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…

Chaos Marks Start Of Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing

By MARK SHERMAN and LISA MASCARO , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Quarreling and confusion marked the start of the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, with Democrats trying to block the proceedings because of documents being withheld by the White House. Protesters also disrupted the proceedings. In his opening…

Missouri Democrats Face Question Of Abortion Stance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Democrats are facing a conversation about their abortion-rights stance after the party recently adopted an amendment aimed at welcoming anti-abortion candidates. The party added an amendment to its platform June 30 stating it welcomes “all Missourians who may hold differing positions on (abortion)” and sees diversified views as its…

In Supreme Court Fight, Dems Target 2 GOP Senate Moderates

By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — By themselves, Democrats can’t stop the Republican-run Senate from confirming President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick. But they’re determined to make it agonizing for a pair of pivotal GOP senators to back the nominee. Just a weekend from Trump’s big reveal on Monday, Democrats’ early strategy…

Democrats, GOP Try To Dodge Blame For Shuttered Government

By ALAN FRAM, ANDREW TAYLOR and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it. The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend…