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Rule Changes In Swing States Mean More Votes Will Count, Results May Take Longer

Voters in a number of swing states this November will have more leeway in getting their mail ballots back in time to count, should rule changes announced in the past week hold up to legal challenges. But the changes could delay the reporting of election results and possibly set up court fights down the line. In North Carolina, a settlement announced by the State Board of Elections said ballots postmarked by Election Day would count as long as officials receive them within nine days after the...

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President Trump is preparing to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. NPR has learned that Republicans expect the president to choose federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Trump will announce his decision tomorrow, one day after Ginsburg was honored as her body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. NPR's senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro is with us now.

And, Domenico, let's start with the fact that Amy Coney Barrett has been the front-runner in this process. Can you help us understand why?

President Trump promised this week to send cards worth $200 to seniors to help them pay for their prescription drugs, but it's unclear how he will be able to pull it off — or how legal it is.

If he can, that's $6.6 billion dollars to a key voting block weeks before Election Day.

Novavax, a vaccine maker in Maryland, is becoming the 10th coronavirus vaccine candidate to enter the final phase of testing, called phase 3.

The trial is taking place in the U.K., where researchers plan to enroll up to 10,000 adults of various ages in the next four to six weeks. Half the participants will get a placebo and half will get the company's vaccine.

At least a quarter of participants will be over the age of 65, the company says, and it will also "prioritize groups that are most affected by COVID-19, including racial and ethnic minorities."

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President Trump is preparing to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. NPR has learned that Republicans expect the president to choose federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Trump will announce his decision tomorrow, one day after Ginsburg was honored as her body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. NPR's senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro is with us now.

And, Domenico, let's start with the fact that Amy Coney Barrett has been the front-runner in this process. Can you help us understand why?

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

President Trump is preparing to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. NPR has learned that Republicans expect the president to choose federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Trump will announce his decision tomorrow, one day after Ginsburg was honored as her body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. NPR's senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro is with us now.

And, Domenico, let's start with the fact that Amy Coney Barrett has been the front-runner in this process. Can you help us understand why?

Republicans expect President Trump to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a source with knowledge of the process, but the source cautioned that Trump could change his mind.

The source declined to be named, because the individual was not authorized to confirm the selection before the president announced it.

The White House declined comment.

Updated at 4:49 p.m. ET

Democratic nominee Joe Biden called President Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful of transfer of power if he loses the election "a typical Trump distraction."

"I'm confident that [despite] all of the irresponsible, outrageous attacks on voting, we'll have an election in this country as we always have had," Biden said in an interview Friday with MSNBC. "And he'll leave."

After a Kentucky grand jury declined to charge any officers with the actual shooting of Breonna Taylor, protesters now want to see the court transcripts that led to this decision — and so does Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat who previously served as the state's attorney general.

Updated at 7:06 p.m. ET

The Trump administration has cleared the way to open the country's largest national forest to more development and logging.

In a revised environmental impact study made public on Friday, the Department of Agriculture recommends granting a "full exemption" for the Tongass National Forest, which covers some 25,000 square miles in southeastern Alaska.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

President Trump is preparing to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. NPR has learned that Republicans expect the president to choose federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Trump will announce his decision tomorrow, one day after Ginsburg was honored as her body lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. NPR's senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro is with us now.

And, Domenico, let's start with the fact that Amy Coney Barrett has been the front-runner in this process. Can you help us understand why?

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