Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships -- and reshape some of the nation's highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them.

Gorsuch's ascension to high court vindicates McConnell plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court was vindication for Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, whose risky bet more than a year ago paid off big time for President Donald Trump and the Kentucky senator himself. When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, McConnell decided immediately that the Senate would not fill the seat until the next president was elected. McConnell never wavered.

Gorsuch confirmation rolls Supreme Court to the right

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After weeks of turmoil, the Senate confirmed Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch as the Supreme Court's youngest justice Friday, filling a 14-month vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia and restoring a rightward tilt that could last for years. Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday and will quickly begin confronting cases of consequence, including one involving separation of church and state that the justices will take up in less than two weeks.

The Latest: Dems outraged over rules change for high court

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Senate debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Republicans have torn up the Senate's rules to allow President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to ascend to the high court over Democratic objections. The confrontation could reshape the Supreme Court for generations.

AP Explains: The Senate invoked the 'nuclear option'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate went "nuclear." Republicans and Democrats collided Thursday over Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. Short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-seat Senate to press ahead, Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, changed parliamentary rules for Supreme Court nominees, lowering the threshold to a simple majority. The party-line vote was 52-48.

Gorsuch heads for confirmation as Senate tears up own rules

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a confrontation that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations, Republicans tore up the Senate's voting rules Thursday to allow Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to ascend to the high court over furious Democratic objections. Democrats denounced the GOP's use of what both sides dubbed the "nuclear option" to put Gorsuch on the court, calling it an epic power grab that would further corrode politics in Congress, the courts and the nation.

Dems elevate attacks as Supreme Court showdown nears

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats elevated their attacks against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak as an explosive showdown loomed on the Senate floor. Republicans defended Judge Neil Gorsuch, accusing Democrats of trying to block him out of frustration over Trump's election victory.

The Latest: King is 44th senator to oppose Gorsuch

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Senate debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Independent Sen. Angus King says he will oppose President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. King, who caucuses with the Democrats, made the announcement on Tuesday, the last member of the Senate to state his position.

McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed the votes Tuesday to bust a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee as a showdown neared that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. "They seem determined to head into the abyss," the Kentucky Republican said of Democrats as debate began over Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination. "They need to reconsider.

AP EXPLAINS: What is the Senate's 'nuclear option'?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is poised to "go nuclear." Republicans and Democrats are on a collision course over Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee narrowly backed the 49-year-old appellate court judge on Monday, but Democrats secured the 41 votes to try to block the choice on a filibuster. Short of the 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate to press ahead, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The Latest: McConnell stops short of pledging rule change

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats' planned filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a "new low" but stopped short of saying he will change Senate rules to confirm him.

Dems claim votes to block Gorsuch; GOP will override them

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.

2 Democratic senators split over support for Gorsuch

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Democratic senators on Sunday split over supporting Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana said he would vote in favor of Gorsuch's confirmation while Sen. Jon Tester of Montana announced he would not back the federal appeals court judge based in Denver. Donnelly became the third Democrat to break with the party as Republicans line up behind President Donald Trump's choice for the high court.

AP FACT CHECK: Republicans thwarted high court picks, too

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 narrow sense.

Washington's high-court fights date to Washington himself

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 Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch. It's the latest twist in the political wrangling that has surrounded the high court vacancy almost from the moment Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

Senate heads for Supreme Court showdown

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 within the week.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's week of feints and false advertising

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 on those subjects and how they compare with facts: TRUMP, announcing "the start of a new era" in energy: "We will put our miners back to work. .

The Latest: Sen. McCaskill says she will oppose Gorsuch

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination (all times local): 4 p.m. A day after saying she was torn over the decision, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she will oppose Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will vote with fellow Democrats to filibuster his nomination.