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Trump says he may swear in Amy Coney Barrett tonight after Senate vote

President Trump on Monday said that the White House is preparing for a “very nice event” to swear in Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court justice.

Barrett is all but guaranteed confirmation by the Republican-held Senate on Monday evening. It’s unclear when exactly the subsequent White House event will happen.

“We’re going to see [an event] probably at the White House later on this evening,” Trump told reporters during a campaign trip to Pennsylvania.

Trump said it would be a small event — after many attendees of Barrett’s Sept. 26 unveiling in the Rose Garden, including Trump, caught COVID-19.

“No, not a large event. Just a very nice event,” Trump said.

Barrett, 48, will be Trump’s third confirmed justice on the nine-person court — a frequent campaign-trail boast ahead of the Nov. 3 election. She will replace liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, potentially shifting the ideological balance of the court for decades.

Barrett is a favorite among religious conservatives and emerged unscathed from Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings. The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, enraged fellow Democrats by saying it was “one of the best set of hearings that I have participated in.”

Barrett, an Indiana resident and judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year and is believed to be immune.

It’s unclear if Vice President Mike Pence will attend the ceremony at the White House. Five Pence aides, including his chief of staff Marc Short, reportedly were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week. Pence has been testing negative for the virus.

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Amy Coney Barrett set to be confirmed to Supreme Court a week before election as McConnell sees off Democrat blockade

AMY Coney Barrett is to be confirmed to join the Supreme Court a week before the US presidential election.

Despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump’s nominee, the Senate is poised for a rare weekend session to advance her.

The Democrats mounted time-consuming procedural hurdles on Friday, reports the Associated Press (AP).

But the party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett’s controversial advance in the Republican-controlled chamber.

Federal appeals court judge Barrett, 48, is expected to be confirmed on Monday and quickly join the court.

Her addition will cement a conservative majority a week before Election Day on November 3.

Angry Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York warned Republicans that they were making a “colossal and historic mistake".

But the Republicans merely shrugged off his concerns.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Barrett as an “extraordinary” nominee and defended her quick confirmation.

He said: “We will give this nominee the vote she deserves no later than Monday."

Schumer slammed it as the “least legitimate process in the country’s history”.

And he forced procedural steps, including an unusual private Senate session, in hopes of swaying the Republicans.

However Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas), dismissed the stall tactics as “frivolous".

At the start of Trump’s presidency, McConnell engineered a Senate rules change to allow confirmation by a majority of the 100 senators.

This was instead of the 60-vote threshold traditionally needed to advance high court nominees over objections.

With a 53-47 Republican majority, Barrett’s confirmation on October 26 is almost certain.

Most Republicans are supporting Barrett’s confirmation.

Only Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has said she won’t vote for a nominee so close to the presidential election.

Democrats have continued to decry the “sham” process.

They've also warned that Barrett would undo much of what was accomplished by the much-loved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – the liberal icon who died last month.

During public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Barrett presented herself as a neutral arbiter of cases on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and presidential power.

At one point she suggested, “it’s not the law of Amy".

But her past writings against abortion and a ruling on the Obama-era health care law show a deeply conservative thinker, says AP.

Trump said this week he is hopeful the Supreme Court will undo the health law when the justices take up a challenge November 10, the week after the election.

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a Democratic boycott to advance Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate.

A thrilled Trump tweeted after the committee vote to progress the appellate court judge from Indiana: “Big day for America."

During the Senate committee meeting, protesters – some shouting “Stop the confirmation" – demonstrated outside the Capitol across the street from the Supreme Court.

Some dressed as handmaids, a reference to Barrett’s role in a conservative religious group that once called high-ranking women members “handmaids.”

Other demonstrators had “#SupportAmy” signs.

The fast-track confirmation process is like none other in US history so close to a presidential election.

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Gogglebox’s Amy Tapper says she is ‘so proud to keep the 3st off’ as she updates fans on weight loss progress

GOGGLEBOX's Amy Tapper has shared her amazing progress as she achieves her weight loss goals.

The 20-year-old reality star looked stunning alongside a throwback photo before she lost an incredible three stone.

Amy oozed confidence in the sexy pic alongside her 'before' photo wearing a long snake print top over a black t-shirt and jeans.

She styled her ombre hair in loose curls that fell down past her shoulders.

Amy topped off the look with a long silver chain and love heart pendant.

Amy posted the throwback pic to update her fans on "the progress I made when following Muscle Food’s' @mfgoalgettersuk plan".

She wrote on the Instagram post: "I’m so proud that I’ve been able to keep the 3 stone I lost off and still feel healthier and fitter than I did this time last year!!!!

"Now Muscle Food have literally helped so so many people get incredible results not just me!!

"It’s honestly so so good! and is just an easy way to control your calories and eat healthier!"

Her fans rushed to praise the Celebs Go Dating star, telling her she looked "amazing".

One Instagram user wrote: "Wow! Inspiring. Well done."

Another added: "Amazing progress! Well done."

While a third said: "Gorgeous girl."

Amy, who starred Gogglebox from 2013 to 2018 opened up during an appearance on Lorraine about how she was cruelly trolled over her looks when she was just 13.

She spoke about all the efforts she went through to shed the pounds, which included going to the gym and changing her lifestyle habits.

Amy also spoke about how the nasty comments from people online affected her confidence when she was a teen.

She said: "When I was younger – I was 13 when I first started filming – I cared a lot about what people thought. I used to search my own name on Twitter.

"But people don't tag you in the them. When I was younger, they used to say horrible things. I don't understand it.

"As I got older, I realised they don't know me. People see me and they think I sit on the coach watching telly, eating crisps, when in reality that's not how I live my life."

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Amy Duggar Shuts Down Troll Who Told Her to Have More Kids: Here Goes My Rant!

Amy Duggar is absolutely disgusted right now.

And for good reason.

On Sunday, Jim Bob and Michelle’s niece penned a lengthy Instagram post in response to a direct message some total stranger sent her, which expressed disappointment and outrage that Amy had only given birth to one child.

The nerve she must have for doing, right?!?

“Hello Amy I would just like to say your a good mom but aren’t you a little behind some other famous people who are having 4 babies by the time they are 20?” the troll wrote, as you can see below.

“You only have one. He’s so cute. I think your body is fine to have more. I like you tou have a fun life but don’t be selfish with your life. Pick up the pace you should have been pregnant again like yesterday.

“Ok gurl well if you need help losing weight I can help you. Just dm.. so much love.”

Just, uhh… wow, right?

Yes, Amy only has a son named Daxton, who she and husband Dillon welcomed in October 2019.

But Amy is well-known for NOT adhering to her family’s conservative procreation code, having freely admitted she’s estranged from the Duggars.


Duggar wrote in response that she tried “so hard” to ignore the comment, but…

“I think what really got to me was the fact that this total stranger apparently knows my body so well!?

“I’m flabbergasted that someone would have the audacity to type these words to anyone!!

“I mean. Who in their right mind says ‘I think your body is ready to pop out more kids’ to a total stranger?!”

That’s a wonderful question.

Amy then asked if followers were “ready” for her “rant,” before continuing as follows:

My body has been through alot and it gave me the sweetest boy ever. Yes of course it was worth it. But I still need to heal. C- sections are no joke and vertigo is/ was very hard on me.

I still get dizzy sometimes but I’m getting stronger everyday.

As recently as this past July, Amy opened up about all her body has gone through in the wake of giving birth and having surgery.

She explains here, though, that it’s not just a physical thing, either, her reason for going slow when it comes to family expansion.

Also. I AM TIRED. Anyone else!? This pandemic has been so rough on so many people and my business has taken a hit just like so many others. I need to be on my A game. I need to give it my all .

I need to stay creative and focus on 3130. Children are such a blessing, but I can’t imagine being pregnant again right now.

I’d be unmotivated, emotional, stressed out and not in a good head space and that’s ok to admit.

Amazing and admirable honesty, right?

I’m a very hands on mom, and I also want to give my son my full attention, Duggar continued.

This toddler stage is so amazing and I don’t want to miss a thing! A women’s body is not a factory!! Yes our bodies can do miraculous things! But I hate that phrase” pop out” umm. No. It’s WORK.

And our bodies go through alot!

We’d jump in to add our thoughts, but there’s literally nothing we could say that’s any better than this. Duggar is on a roll.

She went on to note that she’s an only child and turned out “fine” and:

Honestly we are teetering on that idea. Some women are designed not to have large families. I am one of them. Too much noise, chaos , it’s just not for me. But kudos to those mama’s who do! God gave you super human strength

Deep down even though in a way it terrifies me I’d love to foster or adopt.

It’s exhausting always being compared to other people. I’m in my thirties now, away from that show and I’m so over it. It just has to stop.

This, for the record, was the only time Amy even references her famous relatives, when citing “that show,” Counting On.

Duggar rarely talks about her aunt and uncle or any of her cousins, but she does make pointed comments here and there.

She isn’t close to any of them, but she harbors no ill will and is simply happy on her own with Dillon and Daxton.

In conclusion here, Amy got cut off by Instagram, but then jumped back to conclude…

Being compared to makes me feel like what I do in this world is not good enough. Which is a complete lie from the Enemy!!

Also. Lets talk about when your pregnant all of the hormonal changes if your married or in a relationship that changes alot especially in the bedroom! Everything hurts, our hips widen and our bodies go through so much change , so give your body rest!

Also for those who can’t have kids who are always being judged because they think something is ” wrong” with you . I see you. I have been judged since my teens and it’s so hard.

To the women who just decide motherhood isn’t for them. Rock on too! Let’s just stop the comparison game! Much love!! And for those that read all of this..thank you!

Now go outside or something and take a break from social media!. I’m putting my phone down and spending time with my 1 child!!

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TOWIE’s Sam Faiers and Amy Childs reunite as they attend film premiere with their families

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Sam Faiers has enjoyed a day out with her family at the premiere of a new children's movie.

The 29 year old was accompanied by boyfriend Paul Knightley, 32, and their two children as she posed on red carpet of the Everyman cinema in Chelsea, London.

Their five year old son Paul beamed for the cameras as he held a gift box branding the name of the movie Two By Two: Overboard whilst three year old daughter Rosie shyly hid behind hers.

Mummy Diaries star Sam dressed casually for the star-studded event as she tucked a black top into her beige pair of loose fitted trousers.

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Keeping warm in the current London chill, she also sported a heavy black coat.

The rest of the family matched Sam's casual attire, with Paul dressing in all black ensemble consisting of a hoodie and a pair of jogging bottoms.

Little Paul, who earlier this week finished his first half term at school, complimented his parents by also donning a black hoodie with grey jogging bottoms.

Meanwhile, their youngest child Rosie joined them by wearing a fully black outfit, only broken by her beige coat.

Also in attendance at the premiere was Sam's former The Only Way Is Essex co-star Amy Childs, who attended the function with her daughter Polly, who has recently joined the hit ITVBe show alongside her mum as she made her grand return.

Amy, 30, and three year old Polly posed alongside her boyfriend Tim and another adorable little girl.

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The reality star looks phenomenal in a beige leather look shirt, which she teamed with black jeans whilst Tim donned a white t-shirt and denim jeans, covered up by a black coat.

Polly and her friend both look gorgeous in matching pink outfits, which consist of patterned dresses, leggings and faux fur body warmers.

Amy was recently forced to explain why she shares images of Polly online but not her son Ritchie after being accused of loving her daughter more.

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She told The Sun last month: "I want to clear this up too because I get a lot of messages on social media every single day saying: 'why do you always put up pictures of your daughter and not your son or why is Polly on the show and not Ritchie'. 'Do you love your daughter more?' etc.

"I must get about 20 messages a day about Ritchie, but basically me and Ritchie's dad agreed together not to put Ritchie on social media or TOWIE. We won't put him on social media or TV until he is old enough to make that decision himself.

"He is a beautiful little boy, he is like a mini-me and of course I love him every bit as much as Polly. Polly has a different dad and I made a different decision with Polly and it is that simple."

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Amy Coney Barrett hearing live: Watch final day of confirmation hearings

Thursday marks the fourth and final day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The Committee is set to hear witness statements from eight experts, four chosen by Democrats and four by Republicans. They include two from the American Bar Association, which call Barrett “well qualified” for the job.

The association will discuss its positive evaluation of Barrett’s qualifications related to “integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament.”

The jurist, 48, will not be present on Capitol Hill Thursday after fielding hours of questioning from lawmakers over the past two days. The first day was reserved for opening statements.

Also on Thursday, the GOP-led Judiciary Committee will begin the formal procedure of considering Barrett’s nomination, paving the way for a committee vote on approving it on Oct. 22.

The matter would then go for a full Senate vote the week of Oct. 26.

With a Republican-controlled Senate, Barrett’s confirmation to the highest court in the land is all but assured — and would cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the bench.

The conservative appellate judge is President Trump’s third nominee to the Supreme Court.

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How to Watch the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Live

You’ll be able to watch the hearings for free

The political news cycle of 2020 has been endlessly surprising the past few months. But for this week, at least, we’ve got at least one major current political story happening on a schedule that you can set your watch by: the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.

The hearings, which begin at 9 a.m. ET each morning, will stream live for free on C-SPAN’s YouTube channel. And we’ve also embedded the feed for Day 4 of these hearings — that’s the Thursday, Oct. 15 session — at the top of this article. CBS News will also stream the hearings on its YouTube channel right here.

Coney Barrett is Donald Trump’s choice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a justice on the Supreme Court — a choice that has drawn criticism because both because she is so conservative and because the presidential election is just three weeks away.

In March 2016, Republican leadership refused to allow a vote on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, on the grounds that the people should make the decision with the election later that year. This time, those same Republicans are pushing the vote through.

And so you can pretty well expect for Barrett’s hearings to be contentious. So much is thought to be at stake with Barrett’s nomination, like abortion and marriage equality, to name two major issues that could come up soon after her potential confirmation. And if Barrett is confirmed, then Democrats could well expand the Supreme Court should they win the presidency and the senate back next month.

So Barrett’s hearings could have big consequences for the United States. And it would follow, then, that you might want to watch them. Well, we’ve got good news for you: you can do that pretty easily, for free, so long as you’ve got an internet connection.

Both of those YouTube feeds will provide uninterrupted live video of the hearings. CBSN will also provide reporting and analysis during breaks. That coverage will be led by Vlad Duthiers and Anne Marie Green, who will receive additional input from CBSN anchors Lana Zak, Tanya Rivero and Elaine Quijano.

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Amy Coney Barrett truly shines under fire in Senate hearings

In two days of Senate hearings, Amy Coney Barrett has already shown she has the right temperament — and legal chops — to serve on the Supreme Court: She isn’t ruffled or distracted by hostile questions but sticks like glue to the facts and the law.

At the same time, Democrats have shown they have no good reason to reject her: Their toughest line of attack has been to suggest she might not vote the way they’d like on an ObamaCare case or if the election comes before the high court.

Continuing the Dems’ farce from the first day of hearings, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and others Tuesday cited people who’d suffer if the court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, while Sen. Chris Coons (Del.) ludicrously insisted that brief comments Barrett once made about Chief Justice John Roberts’ 2012 ruling on the ACA proves she’d vote against it in a new case.

Barrett calmly, but sternly, brought the discussion back to Earth: “I am not on a mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act,” she said. And she couldn’t have been more forceful about judges’ duty not to impose their own views or to rule to produce a certain policy outcome. On any issue.

“Judges cannot just wake up one day and say, ‘I have an agenda — I like guns, I hate guns, I like abortion, I hate abortion,’ and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world,” she explained. They had to rule on the law. As she would.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, meanwhile, spoke endlessly — with charts worthy of the crankiest conspiracy theorist — of some supposedly nefarious network of “dark” money to get conservatives on the bench. Which, of course, had nothing to do with Barrett’s qualifications. And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) squashed his whole point, by noting that progressives have amassed far more “dark” cash on the other side.

If this is all the Dems have, Barrett should sail through the rest of the hearings.

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Amy Coney Barrett ‘wept’ with her multiracial family after George Floyd death

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett spoke about how the death of George Floyd in May at the hands of police was “very, very personal” to her, as the mother of two black children, during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

The appeals court judge said she believed racism was an ongoing problem in the United States but argued it was a policy matter for Congress, not the judicial system, to fix.

During day two of the hearing, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois asked Trump’s nominee for the high court if she had watched the video of Floyd’s death which sparked a historic conversation about civil rights and police reform and how it had impacted her.

“Senator, as you might imagine, given that I have two black children, that was very, very personal for my family,” said Coney Barrett, 48, a mom-of-seven who adopted two children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti.

The conservative judge spoke about how she had to have a difficult conversation with Vivian, 17, and the rest of her children about police brutality.

“It was very difficult for her, and we wept together in my room. It was also difficult for my daughter Juliet, who’s 10. I had to try to explain some of this to them,” Coney Barrett told Durbin.

“I mean, my children, to this point in their lives, have had the benefit of growing up in a cocoon where they have not yet experienced hatred or violence and for Vivian, to understand that there would be a risk to her brother or the son she might have one day of that kind of brutality, has been an ongoing conversation,” she continued.

“It’s a difficult one for us like it is for Americans all over the country,” she said.

When pressed on the issue of race in the United States, the judge said: “I think it is an entirely uncontroversial and obvious statement, given as we just talked about the George Floyd video, that racism persists in our country.”

But the Supreme Court nominee who would replace the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court said it was not her place as a judge to tackle the problem.

“As to putting my finger on the nature of the problem, whether, as you say, it’s just outright or systemic racism or how to tackle the issue of making it better, those things are policy questions,” she said.

“They’re hotly-contested policy questions that have been in the news and discussed all summer,” she said, adding, “Giving broader statements or making broader diagnoses about the problem of racism is kind of beyond what I’m capable of doing as a judge.”

House Democrats passed their own police reform bill in June but Democrats in the Senate swiftly killed police reform when they refused to debate or even bring a vote on the GOP bill, shepherded by Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator.

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Another Fly Landed on Amy Coney Barrett on Television

The judge has another thing in common with Vice President Mike Pence

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What is it with political figures and flies? Judge Amy Coney Barrett attracted a fly during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, just as Vice President Mike Pence did last week during his televised debate with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California).

Observers handled the situation with the same amount of shock and enthusiasm as last time, too.

Okay everyone who didn’t take the Pence fly as a sign from God needs to look at Amy Coney Barrett‘s right shoulder,” tweeted one user along with an image of President Donald Trump’s nominee wearing a pink top, a mask and, of course, a winged insect.

Another user racked up over 2,000 retweets on a post that included two pictures of the bug along with “omg” and some cry-laughing emojis.

Because the incident happened just a week after the most recent example of fly-anointment, Twitter users were able to recycle the memes they made for Pence after he faced of with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

One popular image showed a common housefly in a collar reminiscent of the ones worn by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose widely-reported final wish was that the nomination of her successor would take place after the November election showdown between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Another cartoon depicted a fly holding a “Biden Harris” sign.

Flies have no political affiliation or regard for live televised events. One landed on 2016’s Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, during a debate in the last election cycle, too.

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