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US Trump-Biden town halls, Amy Coney Barrett hearings, Medicare open enrollment begins: 5 things to know Thursday

11:50  15 october  2020
11:50  15 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

How we got here: The battle over Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, recapped

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Donald Trump, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are pictured during the presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. © Patrick Semansky, AP Images President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are pictured during the presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.

NBC and ABC to host dueling town halls with Trump and Biden

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will participate in competing town halls Thursday, in lieu of a face-to-face debate. NBC announced Wednesday it will host a Trump town hall at 8 p.m. ET Thursday in Miami — the same time that ABC will be hosting a Biden town hall in Philadelphia. The two candidates were originally intended to debate face-to-face, but the Commission on Presidential Debates announced it would be virtual after Trump's bout with COVID-19. Trump rejected the idea, and the parties were unable to agree on an alternate format. The two candidates are still scheduled to hold a final debate Oct. 22 — a week from Thursday — in Nashville.

Barrett back on Capitol Hill for senators' final questions

  Barrett back on Capitol Hill for senators' final questions WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett returns to Capitol Hill for a third day of confirmation hearings as senators dig deeper into the conservative judge's outlook on abortion, health care and a potentially disputed presidential election — the Democrats running out of time to stop Republicans pushing her quick confirmation. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Wednesday's session is set to be Barrett's last before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Amy Coney Barrett pledges ' open mind' and plays down conservative record. Barrett has never openly discussed her affiliation with People of Praise. Amy Coney Barrett , nominee for associate justice of the US Supreme Court, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing

Mr Trump 's town hall on NBC is scheduled for an hour. In addition to preventing viewers from getting a side-by-side comparison of the two men, the duelling Thursday 's Trump town hall on NBC will be held outdoors at the Perez Art Museum in Miami and audience members will be socially distanced

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Final day of Senate hearings in Barrett nomination

After three days of confirmation hearings, Thursday marks Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's final day with the Senate Judiciary committee. The hearing will feature two panels of witnesses. The first panel will include two members of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which evaluates the qualifications of every judicial nominee. The second panel will include Democratic and Republican witnesses who will likely speak to Barrett’s character or in opposition to her confirmation. After the hearings, the committee can recommend that the Senate either confirm or reject Barrett by a majority vote before moving to the chamber for a full vote.

Fact check: Image showing fly on Amy Coney Barrett’s shoulder during hearing posted as a joke

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NBC News will host a town hall with Republican presidential nominee President Donald Trump tomorrow, Thursday , Oct. Trump ’s critics derided the network for “rewarding” him with a “platform” after he had earlier decided to skip a virtual debate with Biden .

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It's open enrollment season for Medicare: Check your health plan

Medicare's annual open enrollment period begins Thursday, and financial planners are urging beneficiaries to review and choose the plan that best suits their health care needs — especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. Medicare health and drug plans can make changes to costs, coverage, and providers and pharmacies in their networks each year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Participants should revisit their Medicare enrollment options annually to make sure they are still adequately covered. Experts say most people also should consider buying Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) to help fill "gaps" in Original Medicare coverage. Open enrollment runs through Dec. 7.

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett moves closer to Senate confirmation as hearing ends

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Trump frequently interrupted both Biden and Wallace, taking swipes at Biden ’s son, going over his allotted time and ignoring other rules. Trump , when asked about whether he would condemn white supremacists, failed to fully do so, telling the Proud Boys group, “Stand back and standby.”

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California braces for another fire threat

Californians are on alert Thursday as dry, windy conditions renewed the threat of fire in a season already marked by deadly, devastating blazes. As of Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric began turning off power to more than 50,000 Northern California customers, affect portions of nearly two dozen counties, mostly in the Sierras and San Francisco Bay Area, that could last 48 hours. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for extreme fire danger through Friday morning in many areas, with bone-dry humidity and winds possibly hitting 55 mph with gusts to 70 mph possible in the Bay Area. More than 8,500 wildfires have burned more than 6,400 square miles in California since the start of the year, most since mid-August. Thirty-one people have died, and more than 9,200 buildings have been destroyed.

Merriam-Webster dictionary updates 'sexual preference' entry after Amy Coney Barrett hearing

  Merriam-Webster dictionary updates 'sexual preference' entry after Amy Coney Barrett hearing Merriam-Webster added the word "offensive" to its usage guidance of "preference" and "sexual preference" when referring to sexual orientation.During the hearing Tuesday, Barrett was asked whether she agrees with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges – the landmark case which legalized gay marriage in the United States and which advocates worry Barrett would not support if confirmed to the nation's highest court.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett avoided answering direct inquiries again on her final day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as she appeared headed for a swift confirmation. The hearings began at 9 a.m. ET and will conclude after all the senators are finished with their questions.

When Trump again tried to interrupt, suggesting that the Democrats would add “radical left” judges to the court, Biden lost his temper. Biden is completely flustered. He can't complete a sentence without Trump absolutely destroying him every five seconds.

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Tony Awards nominations to go virtual

Nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards will be held digitally on Thursday, months after the Broadway season was shut down due to COVID-19. Nominations will be hosted by Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and will be announced at noon ET on the Tony Awards YouTube channel, Youtube.com/tonyawards. Broadway shut down on March 12. Later that month it was announced that the 74th annual awards ceremony, which was scheduled for June 7, was postponed. There's still no date for the Tony Awards ceremony. Eighteen productions that opened prior to Feb. 19, 2020, will be eligible for awards.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump-Biden town halls, Amy Coney Barrett hearings, Medicare open enrollment begins: 5 things to know Thursday

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