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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 of abortion rights or same-sex marriage and that she would be nobody’s “pawn” if confirmed to the Supreme Court.
She has a particularly tough row to hoe given that the person who nominated her to the high court, President Donald Trump, has repeatedly told Americans that his judicial picks will faithfully advance his agenda.
For instance, she declined to commit to recusing herself from a potential lawsuit contesting the result of the 2020 election, even though Trump has clearly stated his desire to fill the Supreme Court vacancy in the event of such a scenario. But she said she would consider the questions surrounding recusal seriously.
“I certainly hope that all members of the committee have more confidence in my integrity than to think I would allow myself to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the American people,” she told Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.
News analysis: During Day 2 of her hearing, Barrett revealed a road map for reversing landmark abortion and desegregation rulings, NBC News Jonathan Allen writes.
The hearing will resume this morning at 9 a.m. ET. Watch coverage on NBC News, MSNBC and follow our live blog for updates and analysis.
Trump tells coronavirus victims: ‘I feel your pain’
A pumped-up President Trump told supporters Tuesday that he “felt like Superman” after he got his experimental drug treatment for Covid-19.
“To everyone fighting to recover from the virus, I feel your pain because I’ve felt your pain,” Trump told a largely maskless crowd of thousands packed onto an airport tarmac in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Trump, once again, insisted at the rally that the country is “rounding the corner” on the virus, which has infected over 7.8 million people in the U.S. and killed over 216,000.
In contrast, Democratic nominee Joe Biden delivered a scathing review of how Trump’s presidency has hurt senior citizens, taking particular aim at the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden, speaking to a socially distanced crowd at a senior citizen community center in southern Florida, hit Trump over his statements on possibly cutting Social Security and his record