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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, before leaving for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Ohio for rallies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Graham: GOP has votes to confirm Trump court pick by Nov. 3

Sep. 22, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have the votes to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick before the Nov. 3 presidential election, according to the Senate Judiciary chairman who will shepherd the nomination through the chamber. “The nominee is going to be supported by every...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., departs the chamber after speaking about the death of Supreme Court  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Who's a hypocrite? GOP, Dems debate past comments on court

Sep. 22, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “H” word — hypocrisy — is suddenly in vogue at the Capitol as lawmakers debate how quickly to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court following the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that President...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper reacts after striking out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Harper hitless, Girardi ejected, Phils lose to Nats 5-1

Sep. 22, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was hitless in his return from back stiffness and Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the third inning of a 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night that dropped the Phillies back to .500 and hurt their playoff hopes. “We played poorly, really...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Top contenders for Ginsburg's seat on Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 and was a champion of gender equality. A look at the top contenders: ___ AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 48, is widely considered to be the front-runner. She was...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Top contenders for Ginsburg's seat on Supreme Court

Sep. 22, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87 and was a champion of gender equality. A look at the top contenders: ___ AMY CONEY BARRETT Barrett, 48, is widely considered to be the front-runner. She was...

The roles of state, local and federal governments in federal elections.;

Vision 2020: Does the federal gov't have a role in the vote?

Sep. 21, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What is the role of the federal government in elections? The federal government has very little role in the elections that choose who is going to run it. Elections are run at the local level and supervised by states. The federal government can help fund elections and set certain standards...

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, before leaving for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Ohio for rallies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

Sep. 21, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met Monday with Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House as the conservative jurist emerged as a favorite to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the start of a monumental Senate confirmation fight over objections from Democrats it’s...

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 1993, file photo, then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses in her robe in her office at U.S. District Court in Washington. Earlier, the Senate voted 96-3 to confirm Bader as the 107th justice and the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2020, the Supreme Court announced. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

The Latest: Trump boasts about how many court picks he's had

Sep. 21, 2020 8:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump is boasting on the campaign trail about his reshaping of the federal judiciary days after the death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Amy Coney Barrett, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit judge, speaks during the University of Notre Dame's Law School commencement ceremony at the university, in South Bend, Ind. Barrett, a front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

High court front-runner hailed by right, feared by left

Sep. 21, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A front-runner to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a federal appellate judge who has established herself as a reliable conservative on hot-button legal issues from abortion to gun control. Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, is hailed by...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democrats unveil temporary funding bill to avert shutdown

Sep. 21, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House unveiled a government-wide temporary funding bill on Monday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December. The measure would prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month,...