Cabinet appointments and nominations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 03, 2019 - 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks. In a series of procedural votes, the Republicans indefinitely restored rules in...
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk along the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019, as they return from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 01, 2019 - 9:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he threatens to shut down the southern border, President Donald Trump is considering bringing on a "border" or "immigration czar" to coordinate immigration policy across various federal agencies, according to four people familiar with the discussions. Trump is weighing at least...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the International Association of Firefighters at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington. Biden says he does not recall kissing a Nevada political candidate on the back of her head in 2014. The allegation was made in a New York Magazine article written by Lucy Flores, a former Nevada state representative and the 2014 Democratic nominee for Nevada lieutenant governor. Flores says Biden’s behavior “made me feel uneasy, gross, and confused.”(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 01, 2019 - 1:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Vice President Joe Biden (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Joe Biden is pushing back against comparisons of the former vice president's embrace of women during official ceremonies and an allegation he touched a Nevada Democratic candidate without invitation. Aides...
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Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveils the name of new era “Reiwa” at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Monday, April 1, 2019. Japan says next emperor Naruhito’s era name is Reiwa, effective May 1 when he takes the throne from his father.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 01, 2019 - 6:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — The era of Japan's next emperor, which begins May 1, will be named "Reiwa," connoting pursuit of harmony, the government said Monday after selecting the phrase from ancient Japanese poetry instead of Chinese classics as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promotes national pride. The current "...
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FILE - This Thursday, March 14, 2019, file photo shows a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. America's standing as the model for aviation-safety regulation will be on trial as congressional hearings begin Wednesday, March 27, 2019, into the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing before and after two deadly crashes of its best-selling airliner. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 27, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congressional hearings looking into the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing (all times local): ___ 5:50 p.m. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., challenged FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell on whether the FAA should ban "selling safety features a la...
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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, joined at left by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, testifies at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the fiscal year 2020 Pentagon budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Lawmakers are concerned about military construction projects that could lose funding this year to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 26, 2019 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is coming under increasing pressure to nominate someone to lead the Pentagon, nearly three months after President Donald Trump's first secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, resigned in a policy dispute. Patrick Shanahan, who has been the acting secretary since...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2013, file photo, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 25, 2019 - 10:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller had two key questions before him: Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and did President Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice? On the collusion question, Mueller provided an unambiguous "no." But...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., listens at a campaign meet-and-greet in Clawson, Mich., Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
March 19, 2019 - 3:03 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is acknowledging that there were some "post-investigation human errors" when her office investigated allegations of sexual misconduct against various staffers. Gillibrand also confirmed Tuesday that her deputy chief of staff, Anne Bradley, was...
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March 19, 2019 - 10:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Mattis, who resigned as Pentagon chief three months ago, is returning to Stanford University. The Hoover Institution at Stanford announced Tuesday that Mattis will join the public policy think tank to research and write about domestic and international security policy. He was...
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., comes out to talks with reporters following his meeting with former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
March 14, 2019 - 2:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee suggested on Wednesday that former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker may have had conversations with President Donald Trump about Michael Cohen's legal troubles, saying that Whitaker "did not deny" the conversations during a...
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