Joe Biden said Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "never failed, she was fierce and unflinching in her pursuit of civil and legal right and civil rights of everyone," after learning of her death Friday night.

What he's saying: Ginsburg was "not only a giant in her own profession, but a beloved figure, and my heart goes out to all those who cared for her and cared about her," Biden said in a statement after traveling to Delaware from Minnesota, where he had been campaigning in a suburb of Duluth.

  • "And she practiced the highest American ideals as a justice — equality and justice under the law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg stood for the law.
  • "As a young attorney, she persisted, overcoming a lot of obstacles for a woman practicing law in those days ... she continued until she moved herself into a position where she could end up changing the law of the land."
  • "It's hard to believe that it was my honor to preside over her confirmation hearing ... She never failed, she was fierce and unflinching in her pursuit of civil and legal right and civil rights of everyone."
  • "Tonight and in the coming days we should focus on the loss of the justice and her enduring legacy.
  • "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.
  • "I think the fastest justice ever confirmed was 47 days, and the average is closer to 70 days, and so we should do this with full consideration, and that is my hope and expectation of what will happen."

Why it matters: Republican sources tell Axios that President Trump plans to move within days to nominate his third justice, adding that the Republican base will revolt on Election Day if he does not.

  • "[T]here is no doubt, let me be clear, the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said.

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Driving the news: Many attending Saturday's marches — from Washington, D.C., to Mobile, Alabama and Boise, Idaho held signs depicting the late Supreme Court justice, who, before dying last month, reportedly told her granddaughter that her "most fervent wish" was that she would "not be replaced until a new president is installed."

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Why it matters: Coons said there's no realistic way for Democrats to prevent Senate Republicans from confirming Barrett, adding that he will not be voting for her because of her "view towards reaching back and reexamining and overturning long-settled precedent in an incredibly broad array of areas," including health care, environmental protections and labor rights.

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The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state. Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.

Why it matters: It's a major win for Democrats that could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. The court's decision may signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.