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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media outside a voter service center, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden goes on offense in Georgia while Trump targets Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 7:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One week until Election Day, Joe Biden is going on offense, heading Tuesday to Georgia — which hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1992 — and pushing into other territory where President Donald Trump was once expected to easily repeat his wins from four years...

President Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered her the Constitutional Oath on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Election 2020 Today: Biden hits road, Barrett's 1st cases

Oct. 27, 2020 6:33 AM EDT

Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Election 2020, one week until Election Day: HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump will be in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska; Democratic challenger Joe Biden will be...

President Donald Trump and Amy Coney Barrett stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Issues important to Trump await Barrett on Supreme Court

Oct. 27, 2020 5:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett's first votes on the Supreme Court could include two big topics affecting the man who appointed her. The court is weighing a plea from President Donald Trump to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns. It is also considering appeals from...

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., not pictured, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

Barrett ads tied to interest groups funded by unnamed donors

Oct. 27, 2020 3:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is the culmination of a decadeslong coordinated effort by a constellation of conservative groups, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from wealthy anonymous donors, to tilt the high court farther to the right. At the forefront...

President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

Oct. 27, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump's...

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Amy Coney Barrett and her husband Jesse stand on the Blue Room Balcony after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Barrett was confirmed to be a Supreme Court justice by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barrett swearing-in differs markedly from 'superspreader'

Oct. 26, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This time they mostly wore masks. It's been only a month since President Donald Trump's Rose Garden event to announce he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. That packed celebration for friends and allies of the president and his high court nominee turned into a...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath holds a rally with supporters during a campaign stop at Woodland Park in Lexington, Ky. Amy McGrath will face US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Election Day in November. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

McGrath slams McConnell on Supreme Court confirmation

Oct. 26, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

Democrat Amy McGrath made a closing pitch to a statewide TV audience Monday night at a forum that took place as her Republican opponent in Kentucky — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — basked in the confirmation of another conservative to the Supreme Court. While McGrath and Libertarian...

President Donald Trump speaks as Amy Coney Barrett looks on, before Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, right, administers the Constitutional Oath to her on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Barrett pledges no 'fear or favor' at high court

Oct. 26, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Amy Coney Barrett is pledging to carry out her duties as a Supreme Court justice “without any fear or favor” toward the other branches of government or her own beliefs. ...

Madison, Wis. residents Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the city's City-County Building Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

High court won’t extend Wisconsin's absentee ballot deadline

Oct. 26, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Republicans to prevent Wisconsin from counting mailed ballots that are received after Election Day. In a 5-3 order, the justices on Monday refused to reinstate a lower court order that called for mailed ballots to be counted if they are received up to six...

Barrett, at White House, takes 1st of 2 oaths to join Supreme Court, will join bench after taking 2nd oath Tuesday

Oct. 26, 2020 9:18 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barrett, at White House, takes 1st of 2 oaths to join Supreme Court, will join bench after taking 2nd oath Tuesday.