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It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep and I'm Noelle King. Good morning. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote today on the nomination of Amy Cockney Barrett. But Democrats won't be their Senate minority leader Tuck, Schumer says they'll boycott Because this has been the most rushed, most partisan and least legitimate process in the history of Supreme Court nominations, Judiciary members will boycott the markup and not provide the quorum that is required. Committee chairman Lindsey Graham says they'll just go ahead without the Democrats. She deserves a vote, he said of Judge Barrett. NPR's Kelsey Snell has been covering this. Good morning, Kelsey. Good morning. So if the boycott isn't going to do anything, or change the outcome, what do the Democrats China Jeep while they're trying to send a message that they don't support the process, and they say that the winner of the presidential election should choose the next Supreme Court? Justice is what they've been saying all along, and they also said that they're kind of refusing to participate in approving bear. They don't want to be part of the process. Of getting her over the line and on to the Supreme Court. You know, they say that they'll deny the committee unnecessary quorum to vote. But they're also doing some corrective work after progressive activists were angry that Democrats didn't do more to stop parrots nomination ors are, you know Cause of protest during the process where they were, you know, asking her questions and through the whole hearing that happened the previous week. They also you know that there was also a time when progresses were taking issue with the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein. She hugged Chairman Lindsey Graham at the end of Barrett's questioning and was complimenting him on how he ran the hearings. And that really upset a lot of people on the far left of the party. And, you know people who are advocating for a more progressive Supreme Court. There's been pressure for Feinstein to step down. Until Republicans response is basically okay, guys, do you basically they've does dismissed. All of this is a stunt, Graham says They'll move ahead with the vote anyway. Even without the Democrats, you know that may require him to move to go around the rule that that seems to require to members of the minority party to be present for committee business. But Graham was really undeterred yesterday when he was asked about it. He said the vote will go on. He issued a statement saying it's the democratschoice not to attend. But he believes it does a disservice to Barrett, who deserves an up or down vote. And you know his his committee put out some additional information that we know that they see at least seven occasions where the committee has done business or held over nominees with just a majority without that. A minimum of members from the minority party. That's interesting. So so at the end of the day, what does this all ultimately mean for Barrett's nomination? You know, it really doesn't seem like it'll mean all that much. Even some Democratic aides. I spoke to privately acknowledged that this boycott will ultimately had no impact on the process or her confirmation. If Graham decides to go around the rules and say that it's okay anyway. The Republicans had the vote for any qualified nominee before Barrett's name was even announced us all Republicans coming out and saying that they would support anybody and they spent the hearings establishing her qualification will be hard for them to see how they lose any Republicans. Really aside from the few people who already said they wouldn't vote on the nomination this close to the election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the final vote will happen on Monday, and the Senate will be in session this weekend. A complete procedural work to make sure that that can happen, But this does all remain a political gamble control. The Senate is in the balance this election and moving ahead with this nomination really does risk angering voters who have already been turned off by the GOP under Trump. But it could also energize loyal Republicans and inspire them to vote by reminding them What's at stake with the control of the Senate. NPR's Kelsey's now Thanks, Kelsey. Thank you. How concerned should we be about the possibility of political violence After Election Day? Some experts are watching online chatter and see some people arguing for people to show up. Armed at the polls. NPR's Tim Mak has more Far right Militia style groups are busy this year. Their numbers are growing, their online cheddar is increasing and their threats are becoming more specific. Megan Squire is a computer science professor at Elon University who studies right wing extremism and online spaces. I would say The heat. In the conversations that I observed, the heat is higher. The vitriol is greater. A mosaic of groups on the far right with different goals. Agree on one thing. That President Trump can only lose if the election is rigged. Hampton Stall is the founder of Militia Watch. Ah, blogged attracts the right wing militia movement. So there's circulation of rumors of left wing intervention at the polls air in the election, which has led to individuals and militia groups, discussing primarily showing up armed at the poles to see if there's anything suspicious that they deem suspicious. A patchwork of federal and state laws against voter intimidation exists to protect the process and voting rights activists say that even if there is an increased risk of militia activity, it is important to keep it in perspective. The risk, says Jerry Hubert of the Campaign Legal Center is that people may be afraid to go to the polls. If there's too much hype around militia rhetoric is designed to maybe keep people from showing up because they fear that there might be some activity when in fact, it's just a chilling commentary, But the commentary and planning is getting harder to track online. Cassie Miller, a senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, says that while Facebook and Twitter have cracked down on these groups, they've moved the conversation to other places. You know, it becomes a lot harder for people like me and my colleagues to track them because Will you watch them kind of splinter and other places other places like fringe social media networks that are more permissive of their content and to discussion boards where militia members can meet and organized. It's hard to predict how much online threats could spill into real world violence, but there are efforts to assess the risk of militia activity. AC led a crisis mapping project teamed up with militia watch to map out potential hot spots for malicious style activities around the elections. The report, exclusively obtained by NPR looks at states where militias have had recruitment drives in training where they have cultivated relationships with law enforcement and where there have been substantial engagement in anti Corona virus lock down protests..

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