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BACKING BARRETT: Voters increasingly support Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, poll shows

The battle over the Supreme Court continues, but the outcome is not looking so good for Senate Democrats.

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The battle over the Supreme Court continues, but the outcome is not looking so good for Senate Democrats.

After the initial shock of confirming a 6th Republican to the Supreme Court prior to the election, voters are warming up to the idea of an overwhelming majority, 6-3, bench.

According to a poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult and Politico, voters are increasingly backing the confirmation of Trump’s nominee despite Senate Democrats’ attempts to halt proceedings until after November 3.

Almost half – 46 percent – of voters polled between October 2-4 believe the Senate should move forward with the confirmation, up 9 whole points since Trump first announced his nomination on September 26, according to the poll.

Morning Consult/Politico polled roughly 2,000 registered voters with 2-point margins of error.

Since polling was originally conducted on September 26, the publication reported the number of voters who said the Senate should reject Barrett’s nomination fell by three percentage points to 31 percent.

The percentage of Republican voters who back Barrett’s confirmation rose six points from the previous month – to 77 percent – and the number of independent voters rose by eight points – to 36 percent. The number of Democratic voters who agree Barrett should be confirmed rose by 10 points to 24 percent, the poll found.

Not only is support on the rise for the overall idea of confirming Barrett.

But, support for quickly confirming Barrett is also skyrocketing.

The poll found 43 percent of voters said that regardless of the election’s outcome, the Senate should confirm Barrett as soon as possible, up four percentage points since Trump’s nominee announcement, the poll shows.

In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Senate Democrats have scrambled to prevent a 6th Republican from taking a seat on the Supreme Court – including citing a coronavirus takeover of the chamber and a precedent set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2016 when he refused to consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

But, it looks like the odds are stacked against them.

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Report: Texas Cop Missed Chance To Shoot Gunman At Uvalde Elementary School

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A Uvalde police officer armed with a rifle requested to shoot the gunman who committed the mass shooting outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, before the gunman entered the elementary school, a report revealed on Wednesday.

Some of the 21 victims killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School, including 19 children, likely “could have been saved,” according to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).

The 26-page report reveals that “Prior to the suspect’s entry into the building at 11:33:00, according to statements, a Uvalde Police Officer on scene at the crash site observed the suspect carrying a rifle outside the west hall entry. The officer, armed with a rifle, asked his supervisor for permission to shoot the suspect. However, the supervisor either did not hear or responded too late. The officer turned to get confirmation from his supervisor and when he turned back to address the suspect, he had entered the west hallway unabated.”

The report additionally notes that the officer would have been justified in using deadly force to stop the gunman without the supervisor’s confirmation.

“The officer was justified in using deadly force to stop the attacker. Texas Penal Code § 9.32, DEADLY FORCE IN DEFENSE OF PERSON states, an individual is justified in using deadly force when the individual reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary to prevent the commission of murder (amongst other crimes),” the report states. “In this instance, the UPD officer would have heard gunshots and/or reports of gunshots and observed an individual approaching the school building armed with a rifle. A reasonable officer would conclude in this case, based upon the totality of the circumstances, that use of deadly force was warranted.”

“Furthermore, the UPD officer was approximately 148 yards from the west hall exterior door,” it continues. “One-hundred and forty-eight yards is well within the effective range of an AR-15 platform. The officer did comment that he was concerned that if he missed his shot, the rounds could have penetrated the school and injured students. We also note that current State of Texas standards for patrol rifle qualifications do not require officers to fire their rifles from more than 100 yards away from the target. It is, therefore, possible that the officer had never fired his rifle at a target that was that far away.”

“Ultimately, the decision to use deadly force always lies with the officer who will use the force. If the officer was not confident that he could both hit his target and of his backdrop if he missed, he should not have fired,” the report notes.

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Gunman In Highland Park Shooting Was ‘Dressed In Women’s Clothing’

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The suspected gunman who opened fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday was wearing women’s clothing as a disguise, police announced Tuesday.

The attack killed six people and injured dozens more, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. The suspect, 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, was apprehended by police later that day near Lake Forest, Illinois.

“During the attack, Crimo was dressed in women’s clothing,” said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, FOX 10 reported. “Investigators do believe he did this to conceal his facial tattoos and his identity and help him during the escape with the other people who were fleeing the chaos.”

“He brought a high-powered rifle to this parade,” Covelli said. “He accessed the roof of a business via a fire escape ladder and began opening fire on the innocent Independence Day celebration-goers.”

“After the shooting, Crimo blended in with the crowd and walked to his mother’s home in the area where he borrowed her vehicle, Covelli said. A member of the community spotted Crimo driving and called 911,” FOX 10 reported. “Crimo was pulled over and arrested during a traffic stop about five miles north of the shooting.”

Investigators have interrogated Crimo and reviewed his social media but have not been able to determine a motive for the attack, Covelli said.

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