Amy Coney Barrett Faces Questions On Her Philosophy From Senate Judiciary Committee

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee today. She is an originalist like her mentor, the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. But she told the committee today that while she admires him, she will not be his imitation on the court.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

AMY CONEY BARRETT: If I’m confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia. You would be getting Justice Barrett.

SHAPIRO: NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis is part of our team covering the hearings, and she joins us now.

Hi, Sue.

SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.

SHAPIRO: These are grueling marathons for any nominee. How’s Judge Barrett doing so far?

DAVIS: You know, she is very poised and calm. She’s been sitting very still at the table with her hands folded in her lap, almost motionless

Read More

Amy Coney Barrett faces questions on Day 2 of Senate hearings

Washington — Judge Amy Coney Barrett is facing questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the second day of her confirmation hearings, with the panel’s members getting their first chance to press President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court on her legal views and writings.

Barrett, 48, is fielding questions from Democrats on the 22-member committee about her views on abortion and the Affordable Care Act, which has become a focal point of their opposition to her nomination to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the high court. 

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, asked Barrett whether she believes Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion, was rightly decided.

Barrett declined to say one way or another, saying her role as a sitting judge precluded her from commenting on precedents that continue to

Read More

Barrett faces senators on health care, legal precedent; Defiant Trump defends record at rally; and more | National News

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These headlines are in the news this morning: Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is set to face senators’ questions; President Trump is as defiant as ever in his first rally after contracting the coronavirus; and Trump and Joe Biden both seek to tie themselves to popular infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.

 

Top stories



APTOPIX Supreme Court Barrett

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.




Barrett to face senators on health care, legal precedent

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will face senators’ questions over her approach to health care, legal precedent and even the presidential election during a second day of confirmation hearings on track to

Read More

City Faces Lawsuit; Sideshow Crackdown; Teacher of Year: Patch PM

NORTH BAY, CA – Missed today’s headlines? Here are the Patch stories from Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties that people are talking about today:

Cars Impounded In Crackdown On Sideshows, Santa Rosa Police Say

  • Twelve cars were impounded this week, and officers are investigating participants for possible criminal charges.

San Rafael At Odds With Black Man Detained At Gunpoint

  • The city is facing a legal claim, defending its actions and trying to find a way forward that acknowledges the distress its officers caused.

Glass Fire 78% Contained As Damage Assessments Completed

  • The wildfire has taken a heavy toll in Napa County, where 343 commercial structures —including wineries — have been destroyed.

Power Restored In Healdsburg Citywide Power Outage

  • The city’s transmission source was lost but PG&E switched the city to a different substation.

Police Make Arrest In Santa Rosa Homicide Investigation

  • Police had been investigating Kirk Williams,
Read More

Twin brother of accused Sylvania teacher faces sex charges

A former Fort Payne teacher is facing sex charges only days after his twin brother was arrested for similar offenses.

Donavan Wayne Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was taken into custody Thursday and booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center, charged as a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19. His bond has been set at $150,000.

The arrest comes five days after his brother Dustin Wade Dalton, 28, of Rainsville, was charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes and dissemination of obscene material.

Donavan Dalton was a special education teacher and coach with the Fort Payne School System, according to the Times-Journal. Dustin Dalton was a teacher in Sylvania with DeKalb County Schools.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a report Thursday of inappropriate activity between a man and a juvenile, which led to the arrest, the department said in a statement.

Sheriff

Read More

higher education faces some tough questions

Opinion: higher education had a plethora of challenges before the arrival of Covid-19, but the situation is even harder now

While the reopening of schools has been the focus of attention recently in Ireland, higher education is also under major pressure at the start of a new academic year. As a fresh intake of students embarks on a new journey, third level institutions here and abroad are enduring a bumpy ride in the face of four major challenges: funding shortages; expectations; rising pressures and the impact of Covid-19.

Funding shortages – where’s the money?

The role of the State in funding higher education varies greatly. A 2017 European Commission report found that 11 of 42 systems levied no fees at all for first time undergraduates, with some countries also offering grants and other supports. At the opposite extreme, notably in the United States, Australia and England, the state has minimised

Read More

With half their faces covered, mask-wearing teachers innovate to communicate with students

One holds up a smiley face. Another crinkles her eyes extra squinty to show she’s grinning. A third goes for “expressive” eyes.



FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


© John Minchillo
FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The eyes are all they’ve got, but the lack of full facial expression certainly poses a challenge for teachers, especially when teaching students whose hearing is impaired, or whose first language is not English.

As students return to

Read More