Cabinet appointments and nominations

A cleaner wipes window panels near a shop of American sportswear brand Champion, at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. U.S. and Chinese negotiators are meeting this week for their final trade talks before U.S. President Donald Trump decides whether to escalate a dispute over technology with a March 2 tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
February 13, 2019 - 6:15 am
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are meeting this week for talks President Donald Trump says will help decide whether he escalates a technology dispute by going ahead with a March 2 tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China. Two days of talks starting Thursday allow too...
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is sworn in before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 08, 2019 - 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that he has "not interfered in any way" in the special counsel's Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job. The hearing before the House Judiciary...
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker walks in to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Washington.  Democrats are eager to press him on his interactions with President Donald Trump and his oversight of the special counsel's Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 08, 2019 - 9:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appearance before a House committee (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says he has "not interfered in any way" in the special counsel's Russia investigation. Whitaker also says he has not...
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler D-NY, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee debate to subpoena Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 07, 2019 - 8:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday as scheduled, ending a day's worth of uncertainty over whether he would appear. Whitaker's appearance became questionable Thursday after...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, Attorney General nominee Bill Barr, right, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve Barr’s nomination to be attorney general, a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr will be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 07, 2019 - 1:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr's nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he'll be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation concludes. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signs an order withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetland, at EPA headquarters in Washington. A Senate panel voted 11-10 along party lines Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump’s nomination of Wheeler as the country’s top environmental regulator.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
February 05, 2019 - 11:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler won a Senate committee's approval of his appointment to the permanent post on Tuesday, along with praise from the panel's Republicans for his work rolling back a series of Obama-era environmental...
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Attorney General nominee Bill Barr, right, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Miss., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Hawley's office, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
February 03, 2019 - 9:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says it's "totally up to" his attorney general whether the public gets to read special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report. Trump was asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" whether he'd have a problem with a public release. He said: "I don't know. It depends. I...
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Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during an event organized by the Young Democrats of New Hampshire at Stark Brewing Co., Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Gillibrand is making her first trip to New Hampshire as a presidential prospect. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
February 01, 2019 - 8:37 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand agreed with every position raised by enthusiastic young voters in New Hampshire on Friday night except one: appointing a bipartisan Cabinet. The New York senator kicked off a weekend of campaigning in the state that will hold the earliest presidential...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2018, file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohamad, left, passes the opening speech to King Sultan Muhammad V during the opening of the 14th parliament session at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sultan Muhammad V shocked the nation by announcing his abdication in January 2019, days after returning from two months of medical leave. The 49-year-old sultan from eastern Kelantan state only reigned for two years as Malaysia's 15th king and didn't give any reason for quitting. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File)
January 22, 2019 - 8:11 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After stripping Malaysia's royal families of some of their powers during his 22-year stint as prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad almost didn't make it to the premiership a second time. Though largely a ceremonial post, Malaysia's monarch still signs off on most laws and...
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Attorney General nominee William Barr speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Barr will face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about his relationship with Trump, his views on executive powers and whether he can fairly oversee the special counsel's Russia investigation. Barr served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 16, 2019 - 12:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not...
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