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Senate panel opens hearing on crafting US privacy law

Sep. 26, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is hoping Congress can come up with a new set of national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data that finds a balance between "privacy and prosperity." But it will be tricky to reconcile the concerns of privacy advocates who want people to have more...

What the 4 affidavits supporting Kavanaugh accuser say

Sep. 26, 2018 11:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As two parents watched their children play. At a restaurant with a friend. As a neighbor walked her dog. In all three otherwise everyday scenes, Christine Blasey Ford described to others about being sexually assaulted many years earlier by a future federal judge, according to sworn...

Ford's lawyers submit 4 affidavits backing up assault story

Sep. 26, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers said Wednesday they have given the Senate sworn affidavits from four people who say she told them well before Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination that she had been sexually assaulted when she was much younger. And according to all four, she either...

Are they ready? Kavanaugh, Ford prep for high-stakes hearing

Sep. 26, 2018 3:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Thursday morning, a psychology professor from California will sit before lawmakers to accuse a Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault — while all of Washington, and much of the nation, watches it live. It's a high-stakes, high-drama moment with the power to sink Judge Brett...

With Kavanaugh nomination, Trump faces #MeToo

Sep. 26, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's victory helped give rise to the #MeToo era. Now, as it threatens his latest pick to the Supreme Court and his party's electoral majorities in Congress, Trump is taking aim at the movement that has spurred a national reckoning around gender equity and sexual...

AP Was There: The Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings

Sep. 26, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative judge's nomination to the Supreme Court is suddenly jeopardized by graphic allegations of a sexual nature. A Republican president says his nominee has been smeared but vows he will prevail. The accuser and the accused face off in a dramatic showdown on Capitol Hill. There...

If Rosenstein leaves Justice Department, what happens next?

Sep. 26, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigation into Russian election interference is often called the Mueller probe, but it's Rod Rosenstein who oversees it. Rosenstein's fate as deputy attorney general remains in the air after reports last week that he floated the idea of recording President Donald Trump. Rosenstein...

Trump hits 'con job' on Kavanaugh before showdown hearing

Sep. 25, 2018 10:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical "con job" on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she "has nothing." Senate...

The Latest: GOP bringing in Arizona prosecutor for hearing

Sep. 25, 2018 10:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Thursday's Senate...

What happens to Mueller probe if Rosenstein loses his job?

Sep. 25, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigation into Russian election interference is often called the Mueller probe, but it's Rod Rosenstein who oversees it. Rosenstein's fate as deputy attorney general remains in the air after a revelation surfaced last week that he floated the idea of recording President Donald...