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Washington — Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation by the Senate on Monday night was a touchstone accomplishment for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that solidifies a 6-3 conservative majority on the supreme court just eight days before the US election.

The Senate confirmed Barrett on a partisan 52-48 vote, and justice Clarence Thomas administered the first of two required oaths to Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House a short time later with Trump looking on. Chief justice John Roberts will administer the second oath in a private ceremony at the supreme court on Tuesday, letting Barrett begin work as a justice...

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