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As he considers 2020, Biden airs regrets of Thomas hearings

Sep. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

Weighing a 2020 campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden says he should have protected Anita Hill from what he called "character assassination" during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas more than a quarter century ago. Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee...

How it looks: Optics key in fight over Kavanaugh hearing

Sep. 21, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The congressional showdown taking shape between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is a battle of optics as much as truth, and it comes at the height of campaign season. At issue are logistics — Christine Blasey Ford's...

Silver memo: Hire more women, improve workplace conditions

Sep. 21, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their own organizations. Silver, in a memo sent to...

Analysis: Trump upends GOP strategy on assault claim

Sep. 21, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump went there. Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They calibrated their comments to avoid openly antagonizing Christine Blasey...

The Latest: GOP senator 'appalled' by Trump's tweet on Ford

Sep. 21, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Sen. Susan Collins says she's "appalled" by President Donald Trump's tweet challenging Brett Kavanaugh's accuser by name. Earlier Friday, Trump...

Path forward for Kavanaugh could be like Clarence Thomas'

Sep. 21, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Clarence Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. "It doesn't matter how you got here. All that matters...

Trump drops civil tone, slams Kavanaugh accuser credibility

Sep. 21, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement. Trump's change in tone...

Call for men to 'step up' puts Sen. Hirono in the spotlight

Sep. 21, 2018 6:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh the same questions on sexual harassment she has asked dozens of other nominees. Had Kavanaugh "made unwanted requests for sexual favors" or committed...

The Latest: Trump says Kavanaugh delay has gone on too long

Sep. 20, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 10:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says the delay over his Supreme Court nominee following a sexual assault allegation has lasted long enough. Trump...

Sentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probation

Sep. 20, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby could be sent to prison next week for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby is due in court Monday for a two-day sentencing hearing that follows his conviction in the spring...