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Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

Sep. 21, 2018 3:41 AM EDT

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting. That's why, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, it struck Cordes as...

Sen. Hirono in spotlight after call for men to 'step up'

Sep. 21, 2018 2:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same questions on sexual harrassment she has asked dozens of other nominees. Had Kavanaugh "made unwanted requests for sexual favors" or committed...

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

Sep. 21, 2018 2:37 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet here in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside...

For Kavanaugh, path forward could be like Clarence Thomas'

Sep. 21, 2018 2:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Clarence Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. "It doesn't matter how you got here. All that matters...

Kavanaugh accuser says she would testify under right terms

Sep. 21, 2018 1:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. The preference...

Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter

Sep. 21, 2018 1:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it's possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her...

'He's been there': Trump stumps for Sen. Heller in Vegas

Sep. 21, 2018 1:11 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — His own political fortunes intrinsically linked to his party holding control of Congress, President Donald Trump on Thursday offered full-throated support for the most vulnerable incumbent Republican senator, while unleashing a torrent of grievances against Democrats and the news media and...

Under right terms, Kavanaugh accuser may testify after all

Sep. 21, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. The preference...

Sheriff won't resign, says he's sorry for racial remarks

Sep. 20, 2018 11:52 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey sheriff recorded making disparaging remarks about blacks and the state's first Sikh attorney general apologized Thursday night for his comments but didn't heed a call from Gov. Phil Murphy to step down. In a statement released by a spokesman, Bergen County Sheriff Michael...

The Latest: Sheriff sorry for racial remarks, won't resign

Sep. 20, 2018 11:16 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a New Jersey sheriff's racial remarks that were recorded (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A New Jersey sheriff recorded making disparaging remarks about blacks and the state's first Sikh attorney general has apologized but won't resign. In a statement emailed by a spokesman...