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The only three black senators on Capitol Hill — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Tim Scott — introduced bipartisan legislation Friday to make lynching a federal crime.

What they're saying: “It’s a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn’t put anti-lynching legislation on the books," Booker said in an accompanying statement.

  • "Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it," said Harris.
  • "I thought we did that many years ago," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a Sirius XM interview. McConnell added that he would “certainly” support it.

The backdrop: There were 200 attempts to pass anti-lynching laws between 1882 and 1986, all of which failed. More than 4,000 black people were victims of racial lynching between 1877 and 1950, according to researchers at the Equal Justice Initiative.

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Senate advances Amy Coney Barrett nomination, setting up final confirmation vote

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The Senate voted 51-48 on Sunday to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

Why it matters: It's now virtually inevitable that the Senate will vote to confirm President Trump's third Supreme Court nominee before the election, which is just nine days away.

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Wall Street is living up to its bad reputation

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Recent headlines will have you convinced that Wall Street is hell-bent on living up to all of its stereotypes.

Driving the news: Goldman Sachs is the biggest and the boldest, paying more than $5 billion in fines in the wake of the 1MDB scandal, in which billions were stolen from the people of Malaysia.

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Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said "the short answer is yes" when asked whether Vice President Mike Pence is putting others at risk by continuing to campaign after several aides tested positive for COVID-19, stressing that the White House needs to be "very explicit about the risks that they're taking."

Why it matters: The New York Times reports that at least five members of Pence's inner circle, including his chief of staff Marc Short and outside adviser Marty Obst, have tested positive for the virus. Pence tested negative on Sunday morning, according to the VP's office, and he'll continue to travel for the final stretch of the 2020 campaign.

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