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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Just hours before President Trump is set to announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered a preview of the impact a conservative justice could have on the court, including rolling back abortion rights or the Affordable Care Act.

"It is near impossible that President Trump would select a nominee who isn’t hostile to our health care law and health care ... who isn't hostile to a woman's freedom to make her own health care decisions."
— Schmer said on the floor

Schumer also used his address to swing at Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society — who helped craft and vet Trump’s list of judicial prospects — citing conservatives' longtime goal of overturning Roe v. Wade.

The big picture: In describing how Kennedy's successor will have a crucial vote on a number of consequential issues, Schumer appears to be playing into a new Democratic strategy surrounding the SCOTUS debate, one which the party's leaders hope will energize their base ahead of the midterm elections.

The other side: Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) later characterized Schumer’s remarks as "fear-mongering" and "far-left scare tactics."

"Decade after decade, nominee after nominee, the far-left script hardly changes at all. Anyone and everyone of Republican president nominates to the Supreme Court is some kind of threat to the public."
— Mitch McConnell

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A new national lockdown will be imposed in the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country topped 1 million.

Details: Starting Thursday, people in England must stay at home, and bars and restaurants will close, except for takeout and deliveries. All non-essential retail will also be shuttered. Different households will be banned from mixing indoors. International travel, unless for business purposes, will be banned. The new measures will last through at least December 2.

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The massive early vote

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Early voting in the 2020 election across the U.S. on Saturday had already reached 65.5% of 2016's total turnout, according to state data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic and its resultant social-distancing measures prompted a massive uptick in both mail-in ballots and early voting nationwide, setting up an unprecedented and potentially tumultuous count in the hours and days after the polls close on Nov. 3.

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  5. States: New York rolls out new testing requirements for visitors.

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