Confirmation hearings

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court term has steered clear of drama since the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The next few weeks will test whether the calm can last. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 29, 2018 - 12:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been unusually...
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December 21, 2018 - 2:13 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's highest court has upheld a law subjecting the governor's choices to run his top agencies to confirmation votes by the state Senate. The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday in favor of Republican legislative leaders who passed the confirmation...
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This undated photo provided by Time Warner shows William Barr. The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a confirmation hearing for later this month William Barr, President Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general. The committee announced Wednesday that it would hold a hearing on January 15 and 16, 2019. (Time Warner via AP)
December 20, 2018 - 1:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, sent an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department this year criticizing a central prong of the special counsel's Russia investigation, attacking as "fatally misconceived" the idea the president could have...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The chief justice of the California Supreme Court says concerns about increasing polarization in the country prompted her to give up her Republican Party affiliation. Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, that she switched her voter registration to no party preference after the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But she said she had been considering the move for several years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 14, 2018 - 5:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S. Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview that she switched her voter registration...
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The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday morning, Dec. 14, 2018. Parties and Christmas cookies only soothe so much in the chilly Capitol after two years of President Donald Trump’s provocations, dramas like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and the elections that flipped the House majority to Democrats. Everyone wants to go home, yet both chambers were scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2018 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, "Is it over yet?" quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own...
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This combination of photos shows Fox News Channel personalities, from left, Steve Doocy, Dana Perino and Brian Kilmeade. Doocy will host a cooking show, tied to a cookbook he's releasing, Perino will have a book club highlighting new releases and Kilmeade, a history buff, will host a show called, "What Makes America Great," on the new streaming service Fox Nation, that launches Tuesday. (AP Photo)
November 26, 2018 - 2:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The new streaming service Fox Nation that launches Tuesday is aimed at people who don't think Fox News Channel offers enough opinion. Fox is becoming the latest television news operation to stake out digital turf. Rather than an attempt to seek out young cord-cutters, Fox Nation is...
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November 16, 2018 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is giving up the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee after shepherding 84 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees through the confirmation process over the past two years, including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett...
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October 25, 2018 - 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday asked for a criminal investigation into whether Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, conspired to provide false statements to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation during the confirmation...
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A voter arrives as a worker walks past during early voting at a polling place in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
October 24, 2018 - 2:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all. Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 17, 2018 - 11:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's remarks on the missing Saudi journalist (all times local): 11:55 a.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. is asking Turkey for audio and video relating to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi "if it exists." The president on Wednesday...
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