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 White House drops policy of identifying visitors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the building. The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns on Friday, but the decision angered government watchdog groups who accused Trump of reneging on his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

White House decides to keep visitor records secret

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Friday that lists of visitors to the building will be kept secret, breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump's predecessor. The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns, but the decision angered government watchdog groups who accused Trump of reneging on his promise to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, restores conservative tilt

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump. Gorsuch was sworn in during a sun-soaked ceremony in the Rose Garden, nearly 14 months after the seat was left vacant with the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Latest: Trump praises Gorsuch after confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (all times local): The White House is praising Neil Gorsuch following his confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice. President Donald Trump says in a statement that Gorsuch's "judicial temperament, exceptional intellect, unparalleled integrity, and record of independence" will make him "the perfect choice" to serve on the court.

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.

Dems in Trump states pressured from both sides on court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a rare and momentous decision -- one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It's a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 Democrats facing tough re-election next year in states that President Donald Trump won.

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.

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.

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. .

2 Dems to vote for Trump's court nominee; Schumer urges 'no'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Democrats facing tough re-elections in GOP states said Thursday they will vote for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, even as the Senate Democratic leader strongly warned Republicans against changing Senate rules to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York had tough words for his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in an interview with The Associated Press.