Republicans in the United States Senate confirmed only with their votes (52-48) Justice Amy Coney Barrett as the new Supreme Court justice this afternoon. The confirmation supposes an imbalance in the Supreme Court that will leave six conservative magistrates against three progressives and threatens to block any social advance in the country. Of the nine court justices, five will have been nominated by presidents who won the White House but not the majority of the votes, and three of them by a president, Donald Trump, considered by the other party as a danger to democracy. Barrett is expected to be confirmed with only Republican votes, which is in itself a recent unprecedented gesture. The woman he is replacing, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was confirmed almost unanimously.
In addition, this occurs when there are eight days until the presidential elections in the United States and more than 60 million people have already voted. This is a colossal figure that points to a record turnout. Almost a week before the elections on Tuesday, November 3, the White House mobilizes with rallies in the key states that can decide the election, the so-called swing states (Pendulum states, in Spanish). Trump dedicated this Monday to Pennsylvania with meetings with his followers in Allentown, Lititz and Martinsburg. The Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, seeks to get closer to the states in which Republicans have traditionally won, and that this year can define the election. This Tuesday, he will visit the southern state of Georgia, where no Democrat has won in the presidential elections since 1992. His running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, will do the same in Texas this Friday, another state where no Democratic presidential candidate has succeeded. imposed since 1976.
The number of close associates of Vice President Mike Pence who have tested positive for COVID-19 now rises to five, in what appears to be a new outbreak of the disease in the White House. The test made on Saturday to the vice president and his wife after learning about the outbreak in their environment were negative. The outbreak once again raises doubts about the security protocols in force at the White House that, according to The New York Times, has tried to keep the information secret. "We are not going to control the pandemic," Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, said on CNN. "We are going to control the fact that we will have vaccines and treatments." The pandemic cannot be stopped, he added, "because it is a contagious virus like the flu."
Stocks fell on Monday with investors on Wall Street reacting to the latest big wave of coronavirus cases in the United States, with almost 69,000 new cases last Sunday and the famous economic aid package at a standstill from partisan struggles leaving the its fate to businesses struggling to survive and millions of Americans who are out of work due to the pandemic. The S&P 500 stock index is down more than 2.5%, its biggest decline since late September. Monday's decline, added to a small decline from last week, means the S&P 500 is close to losing all the gains it has accumulated since the beginning of October.