10 things you need to know today: September 22, 2020

Trump says he'll announce his Supreme Court nominee by Saturday, McConnell rejects Democrats' proposal on averting a shutdown, and more

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1. Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee by Saturday

President Trump said Monday that he expected to announce his nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday. Trump said his short list was down to four or five finalists. Ginsburg's casket will be on public view on the court's steps on Wednesday and Thursday. She will lie in state in the Capitol's Statuary Hall on Friday, the first woman to receive the honor. Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are pushing for the nominee's confirmation before Election Day, and appeared to have lined up enough votes. Democrats insist that the winner of the election between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden should pick the next justice. They say it is shamefully hypocritical for Republicans to rush to confirm Ginsburg's replacement with the election weeks away after refusing to consider former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016 nine months before Election Day.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.