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Gender war politics grip Senate over Kavanaugh accusation

Sep. 19, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn't do in high school. Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault — and...

GOP goes back to the immigration well in Arizona

Sep. 19, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ARIVACA, Ariz. (AP) — Jim Chilton stood before the four strands of barbed wire that separate his ranchland from Mexico and pointed at a nearby ridge. "Very often, I see scouts on that mountain, right there," he told Rep. Martha McSally. McSally, a Republican who represents a stretch of the Arizona border...

The Latest: Grassley says FBI doesn't need to investigate

Sep. 19, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley says the FBI does not need to look into the sexual-assault allegation against...

Trump says 'hard to imagine' Kavanaugh assaulted woman

Sep. 19, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination would have to "make a decision" on going forward if the woman accusing him of a long-ago sexual assault delivers a compelling account to senators considering...

GOP frets about prospects for picking up Indiana Senate seat

Sep. 19, 2018 11:41 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Indiana, often refers to his rival, Sen. Joe Donnelly, as "Sleepin' Joe" and has vowed to wake the vulnerable Democrat from his "siesta" on Election Day. But as Donnelly barnstorms the state in a used RV, it is Braun's...

Trump rips Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'

Sep. 19, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, "I don't have an attorney general." Trump, in a Hill.TV interview released on Wednesday, said that he's "so sad over Jeff Sessions," whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the...

Feds plan funding boost to fight assaults on Native women

Sep. 19, 2018 2:09 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it grants tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said. In an interview, the Justice Department's third-highest ranking...

Feinstein's re-election opponent criticizes her over letter

Sep. 19, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common. But they're united in their condemnation this week of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary...

Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose 'bad things'

Sep. 18, 2018 10:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that "really bad things" at the FBI are exposed. But the decision, made against the backdrop of Trump's spiraling outrage at the...

The Latest: Grassley says no reason to further delay hearing

Sep. 18, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says there's "no reason for any further delay" in a hearing about a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh....