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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...

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...

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...

FILE - In this Feb. 2019 file photo, former astronaut Mark Kelly speaks during his senate campaign kickoff event in Tucson, Ariz. If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, 2020. 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.(Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star via AP, File)

Arizona Senate race could play crucial role in confirmation

Sep. 19, 2020 9:04 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 consistent...

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...

The flag at the White House flies at half-staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees

Sep. 19, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday, just six weeks before Election Day, is expected to unleash a pitched battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate — and the Republican-led Senate should confirm — her successor, or whether the seat should remain...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. As President Donald Trump denies that Russia is interfering in the U.S. election and as he tries to block information to Congress, private companies such as Microsoft and Facebook are stepping into the breach. The private sector has become much more forthcoming about election interference since 2016, providing frequent briefings to key members of Congress. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

As Trump holds back, tech firms step in on election security

Sep. 19, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Schiff was in the audience at the 2018 Aspen Security Forum when a Microsoft executive mentioned an attempted hacking of three politicians up for reelection. It was the first that Schiff, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, had ever heard of it. Schiff said he...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Sep. 19, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced the release Friday of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of the island and its leaders as he courts Puerto Rican voters in the U.S.,...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, with House Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., left, and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Stopgap bill to prevent shutdown held up over farm funding

Sep. 19, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to fashion a temporary spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month ran aground Friday amid a fight over farm bailout funding that's a key priority of President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans. A House Appropriations Committee spokesman...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Latest: Trump orders flags at half-staff for Ginsburg

Sep. 19, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (all times local): 1:15 a.m. Saturday President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation directing that flags at the White House and all public buildings and grounds and military facilities be flown at half-staff until the...