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President Donald Trump wraps up his speech at a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci

2nd GOP senator a 'no' to filling court seat before election

Sep. 20, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator came out in opposition to filling a vacant Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election while Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted without details that the Democratic-led House has “options” for stalling or preventing President Donald Trump from quickly...

FILE - In this May 16, 2011, file photo, former NASA astronaut STS-134 commander Mark Kelly, front, waves a he leaves the Operations and Checkout Building with fellow crew members, including Mike Fincke, for a trip to Launch Pad 39-A, and a planned liftoff on the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. A Kelly victory would shrink the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicate the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Arizona Senate race could impact confirmation of new justice

Sep. 20, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP’s Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicating the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Kelly has maintained a...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden walks from St. Joseph on the Brandywine, a Roman Catholic Church, after attending mass in Wilmington, Del., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Sep. 20, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is expected to use the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump's handling of health care and the coronavirus. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jolted the presidential...

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens at a hearing with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/New York Times, Pool via AP)

Sen. Graham's challenge: Fill a court seat and save his own

Sep. 20, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Few members of the Republican Party have taken a political journey as long as Lindsey Graham’s, from ridiculing Donald Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot" to becoming one of the president's fiercest defenders in Congress, as well as a regular golf...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Harley Rouda, D-Calif., speaks during a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the Republican-leaning California 48th Congressional District in Orange County, Republican challenger Michelle Steel has talked about taxes, while Rouda has focused on health care and prescription drug costs. In the campaign for House control, some districts are seeing a fight between Democrats saying they'll protect voters from Republicans willing to take their health coverage away, while GOP candidates are raising specters of rioters imperiling neighborhoods if Democrats win. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

Law and order vs. health care as Dems, GOP vie for suburbs

Sep. 20, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Republican hands for 28 years but now up for grabs, a suburban Missouri congressional district hugging St. Louis has become a lab for what each party considers one of its most lethal political weapons. TV ads by GOP Rep. Ann Wagner show protesters stomping a police car as the narrator...

Sen. Tom Tillis, R-N.C. holds a sign as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at the Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

Sep. 20, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious clash over Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the court was credited with bolstering GOP gains in the Senate...

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick

Sep. 19, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday promised to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay. Taking the stage at a North...

People gather at the Supreme Court on the morning after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ginsburg's death draws big surge of donations to Democrats

Sep. 19, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats raised more than $71 million in the hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, demonstrating how the liberal icon's passing and the contentious nomination fight that lies ahead have already galvanized the party's base. The jaw-dropping sum was raised by 9...

FILE- A photo, date not known, provided by the Amy Kennedy for Congress campaign shows candidate Amy Kennedy in Brigantine, N.J. In perhaps the highest-profile race is in New Jersey, Kennedy faces incumbent Jeff Van for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Van Drew won as a Democrat in 2018. (Amy Kennedy for Congress via AP)

House races feature party-switcher Van Drew, Dems on defense

Sep. 19, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The presidential contest in New Jersey doesn't look competitive, with Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by double digits, but a handful of the state's dozen House districts are shaping up as competitive. New Jersey voters will be electing representatives in all 12 U.S. House districts in...

An American flag flies at half-staff over the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, the morning after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Explains: What's next with the Supreme Court vacancy?

Sep. 19, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is putting the Senate in uncharted political terrain. There's no recent precedent for a confirmation vote so close to a presidential election. President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the Republican-run Senate to consider...