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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes notes as the Senate Judiciary Committee members make opening statements during his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kavanaugh must recuse from all Trump cases, legal scholars say

President Trump has so badly poisoned the confirmation process for his Supreme Court nominee that the entire proceedings must be shelved, superstar Harvard University law professor Laurence H. Tribe said Tuesday, tossing a new objection onto the pile. Published September 4, 2018

In this Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, then-Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., walks between the Senate chamber and the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Longtime former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain

Former Sen. Jon Kyl will return to the chamber to take the seat of the late Sen. John McCain, giving the GOP timely reinforcements ahead of critical votes on a Supreme Court nominee. Published September 4, 2018

FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh has been a conservative team player, and the Supreme Court nominee has stepped up to make a play at key moments in politics, government and the law dating to the Bill Clinton era.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Kavanaugh believed campaign finance limits likely unconstitutional: Emails

As a White House lawyer Brett Kavanaugh was skeptical of Congress's ability to impose major restrictions on fundraising in American politics, according to newly released emails that show him debating other White House lawyers over the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill. Published September 1, 2018

President Barack Obama meets with a group of "Dreamers" in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Feb. 4, 2015. (Associated Press **FILE**

Obama-era DACA program likely illegal: Judge

Immigrant-rights groups are urging "Dreamers" to quickly renew their protections under the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty after a federal court put the program on thin ice late last week. Published August 31, 2018

In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. Kavanaugh has expressed concern about federal agencies running amok. But his view that they should adhere strictly to laws passed by Congress worries liberals.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Lawyer for illegal immigrant abortions to testify against Brett Kavanaugh

The lawyer who battled for illegal immigrant teens seeking access abortions in the U.S. will be one of Democrats' witnesses against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in next week's confirmation hearings. Rochelle Garza served as guardian for several illegal immigrants in Texas who clashed with the Trump administration over their pregnancies, battling all the way to the circuit court of appeals in Washington, where they won their case -- over the objections of Judge Kavanaugh. Published August 30, 2018

Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., left, speaks to reporters after a news conference at a campaign event for her U.S. Senate primary race, as former Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, right, looks on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Phoenix. McSally, Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are vying for the Republican nomination, but there are no plans currently for a televised debate for the Republican candidates, on the Democratic side, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema and activist Deedra Abboud haven't had a televised debate either. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

McSally up early in Arizona primary results

Rep. Martha McSally held a lead as the first votes were counted Tuesday night in Arizona's GOP Senate primary, in the battle to succeed retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. Published August 28, 2018

In this photo from Monday, May 6, 2013, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., laughs as he and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, cross paths in the Russell Senate Office Building, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer of New York said in a statement he plans to introduce a resolution to rename that Senate office building after the war hero. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

McConnell calls for study of McCain tributes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he's putting together a "gang" of senators to recommend tributes to Sen. John McCain, and suggested ideas such as hanging a portrait in the reception room or attaching his name to the offices of the Armed Services Committee. Published August 28, 2018

The FBI's J. Edgar Hoover Headquarters, across the street from the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Trump's decision to rebuild FBI HQ will cost more money: IG report

Keeping the FBI's headquarters in downtown Washington will actually cost the government more than moving it to a suburban location, an inspector general concluded in a report Monday that also dings the Trump administration for appearing to mislead Congress. Published August 27, 2018