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Lawmakers pay respects to Ginsburg, 1st woman to lie in state in U.S. Capitol

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke two barriers Friday, becoming the first woman and the first Jewish American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, the wife of a former Ginsburg law clerk, eulogized her as changing “the course of American law.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Joe and Jill Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris also attended. John Yang reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The "NewsHour" has confirmed tonight that President Trump will nominate federal appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.

    A senior White House official says the announcement is set for tomorrow afternoon. Barrett joined the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in 2017. Her conservative religious views dominated her confirmation fight. Before that, she had clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and she had taught at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

    The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg one week ago tonight created the Supreme Court vacancy. Today, she was paid final honors before the bruising fight begins over filling her seat and with just 40 days to go in the presidential campaign.

    John Yang has our report.

  • John Yang:

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke two final barriers today, the first woman and the first Jewish American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol.

    Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, the wife of a former Ginsburg clerk, eulogized her.

  • Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt:

    She changed the course of American law. And even when her views did not prevail, she still fought. Justice Ginsburg's dissents were not cries of defeat. They were blueprints for the future.

  • John Yang:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had arranged the honor.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:

    May she rest in peace.

  • John Yang:

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, attended, as did running mate Senator Kamala Harris.

    Lawmakers, some accompanied by their families, paid their respects, wearing masks and appropriately distanced. Bryant Johnson, her longtime personal trainer, gave a personal tribute of his own.

    As official Washington mourned Ginsburg, the presidential campaign forged ahead. President Trump, who paid tribute to Ginsburg yesterday, courted Black voters in Atlanta, raising concerns about mail-in ballots.

  • President Donald Trump:

    Democrats are playing games. You see that? Did you see they found ballots in a waste paper basket? They found ballots dumped in a stream.

  • John Yang:

    Addressing the NAACP's virtual National Convention, Harris raised concerns about voter suppression.

  • Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.:

    Why is it that so many powerful people are trying to make us confused about how we can vote, where we can vote, if we can vote?

  • John Yang:

    In Washington, the ceremony in the Capitol capped a week of public memorials for Ginsburg, who will be buried in a private ceremony next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm John Yang.

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