Government appointments and nominations

August 03, 2018 - 4:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In April, President Donald Trump seemed poised for a fight over files seized by the FBI from his lawyer, Michael Cohen. So far, though, a court-ordered review of the seized material has been less a battle than a congenial slog. Barbara Jones, the former judge appointed to referee...
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August 03, 2018 - 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein plan to begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when senators start returning to Washington in mid-August. Most Democrats had refused to meet with Kavanaugh while leaders sparred with...
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August 03, 2018 - 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the National Archives has rejected a request from Senate Democrats for non-public records generated during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's tenure as staff secretary for President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh's three years as staff secretary have become a focal...
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In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would vote to support abortion restrictions if he joins the high court. But it’s not clear if he would go as far as some abortion rights advocates fear and vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case establishing a woman’s right to abortion.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 03, 2018 - 4:19 am
Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court. One was in a dissent in the case of a 17-year-old migrant seeking to terminate her pregnancy. The other was a speech...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018 file photo, demonstrators holds signs as they gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. Worried by the prospect of a reconfigured court, abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to ensure access to abortion for women who might be affected by a new wave of bans and restrictions. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
August 02, 2018 - 6:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to make it easier for women to get abortions amid a new wave of state-level bans and restrictions expected to occur under a reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court. The efforts include boosting financial aid for women needing to travel long...
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August 01, 2018 - 6:20 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday promoted a female district judge to the Supreme Court in Iowa, the only state where all of its current justices are men. Susan Christensen will be the first woman on Iowa's high court in roughly eight years. The appointment doesn't...
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President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 31, 2018 - 10:28 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed at bolstering two Florida Republicans ahead of the state's...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a weekly policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 31, 2018 - 5:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats intensified their fight Tuesday over documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's stint as staff secretary at the White House, pursuing a paper trail on his views of key issues that played out during the George W. Bush administration. The top...
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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, arrives for a private meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 30, 2018 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Democratic senator to sit down with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he's not ready to say how he'll vote, but Kavanaugh did pick up the backing of Kentucky's Rand Paul, the only Republican in the narrowly divided Senate to have outwardly wavered in...
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President Donald Trump, pumps his fist as Robert Wilkie, left, accompanied by his wife Julia, right, is sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 30, 2018 - 4:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Wilkie has been sworn in as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. President Donald Trump said Monday during an Oval Office ceremony that Wilkie will work day and night "to protect those who protect us." He also told Wilkie that hundreds of thousands of people are counting...
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