Confirmation hearings

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wraps up the meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 3, 2017, after his panel voted along party lines on the nomination of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 03, 2017 - 5:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats claimed the votes they needed Monday to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but the victory was only fleeting, setting up a historic showdown with Republicans who intend to rewrite Senate rules and muscle Neil Gorsuch onto the high court. The coming...
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, center, and GOP members of the panel, smile just after they voted in favor of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch and to send the nomination to Senate floor for debate and vote, Monday, April 3, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Grassley, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 03, 2017 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump should choose a new nominee to the Supreme Court. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that he will...
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The Senate Judiciary Committee meets to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, Monday, April 3, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Top, from left are, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Committee's ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 03, 2017 - 11:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Senator Michael Bennet says he will not join Democratic efforts to block a full-Senate vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The Colorado Democrat has...
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FILE -This April 12, 2016, file photo, shows the Supreme Court in Washington. Supreme Court nominations became politically contentious about 222 years ago when the Senate voted down George Washington’s choice for chief justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 03, 2017 - 4:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering when Supreme Court nominations became so politically contentious? Only about 222 years ago — when the Senate voted down George Washington's choice for chief justice. This year's brouhaha sees Senate Democrats and Republicans bracing for a showdown over President Donald...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 22, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question by Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he'll support the nomination of Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Indiana Democrat announced his support on Sunday, April 2, 2017, for President Donald Trump’s pick, calling Gorsuch "a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers." Donnelly faces a tough re-election in 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 02, 2017 - 8:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate and the Supreme Court (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana says he will oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Tester says he's basing his decision on the judge's past cases because Gorsuch didn't...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2017 file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senate Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday, March 31, 2017, as Democrats neared the numbers needed for a filibuster, setting up a showdown with Republicans who have the votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 02, 2017 - 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the Republican talking point of the Sunday talk shows: If Democrats delay Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court this week, Republicans said, it would be an affront to history — the first time a nominee to the high court had been filibustered. True? Only in a...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
April 01, 2017 - 11:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
April 01, 2017 - 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2013, file photo, smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in Colstrip, Mont. President Trump's latest move to support coal mining is unlikely to turn around the industry's prospects immediately. Experts say the biggest problem faced by the mining industry today isn't a coal shortage of coal or even the prospect of climate change regulations, but an abundance of cheap natural gas. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
April 01, 2017 - 8:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took steps on coal regulation and broader energy policy during a week also marked by shadow-boxing over health care and Russian intrigue. False advertising and rhetorical feints went into the mix. Here are some statements by the president and his spokesman...
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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer of N.Y., speaks during an interview in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 31, 2017 - 8:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he tries to line up enough votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Senate Democratic leader is strongly warning Republicans against changing Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lost two in his caucus Thursday when...
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