The United States presidential election is in 7 days.
Here is a summary of an additional 5 [moderate/conservative] political issues making headlines today.
1. Senate confirms Barrett to the Supreme Court
To conservatives delight, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court, solidifying a 6-3 conservative majority on the court and allowing U.S. President Donald Trump to claim his three appointees helped move the court further to the right.
The Senate vote was 52-48 with almost every Republican senator voting in favor of confirmation. Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to oppose Barrett’s confirmation.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told reporters she believes that Barrett would uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision protecting a woman’s right to an abortion.
Many social conservatives have long pushed for the decision to be overturned.
“I believe that, given how (Barrett) outlined, not only to me but how she spoke to the issue of reliance when she was before the committee, I believe that she will look at that and weight that in any matters in any cases that come before her that take up Roe v. Wade,” Murkowski said.
“I don’t see her overturning the decision in Roe v. Wade, based on the weighting of other reliance factors.”
The current major case that has drawn liberals’ concern about Barrett being on the Supreme Court involves the Affordable Care Act and mandated individual coverage, as well as coverage for preexisting conditions. The court has twice upheld the act. It is expected to hear arguments in that case on November 10.
2. Trump attacks Biden’s energy plans
U.S. President Donald Trump touted his administration’s accomplishments during rallies in three cities in closely contested Pennsylvania Monday and called Joe Biden’s energy plan “an economic death sentence for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
“He will eradicate your energy and send Pennsylvania into a crippling depression,” the U.S. president said of his Democratic opponent.
Polls show Biden with a lead in a state whose 20 electoral votes could be decisive in a close election.
The former vice president responded to Trump Monday, saying in a statement: “Pennsylvanians have lost jobs and lost lives under President Trump’s failed leadership. While working families in Pennsylvania continue to struggle, President Trump has given tax breaks to big corporations that ship jobs overseas and started a reckless tariff war with China that has cost Pennsylvania jobs.”
With a week to go before Election Day, the two candidates are making their final pitches in states they view as possibly key to winning the election.
a. Will Trump Win Pennsylvania? – National Review
3. The day Hillary Clinton got it all very wrong
On that date in 2016, Clinton sent a tweet with an image of herself as a young girl captioned, “Happy birthday to this future president.”
A few days later, Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump in what was the ultimate shock to the Democrats and much of the East Coast establishment.
With just a week until the 2020 Election Day, The Daily Caller wrote, “Happy Birthday to Hillary Clinton and happy anniversary to the greatest self-own in the history of Twitter.”
Clinton said on a podcast Monday that the thought of Trump winning reelection makes her “literally sick to my stomach.”
“I can’t entertain the idea of him winning, so let’s just preface it by that,” Clinton told journalist Kara Swisher on the podcast. “Well, because it makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we’d have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions and damaging of our norms and our values, and lessening of our leadership, and the list goes on.”
a. Why Do They Hate Hillary So Much? A Psychologist’s View – Huffington Post
b. Why Hillary Clinton lost – Brookings
4. Man who walked on the moon says keep McSally in office
Aldrin was one of two first two men to walk on the moon in 1969.
“Absolute honor to have the support of hero astronaut Buzz Aldrin in this mission!” McSally tweeted over the weekend. “We must hold this seat, the Senate, and save the country. It’s a dog fight, and as we fighter pilots say: Fight’s On! “
McSally was appointed to serve in the Senate seat held by John McCain, who died in office in 2018. She is running to serve out what would have been the rest of his term until 2022.
In the Senate, McSally has aligned herself closely with Trump, taking conservative, pro-Trump stances, and has voted with Trump 95% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.
5. Harris’s record on gun ownership well-documented
U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California “endorsed numerous gun control policies during her short-lived presidential campaign in last year’s Democratic primary,” Breitbart News columnist AWR Hawkins pointed out in an October 26 column.
Hawkins, who also writes a weekly newsletter on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, points out that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate also wants to expand background checks on gun purchases to make them “universal” so as to include private sales too.
“The policies are ineffective when it comes to preventing street criminals from selling guns to other street criminals in alleyways, drug houses and parking lots across the state or throughout the country,” Hawkins says.
He also points out that Harris backs an assault weapons ban that would prohibit the importation of AR-15s, which he says are now standard for hunting,
a. What is Joe Biden’s gun control plan? – The Sun