Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry leaves the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse in Charleston, W.Va. after a federal jury was selected for his criminal trial. On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, the office of Gov. Jim Justice said that he has accepted the resignation of the suspended state Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges, days ahead of a legislative session set to consider the justice’s removal amid an ongoing scandal involving the court. (Craig Hudson/The Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
November 11, 2018 - 6:11 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The resignation of a West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal charges prompted the governor Sunday to cancel a special legislative session that was to consider the justice's removal. It was the latest development in an impeachment scandal miring...
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President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for France on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 10, 2018 - 12:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At week's end, Matthew Whitaker's future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier. The Senate's top Republican predicted a permanent replacement...
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Protestors gather in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign demanding that acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the ongoing special counsel investigation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
November 09, 2018 - 3:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again. Trump's advisers are privately expressing worries that the special counsel, who's been out of the news for the past month, has been stealthily compiling information and could soon...
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Jeff Sessions returns to his home in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as Attorney General after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation "at your request." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 07, 2018 - 11:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel's Russia investigation...
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Jeff Sessions returns to his home in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Sessions was pushed out Wednesday as Attorney General after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. Sessions told the president in a one-page letter that he was submitting his resignation "at your request." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 07, 2018 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Jeff Sessions' resignation as attorney general (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The new acting attorney general says he's honored that President Donald Trump has confidence in his ability to lead the Justice Department. Matthew Whitaker said in a statement Wednesday that...
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People cheer as returns come in for Senate candidate Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., at a Democratic election night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
November 07, 2018 - 2:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is getting several new members as Republicans retain control. A look at some of the new senators, all but one a Republican from a state where President Donald Trump remains popular: JACKY ROSEN (Nevada Democrat) Nevada's newest senator, Jacky Rosen, decided to take on...
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In this Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, photo, Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks during a rally at the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown, Ga. The official office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Sunday, Nov. 4, it is investigating the state Democratic Party in connection with what it said was an attempted hack of the state’s online voter database that will be used at polling places in Tuesday’s election. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)
November 05, 2018 - 9:18 am
ATLANTA (AP) — An already tight governor's race in Georgia devolved into new chaos Monday after the Republican candidate, who is also the state's chief election official, alleged with little evidence that Democrats sought to hack a voter database that will be used in Tuesday's elections. Republican...
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is followed by members of the media as she walks to the Capitol before a vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
October 05, 2018 - 8:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the...
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U.S. Supreme Court Police Department officers stand in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
October 05, 2018 - 12:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledged Thursday he "might have been too emotional" when testifying about sexual misconduct allegations as he made a final bid to win over wavering GOP senators on the eve of a crucial vote to advance his confirmation. Three GOP senators...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., testifies in front of the Senate Banking Committee in Washington. Heitkamp, one of the few Democratic senators who'd been undecided on the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, tells a television station she will vote against Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 04, 2018 - 5:29 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's decision to vote against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court defies her state's heavy support for President Donald Trump, but could boost the vulnerable Democrat's standing with independents and women. In a politically fraught...
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