Judicial appointments and nominations

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Justice Committee hearing with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)
September 27, 2018 - 7:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh devolved into a partisan fistfight Thursday as Democrats and Republicans — and Kavanaugh himself — sparred over explosive allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted an acquaintance while both were teenagers. Sen. Orrin Hatch,...
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Christine Blasey Ford listens to her attorney Michael Bromwich as she testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
September 27, 2018 - 6:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's political divide and the burgeoning #MeToo movement played out in a riveting daytime drama Thursday before millions of Americans who tuned in to the Capitol Hill hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Raw fury, tears, sex, alcohol, power and partisanship — it...
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FILE - This combination of 2018 file photos show Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jay Gonzalez, left, and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, in Boston. Gonzalez will challenge the Baker in the November general election. Some Republican governors are calling for a delay in the U.S. Senate confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Governors have no official say in whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed. But their statements could help pressure senators and separate themselves from President Donald Trump as they seek re-election. That might be especially important in Democratic-leaning states such as Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont. (AP Photos/File)
September 27, 2018 - 6:50 pm
The Latest on governors and gubernatorial candidates' reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): ___ 7:40 p.m. In New Mexico, where two members of Congress are running for governor, Republican candidate Steve Pearce said in a statement that "it...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
September 27, 2018 - 6:49 pm
It was one hearing with just two witnesses but, in an era of deep political polarization and yawning cultural divisions, Americans came away Thursday having heard very different things. Millions of men and women listened to a nervous-but-composed college professor Christine Blasey Ford tell the...
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Karina Provost holds up a sign in support of Christine Blasey Ford in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Nevada’s Republican governor says the U.S. Senate should not cast a final vote on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh without a full review of the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against the nominee. (AP Photo/Michelle L. Price)
September 27, 2018 - 6:48 pm
The controversy over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spilled into governor's races across the country as the woman at the center of the claims told her story to a riveted nation. The already highly charged contests became even more so after psychology...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves his home on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Bethesda, Md. President Donald Trump's meeting with the deputy attorney general may or may not happen Thursday as originally planned, but Trump says he'd prefer not to fire Rosenstein regardless. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
September 27, 2018 - 12:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A highly anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was postponed until next week to avoid conflicting with a dramatic Senate hearing involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the White House said Thursday. The two were set...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 27, 2018 - 7:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — This is personal for President Donald Trump. For 10 days, Trump has watched as allegations of sexual misconduct have swirled around Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Trump spoke aloud what he's been mulling in private, acknowledging publicly for the...
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The Supreme Court building is seen at dawn on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 27, 2018 - 6:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It'll be a snapshot of the state of the union. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday turns on the credibility of its two star witnesses, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her. But there is much more...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh listens to a question while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
September 27, 2018 - 1:47 am
The firestorm surrounding President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court over the nominee's behavior in the 1980s has reinforced a warning today's social media-savvy high school students have grown up hearing: What they say and do now will live well past graduation. Judge Brett Kavanaugh faces...
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Anita Hill waves as she arrives for speech at the University of Utah Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Hill has been back in the spotlight since Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school. Hill's 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation. Thomas was confirmed anyway, but the hearing ushered in a new awareness of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 27, 2018 - 12:53 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Anita Hill said Wednesday her pivotal 1991 Senate testimony about sexual harassment by a Supreme Court nominee sparked a wave of awareness, but lasting change failed because of a lack of clear leadership and a reluctance to confront harsh realities. On the eve of another...
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