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October 18, 2021

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TDR Live: Sparks and Germs Fly at SCOTUS Superspreader Hearing, Day One

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The Damage Report host John Iadarola is joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of Newsbroke on AJ+ and The Bitchuation Room podcast, to go through the day’s top stories.

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings in the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Reporting from The NYT reveals Trump floated RIPPING OPEN HIS SHIRT TO REVEAL A SUPERMAN SHIRT on his departure from Walter Reed. Trump tweets that California and New York are “going to hell.” California’s Secretary of State is investigating reports that the CA Republican Party has set up unauthorized ballot drop boxes in several major counties. Ted Cruz voices his concern for a Democratic sweep in November. Climate activist Greta Thunberg endorses Joe Biden for president.

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Read more here: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/12/what-else-barrett-hiding-dems-demand-answers-after-trump-supreme-court-pick-caught

"On the eve of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s first confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel’s Democrats on Sunday demanded the right-wing Supreme Court nominee release any additional information she has withheld from lawmakers after new reporting revealed that she failed to disclose a pair of talks to anti-abortion groups and other materials.

After CNN reported Friday that Barrett omitted from her initial Senate questionnaire two talks she gave to student anti-abortion organizations at Notre Dame University in 2013, the judge submitted to the Judiciary Committee a supplement (pdf) disclosing both a lecture and a seminar. Barrett also informed the committee that while serving as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, she signed onto a 2013 paid advertisement criticizing Roe v. Wade.

Following Barrett’s belated disclosures—which did not include the content of the talks—all ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter (pdf) demanding to know what else the corporate-friendly judge is withholding as Republicans rush ahead with her confirmation process despite a coronavirus outbreak on Capitol Hill and widespread opposition to the nominee among legal experts and civil rights groups."

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