Amy Coney Barrett dodges abortion, healthcare and election law questions

On the second day of hearings before the Senate judiciary committee, Democrats pressed supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on healthcare, election law and abortion rights – and met with little success.



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Donald Trump’s third nominee for the highest court dodged questions on how she might rule on a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA); if she would recuse herself from any lawsuit about the presidential election; and whether she would vote to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v Wade, which made abortion legal.



a man standing in front of a counter: Supreme court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the Senate judiciary committee hearing on Tuesday.


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Supreme court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the Senate judiciary committee hearing on Tuesday.

Barrett argued that she was not a pundit, citing remarks by Justice Elena Kagan and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg in saying that outside of

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Sweden’s Government Dodges Green Split After Oil Plans Shelved

(Bloomberg) — One of the Nordic region’s biggest oil refineries has halted an expansion that threatened to break up Sweden’s governing coalition, comprising the Social Democrats and the Green Party.



a large ship in a body of water: Fuel storage tankers sit on the dock at Vartahamnen harbour at the Port of Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016. Oil tanker rates jumped to a four month high as traders booked the most cargoes for the time of year on record, offering signs that Middle East producers could be adding barrels to the market just before OPEC embarks on its deepest output cuts in eight years.


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Fuel storage tankers sit on the dock at Vartahamnen harbour at the Port of Stockholm, Sweden, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2016. Oil tanker rates jumped to a four month high as traders booked the most cargoes for the time of year on record, offering signs that Middle East producers could be adding barrels to the market just before OPEC embarks on its deepest output cuts in eight years.

Preem AB has decided to withdraw all applications for a 1.6 billion kronor ($176 million) expansion of its Preemraff refinery outside Lysekil on the Swedish west coast, the company’s board said in a statement.

While the plans had already received the necessary environmental permits, the Swedish government had earlier

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