President Trump retweeted a controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins on Saturday as she promoted the "send her back" chants that erupted during his Wednesday evening rally in North Carolina.

Why it matters: After a week of attacking 4 U.S. congresswomen of color, calling for them to "go back," and a similar racist chant at his campaign rally, the president shared the comments of a woman who has long-spewed hateful, Islamophobic speech with his 62 million followers.

  • This is not the first time Trump circulated Hopkins' words on Twitter. He retweeted her mid-June attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Context: One day after saying he was "not happy" about his rally supporters' "Send her back!" chant, Trump said in the Oval Office:

"Those people in North Carolina — that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd. And I could’ve filled it 10 times, as you know. Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots."
  • From WashPost: "Trump’s shift ... was reminiscent of how he responded to the deadly clash between white nationalists and protesters in Charlottesville ... He initially denounced the bigotry."

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How the Supreme Court could decide the election

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The Supreme Court isn't just one of the most pressing issues in the presidential race — the justices may also have to decide parts of the election itself.

Why it matters: Important election-related lawsuits are already making their way to the court. And close results in swing states, with disputes over absentee ballots, set up the potential for another Bush v. Gore scenario, election experts say.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 32,844,146 — Total deaths: 994,208 — Total recoveries: 22,715,726Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 7,078,798 — Total deaths: 204,497 — Total recoveries: 2,750,459 — Total tests: 100,492,536Map.
  3. States: New York daily cases top 1,000 for first time since June — U.S. reports over 55,000 new coronavirus cases.
  4. Health: The long-term pain of the mental health pandemicFewer than 10% of Americans have coronavirus antibodies.
  5. Business: Millions start new businesses in time of coronavirus.
  6. Education: Summer college enrollment offers a glimpse of COVID-19's effect.

Graham hopes his panel will approve Amy Coney Barrett by late October

Sen. Lindsey Graham during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Saturday he expects confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court to start Oct. 12 and for his panel to approve her by Oct. 26.

Why it matters: That would mean the final confirmation vote could take place on the Senate floor before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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