The TAKE with Rick Klein
Yet in this charged political environment, which now includes the fervor around replacing a Supreme Court justice six weeks before Election Day, the Democratic nominee for president is playing toward a quieter middle.
"He forgot us," Biden said Monday, speaking in a Wisconsin county that voted for Trump by nearly 20 points in 2016. "You will be seen, heard and respected by me."
To some Democrats, it may look and feel like Biden is pulling punches while Republicans detonate a political arsenal. Still, it's worth remembering how consistently Biden has been proven right about the mood of the broader electorate this year.
Biden has been noting Trump's talent in changing the subject, and Ginsburg's passing gives him an easy way to play toward divisions.
Biden's calculation is that now, with some 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19, and the economy not close to where it was, voters will have longer memories than the political conversation might suggest.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
In the celebration of her death, Ginsburg again proves how groundbreaking her life was.
Then on Friday, Ginsburg will also become the first woman ever to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was lain "in honor" at the Capitol in 2005.
It might seem surprising that while 34 men have been honored this way since 1852, no women have yet. Of course, it is an honor reserved for public officials of the highest distinction. Ginsburg's death reminds us that any semblance of near-gender parity in Washington is barely a generation old.
The country has never seen a female president or female Senate majority leader. Ginsburg was only the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. The decision to honor her this way was, fittingly, made by the first female speaker of the House.
The TIP with Averi Harper
In a discussion of Ginsburg's death, Harris told April Ryan of American Urban Radio on an Instagram livestream that she wanted to focus on celebrating Ginsburg's life before wading into who will be her replacement.
"Let's first -- let's start like dignifying and commemorating the life," said Harris. "I obviously sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the United States Senate has a statutory -- the Constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on these nominations."
It's a role she's familiar with -- Harris' sharp questioning of Justice Brett Kavanaugh made headlines before his controversial confirmation. The campaign hasn't made clear how she would split her time between Capitol Hill and the campaign trail if a hearing were called, but both Biden and Harris have said that the next president should nominate the next justice. The campaign has largely centered the significance of the Supreme Court pick on health care, arguing that the fate of the Affordable Care Act will depend on who fills Ginsburg's chair.
ONE MORE THING
FiveThirtyEight complied a state-by-state guide of how to vote amid the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Click on your state for information about early voting, voting by mail and everything else you'll need to know before Election Day.
ABC News' "Start Here" Podcast. Tuesday morning's episode features ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who tells us about who President Donald Trump has in mind to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat. ABC News' Anne Flaherty explains the latest controversy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over COVID-19 guidance. And WIRED reporter Louise Matsakis brings us up to speed on a potential TikTok deal with Walmart and Oracle. http://apple.co/2HPocUL
FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast. So far, two Republican senators -- Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski -- have announced their opposition to filling the Supreme Court seat that once belonged to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election takes place. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses the political calculations for both Republicans and Democrats over how to proceed in replacing Ginsburg. They also look at the dynamics at play in key Senate races in Maine, Iowa and Arizona. https://53eig.ht/3hZG4tj
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