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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Senate to work through weekend to push Barrett onto court

Oct. 19, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wasting no time, the Senate is on track to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, charging toward a rare weekend session as Republicans push past procedural steps to install President Donald Trump's pick before Election Day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, Gov. Steve Bullock, left, and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., prepare their notes before the beginning of their televised debate at the KUFM-TV studio at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. Political groups fighting for control of the U.S. Senate have poured more than $118 million into the contest between Bullock and Daines. For Montana residents, it means an unrelenting barrage of advertisements any time they turn on their computers, televisions and radios or open their mailboxes. (Ben Allan Smith/The Missoulian via AP, File)

US Senate high stakes spur astronomical spending in Montana

Oct. 14, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Political groups fighting for control of the U.S. Senate have poured more than $118 million into the contest between Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican incumbent Steve Daines, a record shattering figure for the sparsely-populated state that dwarfs spending on a...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, file photo, U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., speaks at Capitol Hill in Washington. Tommy Tuberville’s quest for a seat in the U.S. Senate is powered by the reputation he gained as Auburn University’s football coach. But in the years since, the Republican has been mired in business failings, a lawsuit and even a questionable charity that raises money but gives very little away. In trying to raise doubts Tuberville's fitness for office, Jones has pointed to Tuberville’s involvement in a failed hedge fund. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Jones: Tuberville charity filings raise questions

Oct. 14, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama on Wednesday criticized Republican challenger Tommy Tuberville’s financial record after reports emerged that the former college football coach's nonprofit only gave a fraction of its money to charity while it spent tens of thousands of dollars...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath wears a face mask as she holds a rally with supporters during a campaign stop at Woodland Park in Lexington, Ky. Amy McGrath will face U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Election Day in November. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

McGrath faces strong headwinds in mission to oust McConnell

Oct. 14, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Amy McGrath was in elementary school when Mitch McConnell was first elected to the Senate. Now, 36 years later, the Democrat who reached her dreams of becoming a military aviator has set her sights on a mission no one else has achieved — ending the Republican leader's career....

In this Oct. 1, 2020, photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., at the Capitol in Washington. Confirmation hearings begin Monday for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed, the 48-year-old appeals court judge would fill the seat of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month.  (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Senators weigh COVID risk for Barrett Supreme Court hearing

Oct. 11, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett vows to be a justice “fearless of criticism” as the split Senate charges ahead with confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s pick to cement a conservative court majority before Election Day. Barrett, a federal appeals...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hearings before the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee will begin Monday, Oct. 12, for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Graham, Harris share spotlight as Barrett hearings begin

Oct. 11, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are vowing a quick confirmation for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as the party — undeterred by coronavirus infections or other distractions — rushes to put conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the high court before the Nov. 3...

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison speaks during the South Carolina U.S. Senate debate with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Joshua Boucher/The State via AP)

Dem challenger in SC Senate race raises record $57 million

Oct. 11, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison has shattered congressional fundraising records, bringing in $57 million in the final quarter for his U.S. Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham as the GOP tries to retain control of the chamber in the Nov. 3 election....

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats are treading carefully on religious faith as they prepare to question President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

No 'dogma': Democrats walk tightrope on Barrett's faith

Oct. 10, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “The dogma lives loudly within you.” It's that utterance from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that's on the minds of Democrats and Republicans preparing for this coming week's hearings with Supreme Court nominee Amy...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar heads to an early polling site after talking with the media, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Hegar is in a runoff with State Sen. Royce West. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Cornyn, Hegar clash over virus, court in Texas Senate debate

Oct. 9, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas flashes signs that November's election could wind up the closest in decades, Republican John Cornyn and Democrat MJ Hegar clashed over the response to the cornavirus pandemic and the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice Friday night in the only scheduled debate of their...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., walk together to speak to the media at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden, Harris dodge questions about Supreme Court expansion

Oct. 9, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — There are few topics that Joe Biden isn't willing to opine on — except the Supreme Court. The Democratic presidential nominee and his running mate, Kamala Harris, are refusing demands from Republicans — and some fellow Democrats — to say whether they would seek to expand...