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McGrath flip-flops on Kavanaugh confirmation after backlash

Jul. 10, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath said she would have voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and then just hours later she changed her mind. The Courier Journal reports that the reversal came after her comments were slammed on social media by both liberals...

Trump defends Acosta but will look 'closely' at Epstein deal

Jul. 10, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll be looking "very closely" at Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. But he also seemed to stand by his Cabinet official, praising Acosta's performance on the job and...

Amy McGrath announces bid for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat

Jul. 9, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy McGrath, a Marine combat aviator who narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky, has set her sights on an even more formidable target: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McGrath, whose campaign announcement video in her House race showcased the viral power...

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 9, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Tom Steyer ruled out a 2020 presidential bid earlier this year. Now he's changed his mind. The billionaire investor and activist announced Tuesday that he would join the crowded Democratic primary for the White House after all, saying his campaign will focus on reducing the influence of corporations in politics....

Today in History

Jul. 9, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2019. There are 175 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 9, 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.) On this date: In...

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California on Monday became the first Democrat to exit the 2020 presidential race. The four-term congressman's White House effort never progressed significantly with voters in the crowded Democratic primary. Swalwell had earlier signaled that he would consider bowing out if he was in danger...

Sentencing set for man in retaliation case involving senator

Jul. 6, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Aug. 19 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge in Phoenix for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S. senator from Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. James Dean Blevins made...

2 judges' comments, handling of rape cases draw criticism

Jul. 3, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

Two New Jersey judges have come under fire for their handling of rape cases, one for asking whether a 16-year-old Eagle Scout "from a good family" should face serious consequences over a video-recorded assault on an intoxicated teenager. Another judge asked whether a 12-year-old girl's loss of virginity...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Did Ginsburg hint at census outcome?

Jul. 3, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been another taxing term for reporters who try to forecast the outcome of high-profile Supreme Court cases. Many of us wrote that based on arguments in late April, the court's five conservative justices would allow the Trump administration to go forward with a citizenship question on...

Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias

Jul. 2, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 200 corporations, including many of America's best-known companies, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The corporations outlined their stance in a legal brief...