White House: 'very likely' Trump will name supreme court pick before Wednesday – live

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1.01pm BST

Incidentally, before appearing on Fox News this morning, the president has found time to plug a book about himself, while at the same time having a dig at Bob Woodward. The president has claimed to have read the new Woodward book in an evening and found it “boring”.

“The Trump Century, How Our President Changed the Course of History Forever”. On sale tomorrow. A great book by an even greater author. Make Lou NUMBER ONE! Much better than the boring, no new info., Woodward book. Besides, Lou is much smarter and sharper than Bob, by a lot!

Related: The right man for the job: how Bob Woodward pinned Trump to the page

12.57pm BST

Jennifer Rubin has weighed in for the Washington Post this morning, describing Joe Biden’s performance last night as “his most compelling speech of the campaign ”. She says he blew away the notion that “the Republicans’ effort to jam through a confirmation to fill the seat held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in any fashion a plus for the right.”

Instead, she argues, Biden’s words showed why the Trump move to quickly force through a successor to Ginsburg is “a boost to Democrats’ chances in winning the Senate majority and the White House — and ultimately reversing any damage two-faced Republicans would do in the meantime.”

Biden accomplished several essential tasks. First, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats earlier Sunday, he formulated that the open seat boils down to preserving the Affordable Care Act.

Second, he put the fight in simple terms of fairness. Republicans think they can make up rules and rewrite them for their benefit without regard to — indeed, despite — majority opinion. Bullying your way through fights with nonsensical blather to disguise your motives is antithetical to democracy.

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Source: The Guardian
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