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.

Trump security adviser urges Russia to rethink Syria support

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser is calling on Russia to re-evaluate its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, leaving open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria. In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual U.S. goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad from power.

Trump advisers: US seeks to fight IS and oust Syria's Assad

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser on Sunday left open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria following last week's missile strike but indicated that the United States was not seeking to act unilaterally to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual U.S. goals of defeating the Islamic State group and removing Assad.

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.

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.