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Lindsey Graham wins re-election

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has been re-elected and defeated his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. With the win, he has secured a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

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Graham announces that the Supreme Court confirmation hearings will proceed as scheduled
Lindsey Graham
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has announced that despite multiple republican senators testing positive for Covid-19, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and committee vote will move forward as scheduled.

While the hearings are scheduled for the 12th of October, the vote is scheduled for the 22nd of October.

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McConnell promises Barrett would receive a vote in the "weeks ahead"
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised that Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett will receive a vote in the "weeks ahead, following the work of the Judiciary Committee."

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham confirmed that hearings would start on October 12 with opening statements from Barrett herself and members of the Judiciary Committee, followed by questions from the committee and testimony from legal experts and Barrett's associates.

"I expect the nominee will be challenged and that's appropriate to challenge the nominee. If they treat Judge Barrett like they did Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh it's going to blow up in their face big time," so Graham on Fox News Saturday.

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United States Senate discusses bill to regulate encryption
United States Senate discusses bill to regulate encryption
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The "Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act", introduced by senators Graham, Blackburn, and Cotton would force manufacturers of devices and systems with encryption to be able to decrypt data upon request of public authorities or court orders.

The law is tied to other regulations regarding surveillance and national security including Section 215 of the Patriot Act. For technology companies, the only reason to not unencrypt data would require proof that it is "technically impossible" and then they could be forced by the government to redesign their systems.