campaign situation as rising opposition to it collides with communities in swing states who’re depending on the fossil gasoline trade.

In February, Ocasio-Cortez co-sponsored a invoice to ban fracking nationwide.

– Matthew Brown

Chris Christie ‘shocked’ Pence campaigning after aide exams constructive

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie expressed shock at Vice President Mike Pence’s resolution to proceed campaigning after a number of senior aides examined constructive for the coronavirus.

“I believe all people’s gotta put the well being of the folks they’re going to be in contact with first,” Christie instructed ABC Information correspondent Martha Raddatz on “This Week.”

“You gotta preserve your self away from all people, and I’m a little bit bit shocked,” Christie stated of the habits of Pence and his aides.

Christie, who has labored with the Trump marketing campaign and attended an outside White Home gathering extensively believed to be a “superspreader” occasion, was hospitalized for COVID-19 in early October.

On Wednesday, Christie printed an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging Individuals to put on masks and social distance, saying it was a “severe failure” for him to have been maskless on the White Home, when he assisted with preparation forward of the primary debate, and that he was “fortunate to be alive.”

“These minor inconveniences can save your life, your neighbors and the financial system. Seldom has so little been requested for a lot profit,” Christie wrote.

– Matthew Brown

Pence will nonetheless marketing campaign, regardless of aide’s COVID-19 case

WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence will proceed to marketing campaign and work on the White Home regardless of his shut contact with an aide who has examined constructive for COVID-19, stated President Donald Trump’s chief of employees Mark Meadows.

Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention tips name for folks to quarantine for 14 days after publicity to somebody with the virus, however Meadows instructed CNN’s “State of the Union” there are exceptions for “important personnel” just like the vp.

“He is not simply campaigning, he is working” within the vp’s workplace, Meadows stated, including that Pence will put on a masks and observe social distancing whereas finishing up these duties.

Pence has a marketing campaign occasion scheduled for early Sunday in Kinston, North Carolina. 

This comes a day after Pence’s workplace introduced that Marc Short, the vice president’s chief of staff, tested positive for COVID-19.

Pence himself had a adverse take a look at this weekend, the workplace stated.

Meadows acknowledged that a number of Pence aides had examined constructive, however he declined to debate the circumstances as a result of “sharing private data just isn’t one thing we must always do except it’s the President or the Vice President.”

Meadows additionally offered few particulars about Pence and Donald Trump; he stated they’re examined frequently, however declined to say whether or not it is day by day.

“We do not get into security protocols,” Meadows instructed CNN.

– David Jackson 

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