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Trump interviews Amy Coney Barrett; Dems vs. GOP on hypocrisy; and Beta makes landfall
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Trump interviews Amy Coney Barrett; Dems vs. GOP on hypocrisy; and Beta makes landfall

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: President Trump met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as he weighs his choices for a replacement to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court; Republicans and Democrats are arguing over hypocrisy; and Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall in Texas.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


Top stories

APTOPIX Election 2020 Trump

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, before leaving for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Ohio for rallies. 

Trump interviews Barrett while weighing a high court nominee

President Donald Trump met with Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House as the conservative jurist emerged as a favorite to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the start of a monumental Senate confirmation fight over objections from Democrats it’s too close to the November election.

Trump said Monday he expects to announce his choice by week’s end, before the burial next week of Ginsburg, the court's liberal icon, at Arlington National Cemetery. Democrats but few Republicans argue that her replacement should be decided by the winner on Nov. 3.

The president told reporters he would interview other candidates and might meet with Judge Barbara Lagoa when he travels to Florida later this week. Read the full story here:

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Tropical Weather Texas

Rafael Juarez rides his bicycle through a street flooded by Tropical Storm Beta as he makes his way home from the store Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Galveston, Texas. 

Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall, brings flooding to Texas

Tropical Storm Beta made landfall on the upper Texas coast late Monday night.

Beta will move inland over southeastern Texas through Wednesday and then over Louisiana and Mississippi Wednesday night through Friday.

Beta was the ninth named storm that made landfall in the continental U.S. this year. That tied a record set in 1916, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. This was the first time a Greek letter named storm made landfall in the continental U.S. Forecasters ran out of traditional storm names on Friday, forcing the use of the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • President Donald Trump, who prefers speaking to boisterous crowds, is set to give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly.
  • A wildfire scorching its way through brush and timber from the mountains to the desert northeast of Los Angeles threatened more than 1,000 homes on Tuesday as crews across the West battled dozens of other major blazes.
  • Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.
  • Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue of the new season of her daytime talk show to address allegations of a toxic work environment, apologizing for things “that never should have happened.”
  • Denny Hamlin has joined Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan to form a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver, a high-profile pairing of a Black majority team owner and the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Today's national forecast

Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas last night. Meanwhile, Hurricane Teddy continues north, bringing dangerous conditions to Nova Scotia. Watch now:

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APTOPIX Washington Daily Life

The sun rises behind the Washington Monument on the last day of summer in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The Autumn equinox in the northern hemisphere is Tuesday, Sept. 22 which ushers in the first day of fall. 

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President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January …

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