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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Trump agrees to FBI probe of Kavanaugh, bows to Flake, Dems

Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats’ demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane students track Kavanaugh hearings, but at a distance

National media outlets lent their full attention to the emotional, and at time combative, testimony emerging in Washington, D.C. Thursday during hearings into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s past and …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Fiery Kavanaugh rebuts quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown

In an extraordinary and highly emotional day of Senate testimony, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly recounted her “100 percent” certainty Thursday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had …


Charles Lane: Judiciary endangered by partisan politics

No matter how the fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court ends, the lesson of it is already clear: The court is too important. The Senate confirmation …


Michael Gerson: This is not politics as usual – it is political pyromania

One of the dubious advantages of a Supreme Court nomination battle is how it brings into the open some of the vicious, ideological arguments that are normally hidden by shame …


Trump says his past accusers influence thinking on Kavanaugh

An agitated President Donald Trump acknowledged Wednesday that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court …


Hill says Kavanaugh isn’t a #MeToo referendum

Her 1991 testimony against Clarence Thomas riveted the nation, but failed to derail his nomination to the Supreme Court. Now, 27 years later, Anita Hill says the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 2:47 p.m.

Third Kavanaugh accuser on eve of dramatic hearing

On the eve of a showdown hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the senators who will judge him confronted a third set of lurid allegations Wednesday accusing him of …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

Trump says Dems using ‘con game’ to sink Kavanaugh court bid

President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Tuesday of using a “con game” to try scuttling Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and disparaged the account of the second woman accusing Kavanaugh …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

Republicans launch full-scale save-Kavanaugh campaign

Republicans thundered into an all-out campaign to save Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination Monday as a second woman accused him of a long-ago sexual assault. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

As Senate hearing set for Brett Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday, source says

Negotiators reached a tentative agreement Saturday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault …


David Von Drehle: How will McConnell play this hand?

Every chip in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s pile has been shoved into the center of the table. His high-stakes gamble for conservative control of the Supreme Court may be …


Analysis: Trump upends GOP strategy on assault claim

Republicans for days have been trying, with some success, not to blame the accuser in the high-stakes he-said-she-said roiling the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They calibrated their comments …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 9:18 a.m.

Trump drops civil tone, slams Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accuser credibility

Abandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Under right terms, Kavanaugh accuser may testify after all

Christine Blasey Ford would testify next week to the Senate about her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when both were high school students if agreement can …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Trump says ‘hard to imagine’ Kavanaugh assaulted woman

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the White House and Republican supporters of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination would have to “make a decision” on going forward if the woman accusing …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Kavanaugh, accuser called to testify before Senate committee

The woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrust into turmoil Sunday after the woman accusing him of high school-era sexual misconduct told her story publicly …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in school

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:48 p.m.

Kavanaugh reportedly accused of sexual misconduct in letter flagged to FBI by Democrats

Democrats alerted the FBI on Thursday to decades-old sexual-misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter.


Win or lose, Kavanaugh confirmation fight defines Democrats

Democrats don’t have the votes to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But that didn’t stop them from putting up a rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation …


Sen. Collins mum on Kavanaugh confirmation vote as pressure grows

The end of contentious confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has shifted the focus back to potential swing votes like Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

After two marathon days questioning Brett Kavanaugh, senators concluded his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Friday by hearing from friends, foes and legal experts making their cases for and against the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Trump: Russia probe ‘really, really unfair for the midterms’

President Donald Trump said Friday that the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential is not only bad for the country, “it’s really unfair for our midterms.”


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Democrats make final attempt to block Kavanaugh confirmation

Senate Democrats mounted a last, ferocious attempt Thursday to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump if …


Kavanaugh stresses independence: ‘No one is above the law’

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence as he faced questioning at his confirmation hearing Wednesday from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be …


Kathleen Parker: Advise and dissent

If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee.


Parkland victim’s father seeks handshake with Kavanaugh

A man whose teenage daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting tried to shake the hand of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a break in Tuesday’s confirmation …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 3:47 p.m.

Quarreling, chaos mark Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing

Quarreling and confusion disrupted the start of the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, Democrats trying to block the proceedings over documents withheld by the …