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Justice Amy Coney Barrett: “I love the Constitution and I will do my best to protect it”

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett: "I love the Constitution and I will do my best to protect it"

Americans around the country were delighted last night when Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court. Following a vote by the Senate, Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath of office at a national ceremony.

Justice Barrett vowed to protect and preserve the Constitution and said that she cherished the document that was the cornerstone of our country and that she would dedicate herself to preserving it.

“I, Amy Coney Bennett, solemnly swear that I shall support and protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, international and domestic; that I shall bear true faith and loyalty to the same; that I shall freely embrace this duty, without any mental reservation or intent to escape it; and that I shall perform well and faithfully the duties of the office to which I am about to join. So help me, my God.

The oath I solemnly took tonight means, at its heart, that I will do my job without fear or favor, and that I will do it independently of both the political branches and my own interests. I love the Constitution and the Democratic Republic that it creates, and I will do my utmost to preserve it. Oh, thank you.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett:

pic.twitter.com/6i9WEbAAJm: “My fellow Americans, even though we judges don’t face elections, we still work for you … I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it creates, and I will dedicate myself to maintaining it.”

Afterwards, President Trump said, “This is a momentous day for America, for the Constitution of the United States, and for a fair and impartial rule of law. Justice Barrett, when you take your oath tonight, the legacy of our ancestors comes down to you. The American people have put their trust in you and their faith in you as you take on the challenge of protecting our laws, our Constitution, and this country that we all love. We ask the Lord to grant you wisdom and courage. I know you’re going to make all of us very, very happy.

President @realDonaldTrump: Judge Barrett ‘s appointment is “a crucial day for America, for the Constitution of the United States and for a fair and independent rule of law” https:/t.co/siducdp5xf pic.twitter.com/bmNzOgtfH6


Barrett was approved by a 52-48 vote with all Republicans except Susan Collins voting to confirm her and all Democrats voting against her nomination.

“We seldom have a candidate as exceptional as the one we have in front of us right now,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell before the vote. “We had a chance to witness this exceptional candidate. We’ve been watching her in committee. She has proven that she has the deep legal experience, the dispassionate judicial temperament and the sheer intellectual strength that the American people deserve to have in their Supreme Court.

“This excellent candidate is ideally suited to this period of work. And I know that we all know that. She is an outstanding candidate to the Supreme Court who will make the Senate and the nation extremely proud, “he said.

Before the vote, Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, called on Democrats to play politics with Barrett ‘s appointment.

“I’ve learned now that I think four speeches in a row mean that when Judge Barrett becomes Justice Barrett later tonight, that clearly means the end of health care in America. The last speech actually contained this expression, “A vote for Amy Barrett is a vote to end health care.” The speech said, “A vote for Amy Coney Barrett is a vote to end health care.” It’s not just preposterous, it’s so damaging to public good and public trust … Please have the courage to come back next April, May and June and say you lied to the American people. You were really trying to scare them into voting, and you were asking B.S. what you were saying. Whoever writes these talk points outside – it’s very damaging, and the Senators know better than parroting this pop.

“Judge Barrett ran circles around the Democrats’ failed efforts to smear her integrity, her religion, and her family during those hearings. They don’t like Judge Barrett doing what the judges are meant to do – standing above politics and refusing to legislate from the bench. The polls show that the Americans are clearly in favour of her confirmation. It’s time for Chuck Schumer to drop the shenanigans and get that done, “he said.

Leading pro-life organizations strongly endorsed Judge Barrett and told LifeNews they were ecstatic that she had obtained a positive confirmation vote.

Penny Nance of Women Concerned for America said, “A conservative, constitutional, pro-life woman at the Supreme Court is why we voted for Donald Trump. We congratulate Justice Barrett, and we pray for her and her family. The challenge ahead will be a daunting one, but we have full confidence in her ability as a lawyer.

“Yet at the end of the day, we must return to the origins of such a wonderful addition to the Supreme Court: President Donald J. Trump. He exceeded all our standards when it comes to judicial appointments, and he did indeed deliver on making the judiciary great again. The Americans will recall going to this important election, “she said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on Thursday 12-0 to submit Judge Amy Coney Barrett ‘s appointment to the full Senate floor after Democrats boycotted the committee’s vote to partake in a political truce and falsely say that Judge Barrett intends to take away American health care.

The news comes after a recent national poll reveals that Americans favour Amy Coney Barrett, candidate of the Supreme Court, by a 23 per cent margin. It follows a Gallup poll showing that the majority of Americans support her appointment.

The latest Morning Consult poll reveals that the Americans favour Barrett at a margin of 51-28% and that the gap in 23 percentage points is an improvement from the 17 percent margin found in the previous poll.

“After four days of hearings, 51% of the electorate said that the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court, up 3 percentage points from the previous week and a rise of 14 points since Trump announced his appointment on September 26. It is a higher degree of support than Morning Consult calculated at any time during the confirmation hearings for Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — the two other lawyers Trump had been named to the High Court during his term of office, “the polling firm said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote on Thursday, setting up a final vote by the full Senate on Monday.

At the confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett says that she does not consider the decision of Roe v. Wade that allowed abortion on demand to be a “super-precedent” that can not be reversed.

Judge Barrett said that Roe was not in the same category as the Brown v. Board of Education decision of the Supreme Court in 1954, which ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional because there was still a major controversy as to whether Roe was valid.

In comments during the confirmation process, Judge Amy Coney Barrett also indicated that she is committed to the rule of law.

“I am committed to the rule of law and the rule of the court,” she said. “If I offer off-the-cuff responses, I’d practically be a juror, and I don’t think we want judges to be jurors. I think we want judges to take a thoughtful and open-minded approach to cases.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett gave her opening remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday and made two primary points.

First, she spoke about the proper position of the courts, saying that they are not allowed to make laws and make laws from the bench. She also refused to back down to the attacks on her religion by the Senate Democrats, stating that she firmly believed in prayer and thanking the many Americans who prayed for her in the midst of the attacks on her Christian faith.

“I believe in the power of prayer, and it has been exhilarating that so many people have been praying for me,” Judge Barrett said to the representatives of the Judiciary.

“Nothing is more important to me, and I am so proud to have it behind me,” she said.

Before that, Judge Barrett had addressed the proper position of the Supreme Court.

“The courts are not intended to fix every problem or every wrong in our lives,” she explained. “The political decisions and the government’s value assessments must be taken by the political branches elected and accountable to the people. The public does not expect the courts to do this, and the courts should not try.

“When I write a case-solving opinion, I read every word from the point of view of the losing party. I ask myself how would I see the decision if one of my children was the faction I ruled against, “she went on to say. “Although I may not like the outcome, may I accept that the decision was reasonably well-founded and based on the law? That’s the standard I set for myself in any case, and that’s the standard I’m going to follow as long as I’m a judge at any court.

The Liberal American Bar Association has nominated its highest rating to President Donald Trump‘s most recent Supreme Court, releasing the rating on the opening day of its Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the Senate.

Last week, a recent national poll found that Americans favored the double-digit margin nomination of the Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

A recent Morning Consult poll reveals that the Americans support Barrett on a 46-31 percent basis and that 15 percent of the support basis is an improvement from the polling firms’ last national survey in September following its appointment. That poll had Americans backing Barrett 37-34%, which resulted in a 12 percent rise from the previous 3 percent margin.

“Democrats are losing the Supreme Court message battle, according to a new survey, with the help of Judge Amy Coney Barrett ‘s confirmation in the direction of the GOP,” the polling firm said. “Nearly half (46 percent) of the voters in the Oct. 2-4 Morning Consult / Politico poll said the Senate should approve Barrett — up 9 percent after President Donald Trump confirmed his appointment on Sept. 26—as more voters.

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Pesticide protest at Delmar CVS on Sunday

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DELMAR, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Bethlehem residents concerned about pesticides will be protesting the CVS store in Delmar on September 26 starting at 9 a.m. The organizer of the event, Joe Murphy, says protesters will bring signs and informational flyers to attract public notice concerning pesticide use by CVS.

Murphy said he contacted CVS and other businesses earlier this summer and offered them information about natural alternatives to pesticides. He says CVS continues to use pesticides on their lawn.

“Some of the other businesses we contacted were grateful for the prompt and decided to stop using pesticides. It’s unfortunate that CVS insists on continuing this toxic practice,” said Murphy.

The picketing is part of a new Pest Protest anti-pesticide action plan. Murphy says the protests will continue and grow until CVS agrees to stop using pesticides in the community.

“Picketing, social media, news coverage, you name it. We are confident that once the public understands what this business is doing, they will tell them to stop, ” said Murphy.

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Annual memorial mass for deceased members of the law enforcement

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Annual memorial mass for deceased members of the law enforcement

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Tuesday, September 28, at 10:30 a.m., the 34th Annual Memorial Mass for deceased community members of the law enforcement, will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, on Eagle Street.

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will preside the mass to remember those who have died in law enforcement and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Law enforcement from New York City, Long Island, the Capital Region, and from across New York State will be present, along with local dignitaries.

For more information, contact Mary Poust at (518) 331-0850 or visit the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany webpage.

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Colorado high school football: How CHSAANow Top 10 teams fared in Week 5

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Colorado high school football: How CHSAANow Top 10 teams fared in Week 5

Class 5A

1. Valor Christian (4-0) vs. No. 3 Columbine, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Mountain Vista, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

2. Cherry Creek (3-1) at No. 5 Regis Jesuit, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 8 Cherokee Trail, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

3. Columbine (4-0) at No. 1 Valor Christian, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at Arvada West, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

4. Ralston Valley (4-0) at Doherty, 11 a.m. Saturday. Next week: at Mullen, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

5. Regis Jesuit (3-1) vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek, 6:30 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Chaparral, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

6. Grandview (3-1) vs. Horizon, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Smoky Hill, 7 p.m. Sept. 30

7. Legend (3-1) at Westminster, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. 4A No. 2 Pine Creek, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

8. Cherokee Trail (3-1) at Denver East, 11 a.m. Saturday. Next week: vs. No. 2 Cherry Creek, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

9. Douglas County (5-0) won vs. Boulder, 34-7. The Huskies defense returned a fumble for a touchdown, Reed McConnell and A.J. Jackson each had interceptions, and Douglas County won its fifth in a row for the first time since 2008. Next week: vs. Doherty, 1 p.m. Oct. 2

10. Arapahoe (3-1) at Rock Canyon, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Eaglecrest, 7 p.m. Sept. 30

Class 4A

1. Palmer Ridge (4-0) at Lakewood, 7 pm. Friday. Next week: vs. No. 5 Montrose, 6 p.m. Oct. 1

2. Pine Creek (4-0) vs. No. 4 Chatfield, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at 5A No. 7 Legend, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

3. Dakota Ridge (4-0) at Brighton, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Bear Creek, 7 p.m. Oct. 1

4. Chatfield (4-0) at No. 2 Pine Creek, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Wheat Ridge, 6 p.m. Sept. 30

5. Montrose (4-0) vs. Grand Junction, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: at No. 1 Palmer Ridge, 6 p.m. Oct. 1

6. Loveland (3-1) at Broomfield, 7 p.m. Friday. Next week: vs. Monarch, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30

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Massachusetts COVID Daily Report: 23 new deaths, 1,885 new cases

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BOSTON (WWLP) — State public health officials reported 23 new confirmed deaths and 1,885 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts.

Total COVID cases by age

  • 0-4 years: 1,224
  • 5-9 years: 1,753
  • 10-14 years: 1,632
  • 15-19 years: 1,932
  • 20-29 years: 4,999
  • 30-39 years: 3,616
  • 40-49 years: 2,560
  • 50-59 years: 2,347
  • 60-69 years: 1,665
  • 70-79 years: 963
  • 80+ years: 521

Testing

According to the Department of Public Health, 109,695 new tests were performed with an overall of 28,055,548 molecular tests administered. Antigen Tests: A total of 10,656 new individuals have tested positive with 1,941,886 total tests reported.

The 7-day average of percent positivity is 2.11%

Hospitalizations

There are 606 patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 with 165 patients that are in intensive care units and 96 patients intubated. There are 209 patients of the 606 patients that are reportedly fully vaccinated.

Confirmed COVID cases

  • New Cases: 1,885
  • Total Cases: 747,656
  • New Deaths: 23
  • Total Deaths: 18,141

Probable COVID cases

  • New Cases: 119
  • Total Cases: 53,253
  • New Deaths: 0
  • Total Deaths: 386

Berkshire County

  • New Confirmed Cases: 34
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 7,971
  • New Deaths: 0
  • Total Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 312

Hampden County

  • New Confirmed Cases: 190
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 61,541
  • New Deaths: 5
  • Total Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 1,606

Hampshire County

  • New Confirmed Cases: 49
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 10,991
  • New Deaths: 0
  • Total Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 313

Franklin County

  • New Confirmed Cases: 14
  • Total Confirmed Cases: 3,150
  • New Deaths: 1
  • Total Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 11

Higher education

There are 2,231 new cases in the last week with a total of 22,528 confirmed COVID-19 cases in higher education institutions. In the last week there were 583,922 new tests reported with a total of 9,651,458.

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Machete attack in NJ Walmart: Man slashed in head, police say

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Machete attack in NJ Walmart: Man slashed in head, police say

KEARNY, N.J. – A man was attacked with a machete in a New Jersey Walmart during an argument with another shopper Friday morning, according to authorities.

Officers responded around 10:30 a.m. to a 911 call for the attack at the Kearny store, on Harrison Avenue, local police said.

Responding officers found the man inside the store with a deep wound to the back of his head, police said.

Preliminary information indicated the victim was involved in a verbal argument with another man who then struck him in the head with a machete, according to authorities.

Cops said the alleged attacker fled the store before police arrived on the scene.

The victim was rushed by EMS to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

According to one Walmart employee, who did not wish to be identified, managers told workers to leave the store and wait in the parking lot.

Employees remained in the store parking lot over two hours later Friday afternoon as detectives and officers continued their investigation inside.

Markell Wilson of Newark, who came for a quick grocery run, was stunned by the news of the apparent machete attack.

“Oh my God! A machete!?” he told PIX11 News. “Never heard of anything like that happening in my life, it’s actually very scary.”

No arrests had been made as of 12:45 p.m., however police do not believe there is a threat to the community at large.

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Mechanicville man charged with multiple drug, firearm offenses

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PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican-backed review of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona’s largest county ended Friday without producing proof to support former President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election.

After six months of searching for evidence of fraud, the firm hired by Republican lawmakers issued a report that experts described as riddled with errors, bias and flawed methodology. Still, even that partisan review came up with a vote tally that would not have altered the outcome, finding that Biden won by 360 more votes than the official results certified last year.

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Glenville announcing public safety agreement with police, schools

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PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican-backed review of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona’s largest county ended Friday without producing proof to support former President Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen election.

After six months of searching for evidence of fraud, the firm hired by Republican lawmakers issued a report that experts described as riddled with errors, bias and flawed methodology. Still, even that partisan review came up with a vote tally that would not have altered the outcome, finding that Biden won by 360 more votes than the official results certified last year.

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‘The View’ hosts test COVID-positive minutes before Harris interview

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Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were instructed to leave the set by an off-camera crew member during Friday’s show. (Getty)

NEW YORK (KRON) — Two hosts of “The View” discovered they tested positive for COVID just minutes before Vice President Kamala Harris was set to come out for a live interview. The incident unfolded in front of the cameras during Friday morning’s live show.

During the broadcast, co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were instructed to leave the set by an off-camera crew member. “We’re going to bring you back later,” the crew member says, indicating that “more information” would be provided to the audience soon.

Co-host Joy Behar then asks if she should introduce Harris, but is instructed not to do so.

After a break, Behar and Sara Haines were seated in the center of the desk, where Behar explained that Hostin and Navarro had tested positive for COVID. “No matter how hard we try, these things happen,” Behar explained. “They probably have a breakthrough case and they’ll probably be OK because they’re both vaccinated up the wazoo.”

Harris’ interview was set to be her first live, in-studio appearance since she became VP, according to a promo tweeted by “The View.” The vice president instead conducted her interview from a separate location in the building, while Behar and Haines remained on the set.

“I hope that you’re in a safe spot right now,” Behar told Harris during the interview, which was conducted remotely. “We did everything we could to make sure you were safe because we value you so much.”

Harris thanked the producers, but said the incident speaks to the effectiveness of vaccination. “Sunny and Ana are strong women and I know they’re fine, but it really also does speak to the fact that they’re vaccinated and vaccines really make all the difference. Because otherwise, we would be concerned about hospitalization and worse.”

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Troy man found guilty of beating and robbing local business owners

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Troy man found guilty of beating and robbing local business owners

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Thursday, after a week-long trial by jury found Mark Scott, 57, of Troy guilty of preying upon a business owner for protection money.

On September 10, Scott approached a Lansingburgh business owner and insisted he be paid $150 per week to protect the owners business, Police said, which the owner refused

Scott returned on September 11 and demanded payment, when the store owner again refused Police said
he then robbed the store and beat the owner and his wife.

Scott was found guilty, charged with:

  • Second-Degree Robbery ( Class C Felony)
  • Two-Counts of Third-Degree Assualt ( Class A Misdemeanour)

“This was a senseless act of violence,” District Attorney Mary Donnelly said. “We have no tolerance for those that prey upon the hard-working individuals in our community.

Scott faces a minimum of 5 and 15 years when he is sentenced on November 4.

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Be patient when ordering Colorado’s free at-home COVID tests, state health department says

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Because of high demand, Coloradans who order free at-home COVID-19 testing kits through the state might have to wait up to two weeks for confirmation they’re in the program, the state health department said Friday.

On Tuesday, Gov. Jared Polis announced the state will give away 2 million at-home testing kits to any residents who sign up. The rapid tests are designed for regular screening, not as a substitute for lab-based testing if you have symptoms.

Some people who tried to order the tests have taken to social media to complain about delays. A spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed it can take anywhere from seven to 14 days for people to receive a confirmation email after signing up. The confirmation email includes a link to order the kits, and attempting to order without it will produce an “error” message, she said.

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