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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

Oct. 21, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are set to boycott voting on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but there is little they can do to prevent Republicans from rushing to confirm President Donald Trump's pick before Election Day. The Judiciary Committee,...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in New York. Stocks are mostly lower in Asia after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street.  US stocks are drifting higher Wednesday, Oct. 21,  as negotiations continue in Washington on more aid for the economy, though prospects remain cloudy that anything can happen soon.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Stocks slip on Wall Street as virus aid deal remains elusive

Oct. 21, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

U.S. stocks capped another wobbly day of trading with modest losses Wednesday as Wall Street waited for any signs of progress as lawmakers in Washington negotiate over how to deliver more aid for the economy. The S&P 500 slipped 0.2% after shifting between small gains and losses for much of the day. The...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Oct. 21, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: The courts have already been packed Idaho Mountain Express Oct. 21 Former Vice President Joe Biden is asked, over and over, whether he will pack the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. The better question is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the 2020 general election at the Kentucky Exhibition Center in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Races for president, Senate top Kentucky ballot

Oct. 21, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Races featuring re-election bids by President Donald Trump and his top ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top the ballot in Kentucky. Other races to watch include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional...

A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, cheered by the gains on Wall Street as investors welcomed a batch of solid earnings reports from U.S. companies.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gains on solid earnings

Oct. 20, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, cheered by the gains on Wall Street as investors welcomed a batch of solid earnings reports from U.S. companies. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.5% in morning trading to 23,676.90. South Korea's Kospi added 0.4% to 2,366.40, while Australia's...

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Shaheen, Messner debate Trump's handling of coronavirus

Oct. 20, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus again highlighted contrasts between U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Corky Messner in their third and final debate Tuesday night. Messner, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump during his primary...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible through heavy fog in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. Congress is past the point at which it can deliver more coronavirus aid soon, with differences between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump proving insurmountable. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Oct. 20, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill took a modest step forward on Tuesday, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House against going forward. McConnell on Tuesday...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)

Senate Republicans try to ignore Trump's attacks on Fauci

Oct. 20, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pre-election broadsides against Dr. Anthony Fauci drew mild rebuke and little buy-in Tuesday from Capitol Hill, as Senate Republicans tried to avoid linking themselves too closely to the president's name-calling and the White House's overall COVID-19 ...

People stand near a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, echoing Wall Street's decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid for the economy before the U.S. presidential election.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian shares track Wall Street fall as virus aid hopes fade

Oct. 19, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, tracking Wall Street's overnight decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid for the U.S. economy before the U.S. presidential election. Investors have been focusing on U.S. economic stimulus amid global uncertainty about the...