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your supporters will know who took away their health care


on wednesday’s episode of morning joe, senator joe manchin (d-wv) delivered a stern warning to president donald trump about the republicans’ plan to repeal-and-replace obamacare.first, manchin stressed that despite problems with the affordable care act, it largely benefits the poor people in his state and around the country. meanwhile, the republicans’ plan, spearheaded by house speaker paul ryan, would deprive them of their health coverage.“we gave 20 million people health care for the first time…now we’re just throwing them off,” manchin said about the gop’s health care plan, which would leave 24 million people uninsured, according to estimates by the congressional budget office.later in the segment, one of the hosts asked manchin what he tells people in west virginia who voted for donal






the latest: manchin says he's open to backing gorsuch


washington — the latest on senate confirmation hearings for supreme court nominee judge neil gorsuch: (all times edt):3:45 p.m.democratic sen. joe manchin says supreme court nominee neil gorsuch is a "fine individual, a very good human being" and that he's open to voting for him.manchin sat in the audience for part of gorsuch's confirmation hearing wednesday. manchin said he's assessing gorsuch's demeanor, and "he's been pretty solid" so far. he also has a meeting with gorsuch next week.senate republicans will need the support of at least eight democratic senators to easily move forward with gorsuch's nomination. or they may change senate rules to assure his confirmation.manchin says democrats should be open.noting that democrats lost the presidential election, manchin said: "you're not go






coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits


washington — lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of april.west virginia sen. joe manchin and other coal-state democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in december, but they retreated after winning a four-month extension that preserves benefits through april 30.as lawmakers return to the capitol following a two-week recess, manchin says the time for extensions is over."we will use every vehicle we can, every pathway we can, to make sure we do not leave here ... until we have our miners protected," he said in a speech on the senate floor before the break."we've been very patient," manchin said. "i am not going to have another notice sent






coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners’ benefits


washington (ap) — lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of april.west virginia sen. joe manchin and other coal-state democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in december, but they retreated after winning a four-month extension that preserves benefits through april 30.as lawmakers return to the capitol following a two-week recess, manchin says the time for extensions is over.“we will use every vehicle we can, every pathway we can, to make sure we do not leave here … until we have our miners protected,” he said in a speech on the senate floor before the break.most read stories3-course dinners for $32 starting april 2.“we’ve been very patie






‘you’ll never raise money’ again


senate democrats have floated the idea of filibustering president donald trump’s supreme court justice nominee, neil gorsuch. on thursday, west virginia sen. joe manchin (d) announced that he intends to vote in favor of confirming gorsuch.“an announcement by a democrat — i know he’s one of the more moderate or conservative democrats — but an announcement by a democrat joe manchin that’s going to vote for this confirmation. what does this do, howard dean, to the question of a filibuster on the democratic side?” msnbc host steve kornacki asked former vermont gov. and dnc chair, howard dean.“nothing. that’s baked in,” dean replied, noting that two or three democrats will likely vote to confirm gorsuch.“i can tell you right now … if he’s confirmed straight up with 60 votes, 10 of which are dem






sens. manchin and heitkamp become first democrats to announce support for gorsuc


sens. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota became the first democrats to say they will vote for judge neil gorsuch and not support the effort to filibuster his confirmation to the supreme court.their announcements came as no surprise. both are centrists who have to run for reelection next year in states that voted overwhelmingly for trump."after considering his record, watching his testimony in front of the judiciary committee and meeting with him twice, i will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the supreme court," manchin said. "i have found him to be an honest and thoughtful man.... i have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a supreme court justice."heitkamp said she was impressed with gorsuch's record as a judge. "this vote does not






trump seeks an ally, or at least an ear, in w.va. democrat


washington — the caller needed no introduction — except, perhaps, to sen. joe manchin."he says, 'joe, this is donald.' and i'm thinking, 'donald who?'" the west virginia democrat remembered from the first time donald trump called his cell phone. "i didn't know the voice. then i kind of got who it was and i said, 'oh, mr. president-elect."that late november conver ion was the beginning of an unlikely bond between the coal-country politician and new york real estate mogul, a relationship that's turned manchin into one of the democrats' best — and nearly only — conduits into the new republican administration. in manchin, trump sees the potential for a partner in a democratic party that's all but declared war on his agenda.in trump, manchin sees a lifeboat for his brand of bipartisan politicki






first two democrats back trump us supreme court pick


senators joe manchin and heidi heitkamp on thursday became the first democrats to support the confirmation of president donald trump’s supreme court nominee neil gorsuch, giving republicans two of eight democratic votes needed to avoid a nasty fight on the u.s. senate floor next week.both west virginia’s manchin and north dakota’s heitkamp are up for re-election next year in states that voted for trump in the 2016 presidential election.“i hold no illusions that i will agree with every decision judge gorsuch may issue in the future, but i have not found any reasons why this jurist should not be a supreme court justice,” manchin said in a statement.“he has a record as a balanced, meticulous and well-respected jurist who understands the rule of law,” heitkamp said in a statement.another democ






schumer warns gop against rules change on supreme court


washington — as he tries to line up enough votes to block president donald trump's supreme court nominee, the senate democratic leader is strongly warning republicans against changing senate rules to confirm judge neil gorsuch.minority leader chuck schumer lost two in his caucus thursday when democratic sens. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota said they would vote for the colorado jurist. but schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough democratic votes to block the nomination, which could prompt republicans to change senate rules so that gorsuch could be confirmed.schumer, of new york, had tough words for his republican counterpart, majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky, in an interview with the associated press."he's bound and determined to chan






schumer warns gop against rules change on supreme court


washington (ap) — as he tries to line up enough votes to block president donald trump’s supreme court nominee, the senate democratic leader is strongly warning republicans against changing senate rules to confirm judge neil gorsuch.minority leader chuck schumer lost two in his caucus thursday when democratic sens. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota said they would vote for the colorado jurist. but schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough democratic votes to block the nomination, which could prompt republicans to change senate rules so that gorsuch could be confirmed.schumer, of new york, had tough words for his republican counterpart, majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky, in an interview with the associated press.“he’s bound and determined to






chuck schumer warns republicans about changing senate rules to confirm neil gors


washington -- as he tries to line up enough votes to block president donald trump’s supreme court nominee, the senate democratic leader is strongly warning republicans against changing senate rules to confirm judge neil gorsuch.minority leader chuck schumer lost two in his caucus thursday when democratic sens. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota said they would vote for the colorado jurist. but schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough democratic votes to block the nomination, which could prompt republicans to change senate rules so that gorsuch could be confirmed.schumer, of new york, had tough words for his republican counterpart, majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky, in an interview with the associated press.“he’s bound and determined to cha






trump seeks an ally, or at least an ear, in w.va. democrat


washington (ap) — the caller needed no introduction — except, perhaps, to sen. joe manchin.“he says, ‘joe, this is donald.’ and i’m thinking, ‘donald who?'” the west virginia democrat remembered from the first time donald trump called his cell phone. “i didn’t know the voice. then i kind of got who it was and i said, ‘oh, mr. president-elect.”that late november conver ion was the beginning of an unlikely bond between the coal-country politician and new york real estate mogul, a relationship that’s turned manchin into one of the democrats’ best — and nearly only — conduits into the new republican administration. in manchin, trump sees the potential for a partner in a democratic party that’s all but declared war on his agenda.in trump, manchin sees a lifeboat for his brand of bipartisan poli






trump's washington means civil war — for both parties


so far, just manchin and heitkamp, from states that trump won last year by more than 35 percentage points, have joined all 52 republicans in supporting gorsuch. the result is that a dozen liberal groups are rounding up signatures to try to prevent the democratic senatorial campaign committee from supporting the senators. it could be a self-defeating move for democrats: both manchin and heitkamp are widely considered the only possible members of their party who might be able to win in those deeply conservative states.one member of this coalition, we will replace you, is a new super pac with a central goal of funding primary opponents against democrats who make any positive overtures toward trump. "the next crucial step is escalating our demands, and demonstrating that we won't accept anythi






home stretch for gorsuch’s supreme court nomination could forever alter the sena


carrie severino, chief counsel of the pro-gorsuch judicial crisis network, which is bankrolling the multimillion dollar ad campaign, said schumer and democrats are promoting a "historic level of gridlock." she said her conservative organization has been opposed to judicial filibusters in both republican and democratic administrations and that only democrats have ever used threats of a filibuster against republican nominees.jcn's ad campaign appeared to help convince two moderate democratic senators, heidi heitkamp, d-n.d., and joe manchin iii, d-w. va., last week to say that they will support gorsuch.on sunday, sen. joe donnelly, d-ind., became the third democrat to announce support for gorsuch. he has been among 10 democrats facing re-election next year in states that trump carried in the






2 dems to vote for trump's court nominee; schumer urges 'no'


washington — 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."he's bound and determined to change the rules and trample on senate tradition to get a nominee chosen by the hard-right heritage society, without any consultation with democrats. that is a true statement," schumer said of mcconnell. "let the public judge whether that is a good thing."schumer spoke shortly after sens. joe manchin of west virginia a






trump shows some interest in a dead immigration bill — the one republicans kille


sweeping legislation in congress is often confusing, and the last major attempt to fix the immigration system, in 2013, was quickly dismissed by critics with a one-word rejoinder: "amnesty." it was shelved by the house a short time later, despite robust support in the senate. but president trump appeared intrigued when told about the details during a lunch meeting with senators thursday. "well, that doesn't (sound) like amnesty to me," trump told the senators, according to an account from sen. joe manchin (d-w.va.) to reporters, as compiled by nbc's kasie hunt. "you've got to start working on it again," the president told the group. well, that may or may not happen. republicans who have the majority in congress effectively tanked the so-called "gang of eight" bill four years ago and






supreme court fight could forever change nature of the senate


"i am not a proponent of changing the rules of the senate. i hope that common sense will prevail and that we will have a normal process for considering this nominee," sen. susan collins, r-maine, told reporters monday evening.but there's very little that is normal about the process now. thousands of liberal activists gathered outside the supreme court monday night at a rally opposing trump's executive order banning refugees from around the world and foreign nationals from seven majority-muslim nations, urging democratic lawmakers to fight him at every turn.the pressure on democrats to filibuster any nominee to the high court will be tremendous. even though 10 democrats are up for reelection next year in states that trump won in 2016, those democrats know they need their own energized base






these four oil-fattened democratic senators helped the gop confirm exxon's rex t


former exxon mobil ceo rex tillerson will get a $180 million parting gift from his former employers when he takes the secretary of state job, thanks in part to four senate democrats who voted with the gop to confirm him for the job, despite his extensive ties to regimes hostile to the us. the votes e from mark warner of virginia, heidi heitkamp of north dakota, joe manchin of west virginia, and angus king of maine (an independent who sits with the dems). three of the four are keystone xl fans and all of them get huge checks from the oil industry. warner has earned his four-figure checks from political action committees (pacs) operated by exxon mobil, chevron, bp, the american gas ociation, and others in the industry. but corporate influence in politics doesn’t bother him. warner told a






trump woos senators on gorsuch, escalates against democrat


washington (ap) — president donald trump lobbied democrats and republicans to back his supreme court nominee on thursday even as he escalated his attacks against one of their senate colleagues for disclosing that judge neil gorsuch found the president’s criticism of the judiciary “demoralizing and disheartening.”in a day of political whiplash, trump insisted that democratic sen. richard blumenthal “misrepresented” comments from gorsuch who expressed misgivings about the president’s attacks on a judge. gorsuch’s comments were first reported by blumenthal, but were subsequently confirmed by two other senators who heard versions of the same thing, and verified by the white house-appointed handlers shepherding gorsuch around capitol hill.nevertheless, sitting at a white house lunch between two






trump woos senators on gorsuch, escalates attacks against democrat – the denver


by erica werner and ken thomas,the  ociated presswashington — president donald trump lobbied democrats and republicans to back his supreme court nominee on thursday even as he escalated his attacks against one of their senate colleagues for disclosing that judge neil gorsuch found the president’s criticism of the judiciary “demoralizing and disheartening.”in a day of political whiplash, trump insisted that democratic sen. richard blumenthal “misrepresented” comments from gorsuch, who expressed misgivings about the president’s attacks on a judge. gorsuch’s comments were first reported by blumenthal, but were subsequently confirmed by two other senators who heard versions of the same thing, and verified by the white house-appointed handlers shepherding gorsuch around capitol hill.nevertheles






here's how some voters view trump and the media


well, he’s back to paign form – again. on thursday, president trump sent a series of tweets castigating u.s. sens. richard blumenthal (d-conn.) and john mccain (r-ariz.). throughout the paign, trump often used social media to hammer ... everyone? well, at least, members of congress. while the conservative media covered trump’s rant, in which he alluded to blumenthal as a liar and mccain a loser, its coverage on thursday focused largely on congress, terrorism and polls. here are some of today’s headlines: here’s the only dem to vote for sessions as attorney general (daily caller) a day after the senate, voting mostly along party lines, confirmed jeff sessions as attorney general, this profile looks at sen. joe manchin (d-w.va.), the lone member of his party to support sessions. manch






trump plans new executive order on immigration, may not go to supreme court, off


well, he’s back to paign form – again. on thursday, president trump sent a series of tweets castigating u.s. sens. richard blumenthal (d-conn.) and john mccain (r-ariz.). throughout the paign, trump often used social media to hammer ... everyone? well, at least, members of congress. while the conservative media covered trump’s rant, in which he alluded to blumenthal as a liar and mccain a loser, its coverage on thursday focused largely on congress, terrorism and polls. here are some of today’s headlines: here’s the only dem to vote for sessions as attorney general (daily caller) a day after the senate, voting mostly along party lines, confirmed jeff sessions as attorney general, this profile looks at sen. joe manchin (d-w.va.), the lone member of his party to support sessions. manch






indiana democrat to back gorsuch nomination to supreme court


indianapolis — democratic sen. joe donnelly says he'll support the nomination of judge neil gorsuch to the u.s. supreme court.donnelly announced his decision on sunday, calling gorsuch "a qualified jurist who will base his decisions on his understanding of the law and is well-respected among his peers."donnelly faces a tough re-election next year. he joins two other moderate democrats who are backing gorsuch and are up for re-election in states trump won. they are joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota.the 49-year-old gorsuch has served more than a decade as a federal appeals court judge based in denver.






schumer warns gop against rules change on supreme court


washington (ap) — the senate’s top democrat is strongly warning republicans against changing senate rules to confirm president donald trump’s supreme court nominee.minority leader chuck schumer of new york is trying to line up enough votes to block judge neil gorsuch. he lost two in his caucus thursday when democratic sens. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota said they would vote for him. but schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough democrats to block the nomination, which could prompt republicans to invoke the rules change.schumer had tough words for his republican counterpart, majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky, in an interview with the associated press, saying “the public will judge” whether changing the rule to ease gorsuch in would be a






schumer warns gop against rules change on supreme court


washington — the senate's top democrat is strongly warning republicans against changing senate rules to confirm president donald trump's supreme court nominee.minority leader chuck schumer of new york is trying to line up enough votes to block judge neil gorsuch. he lost two in his caucus thursday when democratic sens. joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north dakota said they would vote for him. but schumer still appears to be on track to amass enough democrats to block the nomination, which could prompt republicans to invoke the rules change.schumer had tough words for his republican counterpart, majority leader mitch mcconnell of kentucky, in an interview with the associated press, saying "the public will judge" whether changing the rule to ease gorsuch in would be a good






trump's nominee for state clears procedural hurdle in senate


washington — president donald trump's nomination of rex tillerson for secretary of state cleared a senate hurdle monday, setting the stage for an extended debate over the president's order banning travel from specific muslim-majority countries and u.s. policy toward russia.senators voted 56-43 to put tillerson's bid to be the nation's chief diplomat on track for confirmation later this week. minority leader chuck schumer, d-n.y., pressed unsuccessfully for a delay in the vote until tillerson answered for trump's travel ban order.trump's order bars individuals from seven muslim-majority countries from entering the u.s. for 90 days. trump has repeatedly said the move is aimed at protecting the nation against extremists looking to attack americans and american interests. but recent domestic a






dems in trump states face pressure on supreme court pick


washington — as president donald trump presses for senate confirmation of his supreme court nominee, judge neil gorsuch, much of the initial, intense pressure will be on moderate democrats, especially those up for re-election next year in states that trump won handily.some of those senators are keeping their options open, saying they will wait to meet with the nominee and make a decision in time. some have signaled or pledged opposition. several said in statements that gorsuch too often sided with corporations and against the working-cl — voters they are trying to court in their re-election bids.led by senate minority leader charles schumer, d-n.y., democrats are insisting that gorsuch get 60 votes of support in the 100-member senate, saying that would make it clear that gorsuch is mainstr






gop lawmakers cheer trump's speech as democrats sit stone-faced


president trump speaks before a joint session of congress on feb. 28, 2017.(photo: jim lo scalzo, european pressphoto agency) 316 connectlinkedinemailmorewashington — while republicans repeatedly stood and cheered president trump's speech on tuesday night, most democrats sat stone-faced during the address — except when some laughed as trump declared that he had begun to "drain the swamp" of washington corruption.the only democrat to frequently stand and applaud was sen. joe manchin of west virginia, who is seeking re-election next year in a state that trump won.trump did win applause from some democrats when he promised to rebuild the nation's highways, roads and bridges. that potentially job-creating investment is an issue that could attract rare bipartisan support in congress, although l






senate vote on neil gorsuch friday - live updates


the senate is closing in on its confirmation of donald trump’s supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch, this morning. a handful of democrats have said they’ll join republicans in voting “yes” on gorsuch -- west virginia sen. joe manchin, north dakota sen. heidi heitcamp and indiana sen. joe donnelly. all three are moderate democrats from conservative states.  the final confirmation vote is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. it’s a simple up-or-down simple majority vote. on thursday, senate republicans successfully invoked the so-called “nuclear option,” effectively terminating the filibuster for supreme court nominees.  the rules change came after senate democrats successfully blocked his nomination with the filibuster in place. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-kentucky, then moved to change th






neil gorsuch senate confirmation: committee votes on his nomination


the senate judiciary committee will hold a vote on the nomination monday for neil gorsuch to serve as an associate justice on the supreme court. some of the democrats on the panel have not yet revealed how they’ll ultimately vote on his nomination despite senate minority leader chuck schumer’s effort to filibuster it once it reaches the floor.the senate will begin the full confirmation vote on the floor on friday, but senate democrats have threatened to filibuster the vote. three have announced that they support gorsuch’s nomination so far -- sens. joe manchin of west virginia, heidi heitkamp of north dakota and joe donnelly of indiana. sen. michael bennet, d-colorado, announced monday that he would vote to advance his nomination and not join the democratic filibuster. republicans need fou






neil gorsuch senate confirmation: committee votes on his nomination


the senate judiciary committee will hold a vote on the nomination monday for neil gorsuch to serve as an associate justice on the supreme court. some of the democrats on the panel have not yet revealed how they’ll ultimately vote on his nomination despite senate minority leader chuck schumer’s effort to filibuster it once it reaches the floor.the senate will begin the full confirmation vote on the floor on friday, but senate democrats have threatened to filibuster the vote. three have announced that they support gorsuch’s nomination so far -- sens. joe manchin of west virginia, heidi heitkamp of north dakota and joe donnelly of indiana. sen. michael bennet, d-colorado, announced monday that he would vote to advance his nomination and not join the democratic filibuster. republicans need fou






senators talk possibility of neil gorsuch filibuster


washington -- with a senate vote expected later this week on the confirmation of judge neil gorsuch to the supreme court -- and democrats threatening to filibuster his nomination -- two senators outlined on “face the nation” what they expect from the vote.sen. angus king, i-maine, says a filibuster would not be “out of line with senate tradition,” while sen. john cornyn, r-texas, says he’s confident the supreme court nominee will be confirmed.king, who caucuses with the democrats, said he has not yet decided whether or not he’ll vote for gorsuch -- and that he doesn’t see a filibuster as “out of line with senate tradition,” particularly given how republicans blocked judge merrick garland’s nomination last year.“last year, merrick garland was subjected to what i would call the grandaddy of






news from the first 100 days of the trump administration


first 100 daysthe federal agency overseeing president donald trump’s lease for a luxury hotel in washington ruled that his inauguration as president doesn’t violate terms of the agreement barring government officials from profiting from the property. in a letter to the trump organization, the general services administration said it has determined that the president’s business is in “full compliance.” the 2013 lease for the trump international hotel forbids any federal official from participating in the project, a $200 million renovation of the historic old post office building a few blocks from the white house.jay clayton, trump’s pick to lead the securities and exchange commission, said he has no specific plans to dismantle regulations implemented under the dodd-frank act, but that the ne






donnelly becomes third senate democrat to support neil gorsuch


washington -- sen. joe donnelly, d-indiana, announced sunday he will support neil gorsuch, becoming the third democratic senator to back the u.s. supreme court nominee. donnelly joins west virginia sen. joe manchin and north dakota sen. heidi heitkamp as the senate looks to vote on president donald trump’s nominee later this week. senate minority leader chuck schumer, d-new york, has threatened that democrats plan to filibuster gorsuch’s nomination, meaning the nominee would need 60 votes -- five more than he now has -- to be confirmed. if democrats filibuster, republicans are considering changing the rules to confirm gorsuch anyway. “i have said consistently that part of my job is to carefully review, debate, and vote on judicial nominations, including nominees to the supreme court,” donn






senate vote on neil gorsuch friday - live updates


the senate is closing in on its confirmation of donald trump’s supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch, this morning. vice president pence will be presiding over the vote in his role as president of the senate. a handful of democrats have said they’ll join republicans in voting “yes” on gorsuch -- west virginia sen. joe manchin, north dakota sen. heidi heitcamp and indiana sen. joe donnelly. all three are moderate democrats from conservative states.  the final confirmation vote is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. it’s a simple up-or-down simple majority vote. on thursday, senate republicans successfully invoked the so-called “nuclear option,” effectively terminating the filibuster for supreme court nominees.  the rules change came after senate democrats successfully blocked his nomination with the fil






most democrats oppose trump supreme court pick, but not all


many u.s. senate democrats are seeking to block a confirmation vote on neil gorsuch, the federal appellate judge nominated by president donald trump to become a supreme court justice, but it is unclear whether they will get the necessary votes.the senate judiciary committee is set to vote on sending the nomination to the senate floor. republican senate leaders hope to confirm gorsuch on april 7.as of friday morning, 37 of the 46 democrats and the two independents who align with them in the 100-seat senate have publicly announced opposition to gorsuch. of those, 35 have said they would back an effort to block a confirmation vote via a procedural hurdle called a filibuster. democrats need 41 votes to sustain a filibuster.two democrats, joe manchin of west virginia and heidi heitkamp of north






neil gorsuch senate confirmation: committee votes on his nomination


the senate judiciary committee will hold a vote on the nomination monday for neil gorsuch to serve as an associate justice on the supreme court. several hours into the hearing monday, it became clear that democrats have enough support for a filibuster on gorsuch’s nomination. the senate will begin the full confirmation vote on the floor on friday, and senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-kentucky, has warned that republicans would pursue the nuclear option and eliminate the filibuster for supreme court nominations if democrats are united against gorsuch.three senate democrats had announced that they support gorsuch’s nomination -- sens. joe manchin of west virginia, heidi heitkamp of north dakota and joe donnelly of indiana. sen. michael bennet, d-colorado, announced monday that he wo






senate gop united, democrats skeptical of trump court pick


washington — senate republicans are standing united behind president donald trump's nomination of judge neil gorsuch to the supreme court and bracing for a protracted fight with democrats over a conservative judge similar in philosophy to the late justice antonin scalia.senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., said gorsuch, a denver-based judge on the 10th circuit court of appeals, "has an impressive background and a long record of faithfully applying the law and the constitution." one after the other, senate republicans echoed the leader, describing gorsuch as a well-qualified jurist.with vice president mike pence by his side, gorsuch was planning to meet with mcconnell on wednesday on capitol hill.if confirmed, the 49-year-old gorsuch, whose nomination was announced tuesday night,






hundreds rally against russian cathedral handover plans


moscow — hundreds of people are rallying in st. petersburg to protest plans to give the city's landmark cathedral to the russian orthodox church.local police said under 2,000 people attended the demonstration in central st. petersburg on urday. "don't steal" one placard read.the announcement earlier this month that the neocl ical st isaac's cathedral will be put under orthodox church ownership has inflamed public p ions in russia. more than 200,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the city authorities to reconsider.the transfer of st isaac's has been seen as part of the growing power of the orthodox church and a trend of social conservatism in russia, where president vladimir putin has appealed to traditional values as opposed to western liberalism to help tighten his grip