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Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes

Sep. 26, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign committee and the Republican National Committee sued Saturday to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state. The Republicans’ lawsuit...

Judge Amy Coney Barrett applauds as President Donald Trump announces Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump taps 'eminently qualified' Barrett for Supreme Court

Sep. 26, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort. Barrett, a former clerk to the late...

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 1960 file photo taken a television in New York displays a debate between Republican presidential candidate Vice President Richard M. Nixon, left, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass. The 1960 presidential election offered the country's first televised debates. (AP Photo, File)

Reagan's age, Mitt's binders: Presidential debate highlights

Sep. 26, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to meet on Tuesday for their first debate, a highly anticipated event in a highly unusual election year. The campaign has been divisive on a historic scale. Trump was impeached for trying to pressure Ukraine to...

FILE - In this June 2019 file photo the empty courtroom is seen at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the justices prepare final decisions of the high court's term. The Senate is ready to move quickly on a Supreme Court nominee. President Donald Trump is expected Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, to announce his replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

AP Explains: What's next for Trump's Supreme Court pick?

Sep. 26, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sending the nomination to the Senate with hopes of a quick confirmation fewer than 40 days before the presidential election. Republicans are eyeing a vote in late October, though Senate...

Supporters of President Donald Trump arrive by bus for a Trump campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

GOP invests $10M in boosting Trump with Barrett confirmation

Sep. 26, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee is putting Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation fight front and center with voters just weeks before Election Day. The confirmation battle will be featured in a new $10 million RNC digital ad campaign to encourage battleground state voters to...

This Sept. 9, 2020, photo provided by Elizabeth Neumann shows Neumann at her home in Chantilly, Va. With just weeks left before the Nov. 3 election, it's decision time for a number of current and former Trump administration officials who are debating whether to speak out against President Donald Trump. (Elizabeth Neumann via AP)

It's 'now or never' for ex-Trump aides weighing speaking out

Sep. 26, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Neumann wrestled with the decision for weeks. She worried about the backlash, the impact it would have on her career, potential threats to her family. But the former Department of Homeland Security official, who had resigned in April, reached a breaking point after President...

Man points gun at protesters outside GOP candidate's rally

Sep. 26, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police are investigating a confrontation in which a man pointed a gun toward protesters outside a campaign rally for a Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Delaware. Lauren Witzke, the Republican challenger to Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, said she saw a video of...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to North Carolina and Florida. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's wrongs on court, virus; Biden errs

Sep. 26, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a momentous week, President Donald Trump painted a fantastical portrait of a coronavirus that affects “virtually nobody” among the young as he faced a grim U.S. milestone of 200,000 deaths and he asserted a constitutional basis that doesn't exist for rushing a replacement...

President Donald Trump does a little dance after speaking at a campaign rally Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Newport News, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection

Sep. 26, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds. The president will travel to the state for the second time in a week on Saturday, hoping to attract the same rural and white...

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)

Trump expected to announce conservative Barrett for court

Sep. 25, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic conservative stamp on the high court just weeks before the election. Trump said Friday he had made up his mind and it was “very...