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ACB, Philly Shooting, and Felled Statues: News Flash for 10/12/20

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  • Judge Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in today to begin the Supreme Court nomination hearings for a spot on the Supreme Court. This comes after the death of longtime Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Barrett is President Trump’s pick for filling the vacancy. The hearings consisted of Democrats and Republicans making arguments for and against the nomination. A point of contention has been Barrett’s originalist philosophy for law, which mirrors the judicial philosophy of former Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Barrett clerked for earlier in her career. Her judicial philosophy and personal beliefs have caused a divide amongst those involved in the hearings.
  • A string of unrelated shootings left 9 people injured in Philadelphia this weekend. The shootings took place between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and Philadelphia police have yet to make an arrest for any of the shootings. One victim, a 20-year-old man, was shot in the back and another, a 38-year-old woman, was shot in the neck. None of the victims have died. The string of shootings is connected to an uptick in violence in the city.
  • Protesters in Portland, Oregon tore down statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt last night. The protest stemmed from the controversies surrounding Columbus Day, which many Americans think should be renamed to Indigenous People’s Day to celebrate the Native American community and its history. Both statues were taken down with chains and spray painted by protesters who gathered to protest the national holiday. Portland has been the sight of multiple protests this year, beginning with the George Floyd protests and continuing because of other socio-political issues the country is facing.