Judicial 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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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 10, 2018 - 7:53 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's governor said Saturday that he has accepted the resignation of a suspended state Supreme Court justice convicted of federal charges, days ahead of a special legislative session set to consider the justice's removal amid a scandal involving the court. In a...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 file photo, Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi attends an event at Rome's Capitol Hill. A verdict is nearing for Rome’s mayor, on trial for allegedly lying about a City Hall hire. Witness testimony ended Friday at Rome’s courthouse in the trial of Virgina Raggi, the most prominent mayor from the populist 5-Star Movement. Prosecutors allege she lied to anti-corruption officials when she insisted she alone picked the head of the city tourist office. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File )
November 10, 2018 - 8:48 am
ROME (AP) — Rome's embattled mayor was found not guilty Saturday of a charge of lying over a City Hall appointment, ending a months-long trial that had threatened her political career. Mayor Virginia Raggi hugged her lawyers after the judge read the verdict finding no crime had been committed in...
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November 08, 2018 - 9:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has visited the Supreme Court for the ceremonial swearing-in of new Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The president and first lady Melania Trump also met privately with the justices before Thursday's brief courtroom ceremony. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker...
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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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Voters cast their ballots at Robious Elementary School in Chesterfield, Va., on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
November 07, 2018 - 1:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care, immigration and President Donald Trump were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the electorate conducted by The Associated Press. AP's VoteCast survey of more than 115,000 voters paints a portrait...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2018 file photo, Women's March demonstrators walk past the White House in Washington. Gender politics have been the defining issue of this election cycle, beginning with the mobilization by women against the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump. But it is not yet clear whether the glass will crack or shatter on Election Day 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
November 03, 2018 - 5:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election cycle, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory and inauguration of President Donald Trump. But it's not clear whether the #MeToo movement — and the controversy that sometimes surrounds it — will...
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence smile as former basketball coach Bob Knight speaks to an overflow crowd at a campaign rally at Southport High School, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 02, 2018 - 9:28 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump campaigned back-to-back Friday as he launched a feverish push to help elect Republicans in next week's voting — but he also looked ahead to facing off against "one of the lefties" he expects to challenge his re-election effort in 2020. Trump opened a rally...
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Sri Lanka's sacked Prime Mminister Ranil Wickeremesinghe attends a media briefing in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet and replaced him with a former strongman, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
October 27, 2018 - 1:05 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president suspended parliament on Saturday even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the South Asian island nation. Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the parliamentary speaker,...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sandra Day O'Connor. O’Connor has stepped back from public life. The nation’s first female Supreme Court justice had for more than a decade after leaving the court in 2006 kept up an active schedule. She served as a visiting federal appeals court judge, spoke on issues she cared about and founded her own education organization. But the 88-year-old is now fully retired. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 22, 2018 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, has stepped back from public life. For more than a decade after leaving the court in 2006, O'Connor kept up an active schedule: serving as a visiting federal appeals court judge, speaking on issues she cared about and...
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