The Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to report Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's out of committee is moving forward on Thursday, Republicans say, despite a declaration from Democrats that they will boycott the Thursday markup in protest of how close Republicans are moving the nomination to Election Day.
The presidential debate on Thursday will give voters their final opportunity to compare President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden side-by-side during an event that represents an opportunity for Trump and a potential pitfall for Biden in a race that polls indicate Biden is leading significantly
Sen. Josh Hawley said on Wednesday that he expects Democrats to try to delay the confirmation effort for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett "as long as they can" with a series of votes or other tactics both during her Judiciary Committee markup Thursday and on the floor of the Senate as Republicans aim for a Monday confirmation vote.
One week ahead of the deadline to request an absentee ballot in Pennsylvania, Democrats are significantly outpacing Republicans in ballot requests in what may be the most crucial state in a presidential election that is leaning more heavily on mail ballots than ever before because of the coronavirus pandemic.
After the Supreme Court on Monday blocked an effort by Pennsylvania Republicans to put a hold on a three-day deadline extension for mail ballots to be received in Pennsylvania, the state GOP is considering further action on the issue next week after Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is seated and before the presidential election.
Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said on Monday that the president in Thursday's debate will bring up allegations that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with a Ukrainian business associate of his son, Hunter, as reported by the New York Post last week in emails allegedly coming from the hard drive of a laptop that once purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden.