Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is taking the first steps to run against President Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential election primaries. Weld ran in 2016 as a Libertarian, and switched back to the Republican Party earlier this year.

Weld's quotes from an event in New Hampshire, per WMUR:

  • "I'm here because I think our country is in grave peril ... And I cannot sit quietly on the sidelines any longer."
  • "We cannot sit passively as our precious democracy slips quietly into darkness. Congress must do its duty and citizens we must do ours."
  • "He has virtually spat on the idea that we should have freedom of the press ... He has failed to call out and denounce appalling instances of racism."

And Weld on Trump kicking U.S. reporters out of the Oval during his meeting with the Russians: An "act of such contempt not only towards the press but towards the United States as an institution."

The bottom line: Weld runs for a lot of elections.

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Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "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.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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