Judicial appointments and nominations

In this Aug. 21, 2018 photo, White House counsel Don McGahn, follows Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is tweeting that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, will be departing in the fall after the Senate confirmation vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 29, 2018 - 2:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Counsel Don McGahn, a consequential insider in President Donald Trump's legal storms and successes and a key figure in the administration's handling of the Russia investigation, will be leaving in the fall, the president announced Wednesday. McGahn's exit continues the...
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In this circa 1992 photo provided by Jim Brochin and made by Martha Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, front row far right, poses with Yale University Law School classmates at Kavanaugh's parents' home in St. Michaels, Md. Front row from left are Steve Hartmann, Jim Brochin, Richard Roberts, and Kavanaugh. Back row from left are Ken Christmas, James Boasberg, Zeb Landsman, and Edmund Burns. (Martha Kavanaugh via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 8:16 am
When Brett Kavanaugh was a student at Yale University in the 1980s, some of his classmates were protesting South Africa's apartheid system, rallying for gay rights and backing dining hall workers in a labor dispute. But people who knew Kavanaugh an undergraduate and law student at Yale say the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. SKavanaugh has frequently supported giving the government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 28, 2018 - 3:34 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has frequently supported giving the U.S. government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans. It's a subject Democrats plan to grill Kavanaugh about during his confirmation...
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Vice President Mike Pence gestures while speaking to the Republican National Lawyers Association, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 24, 2018 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that Democrats have turned the Senate's traditional role of providing advice and consent into "obstruct and oppose" when it comes to President Donald Trump's judicial nominees. Speaking to the Republican National Lawyers Association, Pence...
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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, top left, is pictured next to Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been nominated to the Supreme Court, in this photo taken during the term that both men worked for Justice Anthony Kennedy in 1993 and 1994. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch share a history that goes back decades. In the back row of the photo are the clerks that worked for Kennedy that term: Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Miles Ehrlich, Nathan Forrester and Gary Feinerman. Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh has been nominated to replace, is in the bottom row alongside staff. (U.S. Supreme Court via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 9:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominee Brett Kavanaugh share a history that goes back to high school. Kavanaugh was a junior when Gorsuch arrived as a freshman at the all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School outside Washington. They didn't run in the same circles, but they...
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In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections _ the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Manafort _ is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. (AP Photo/File)
August 22, 2018 - 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after President Donald Trump was implicated in a federal crime, members of both parties dismissed talk of impeachment, with some Democrats expressing fears Wednesday about such a politically risky step, and Republicans shrugging off the accusations or withholding judgment...
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Lilly Ledbetter, an activist for workplace equality, left, is joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as they address demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 22, 2018 - 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women's rights advocates rallied in the rain Wednesday in opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying he had a discouraging track record on issues that matter to women. Standing outside the Supreme Court for more than an hour in periods of rain,...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters after a news conference at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation's Sala Burton Manor in San Francisco, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
August 22, 2018 - 11:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 3 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did nothing wrong the day after his former attorney Michael Cohen said Trump had directed him to make hush money payments to two women with the express purpose of "...
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In this Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, walks to the office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for a meeting with her on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh is set to meet with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who’s seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation. Collins supports abortion rights, but has spoken highly of President Donald Trump’s nominee. Kavanaugh is also meeting separately with Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
August 21, 2018 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is meeting Congress members before confirmation hearings in September (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declined to answer when asked whether...
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at her office, before a private meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 21, 2018 - 12:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Tuesday he agrees that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law, according to Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who is a key swing vote on his nomination. Collins held a two-hour meeting with Kavanaugh in her...
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