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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Sep. 24, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration. The Democratic-controlled chamber could also pass the $2 trillion-plus measure next week if talks fall...

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Bolton lawyers seek to question Trump officials over book

Sep. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. Michael Kirk, a lawyer for Bolton,...

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)

Rejecting Trump, both parties' leaders see orderly election

Sep. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers were already turning to unprecedented steps to ensure he can't ignore the vote of the people. Congressional...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives to meet with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Republican efforts to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are likely to move swiftly this week, with President Donald Trump possibly nominating a replacement within days and GOP senators hoping to jump-start the confirmation process. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

Sep. 24, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested. Even before Justice Ruth Bader...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020, photo, United States Postal Service carrier Henrietta Dixon gets into her truck to deliver mail in Philadelphia.  Officials from six states and the District of Columbia are in court Thursday, Sept. 24,  to ask a federal judge to halt alleged slowdowns at the U.S. Postal Service that they say threaten the upcoming presidential election(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Post office defends on claims that cuts threaten election

Sep. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for the U.S. Postal Service argued in court Thursday against accusations that service cuts are slowing down the mail and threatening the integrity of the presidential election. The latest hearing on the issue took place in federal court in Philadelphia, where the attorneys...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to media as he arrives at New Castle Airport, in New Castle, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, as he returns Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Progressives pledge to keep pushing Biden to expand court

Sep. 24, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since Joe Biden ran away with the Democratic presidential nomination in March, leading progressives have accepted him — sometimes grudgingly — as their party's leader. But, in the final weeks of the campaign, the Supreme Court vacancy is threatening to inflame old divides....

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. A year after winning the World Series thanks to a historic turnaround, the Nationals woke up Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, with a 23-33 record and no mathematical chance of returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats

Sep. 24, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Yan Gomes was asked about the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals essentially playing out the string over the last four games of this season, the catcher was put off by the premise. “I don’t think we’re technically out of it yet,” Gomes said. ...

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. 24, 2020 9:38 AM 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...

Police move after a Louisville Police officer was shot, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: Black women address rally in downtown Portland

Sep. 24, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a grand jury's decision not to indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Breonna Taylor's death: (all times EDT) 1:30 a.m. In downtown Portland, Oregon, the site of months of demonstrations against police brutality, several hundred people held a...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, left, celebrates his home run with third base coach Dusty Wathan during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. This was Harper's second homer of the night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Harper's 2 HRs help Phils top Nats 12-3, eliminate champs

Sep. 24, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper showed up to Nationals Park, his old stomping grounds, about six hours before Wednesday night’s first pitch to get treatment for a bothersome back, then got a chance to stay off his feet a bit as the designated hitter instead of an outfielder. All Harper did was smack...