Numbers game
September 19, 2020

There's a lot of speculation about how Republican senators will respond to the Supreme Court vacancy following the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to forge ahead with a confirmation vote, and President Trump has urged GOP lawmakers to confirm his nominee "without delay." But observers have pinpointed a few Republicans that could potentially break with the party and try to push the vote until at least after the November election is decided. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), often considered one of the more moderate voices in the upper chamber, was one of them.

Collins, who is in a tough re-election battle, released a statement Saturday, clarifying that she believes a vote to confirm the nominee should wait until after the election. Collins said "we must act fairly and consistently — no matter which political party is in power," likely referring to the fact that the Republican-led Senate blocked then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016 due to the proximity to that year's election.

The senator said she would not object if Trump makes a nomination or if the Senate Judiciary Committee begins "the process of reviewing his nominee's credentials," but, ultimately, whoever wins the election on Nov. 3 should make "the decision on a lifetime appointment." Tim O'Donnell

April 6, 2015

Though Fox News is more trusted by Americans on the topic of climate change than President Obama, neither source's reliability rating is anything to write home about.

A new St. Leo University national survey found that 17 percent of Americans think Fox News is reliable when it comes to reporting on global climate change, while 11 percent think President Obama is a trustworthy source on climate change issues. 

The poll also found that Americans don't think global climate change is one of the most important issues facing the country today. Just 3 percent listed it as an important issue, while jobs and the economy, federal deficit and spending, and homeland security took the top three spots, respectively.

When it comes to climate change, the survey found that Americans are more likely to turn to ''non-government scientists and educators'' (45 percent) and environmental groups (33 percent) for trustworthy information. Teresa Mull

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