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    (Oct. 26) Amy Coney Barrett is on the cusp of confirmation, with the Senate ready to vote Monday night to elevate her to the Supreme Court a week before the presidential election and create a 6-3 conservative majority on the court. The stage was set Sunday when the Senate, on a party-line vote, broke a Democratic filibuster and left her swift elevation all but certain. Barrett is President Donald Trump’s choice to replace the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer on Sept. 18. In a final piece of controversy after weeks of partisan acrimony over the confirmation, Democrats urged Vice President Mike Pence not to be present at Monday’s vote as the Senate’s presiding officer, since several of his top aides or advisers tested positive for the coronavirus. After saying on Saturday that he wouldn’t want to “miss that vote for the world,” Pence now isn’t planning to be at the Capitol, according to a person familiar with his plans. The vice president tested negative Monday, a spokesperson said. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday warned colleagues to take extra precautions, given the infections among White House staff. He said aides to a Republican senator, whom he didn’t identify, also have tested positive for Covid-19.

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