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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Iowa’s higher enrollment cliff just got closer

If University of Iowa students wanted an online education, “they could do the University of Phoenix,” a University of Iowa dean in June told more than 400 faculty and staff during a candid and contentious meeting regarding plans for a COVID-19-plagued return to campus for the fall of 2020.

His comments came after employees aired safety concerns, personal anxieties and health risks. One person asked if faculty and staff could be terminated for rebuffing directives to teach face to face.

“If, in the end, you go against all the directives that have been set up, is your job in danger? I guess the answer would be yes, it could be,” UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Steve Goddard told the packed Zoom meeting. “If you’re not doing the job that you’re being hired and paid for to do yes, it could be.”

During the meeting that laid

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