Beltway Insider: Trump/SCOTUS Nom, Gov Shutdown, Ginsberg, COVID-19, Breonna Taylor, Election Debate

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President Trump announced, in the third nomination of his presidency, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who once clerked for the late Justice Antonia Scalia, would be his nominee to replace Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation's highest court.

The President's job approval rating, according to the website, which tracked polls of likely or registered voters for the period ending September 27, 2020, increased by 0.2 percentage points to 43.5% of those polled who approve of his effectiveness as President and those who disapprove of his effectiveness remained consistent at 52.7%. A slight 3% of the population polled have no opinion. Ratings are calculated weekly.

Beltway Insider: Trump/Supreme Court, Biden Leads, COVID Totals, Boeing, Ginsburg Legacy

Election 2020, according to the website 270towin, which tracks the latest Presidential Poll averages have President Donald Trump trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden by 7.4% percentage points in ten National Polls. With an average of 49.3% of the sample audience indicating they will be casting their vote for Biden, and 41.9% of the voters sampled indicating they will be casting their vote for Trump.

Based on the state poll projections, the 270towin offers a color coded electoral map which projects, based on current state polls, the expected November vote. The map can be seen here.

Trump Announces Supreme Court Nominee

President Trump announced his third nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States, yesterday, during an open ceremony that appeared devoid of any precaution against the coronavirus.

The president, first paid tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, "Over the past week, our nation has mourned the loss of a true American legend.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legal giant and a pioneer for women.  Her extraordinary life and legacy will inspire Americans for generations to come."

The President, who had a short list of candidates prior to the Justices' death one week ago, forged ahead despite the nearness of the election and the very real possibility that he will not be re-elected in November.

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"Today, it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court.  She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials, and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution: Judge Amy Coney Barrett," President Trump said in his introductory remarks.

Republicans Rush to Confirm

The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett has once again polarized the senator who began 2020 much in the same manner, deeply divided over the impeachment hearings of the president. The Coronavirus pandemic momentarily unified government to act on behalf of the people, a measure short lived and now once again we see a deep division over the possible confirmation of a third Trump Supreme Court Justice.

Lawmakers have seen this scenario in the past, in fact "On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama, nominated Garland to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. The Senate Republican majority refused to hold a hearing or vote on this nomination made during the last year of Obama's presidency, with the Republican majority insisting that the next elected president should fill the vacancy. Senate Republicans' unprecedented refusal to consider the nomination was considered highly controversial. Garland's nomination lasted 293 days and expired on January 3, 2017, at the end of the 114th Congress," Wikipedia reported.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, who is also facing a tougher-than-expected reelection campaign, has stated senate confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin October 12, three weeks before the November 3, 2020 election.

Graham, who, "joined a Republican blockade of President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee in 2016, he went out of his way to frame his position that a confirmation to the court should never be allowed in an election year as principled, apolitical and utterly permanent. "I want you to use my words against me," Mr. Graham said then, swearing that he would hold the same stance even if it meant denying a future Republican president the chance to confirm his chosen nominee," The New York Times reported.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is also facing an re-election campaign, said, of "Barrett "exceedingly well-qualified" and an "exceptionally impressive jurist" in a statement and reiterated his vow for the Senate to hold a vote on the nomination, saying it will take place "in the weeks ahead," reported CNN.

Democrats are Determined to Stall the Confirmation Hearings

The Republicans, now before the election, hold the majority vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee by a two-vote margin. The role of this committee is to oversee the Department of Justice, and to consider executive and judicial nominations and review pending legislation.

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Senate democrats have been vocal against the appointment of Coney-Barrett, pointing to her judicial record on many of the major hot-button issues of the President's agenda, which primarily is overthrowing any Obama legislation.

The potential for another ObamaCare showdown is very real If President Trump is reelected. Coney-Barret has voted against the legislation in the past. The Affordable Care Act is once again scheduled on the Supreme Court Docket, one week after the November 3, 2020 election.

"President Trump has been trying to throw out the Affordable Care Act for four years. Republicans have been trying to end it for a decade. Twice, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional," Biden said in a statement. "She has a written track record of disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act," Biden continued. "The American people know the U.S. Supreme Court decisions affect their everyday lives," NBC news reported.

The Affordable Care act has faced numerous challenges in the Supreme Court and this most current argument, "was prompted by a Texas-led lawsuit and elevated after President Donald Trump threw his support behind it, has become a key campaign issue. In June, the Trump administration submitted a legal brief asking the high court to overturn the entire health care law, U.S. News & World Report reported.

Amy Coney Barret Backgrounder

The White House has published a Fact Sheet on Justice Amy Coney Barret. It can read in its entirety here.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A trailblazer, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg again made history this week as she received the honor of the first Jewish and first female to lie in repose at the Supreme Court and the first female to lie in State at the Nation's capital, an honor usually reserved for presidents, senators and representatives.

"The rare distinction was announced on Monday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Justice Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18 at 87, "fought for our values til the end," Ms. Pelosi said on Twitter. Her death, the speaker said, was an "incredible devastating loss for America," The New York Times reported.

Coronavirus Totals

The infection rates of the coronavirus have continued to rise around the world. The weekly account confirms that the virus appears to have leveled out, while still increasing, the rate of infection remains constant, with sharp increases.

The importance of maintaining personal protective practices is imperative to controlling the spread.

For the week ending September 20, 2020, coronavirus cases increased globally by 2,030,800 confirmed cases, brings the total of confirmed cases worldwide to 32,866,300, with 994,100 deaths, an increase of 36,738.

Infections rates in the United States are also on the rise. For the week ending September 20, 2020, the total confirmed cases rose to 7,101,900 with new confirmed cases rising by 293,500. The coronavirus has claimed 204,300 total deaths, a weekly increase for 5,000 deaths. (Data from The New York Times).

Government Shutdown

The Democrats have stepped in using "tools at their disposal" to slow the process of the stop-gap funding bill that would keep the government open until December 3, 2020.

No provisional funding is included in the bill that addresses unemployment boost benefits or provides any additional benefits to the millions of unemployed workers now facing the hardship of a depleted economy and the absence of additional government benefits.

Unless the measure is approved the government will shut down next week, once again causing millions of citizens depending on access to government assistance to be left in limbo

Louisville Violence, Police Accountability and Breonna Taylor

The death of Breonna Taylor, on March 13, 2020, in a botched no knock warrant has continued to resonate around the globe with the recent acquittal of all three Louisville Metro Police Officers of murder charges, setting off another shockwave of violence and protests.

The story is shocking. An accomplished female, a first responder, dedicated to furthering herself and family, is gunned down in cold blood in her home by police officer in a botched drug raid. Sounds like the synopsis from a movie unfortunately it is the true story of Breonna Taylor, 26, guilty by reason of her race.

Unfortunately, that is the murder of Breonna Taylor, an African American female, killed by Louisville police, inside her home, is common. Twenty rounds were fired by three officers, Sgt Jonathan Mattingly, Officers Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove.

The egregious connections between a known drug trafficker, who was not shot, wounded or even arrested, and lived ten miles away and had a passive relationship with the victim, two years in the past, is not uncommon as detectives can misuse the badge, authority and access to create wild scenarios with no real evidence based on happenstance, an encounter, which resulted in stolen identity or use of a postal address believing if they dig long enough into anyone's life they will eventually find a crime.

"Mattingly, Cosgrove and Hankison were all placed on administrative reassignment pending the results of the investigation into Taylor's death. LMPD has since fired Hankison, who was accused by interim police Chief Robert Schroeder of "blindly" firing 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment. "I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote in a letter to Hankison laying out the charges against him. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion," The Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

This week, the grand Jury failed to indict the three officers on murder charges. Officer Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment as shots he blindly fired into Ms. Taylor's apartment went through the walls into the neighbor's apartment.

Police accountability has been an ongoing topic throughout this year as demonstrations over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americas has finally received the judicial attention they deserve.

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Re-educating the educated should be the focus instead of defunding police departments. Strict mandates that call for a zero-tolerance policy on use of any subdue tactics outside federally mandated operating procedures should be in place, throughout the United States.

Failure to comply should result in immediate suspension, followed by an internal review, reevaluation training and a psychologist report that support reentering the field. No knock warrants must be outlawed. Evidence that intersects a citizen with a known active felon, more than 12 months in the past, cannot be considered substantiated evidence.

Reviewing the pending Department of Justice cases on the numerous Police Brutality, including that of Breonna Taylor, and murder of minorities while in police custody should in actuality be the current focus of the judiciary committee leaving the next vote of the Supreme Court Justice until after the November 3, 2020 election.

Election: Let the Debates Begin

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 the first Presidential debate between Democratic Challenger Joe Biden and republican President Donald Trump. The debate will be available across multiple mediums and is expected to be explosive.

If the 2016 debates between Democratic Challenger Hillary R. Clinton are any indication, the President will likely resort to his mudslinging, mud-wrestling style as it motivates his constituents. The President will use the debate as an in-person rally, expecting jabs that showcase his rally tagline including "what is more fun than a Trump rally."

Injections, such as his "nasty" comment during the Clinton-Trump the 2016 debate will be used when the president is hit with a response or topic he is less than familiar with or when Biden is scoring debate points, resonating with the population. Those derailing comments are sound bites for his constituents.

One Vote Won't Make a Difference. Or Will It?

The question may not be the most talked about question of the campaign and yet many American citizens are refusing to even consider voting with the impression that the singular vote they cast will not make a difference. Each vote becomes a total of all votes cast, win or lose, exercising the right to vote is part of a free society.

This election will choose the leaders who present the blueprint for the future which bests aligns with each voter's vision.

Check for the local election office in all fifty states and US territories. Register to vote today, opt for the mail in ballot, and send it in as soon as possible.

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