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Al Jazeera 26 Oct 2020

Barrett takes US Supreme Court oath deepening conservative grip


US President Donald Trump's pick for the US Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett has been sworn in after the Senate confirmed her nomination.
Her controversial appointment just days before the US presidential election, gives the top court a large conservative majority.
Democrats say the choice should have been left to the new president to pick

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC, the US.

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate handed President Donald Trump a major pre-election political victory on Monday by confirming his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, with the White House planning a celebratory event afterward.
US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney #Barrett's Senate confirmation kicks off in earnest on Monday as Republicans seek to place her on the bench ahead of the presidential election next month in the face of blanket Democratic opposition. The hearing is a key step before a final full Senate vote by the end of October on her nomination for a lifetime job on the court.
#US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney #Barrett insisted Tuesday that she had no fixed views on hot-button legal issues as Democrats painted her as President Donald Trump's vehicle to end #abortion rights and kill the popular #Obamacare health program. In the second day of hearings on her hurried nomination, Barrett, who if approved will tilt the high court decisively to the right, told lawmakers she would put personal and religious beliefs aside when deciding landmark cases. FRANCE 24's Kethevane Gorjestani tells us more.
US President Donald Trump has nominated conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump will have put three of the nine justices on the top court, possibly handing conservatives long-sought wins over contentious legal issues such as abortion and gun rights. So who is Amy Coney Barrett, and could her nomination have an effect on the 2020 election?

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