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US to get 9th justice with Dems powerless to block Barrett


WASHINGTON (AP) — A deeply torn Senate is set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Republicans are overpowering unified Democratic opposition to vote Monday on President Donald Trump’s nominee a week before Election Day.

Democratic leaders want Vice President Mike Pence to stay away after his aides tested positive for COVID-19.

Pence’s tie-breaking vote is not expected to be needed. Pence has not said if he plans to preside, as is customary.

Democrats tell Pence it’s “not a risk worth taking.” With no real power to stop the vote, Democrats argue the winner of the Nov. 3 election should choose the nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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