10 things you need to know today: October 27, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, Trump and Biden focus on the pandemic in Pennsylvania stops, and more

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1. Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

A deeply divided Senate voted 52-48 Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Republicans pushed the nomination through over objections from Democrats, who argued that the winner of the presidential election should fill the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat. The elevation of Barrett, the fifth woman justice ever to serve on the court, increases conservatives' majority to 6-3, setting up an expected shift to the right on key issues like health care, abortion, gun rights, and voting rights. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Republicans acted in "bad faith" by confirming Barrett with an election underway after blocking former President Barack Obama's nominee eight months before Election Day in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans broke no rules, and were able to do what they did "because we had the majority."

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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.