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White House prioritizes Supreme Court pick over economy, jobs

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were scheduled to have an important meeting yesterday afternoon on a possible economic aid package. Before they could connect, however, Donald Trump rendered their meeting moot: the negotiations, the president, were over.

Americans with economic concerns, Trump added, will have to wait “until after the election.” In the meantime, the Republican demanded that his team and its allies “focus full time” on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Not surprisingly, this has quickly become the official White House line.

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told CNBC on Wednesday that there was a “low probability” of approving additional legislation in time for the election … “We’ve only got four weeks to the election, and we have a justice of the Supreme Court to get passed. It’s too close to the election — not enough

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Supreme Court pick event attendees who tested positive for COVID-19

  • At least seven people who attended an event on Saturday where President Donald Trump announced his Supreme Court pick have now tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Trump announced that he tested positive for the virus on Friday. 
  • At least 150 people attended the event on Saturday. 
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President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday at an event with 150 attendees. 

Almost a week later on Friday, Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Now the event has come under some scrutiny, as at least seven attendees have tested positive for the virus this week.

It’s unclear if the Rose Garden gathering was a super-spreader event, or how or when those who contracted COVID-19 got the virus — whether at the event or elsewhere.

Here are all the prominent attendees who have tested positive for the virus:

Barrett tested negative

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Two Republican senators test positive for COVID-19, adding to uncertainty surrounding Supreme Court pick

The coronavirus outbreak gripping the White House spread to Capitol Hill on Friday morning, raising the prospect that the virus could disrupt Republicans’ plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the November election.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Several people who were in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19, imperiling Barrett's confirmation process.


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Several people who were in attendance, including the president, have since tested positive for COVID-19, imperiling Barrett’s confirmation process.

Two Republican members of the Senate Judiciary committee — Mike Lee of Utah, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – revealed Friday that they have tested positive for the potentially deadly disease.

Their positive diagnoses raised concerns that the virus had spread at a Saturday Rose Garden ceremony, at which Trump announced he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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Win on court pick, fumble on election results

President Trump ended his week with his pick of federal judge Amy Coney Barrett, a move that buoyed conservatives and made liberals so furious they are considering boycotting her confirmation hearing.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House Saturday.


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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House Saturday.

But while the pick was a big win for the president’s base, his suggestions earlier questioning the upcoming election and results overshadowed his week.

Conservative grader Jed Babbin noted the president’s questions about the election process but said Trump deserves an “A-” for his court pick to replace the late liberal Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But Democratic pollster and grader John Zogby said Trump’s suggestion that he wouldn’t accept an election loss to Joe Biden stained the week, resulting in a grade of “F.”

Jed

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