Amy Coney Barrett says she’s not a ‘pawn,’ NBC News to host town hall with Trump and a closer look at gifted education

Good morning, NBC News readers.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is set to face another round of tough questions on Day 3 of her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden spar over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the campaign trail. And it’s the end of an era for the Soyuz rocket.

Here’s what we’re watching this Wednesday morning.


Trump’s words haunt Amy Coney Barrett as she vows not to be a ‘pawn’ on Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced a barrage of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee over more than 11 hours on Tuesday, the second day of her confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett was sharply questioned by Democratic lawmakers over her personal and judicial philosophies. She repeatedly insisted to senators that she has no “agenda” on issues like the Affordable Care Act, the future

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W&J dedicates Cooper Hall in honor of alumnus, scientist, civil rights leader | Living

Washington & Jefferson College dedicated Cooper Hall, formerly Beau Hall, in honor of Dr. Walter Cooper, a noted research scientist, steward of education and advocate for civil rights during an Oct. 2 ceremony.

Cooper, who at 92 years old has remained active in the W&J community, was honored during a private ceremony held on the W&J campus with friends, family and students in attendance.

“It is indeed an honor (from) this college, which played such a major role in forming my philosophy of life and also provided me with an education that provided a foundation for not only a rewarding pursuit of science and technology, but also provided me with a great interest in the humankind and the problems which our nation faces, and especially [those] the minority of which I’m a part has faced,” Cooper said.

The former Beau Hall, which recently underwent a $1 million renovation, was chosen

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Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame inductees

Daniel Resasco, professor of chemical engineering and Gallogy Chair at the University of Oklahoma, specializes in the study of catalysts and nanomaterials for a variety of commercial and industrial applications. He is the author of over 300 publications, holds more than 40 industrial patents, and has received about 27,000 citations in scientific literature.

Carl Renfro served as the chairman and CEO of Pioneer Bank & Trust in Ponca City from 1979 to 2006 and played a major role in establishing the city’s University Center, which provides access to college courses from institutions throughout the state. Renfro and his wife have endowed permanent scholarship funds with the University Center Foundation, as well as a lecture series at Northern Oklahoma College.

Paul Risser, originally from Blackwell, held a diverse range of professional positions throughout his career, but showed dedication to the importance of higher education. The well-published ecologist taught in Oklahoma, New

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Education Is Not Up for Debate’ live town hall

Citizen Verizon Assembly: Education Is Not Up for Debate brings together Yara Shahidi, Gabrielle Union, Soledad O’Brien, professors, politicians and business leaders for an urgent debate on today’s education system, with a look to the future
Citizen Verizon Assembly: Education Is Not Up for Debate brings together Yara Shahidi, Gabrielle Union, Soledad O’Brien, professors, politicians and business leaders for an urgent debate on today’s education system, with a look to the future

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Yahoo Life and Verizon will host the second Citizen Verizon Assembly, Education Is Not Up for Debate, for a timely discussion about the education system, covering remote learning, inequality and mental health as Verizon continues to convene advocates, activists, and nonprofit and business leaders to address the most pressing global economic, environmental and social issues. The event can be watched live at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT in the player above.

The hour-long virtual event will include keynotes and discussions with leaders from around the globe, including mental health activist Catie Cole, actress, producer and change agent Yara Shahidi, and actress, entrepreneur and activist Gabrielle Union, among others. 

After

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