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.


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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

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Top U.S. health officials testify before senators on the coronavirus pandemic

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Four top U.S. health officials leading the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic are slated Wednesday to testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to provide an update on their efforts.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are scheduled to speak. Adm. Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services who is in charge of the government’s testing efforts, as well as Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will also address the committee. 

The hearing comes one day after the U.S. Covid-19 death toll surpassed 200,000, more than any

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