Former colleagues, judges to testify for Supreme Court pick 

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers, advocacy groups and former colleagues get their say on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after Judge Neil Gorsuch emerged unscathed from two days of tough questioning at his confirmation hearing. Assured of support from majority Republicans, Gorsuch received glowing GOP reviews […]

Gorsuch to appear before Senate Judiciary Committee today to begin nomination hearings

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen months after Antonin Scalia’s death created a vacancy on the Supreme Court, hearings get underway on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace him. Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda 

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his maiden speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. […]

Senate on track to confirm Scott Pruitt as administrator of EPA, an agency sorely in need of drastic reform

ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer and MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON, February 17 — Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite calls from Democrats for a delay. A vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination is set for Friday. As part of a public […]

Senate nears confirmation of Trump’s pick to head Treasury 

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that Steven Mnuchin failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed OneWest Bank. Votes on Trump’s Cabinet picks have exposed deep partisan divisions in the Republican-controlled Senate, […]