WASHINGTON — Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar recalled her husband’s and her father’s battles with COVID-19 Monday as she implored Americans to be vocal in their opposition to the “sham” confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“It’s personal,” Klobuchar said in a widely seen statement on the opening day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on Barrett, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In a voice sometimes shaking with emotion, Klobuchar explained her opposition to Barrett by invoking the names of family members and fellow Minnesotans struck by the coronavirus, as well as of other state residents with pre-existing medical conditions.

Like other Democrats on the GOP-led panel, Klobuchar framed her opposition to Barrett in terms of her belief that the conservative judge would be a threat to women’s rights and the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, including its protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

She recalled her husband’s battle with COVID-19 early in the pandemic and her father’s fight with the virus in the nursing home in Minnesota.

While calling the hearing a “sham,” Klobuchar acknowledged that Democrats can do little to stop the Republican majority from confirming Barrett ahead of the Nov. 3 election. The “secret weapon,” she said, would be Americans “voting in droves” to show their disdain for a justice who could vote to kill the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic.

A GOP challenge to the health care law is expected before the high court in November.

Klobuchar, the only Minnesotan on the panel, criticized her Republican colleagues for forcing Barrett’s nomination through the approval process in short order. Democrats have argued that the same committee refused to consider Obama nominee Merrick Garland for nine months in 2016, saying they had to

Joseph R. Biden’s sympathy for a COVID-stricken President Trump is apparently over.

Mr. Biden on Friday condemned Mr. Trump for “reckless” personal conduct after the president’s diagnosis, a week after Mr. Biden’s campaign said they were temporarily suspending negative ads in light of Mr. Trump’s testing positive for the coronavirus.

“His reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis, the destabilizing effect it’s having in our government is unconscionable,” Mr. Biden said while campaigning in Nevada.

“He didn’t take the necessary precautions to protect himself or others,” said Mr. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee. “And the longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he gets. How can we trust him to protect this country?”

Mr. Trump was hospitalized from last Friday until Monday after testing positive.

The president took a short drive on Sunday to wave to supporters outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The president has also been to the Oval Office since returning to the White House on Monday.

Mr. Trump is planning an in-person event at the White House on Saturday and a campaign trip to Florida on Monday.

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The company did not reveal what percentage of its workforce that entailed, but it’s believed the U.S. theme parks employ about 200,000 people, which would make the layoffs a workforce reduction of 14 percent.

Disney parks in California remain closed while Florida parks, which reopened in July, have been underperforming.

The company had furloughed 100,000 employees worldwide at the height of the lockdowns in the spring. Many were brought back when Walt Disney World reopened this summer.

Theme parks have taken the brunt of the toll as the virus has limited or scuttled public gatherings. In the most recent April-June quarter, Disney’s theme-park division reported less than a billion dollars in revenue, after taking in nearly $7 billion in the same period in 2019. The division posted a loss of $2 billion over the period.

Business has not significantly picked up since. On an earnings call in August, Bob Chapek, the Disney chief executive who previously ran the theme-park division, acknowledged that its Walt Disney World locations in Central Florida have not seen the traffic executives had hoped for when they reopened in July. The parks, he said, had undergone a “higher-than-expected level of cancellations.”

In response the company cut back the parks’ hours. Walt Disney World in particular relies on travel from other states. Airlines are preparing to cut 35,000 jobs this week as people ground their travel plans.

The layoffs came as the company prepared to end its fiscal 2020 on Wednesday; the timing, some Wall Street analyst believe, is not coincidental as Disney seeks to shore up its expenses heading into a new period.

In a statement Tuesday, the company partly pointed the finger at California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who has kept bans on large public gatherings in place in his state. The situation, it said,