The United States presidential election is in 22 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Supreme Court nominee Barrett’s confirmation hearings to start
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin Monday.
Barrett, who is U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18 from pancreatic cancer, will tell the committee in an opening statement that “courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life.”
Barrett’s nomination hearings are seen by some analysts as a rushed attempt by Trump and Senate Republicans to put another conservative on the court when Republicans still control the Senate with 53 seats. Democrats hold 45 seats, and there are 2 independents caucusing with the Democrats.
2. Trump claims he is now immune to the coronavirus
U.S. President Donald Trump told Maria Bartiromo, host of Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” that he was now immune from the coronavirus, which he was diagnosed with on October 2, despite medical evidence to the contrary about immunity.
“It looks like I’m immune for, I don’t know, maybe a long time, maybe a short time. It could be a lifetime. Nobody really knows,” Trump said, claiming he now had a “protective glow.”
Trump had been taken to Walter Reed Medical Center outside of Washington for treatment.
A study published in September in the journal Nature indicated that recovery from coronaviruses does not confer lifetime immunity.
Trump’s physician, Dr Sean Conley, said the president was no longer considered “a transmission risk to others.”
3. Poll has Biden with a lead of 23 percent among female voters
A Washington Post/ABC poll released October 11 showed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leading U.S. President Donald Trump 59 percent to 36 percent among women likely to vote.
The race is essentially tied among men at 48 percent each, the poll found. It was conducted by telephone October 6-9 among a national sample of 1,014 adults. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Overall, Biden leads Trump 54 percent to 42 percent in the poll.
4. Trump economic adviser says coronavirus stimulus bill not dead
Larry Kudlow, U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic adviser, said Senate Republicans will “go along with” the $1.8 trillion White House stimulus proposal.
Kudlow told CNN’s “State of the Union” on October 11 the coronavirus stimulus bill is not “dead.”
“I think if we could get this thing settled on the Democrat side, we will get it settled on the Republican side,” Kudlow said.
5. South Carolina Democrat sets fundraising record
Democrat Jaime Harrison has shattered Congressional fundraising records, bringing in $57 million in the final quarter for his U.S. Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham.
Graham, 65, a senator since 2003, has been a strong ally of President Donald Trump and is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Harrison, 44, is a former South Carolina state senator.