Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg died aged 87 on Friday. ‘Ginsburg bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard-fought revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women’.

Ginsburg’s Achievements: In Reed v Reed 1971, won the argument that an Idaho statue ‘that gave preference to men in executing estates’ violated the 14th Amendment. Became the first woman to hold a full professorship at Columbia. Advocated for the ratification of the Equal Right Amendment meaning the legal system wont judge “on the basis of an unalterable trait of birth”. Secured backing for the case that ‘Virginia Military Institute’s refusal to enrol female students violated the equal protection clause’. Dissented against Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the 1965 Voting Rights Act on the argument voter suppression had been solved.

What now? President Trump appears to have secured the votes needed to confirm his Supreme Court nominee, after Mitt Romney announced that ‘Trump should get to choose liberal Justice Ginsburg’s replacement regardless of whether he wins in November’. Trump announces his nominee tomorrow ‘from among five female judges’.

Can Republicans do this? 29 times has a seat become vacant in a presidential election year. 17 times the President’s Party confirmed a replacement, twice it has not. But… In 2016 Republican leader of the House Lindsey Graham led efforts to successfully block Obama’s nominee, saying ‘if an opening comes in the last year of Trump’s term we’ll wait to the next election’.

Biden’s quiet… ‘When asked whether he would sign legislation to back the court, Biden said he did not want to let Trump “change the subject”.

In 2016, exit polls showed that Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 15 points among voters for whom the Supreme Court was the most important issue. It was the top issue for a lot of voters: 26% percent of Trump voters, about 16.4 million people.

On Sunday however, Biden successfully formulated that the open seat determines the preservation of the Affordable Care Act: “Donald Trump is before the Supreme Court trying to strip health-care coverage away from tens of millions of families”

Other snippets:

  • US deaths from Covid-19 surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday. Although Cases have increased by 14% in the last two weeks, Trump is hoping a recent drop in deaths, means he can persuaded America the crisis is lessening.
  • In a break of Royal Protocol, Harry and Meghan urged America to vote against ‘hate and misinformation’.
  • At the UN, Trump called for China to be held accountable for the pandemic, while Xi Jinping warned of a ‘clash of civilisations’.
  • Despite increasing geopolitical tensions, foreign policy will not be an issue in Tuesday’s first Presidential Debate. Topics selected are: ‘The Trump and Biden records, The Supreme Court, Covid-19, the Economy, Race and Violence in our Cities, The Integrity of the Election.  
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