Government appointments and nominations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters after walking off the Senate floor, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 20, 2019 - 4:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid intense focus on impeachment and year-end deals on spending and trade, the Senate hurtled this week toward a less-heralded accomplishment: confirming another batch of conservative judges. Senators confirmed 13 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, bringing to 102 the...
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This Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, booking photo provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, in Fla., shows Jing Lu. Lu, a Chinese national trespassed at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club Wednesday, and was arrested when she refused to leave, police said, the second time this year a woman from that country has been charged with illicitly entering the Florida resort. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office via AP)
December 19, 2019 - 10:18 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The latest Chinese intruder at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida appeared in court Thursday, with a judge appointing a public defender as her lawyer and ordering that she remain in custody. Jing Lu, 56, is charged with misdemeanor counts of loitering...
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People take part in a street demonstration to show solidarity with judges facing increased political pressure from the country's right-wing government in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 18, 2019 - 12:50 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Protesters gathered in large numbers across Poland on Wednesday evening to denounce legislation being pushed by the populist ruling party that would give the government the power to fire judges. The protesters voiced fears that the legislation, if passed, would mark an end to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 11:47 am
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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December 16, 2019 - 10:30 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A leading Polish newspaper on Monday welcomed a ruling in favor of one its journalists, who was taken to court by the populist ruling party over an ironic tweet that referred to “mafia” elements within the party. But Bartosz Wielinski, deputy editor of the Gazeta Wyborcza...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington. The Supreme Court says it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 13, 2019 - 5:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign. Arguments will take place in late March,...
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The cover page of the report issued by the Department of Justice inspector general is photographed in Washington, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The report on the origins of the Russia probe found no evidence of political bias, despite performance failures. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
Associated Press
December 09, 2019 - 7:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been...
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December 09, 2019 - 5:15 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former White House physician who President Donald Trump picked last year to lead the Department of Veteran Affairs before his nomination was derailed by professional misconduct allegations filed paperwork Monday to run for a rural congressional seat in Texas. Former Navy Rear...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at a campaign event, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
December 05, 2019 - 5:01 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar on Thursday rolled out a plan to help Americans succeed in a changing economy, as she returns to Iowa looking to quickly build support with weeks to go before the first votes are cast for the party's 2020 nomination. The Minnesota...
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Protesters lie on a road, as they scream and hold each others while riot police try to remove them and open the road, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Protesters have been holding demonstrations since Oct. 17 demanding an end to widespread corruption and mismanagement by the political class that has ruled the country for three decades. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
December 03, 2019 - 7:26 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...
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