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Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. Photo: Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images

Senators seem to be on the same page on Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett after Day 1 of the confirmation hearings.

Why it matters: Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Barrett before the election, and both parties are turning her confirmation into a get-out-the-vote effort.

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): "This is probably not about persuading each other unless something really dramatic happens. ... All the Republicans will vote yes, all the Democrats will vote no.”
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.): "[W]e do not have some secret, clever, procedural way to stop this sham. Let's be honest."
  • It's "probably not going to be some brilliant cross-examination that is going to change the trajectory of this nomination," Klobuchar said.

The big picture: Democrats repeatedly claimed that the Affordable Care Act would be in jeopardy with Barrett on the court — pointing to the president's tweets and his prior judicial nominees as evidence.

Sen. Kamala Harris appeared virtually, accusing Republicans of "jamming" through the confirmation process.

  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) appeared in person, 10 days after announcing he tested positive for COVID-19.

The bottom line: Barrett cited former Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg as role models.

  • “I was 9 years old when Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman to sit in this seat."
  • “When I was 21 years old and just beginning my career ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg sat in this seat. ... I have been nominated to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat, but no one will ever take her place.”

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Why it matters: Loeffler made the announcement on the eve of her crucial, tight Senate runoff election in Georgia Tuesday — held one day before the certification vote.

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Why it matters: The deal, which must still be approved by a judge, comes amid a broader discussion of racial inequities in health care.

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A group of parents in Michigan and Virginia accused Attorney General Merrick Garland in a federal lawsuit Tuesday of trying to "criminalize" free speech by directing law enforcement to review threats against school staff.

Why it matters: The lawsuit, filed by the conservative American Freedom Law Center on behalf of the parents in two school districts, accuses Garland of seeking to suppress free speech in his memorandum directing federal authorities to counter the threats spike.