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Mississippi to decide fate of Jim Crow-era law designed to secure 'white supremacy'

BY: LIBBY CATHEY AND KIARA BRANTLEY-JONES, ABC NEWS(JACKSON, Miss) -- This report is part of "Turning Point," a groundbreaking month-long series by ABC News examining the racial reckoning sweeping the United States and exploring whether it can lead to lasting reconciliation.Mississippi voters have never elected a Black candidate to statewide…... Read More

Trump targets Biden's mental health in debate lead-up, despite aides' efforts to raise expectations

BY: WILL STEAKIN, KATHERINE FAULDERS AND JOHN SANTUCCI, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is set to enter the first presidential debate on Tuesday down in the polls, but coming off the high of nominating his third Supreme Court justice. Some top advisers expect a dominant performance by the president,…... Read More

Kamala Harris' Supreme Court hearing participation could be unprecedented

BY: AVERI HARPER, ABC NEWS(YORBA LINDA, Calif.) -- On the campaign trail, Sen. Kamala Harris often mentions that her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, told her she "may be the first to do many things," but it's unlikely questioning a Supreme Court nominee just a few weeks before Election Day ever…... Read More

Between the economy and coronavirus pandemic, Biden keeps his advantage nationally: POLL

BY: GARY LANGER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- In a race defined by economic views and pandemic fears, and riven by wide gender and education gaps, Joe Biden retains a 10-point lead nationally against Donald Trump in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, contracting to six points with third-party candidates included.Biden's…... Read More

Republicans push Barrett confirmation starting Oct. 12 as Democrats criticize timing

BY: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- Republican and Democratic leaders reacted largely along party lines to President Donald Trump's nomination on Saturday of a conservative federal judge to fill the seat left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.Overwhelmingly, Republicans called Amy Coney Barrett a well-qualified candidate and pushed for…... Read More

President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court seat

By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, JOHN SANTUCCI, and KATHERINE FAULDERS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday announced his nomination of federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.The move to select Barrett sets up what promises to be…... Read More

Temporary contractor threw Trump mail-in ballots in trash, Pennsylvania county officials say

By ALISA WIERSMA, ABC News(LUZERNE COUNTY, Penn.) -- An incident regarding "a small number" of discarded mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania -- which has sparked a Department of Justice investigation and drawn the attention of President Donald Trump -- appears to be rooted in an administrative error by a temporary contractor…... Read More

Amid pandemic, confidence in CDC erodes with questions of political interference

By CHEYENNE HASLETT and ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC NewsJack Barile had been waiting much of the summer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to publish his research on the most effective way to persuade people to wear masks in a pandemic.A psychology professor at the University of Hawaii, Barile…... Read More

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to headline fundraiser for Christian charity in swing-state Florida

By CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for a conservative Christian charity next weekend, marking another foray into politics for the top U.S. diplomat.The fundraiser, with its $10,000 tickets for "a personal visit with Secretary of State…... Read More

Most say wait on Ginsburg seat, while opposing packing the court: Poll

By GARY LANGER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Americans by nearly a 20-point margin say the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court should be left to the winner of the presidential election and a Senate vote next year, contrary to GOP plans for a quick nomination by Donald Trump and vote…... Read More

Barr briefed Trump on investigation into discarded Pennsylvania ballots

By ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A Justice Department official told ABC News Friday that Attorney General William Barr personally briefed President Donald Trump about the DOJ's investigation into a small number of ballots in Pennsylvania that were found to be discarded, prior to the information being made public by…... Read More

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg honored at US Capitol

By MEREDITH DELISO, EMILY SHAPIRO and KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.The honor, which comes a week after her death at the age of 87…... Read More

US attorney in Pennsylvania investigating 'small number of mail-in ballots' found in trash

By ALISA WIERSEMA, KENDALL KARSON and ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As mail-in voting begins in many states, and President Donald Trump continues to question its validity, one of battleground Pennsylvania's three pivotal counties has been thrust into the national spotlight after a small number of mail-in ballots were found…... Read More

Candidate in Minnesota congressional race dies, forcing special election

By ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- A third-party candidate running in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District died and now the district will have to hold a special election in February to decide the race, Secretary of State Steve Simon announced Thursday.Adam Charles Weeks, a 38-year-old organic vegetable farmer from…... Read More