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Trump introduces Amy Coney Barrett as nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Olivier Douleiry/Getty Images

In speaking after President Trump announced her as the Supreme Court nominee to replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett said on Saturday she will be "mindful" of those who came before her on the court if confirmed.

What she's saying: Barrett touched on Ginsburg's legacy, as well as her own judicial philosophy and family values. "I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution," she said. "I'm truly humbled at the prospect of serving on the  Supreme Court."

  • Ginsburg's legacy
    • Barrett praised Ginsburg, saying the late liberal justice "began her career at a time when women were not welcome in the legal profession. But she not only broke glass ceilings, she smashed them."
    • "The flag of the United States is still flying at half staff in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to mark the end of a great American life," Barrett said.
    • It should be noted, however, the pair's philosophies could not be more different.
    • If confirmed, Barrett would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the court. At 48, the steadfast social conservative could push the court further to the right for decades to come.
    • Just days before her death, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," according to NPR.
  • Judicial philosophy
    • Barrett said she shares the same principles as the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she once clerked. "His judicial philosophy is mine too, a justice must apply the law as written. Judges are not policymakers, and they must be resolute in setting aside any policy views they might hold."
  • Family values
    • Trump and Barrett heavily emphasized the mother of seven's qualifications and strong family values, both of which will be key themes during her confirmation fight. Trump also noted that if confirm, Barrett would be the first mother of school-age children to serve on Supreme Court.
    • If confirmed, Barrett said, "I would not assume that role for the sake of those in my own circle" but for all Americans. "I will meet the challenge with both humility and courage."
  • Road ahead
    • "I have no illusions that the road ahead of me will be had easy for the short term or long haul. I never imagined that I would find myself this position. But I assure you that I will meet the challenge with both humility and courage."
    • "Members of the United States Senate, I look forward to working with you during the confirmation process. And I will do my very best to demonstrate that I am worthy of your support."

What's next: Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Barrett are tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 12, two Senate sources familiar with the plans told Axios.

  • In a schedule that is subject to change:
    • Opening statements are expected to begin Oct. 12.
    • The first round of questions will follow on Oct. 13.
    • A second round of questions and a closed session are tentatively set for Oct. 14.
    • Outside witnesses will present on Oct. 15.

Go deeper: Where Amy Coney Barrett stands on the biggest issues

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Democrats fret about Garland for attorney general

Judge Merrick Garland. Photo: Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images

If Joe Biden picks Merrick Garland to be his attorney general, he could cost his party control of one of the most important judicial appointments in America — and many Democrats do not want the president-elect to take that chance.

How it works: Biden still hasn't named his choice to lead the Justice Department, and if he taps Garland, it would open up his seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. If Democrats don’t win both Georgia Senate runoff seats next month, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would almost surely prevent the president-elect from filling it.

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This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized COVID patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated" — Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Teens and adults missed 37 million vaccinations during COVID — Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — Annual COVID vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO.
  3. Politics: Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates — Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults — Beijing officials urge COVID-19 "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics.
  5. Variant tracker