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News Flash for 9/21/20

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  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday from metastatic pancreatic cancer in her Washington, D.C. home. She was 87 years old. Ginsburg served as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1993, after being nominated by then-President Bill Clinton, to her death. She was the second woman ever elected to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg is remembered for her landmark legal battles for the equality of women and abortion rights in America. In the last few years, Ginsburg’s public image came back into the spotlight with the popularity of her new unofficial moniker, “The Notorious R.B.G” and several books and films made about her life and achievements, including her own memoir, My Own Words, published in 2016. Her staunch liberal political philosophy had made her a popular cultural figure during the conservative Trump presidency. Justice Ginsburg’s death fell on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and several people of the Jewish faith pointed out the religious significance of this, including Nina Totenberg of NPR, who tweeted “A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment bc they were needed most & were the most righteous.” The body of Justice Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday before she is buried at Arlington National Cemetery next week.
  • Crowds of mourners gathered outside the Supreme Court on Friday night and Saturday morning to pay tribute to Justice Ginsburg after the news of her death became public. Thousands left flowers and messages at a makeshift memorial outside the Supreme Court through the night into the morning. Memorials and vigils began to happen on Saturday morning at courthouses around the country and other places, including Columbia University in New York City, one of the Justice’s alma maters. 
  • President Trump announced on Monday that he has narrowed his list of Supreme Court nominees down to five in the wake of Justice Ginsburg’s passing. The nominees include Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Judge Amy Coney Barrett from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Judge Barbara Logoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. All of Trump’s candidates are conservative in their values and their philosophy on law and the Constitution, as were the President’s last two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. This announcement comes days after the passing of Justice Ginsburg, who, according to Nina Totenberg of NPR, in her last days, dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera that “my most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” President Trump said his nominee will be announced by Friday or Saturday.
  • Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a speech on Sunday at the National Convention Center in Philadelphia. Biden, whose campaign is based out of the city, talked about the recent passing of Justice Ginsberg, the COVID pandemic, and the faults of President Trump. 
  • The Philadelphia Eagles lost 37-19 to the Los Angeles Rams at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Their second loss of the season after last week’s loss to the Washington Football Team has left the Eagles 0-2, their worst start of a season since 2015. Despite the rough start, quarterback Carson Wentz thinks that the team will be able to make a comeback in the next few games. “We’ll be OK.,” he said. “I’ve always had all the confidence in the world in our defense.” They will be playing the Cincinnati Bengals this coming Sunday.

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