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GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

Sep. 20, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious clash over Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the court was credited with bolstering GOP gains in the Senate...

FILE - In this April 3, 1993, file photo, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses in her office at U.S. District Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says Supreme court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

Family, work and opera filled Ginsburg's final summer

Sep. 20, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — She was seeing family. She was exercising. She was listening to opera. She was doing the work of the court. She even officiated at a wedding. That's how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent the weeks before her death Friday at 87. Those who had been in touch with Ginsburg or her staff...

President Donald Trump wraps up his speech at a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci

2nd GOP senator a 'no' to filling court seat before election

Sep. 20, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator came out in opposition to filling a vacant Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election while Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted without details that the Democratic-led House has “options” for stalling or preventing President Donald Trump from quickly...

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Murkowski won't back court vote before election

Sep. 20, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and President Donald Trump's effort to appoint a successor (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she doesn’t support taking up a Supreme Court nomination so close to the Nov. 3...

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...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden walks from St. Joseph on the Brandywine, a Roman Catholic Church, after attending mass in Wilmington, Del., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Sep. 20, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is expected to use the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump's handling of health care and the coronavirus. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg jolted the presidential...

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...

This image provided by the Supreme Court shows Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as they ride an elephant in Rajasthan, India, in 1994 . Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at her home in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2020, the Supreme Court announced. (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)

A rapper, an elevator and an elephant: stories Ginsburg told

Sep. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent years Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was surprised to find herself so popular that “everyone wants to take a picture with me.” The justice, who died Friday at 87, had become a feminist icon, with books, movies, clothing and even coloring books devoted to her. People...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by, from left, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Vice President Mike Pence, and Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reacts to a question during a news conference on the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Public health officials were already warning Americans about the need to prepare for the coronavirus threat in early February when President Donald Trump called it “deadly stuff” in a private conversation that has only now has come to light. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump sees no need for regret

Sep. 20, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic began bearing down on the United States in March, President Donald Trump set out his expectations. If the U.S. could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people, Trump said, it would indicate that his administration had “done a very good...

This photo provided by Time shows the cover of Time magazine with tribute Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsurg on the cover.   Time will feature Ginsburg for an October double issue presenting the 2020 Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people.  Ginsburg, who became the court’s second female justice, died at her home in Washington on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. She was 87.(Time Magazine via AP)

Media celebrates Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, legacy

Sep. 19, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Across television and streaming services, the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was already front and center Saturday, a day after her death at 87. A look at coverage and plans in her honor: ENCORES FOR “RBG” Looking back on the film that spotlighted...