Trump to make court pick, Kremlin preps for Biden: Weekend Reads

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U.S. President Donald Trump plans to name a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 5 p.m. today during what he has billed as a "monumental" White House ceremony.

Trump has told associates he'll nominate Amy Coney Barrett, an Indiana-based federal appeals court judge, according to people familiar with the matter. She is a favorite of social conservatives, who want to establish a 6-3 majority on the high court.

Analysts for the Kremlin and its Security Council are working overtime to war-game scenarios for a Joe Biden presidency.

And the U.K. imposed new restrictions on residents as coronavirus cases surged and unemployment fears deepened.

Dig deeper into these and other topics with the latest edition of Weekend Reads. 

 — Kathleen Hunter

Visitors pay their respects to Ginsburg in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol yesterday.

Photographer: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

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Trump Supreme Court Pick Seen Unlikely to Jump-Start Campaign
Trump is counting on the battle over a Supreme Court vacancy to inject new life into his faltering campaign. But, as Jordan FabianMario Parker and Jennifer Epstein write, the battle's unlikely to overshadow the ongoing pandemic and struggling U.S. economy that have battered his chances for re-election.

Barrett Stirs Sharp Reaction Ahead of Trump Court Announcement
Barrett drew swift reaction ahead of her almost certain selection, with conservatives acclaiming a jurist they consider a champion of the Constitution and liberals assailing her as an extremist, John HarneyBilly House and Steven T. Dennis report. 

The Kremlin Is Getting Alarmed at Prospect of a Biden Win
The Kremlin would deny it, but the Trump years have been pretty good for Russia, whose analysts are already calculating the costs of Biden winning the Nov. 3 election. Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov offer a window into their thinking. 

Boris Johnson's Britain Is Hurtling Into a Winter of Discontent
It's already looking like it will be a long, hard winter for Britain's troubled leadership. As Emily Ashton and Greg Ritchie report, a jump in Covid cases, rising unemployment and crunch Brexit talks are all coming to a head at once.

The chancellor of the exchequer announced measures to help businesses survive the winter but warned that an unemployment "tragedy" is already under way as coronavirus hits the U.K. again.

Photographer: WPA Pool/Getty Images Europe

Boris Johnson's Policies Have Bolstered Scotland's Nationalists
The prime minister's handling of Covid-19 and Brexit has increased calls for another referendum on independence in Scotland. Rodney Jefferson and Alastair Reed take a closer look.

Xi Push to End Poverty Underpins Party Support in Rural China
Almost a year ago, 26-year-old Luoba Nijinmo moved her family into a brand-new housing estate in southwest China — her last step to being officially lifted out of poverty. She's among about 10 million people who have been resettled in government-built housing since 2016, part of President Xi Jinping's promise to eradicate extreme rural poverty.

Hong Kong Democrats Face Choice: Engage Beijing or Give Up Seats
Following China's delay of Hong Kong's legislative elections, opposition lawmakers face a defining choice: keep playing by Beijing's rules or quit and join the radicals in the streets? Kari Lindberg and Iain Marlow explore the dilemma.

Media Mogul Feels Pressure of Orban's Squeeze on Democracy
Zoltan Varga says he's a marked man in Hungary because he won't give in to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. Alberto Nardelli and Zoltan Simon chronicle his claims. 

Ethiopia Premier Battles to Keep Peace a Year After Nobel Prize
Less than a year after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is battling an eruption of ethnic tensions. Samuel Gebre and Simon Marks explain what's happened.

And finally ... Casting a ballot in the U.S. isn't always easy, with a complex web of varying state rules governing how and when you can vote. The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced even more complexity in 2020, and more changes could come as lawsuits in several states wind their way through the courts. Bloomberg News is tackling these critical issues with our guide to everything you need to know about how to vote this year.

A voter casts a ballot at a polling location in Washington, D.C., on June 2.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg



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