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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick

Sep. 19, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday promised to put forth a female nominee in the coming week to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pushing the Republican-controlled Senate to consider the pick without delay. Taking the stage at a North...

President Donald Trump speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bemidji, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

McConnell vows quick vote on next justice; Biden says wait

Sep. 19, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the election cast an immediate spotlight on the crucial high court vacancy, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowing to bring to a vote whoever President Donald Trump nominates. Democratic...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump says he can talk GOP into going for 'larger' virus aid

Sep. 16, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump parachuted into the coronavirus aid debate Wednesday, upbraiding his Republican allies for proposing too small of a relief package and encouraging both parties in Congress to go for a bigger one that would include his priority of $1,200 stimulus checks for most...

Top GOP senator says Fed nominee Judy Shelton short on votes

Sep. 15, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Senate Republican on Tuesday said conservative economist Judy Shelton does not have the votes to be confirmed to one of two vacancies on the Federal Reserve board. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, who holds the No. 2 spot in the Senate Republican leadership, said Shelton's...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, walks to her office, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Sep. 15, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief, a move that came as Democrats from swing districts signaled discontent with a standoff that could force them to face voters without delivering more aid. “We...

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

Sep. 10, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats scuttled a scaled-back GOP coronavirus rescue package on Thursday as the parties argued to a standstill over the size and scope of the aid, likely ending hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election. The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of wrangling that...

U.S. Sen. John Thune's father has died at age 100

Aug. 17, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The father of U.S. Sen. John Thune, a man he describes as his hero, has died at age 100. Harold Thune, a World War II veteran, educator, and lifelong South Dakota resident, died Saturday, on the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over Japan, commonly known as VJ Day, according to...

Thune at odds with Trump on White House acceptance speech

Aug. 7, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune, of South Dakota, is at odds with President Donald Trump on whether the president's nomination acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention should be delivered from the White House. The president recently said he was considering the...

President Donald Trump speaks with members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. and then on to Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Explains: Is a Trump White House acceptance speech legal?

Aug. 6, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump instantly ignited new controversy when he said recently that he may deliver his nomination acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention at the White House. But using the Rose Garden, the Executive Mansion or even the Oval Office as the backdrop for...

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump considering giving convention speech from White House

Aug. 5, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he'll probably deliver his Republican convention acceptance speech from the White House now that plans to hold the event in two battleground states have been foiled by coronavirus concerns and restrictions. Such a move would mark an unprecedented use...