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Control of Congress also at Stake in State Legislative Races

Control of Congress also at Stake in State Legislative Races

By David A. Lieb | Sep 22
Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way.

Overconfident? Dem Optimism Surges as Midterms Approach

Overconfident? Dem Optimism Surges as Midterms Approach

By Steve Peoples and Juana Summers | Sep 22
The fight for the House majority is over. At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day.

Trump Picks Combat Over Caution in Court Fight

Trump Picks Combat Over Caution in Court Fight

By Jonathan Lemire, Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller | Sep 22
White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Cruz, O'Rourke Trade Attacks During Testy 1st Texas Debate

Cruz, O'Rourke Trade Attacks During Testy 1st Texas Debate

By Will Weissert | Sep 22
Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O'Rourke repeatedly traded barbs during a testy first debate Friday night, underscoring how a Texas Senate race that long looked like a cakewalk for the conservative incumbent now appears to be anything but one.

GOP, Kavanaugh Accuser in Standoff Over her Senate Testimony

GOP, Kavanaugh Accuser in Standoff Over her Senate Testimony

By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey | Sep 22
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman on Friday rejected key concessions sought by Brett Kavanaugh's accuser if she is testify about her claim Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Trump Says He'll Rid Justice Dept. of 'Lingering Stench'

Trump Says He'll Rid Justice Dept. of 'Lingering Stench'

By Jonathan Lemire | Sep 22
President Donald Trump issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI on Friday, promising further firings to get rid of a "lingering stench" f

Trump Drops Civil Tone, Slams Kavanaugh Accuser Credibility

Trump Drops Civil Tone, Slams Kavanaugh Accuser Credibility

By Alan Fram, Lisa Mascaro and Catherine Lucey | Sep 21
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.

For Kavanaugh, Path Forward Could Be like Clarence Thomas'

For Kavanaugh, Path Forward Could Be like Clarence Thomas'

By Jessica Gresko | Sep 21
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.

'He's Been There': Trump Stumps for Vulnerable Sen. Heller

'He's Been There': Trump Stumps for Vulnerable Sen. Heller

By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin | Sep 21
His own political fortunes intrinsically linked to his party holding control of Congress, President Donald Trump on Thursday offered full-throated support for the most vulnerable incumbent Republican senator.

Telling Men to 'Step Up,' Sen. Hirono Strides into Spotlight

Telling Men to 'Step Up,' Sen. Hirono Strides into Spotlight

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Sep 21
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.

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