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Supreme Court won't take up GOP lawsuit over mail voting in Pennsylvania

December 9, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to take up an appeal filed by a Republican congressman who asked the court to nullify the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania.
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Biden starts transition without GSA sign-off

November 11, 2020
Ed O'Keefe | CBS News
President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward with the transition to form a new administration despite President Trump's refusal to concede the election. Biden's team meanwhile announced hundreds of hires even as one government agency continues to block some resources from the president-elect.
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Supreme Court won't block mail ballots in North Carolina arriving up to six days after Election Day

October 29, 2020
Pete Williams | NBC News
The Supreme Court late Wednesday declined to block lower court rulings that allow six extra days for accepting ballots sent by mail in North Carolina. The justices left the later deadline in place, a victory for Democrats in a presidential battleground state.
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Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court, cementing its conservative majority

October 27, 2020
Seung Min Kim | The New York Times
A bitterly divided Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, elevating just the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift — a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week’s elections.
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Democrats’ Anger Over Barrett Could Have Big Consequences in the Senate

October 17, 2020
Carl Hulse | The New York Times
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on a glide path to the Supreme Court, but she will leave behind a Senate badly torn by its third confirmation blowup in four years, with the potential for severe repercussions should Democrats take control next year.

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings & Mitch McConnell

October 16, 2020
This week, the Senate held confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. On our Extra, guest Jane Mayer of The New Yorker discussed how the hearings are part of a years-long effort spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and donors to conservative causes to reshape the federal judiciary.

President Donald Trump & Joe Biden Host Dueling Town Halls

October 16, 2020
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden held dueling town hall events Thursday night in place of a scheduled presidential debate. And on Capitol Hill, senators questioned Amy Coney Barrett ahead of a potential confirmation vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.
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