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WASHINGTON | Pro-Kavanaugh group received millions from anonymous donors

WASHINGTON — An obscure nonprofit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backed Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, according to newly released federal tax records. The Wellspring Committee made the contributions to the Judicial Crisis Network, one of the most prominent groups that championed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pro-Kavanaugh group received millions from anonymous donors

WASHINGTON | Trump attends Kavanaugh ceremony at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has visited the Supreme Court for the ceremonial swearing-in of new Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The president and first lady Melania Trump also met privately with the justices before Thursday’s brief courtroom ceremony. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker took part in the ceremony for an invitation-only crowd that included Senate Majority Leader … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump attends Kavanaugh ceremony at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON | ‘Kavanaugh and caravan’: Did Trump’s late pitch move voters?

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump billed the midterms as an election about “Kavanaugh and the caravan,” and it was — although not entirely as he planned. Both the fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the debate over immigration animated Republican base voters in states where the GOP made gains in the Senate. But … Continue reading WASHINGTON | ‘Kavanaugh and caravan’: Did Trump’s late pitch move voters?

WASHINGTON | WHAT TO WATCH: Voters to go polls to weigh in on Trump era

WASHINGTON — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump‘s presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now it’s time for voters to weigh in how much they’re enjoying it. Republicans’ across-the-board control of Congress is at stake in Tuesday’s midterm election, along with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | WHAT TO WATCH: Voters to go polls to weigh in on Trump era

WASHINGTON | White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

WASHINGTON  — Don McGahn has returned to civilian life. A White House official confirms that Wednesday was McGahn’s last day as White House counsel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. President Donald Trump announced in August that McGahn would leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

RICHMOND, Ky.| Trump praises McConnell’s role in battle over Kavanaugh

RICHMOND, Ky.  — President Donald Trump heaped praise Saturday on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, crediting the veteran Kentucky lawmaker’s political toughness and acumen during the ugly battle that concluded with Brett Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court justice. “He’s Kentucky tough,” Trump declared. Kavanaugh took his seat on the high court this week after overcoming … Continue reading RICHMOND, Ky.| Trump praises McConnell’s role in battle over Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

WASHINGTON— Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in —again, for the cameras, this time — Monday night at a White House ceremony, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh’s opponents for a “campaign of personal destruction.” In a ceremony that could have been a unifying moment for the nation, Trump instead delivered remarks … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump apologizes to Kavanaugh during swearing-in ceremony

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh to attend White House event, as elections loom

WASHINGTON  — New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is returning to the White House for a televised appearance Monday with President Donald Trump less than a month before pivotal congressional elections. Kavanaugh will take part in an entirely ceremonial swearing-in two days after he officially became a member of the high court and following a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh to attend White House event, as elections loom

CHARLESTON, W.Va. | Manchin scorched from both sides after Kavanaugh vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Danielle Walker cried on Joe Manchin’s shoulder after she shared her story of sexual assault in the senator’s office. She thought he listened. The 42-year-old Morgantown woman said she was both devastated and furious when Manchin became the only Democrat in the U.S. Senate to support President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, … Continue reading CHARLESTON, W.Va. | Manchin scorched from both sides after Kavanaugh vote

U.S. Political News: Judge Kavanaugh to be sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – The Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony yesterday in the Justices’ Conference Room at … Continue reading U.S. Political News: Judge Kavanaugh to be sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa | In Iowa debut, Booker tells Dems to turn despair into action

DES MOINES, Iowa  — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker urged Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to turn their despair into action as he made his national debut in Iowa as a Democratic presidential prospect. Racing from Saturday afternoon’s Senate confirmation vote in Washington, Booker breezed into the Iowa Democratic Party’s top fall fundraiser to … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | In Iowa debut, Booker tells Dems to turn despair into action

DES MOINES, Iowa | In Iowa debut, Booker urges action after high court vote

DES MOINES, Iowa  — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker urged Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation Saturday to turn their despair into action as he made his national debut in Iowa as a Democratic presidential prospect. Racing from Saturday afternoon’s Senate confirmation vote in Washington, Booker breezed into the Iowa Democratic Party’s top fall fundraiser … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | In Iowa debut, Booker urges action after high court vote

DES MOINES, Iowa | The Latest: Booker urges party to turn despair into action

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Latest on Sen. Corey Booker‘s trip to Iowa (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Sen. Cory Booker is urging Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court to turn their despair into action, a political message that blends with the New Jersey Democrat’s national debut as a presidential prospect. … Continue reading DES MOINES, Iowa | The Latest: Booker urges party to turn despair into action

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Protesters occupy Supreme Court steps

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Protesters are occupying the steps of the Supreme Court following the Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. The demonstrators went up the steps of the Supreme Court holding signs and chanting, “we believe survivors” and “hey hey, ho ho, Kavanaugh has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Protesters occupy Supreme Court steps

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump cheers Kavanaugh vote aboard Air Force One

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 5:20 p.m. President Donald Trump flashed two thumbs up when the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He also criticized Democrats for what he called a “horrible, horrible attack” on Kavanaugh. Trump watched the vote Saturday in his private cabin … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump cheers Kavanaugh vote aboard Air Force One

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides. The near party-line vote was 50-48, capping … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump anticipates Senate win for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he’s looking forward to the Senate vote that’s vote expected to confirm his second Supreme Court nominee. Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a rally in Topeka, Kansas, that he thinks Brett … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump anticipates Senate win for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Grassley makes final pitch for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 3 p.m. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is giving his closing argument for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Grassley is praising Kavanaugh’s judicial independence in a speech on the Senate floor and he says the judge won’t be beholden … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Grassley makes final pitch for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | How they did it: The Republicans’ campaign to save Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Mitch McConnell walked onto the Senate floor for the big vote to save Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination with a secret: He didn’t know how it would turn out. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Senate majority leader is often seen as a masterful tactician. But he was watching and waiting like the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | How they did it: The Republicans’ campaign to save Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Dems rail against Kavanaugh in Senate speeches

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 8 a.m. Democrats don’t seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that’s not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Dems rail against Kavanaugh in Senate speeches

WASHINGTON | Two Republican senators, two divergent paths on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON— Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: “No.” Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail. Though they reached opposite conclusions, both women had faced similar … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Two Republican senators, two divergent paths on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | Key senators undecided as Senate poised to vote on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON  — The Senate is poised to take a crucial vote Friday on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination to the Supreme Court as key Republican senators remain undecided amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intense protests that have divided the nation. The 53-year-old judge made what were in effect closing arguments by acknowledging that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Key senators undecided as Senate poised to vote on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh says he ‘might have been too emotional’ at hearing

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he “might have been too emotional” when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a final bid to win over wavering GOP senators on the eve of a crucial vote to advance his confirmation. Three GOP senators and one Democrat remain undecided about elevating Kavanaugh … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh says he ‘might have been too emotional’ at hearing

WASHINGTON | ‘Thorough’ FBI report bolsters GOP hopes for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON— A pair of undeclared Republican senators accepted a confidential new FBI report into sex-abuse allegations against Brett Kavanaugh Thursday as “thorough,” bolstering GOP hopes for confirmation as the Senate plunged toward showdown votes on President Donald Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee. One of the senators hinted he was open to supporting Kavanaugh as party … Continue reading WASHINGTON | ‘Thorough’ FBI report bolsters GOP hopes for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Retired justice says don’t confirm Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is quoted as saying that Brett Kavanaugh shouldn’t be confirmed to the high court because of Kavanaugh’s potential political bias. It’s rare for a retired justice to weigh in on a pending nomination. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Retired justice says don’t confirm Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON | GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after FBI report

WASHINGTON — A high-stakes partisan row broke out Thursday over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found “no hint of misconduct” but Democrats accusing the White House of slapping crippling constraints on the probe. At the same time, Republican leaders seemed to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after FBI report

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Dem Sen. Heidi Heitkamp a ‘no’ vote on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 2:25 p.m. It’s going to be a “no” vote on Brett Kavanaugh from North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp (HYT’-kamp), one of the few Democratic senators who’d been undecided on the Supreme Court nominee. Heitkamp tells WDAY, a TV station in Fargo, that “the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Dem Sen. Heidi Heitkamp a ‘no’ vote on Kavanaugh