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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Key Democrat announces opposition to Kavanaugh

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said Wednesday she will vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, saying she couldn't stomach his past writings on campaign finance law. Published September 19, 2018

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is surrounded by reporters as she arrives for a vote, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump: Dems' handling of Kavanaugh accuser is 'obstruction'

President Trump blamed Democrats Tuesday for "obstruction" of his Supreme Court nominee but said all sides should have a chance to have their say now that allegations have been raised about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Published September 18, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Kavanaugh, accuser set for high-stakes Senate showdown

Senate Republicans retreated from plans to have Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sitting on the Supreme Court by Oct. 1, and instead said they'll call him back to Congress to testify next week about allegations of a decades-old attempted sexual assault. Published September 17, 2018

In this July 9, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks as Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump made his second Supreme Court pick this week. Unless a justice dies, Trump has likely picked his last justice. Trump has speculated that he could appoint a majority of the nine-member court. But it has been three decades since a president has been able to name more than two justices to their life-tenured posts. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump would accept 'a little delay' on Kavanaugh

President Trump said Monday he's willing to accept a delay in the GOP's push to quickly confirm his pick for the Supreme Court in order to sort out new allegations, but said he's still backing his man, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Published September 17, 2018

GOP divided on how to handle Kavanaugh accusations

Sen. Susan Collins, a key Republican, said Monday that both Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of an attempted sexual assault when they were in high school three decades ago should both testify to the Senate. Published September 17, 2018

In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Kavanaugh: 'This never happened'

Judge Brett Kavanaugh forcefully denied the details of an alleged sexual assault in high school in the 1980s and said Monday he would come back to Congress to defend himself. Published September 17, 2018

This image shows the front of the draft copy of the new 1040 income tax form. The draft given to The Associated Press by a staffer on the Ways & Means Committee shows that the form will be reduced from two full pages to one double-sided half page. (IRS via AP)

IRS announces tax relief for Florence victims

The IRS said Saturday that those caught in Hurricane Florence will get extended time for the next quarterly estimated income tax filing deadline Monday, as well as payroll tax returns due at the end of this month. Published September 15, 2018

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, for the third day of his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Feinstein's opponent accuses her of protecting Kavanaugh

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's opponent in November's election blamed her Friday for her handling of a decades-old unsubstantiated sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, saying she should have confronted the judge personally. Published September 14, 2018