Win or Lose, Kavanaugh Confirmation Fight Defines Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats don’t have the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But their rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings marked a new stage in the party’s resistance to President Donald Trump. The bedlam is unlikely to change any votes in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49…

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Visits Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrived on a surprise visit to Afghanistan’s war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. As helicopters patrolled the skies over Kabul, Mattis arrived accompanied by Gen. Joseph…