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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks over to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as they meet with on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, POOL)

Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg's death, papers show

Sep. 29, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett his Supreme Court nominee more than a week ago at the White House — and she accepted, according to formal paperwork submitted to the Senate ahead of her confirmation hearings. Barrett tells the Senate Judiciary...

FILE - This April 19, 2010 file photo shows U.S. District Judge William Conley at the U.S. Courthouse in Madison, Wis. A federal appeals court on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin's presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled Sept. 21 that ballots that arrive up to six days after Election Day will count as long as they're postmarked by Election Day. Sunday’s action puts Conley’s order on hold until the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals or U.S. Supreme Court issues any further action. (Mike DeVries/The Capital Times via AP, File)

Court upholds Wisconsin ballot extension, hands Dems a win

Sep. 29, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing Democrats a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in November. The decision, if it stands, means that...

Federal appeals court upholds six-day extension for counting ballots in battleground Wisconsin, handing Democrats a win.

Sep. 29, 2020 7:00 PM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds six-day extension for counting ballots in battleground Wisconsin, handing Democrats a win.
Vote stickers are seen at a satellite election office at Temple University's Liacouras Center, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pennsylvania counties push for changes to mail ballot law

Sep. 29, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's counties pressed lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to allow them to process mail-in ballots before Election Day in the battleground state as they consider the prospect of waiting until polls open to dig into what could be 3 million or more envelopes. Meanwhile, Philadelphia...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on the Supreme Court at The Queen Theater, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iowa again a battleground, sign of Trump's Midwest obstacles

Sep. 29, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scott Brennan stood powerless in the Iowa Democratic Party's war room in the wee hours of Feb. 4 as efforts to report 2020's first presidential caucuses results failed spectacularly. But the Des Moines lawyer had been worried for years. He had been the Iowa Democratic chairman when...

Workers adjust signage as preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Viewers' Guide: Trump, Biden meet in Ohio for 1st debate

Sep. 29, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will meet in their first debate Tuesday in a presidential election year marked by extraordinary turmoil. With the election 35 days away and early votes already being cast in some states, Biden has kept a lead over the Republican president in most national polls. While...

President Donald Trump's reelection depends largely on energizing his seemingly immovable base of support. But there are defectors, and they are finding one another on social media and sharing their stories. (AP Illustration);

They wanted disruption in 2016. Now they're Trump defectors

Sep. 29, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

Shawna Jensen’s moment of reckoning came in March, as she sat in her suburban Fort Worth, Texas, living room next to her fireplace. Her laptop was open to a Zoom happy hour with five girlfriends. She sucked in a breath, gripping her glass of red wine. “Hey, guys, I gotta tell you something,”...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Pelosi prepares in case House must decide presidential race

Sep. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking extraordinary steps to prepare for the 2020 election, seeking to increase Democrats’ hold on state congressional delegations in the highly unusual scenario that the House is called on to resolve a disputed presidential contest. “We cannot...

FILE - This pair of file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running for Senate in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash over Supreme Court, pandemic in debate

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Monday over the Supreme Court and the response to the pandemic during their second debate in the closely watched Senate race. Gideon, the Maine House speaker, accused the four-term Collins of failing to...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York speak before standing at the top of the steps of the U.S. Capitol as they await the arrival of the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

Democrats try to stick to health care in Supreme Court fight

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are confronting the limits of their power as they fight against the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett with a strategy aimed at avoiding costly mistakes that could hurt the party's candidates in November. Unable to block President Donald Trump’s pick on their...