Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this April 30, 2014 file photo, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to testify on the ever-increasing amount of money spent on elections as he appears before the Senate Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. (AP Photo, File)
July 16, 2019 - 10:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. During nearly 35 years on the court, Stevens...
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President Donald Trump meets with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 10, 2019 - 5:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll be looking "very closely" at Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's handling of a sex trafficking case involving now-jailed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein. But he also seemed to stand by his Cabinet official, praising Acosta's performance on the job...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Border Patrol agent Vincent Pirro walks towards prototypes for a border wall in San Diego. An appeals court has upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
July 04, 2019 - 6:24 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...
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Twenty-one of the Democrats seeking the party's presidential nomination pose together after House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn's "World Famous Fish Fry," Friday, June 21, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
June 22, 2019 - 1:48 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Almost the entire sprawling Democratic presidential field of more than 20 candidates took the same stage in the South's first primary state, looking to make connections in a primary battleground that has helped propel the party's last two nominees. Former Vice President Joe...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington, Monday, May 20, 2019, to attend a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pa. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
May 20, 2019 - 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a "crazy" decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington. The passage of abortion restrictions in Republican-led states and a corresponding push to buttress abortion rights where Democrats are in power stem from the same place: Changes in the composition of the high court. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama's virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46 years ago in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a more...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 18, 2019, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speaks at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington. In a tweet on Sunday, April 7, 2019, President Donald Trump said he's accepted Nielsen's resignation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 07, 2019 - 8:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border. President Donald Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and...
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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One, Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Palm Beach International Airport, in West Palm Beach, Fla., en route to Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 25, 2019 - 2:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, Attorney General William Barr declared...
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Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, center, smiles at a question from a reporter after an announcement of an indictment of Chinese telecommunications companies including Huawei, on violations including bank and wire fraud, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at the Justice Department in Washington. At left is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, at right. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
February 05, 2019 - 10:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Judiciary Committee says he will hold a vote Thursday to approve a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker just in case he doesn't show up for scheduled testimony a day later. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he is holding the vote "in an...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California holds the gavel after at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 03, 2019 - 9:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker's post Thursday as the 116th Congress ushered in a historically diverse freshman class eager to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government. Pelosi, elected speaker 220-192, took the gavel saying...
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