Government appointments and nominations

Retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, right, administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Justices' Conference Room of the Supreme Court Building. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible. At left are their daughters, Margaret, background, and Liza. (Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)
October 06, 2018 - 6:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization — now...
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First lady Melania Trump walks with children as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. The first lady is visiting Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 06, 2018 - 5:30 pm
CAIRO (AP) — It took Melania Trump's first big solo international trip for her to show a different side of herself — a playful, less serious one. And while she generously dished out warm smiles and happy waves, the first lady also used her four-nation tour of Africa to draw some firmer boundaries...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
October 06, 2018 - 1:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell walked onto the Senate floor for the big vote to save Brett Kavanaugh's nomination with a secret: He didn't know how it would turn out. It wasn't supposed to be like this. The Senate majority leader is often seen as a masterful tactician. But he was watching and...
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In this image from video provided by Senate TV, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., speaks on the Senate floor about her vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kananaugh, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in the Capitol in Washington. Sen Shelly Capito, R-W.Va., sits rear left and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., sits right. (Senate TV via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 9:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: "No." Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in...
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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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Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to members of the media after a vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
October 05, 2018 - 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she opposes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but will ask to be recorded as "present" during Saturday's confirmation vote to accommodate another GOP senator who will be...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Seated second row, second from left, Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy. Kaplan is a friend of Kavanaugh’s and showed up at the hearing last week. The move prompted concern from some Facebook employees, who took the action as the company endorsing Kavanaugh. The internal tension at Facebook was so high that Kaplan sent a note to staff last Friday apologizing. CEO Mark Zuckeberg also held a staff meeting that same day, explaining Kaplan didn’t break company rules. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 1:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The appearance of a Facebook executive behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation hearings has created some rifts at the company. Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president for global public policy, is a friend of Kavanaugh and worked with him...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
October 05, 2018 - 12:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 1 a.m. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the FBI interviewed 10 people while investigating sexual misconduct claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and found no corroboration of...
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Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is running against Republican Rep. Martha McSally for the open Arizona Senate seat Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is vacating, talks to campaign volunteers, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona's Senate race pits Sinema, a careful politician running as a centrist in a Republican-leaning state, against McSally, a onetime Trump critic turned fan. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
October 04, 2018 - 11:20 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In a small office full of Democratic women steamed over Brett Kavanaugh, Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema carefully avoided telling reporters whether she thought sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee were true. "The Senate can wait...
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President Donald Trump makes his second visit to Minnesota, with a rally on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
October 04, 2018 - 11:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On the brink of a political gender war, President Donald Trump's Republican Party is threatening to erode Democrats' enthusiasm advantage as the fiery debate over his Supreme Court nominee enters its final phase. Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic...
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