The United States presidential election is in 41 days. Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Republicans Have the Votes to Confirm a Supreme Court Justice
According to Senator Lindsey Grahman, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Republicans now have enough votes to confirm a Supreme Court Justice before the election. During an interview, Grahman explained, “We got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election.”
With a three-seat majority in the Senate, Republicans could lose no more than three votes. As of Tuesday, only two Republican senators do not support a vote before the election.
In response to their efforts, Biden urged Republican senators to defy President Trump and “follow their conscious.”
2. Trump Accuses Democrats of Fabricating Ginsburg’s Dying Wish
According to Politico, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s granddaughter stated that on her deathbed, Justice Ginsburg declared that “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
Without evidence, President Trump accused Congressional Democrats of fabricating her dying wish. He stated, “I don’t know that she said that… But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or shifty Schiff.”
3. Democrats Raise the Issue of Expanding the Supreme Court
In response to the Republican-controlled Senate filling the Supreme Court seat during an election year, a growing number of Democrats are calling for radical government reform that includes ending the Senate’s legislative filibuster and expanding the number of Supreme Court justices. The number of Supreme Court justices has not changed in over 150 years.
During a speech in Philadelphia, Biden did not support these radical changes, instead “pitched himself as the voice of calm between two parties locked in a procedural arms race.”
4. President Trump Downplays Coronavirus at Campaign Rally
President Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus during a campaign rally in Ohio, telling supporters it affects virtually nobody. He said, “It affects elderly people…That’s it. You know, in some states, thousands of people, nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody.”
This statement directly contradicts data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows approximately eight percent of all cases are from Americans ages 0-17 years old.
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5. Federal Judge Extends Voting Deadlines in Wisconsin
A federal judge ruled that the swing-state of Wisconsin must extend their absentee deadline for the upcoming election from 3rd November to 9th November, as long as the ballot is postmarked on or before 3rd November. The ruling also extends the voter registration deadline to 21st of October and allows voters to receive a replacement ballot via email during the last week of October.
The ruling means that Wisconsin might not know who wins the state for days after the election. The federal judge believed the extension was necessary to ensure all votes are counted during the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic.