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“To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court,” Elizabeth Dias and Adam Liptak, The New York Times
Dias and Liptak provide a comprehensive overview of not just Barrett’s career and background, but the supercharged political state of play in which her nomination, “viewed as a home run by conservative Christians and anti-abortion activists,” is unfolding.
“Profile of a potential nominee: Amy Coney Barrett,” Amy Howe, SCOTUSBlog
For the legal nitty-gritty on Barrett’s personal background and path to the Supreme Court, read Amy Howe at SCOTUSBlog, who recounts in detail not just Barrett’s career as a judge but her 15-year stint teaching at Notre Dame, where she articulated her conservative legal philosophy at length.
“Judge’s faith becomes early flashpoint in Supreme Court fight,” Ben Schreckinger, Politico
When California’s U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein admonished the devoutly Catholic Barrett in 2017 that “the dogma lives loudly within you,” Catholics and religious conservatives cried foul, leading to back-and-forth accusations of both anti-Catholic bigotry and nascent theocracy. Schreckinger reports on the fight over whether Barrett’s personal beliefs will be fair game during her Supreme Court nomination hearings.
“Notre Dame profs push back on Amy Coney Barrett portrayals: Not just ‘an ideological category’” Christian Scheckler, The South Bend Tribune
The South Bend Tribune reported on Barrett and her faith through the eyes of her Notre Dame colleagues, one of whom said “If she’s being considered by a Republican administration, that means they think she’s going to be more conservative … people are reducing Amy to an ideological category instead of taking her for who she is: an intelligent, thoughtful, open-minded person.”
Boorstein and Zauzmer explain the background and beliefs of People of Praise, “a tightknit, mostly Catholic group of about 1,700 adult members across the country” of which Barrett is a member. The group, which emerged in South Bend in the 1960s, referred to regional female leaders of the group as “handmaids” before Margaret Atwood’s novel and its television adaptation gave the term an unwelcome political charge.