DETROIT — While Aretha Franklin reportedly lay seriously ill at 5 a.m. Wednesday in her home in Detroit’s Riverfront Towers, more than 75 people gathered at her father’s former church to pray for her well-being. The New Bethel Baptist Church, founded in 1932, was led for 33 years by the late Rev. C. L. Franklin, father of the Queen of Soul, and was where Aretha Franklin first gained fame singing in the gospel choir of the church. The church’s current leader, the Rev.
WASHINGTON — Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin the day after Labor Day, Republicans announced, sparking Democratic objections that they are rushing the process without properly delving into his background. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Friday he hopes to have President Donald Trump’s nominee confirmed to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy before the new court session begins Oct. 1. “We’re moving right
WASHINGTON — The hiring of a Washington insider to be a public attack dog. Tantalizing leaks to the media. Puzzling allegations of actions that could fell a president. Talk of more to come. What is Michael Cohen up to? President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer has largely stayed out of the spotlight in the months since federal agents raided his office and hotel room and seized scores of records about his work for Trump. But this week, he has taken a sharply more aggressive and public
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve’s independence, saying he was “not happy” with the Fed’s recent interest rate increases. Trump told CNBC in an interview: “I don’t like all of this work that we’re putting into the economy and then I see rates going up.” Last month, the Fed raised its benchmark rate for a second time this year and projected two more increases in 2018. Its rate
WASHINGTON — Conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh plunged into his confirmation battle Tuesday, meeting face-to-face with Senate leaders in what promises to be an intense debate over abortion rights, presidential power and other legal disputes that could reshape the court and roil this fall’s elections. Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump’s nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from