The Latest: Ford Questioned About Anxieties, Fear of Flying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 12:23 p.m. The prosecutor at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing questioning Christine Blasey Ford about her allegation of sexual assault has asked about her fear of flying. Attorney Rachel Mitchell asked Ford about her anxieties. Ford acknowledged Thursday a…

Gender, Politics, and More: Americans Weigh in on Kavanaugh

As the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh about allegations of sexual assault, AP journalists around the country are talking to Americans about politics, gender, culture and the Supreme Court. Here is some of what they’re hearing: AGONIZING TO WATCH: For Elizabeth Jacobson, listening to Ford’s testimony was emotionally…

Trump says He Prefers to Keep Rosenstein, May Delay Meeting

By ERIC TUCKER ,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he would “certainly prefer not” to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department’s No. 2 official. Trump said Rosenstein denied making remarks first attributed to him in a New York Times…

Ford tells her Kavanaugh Story, Choking Back Tears

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and LAURIE KELLMAN ,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a clash along a polarized nation’s political and cultural fault lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its historic hearing Thursday in which Brett Kavanaugh hoped to salvage his Supreme Court nomination by fending off allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that he’d…

The Latest: Hearing Opens with an Apology to Ford, Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 10:13 a.m. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is opening a hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with an apology to both Kavanaugh and his accuser for the way they’ve been treated, saying they and…

The Latest: Dramatic Hearing over Ford Allegations Begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has gaveled into session Thursday’s dramatic hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford, in prepared remarks submitted to the committee, alleges that Kavanaugh groped her and tried…

Trump Says His Past Accusers Influence Thinking on Kavanaugh

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN ,  Associated Press 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…