Cabinet appointments and nominations

President Donald Trump speaks to attorney Alan Dershowitz, right, as he arrives for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 22, 2020 - 11:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense hinges largely on arguments made in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson more than 150 years ago: that impeachment requires a crime. But most legal scholars disagree, including Jonathan Turley, the law professor called by Republicans...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk during the business forum in Kyiv, Ukraine. In a Facebook post Friday Jan. 17, 2020, Ukraine's prime minister says he has submitted his resignation, days after he was caught on tape saying the country's president knows nothing about the economy. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, FILE)
January 17, 2020 - 11:55 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected his prime minister's resignation and asked Oleksiy Honcharuk to stay on the job. Honcharuk submitted his resignation days after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy knows nothing about the economy. In a video released by...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, Russian Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Putin has on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 named Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia's new prime minister. The 53-year-old Mishustin has worked in the government since 1998. Mishustin has a kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 16, 2020 - 11:35 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Mikhail Mishustin never had any political ambitions as a career bureaucrat and his name didn't come up as a top candidate to become Russia's next prime minister. But the 53-year-old Mishustin, the longtime chief of Russia's tax service, was tapped for the post by President Vladimir...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on drafting constitutional changes at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Putin proposed a set of constitutional amendments that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.(Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 10:54 am
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes,...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the State Council in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko )
January 15, 2020 - 11:22 am
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned his post after Putin announced the proposed...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers Hunter College's commencement address in New York. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been appointed Chancellor at Queen's University in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, Thursday Jan. 2, 2020, to serve a five-year term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, FILE)
January 02, 2020 - 9:17 am
LONDON (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a new role: chancellor at Queen's University in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. The university said Thursday that Clinton was appointed to a five-year term in the largely ceremonial post. “It is a great privilege to become...
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FILE - In a Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, Igor Fruman arrives for his arraignment, in New York. Andrew Favorov, the No. 2 at Ukraine’s state-run gas company Naftogaz, says he sat on the red leather banquette and listened wide-eyed as the men boasted of their connections to President Donald Trump and proposed selling large quantities of liquified natural gas from Texas to Ukraine. The gas deal never came to pass, but it’s now the subject of a U.S. federal criminal investigation of the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and their close associate, Rudy Giuliani. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 23, 2019 - 3:33 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a back corner of the swank H Bar in Houston, near a huge photo of Brigitte Bardot with a dangling cigarette and a deck of cards, two Russian-speaking men offered a Ukrainian gas executive what seemed like an outrageous business proposal. Andrew Favorov, the No. 2 at Ukraine’...
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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)
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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A Syrian refugee sits next to his belongings as he waits to board a bus to take him home to Syria, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Hundreds of Syrian refugees have headed home in the first batch to leave Lebanon since protests broke out more than a month ago. Lebanon is hosting some 1 million Syrian refugees who fled their country after the war broke out eight years ago. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 03, 2019 - 6:49 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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In this April 13, 2009, photo, William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the EPA, poses for photos at his office in Seattle. Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon's order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. The EPA confirmed his death in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
November 27, 2019 - 3:01 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87. Ruckelshaus served as the first administrator of the U.S...
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