Government appointments and nominations

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces Ireland's Phil Hogan as candidate for EU Trade Commissioner during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday unveiled her team of candidates for the EU commission. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
September 10, 2019 - 6:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of negotiations with Britain after Brexit. "I think the trade commissioner, who will have to deal with the...
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FILE - In a Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Charlotte, N.C. States are expected to begin canceling GOP presidential caucuses or primaries as part of the party’s effort to shut out the Trump primary challengers, one door at a time. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
September 07, 2019 - 5:42 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas have voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump. "What is Donald Trump afraid of?" asked one of those rivals,...
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Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's first appointee to the high court, speaks to The Associated Press about events that have influenced his life and the loss of civility in public discourse, in his chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Gorsuch has written a new book on the importance of civics and civility, and a defense of his preferred originalism method of interpreting laws and the Constitution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 07, 2019 - 7:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch is following the path of Supreme Court colleagues-turned-authors in a new book in which he laments the loss of civility in public discourse. The 52-year-old justice wrote "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" because Americans should remember that their political...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, Sudan's new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks duringa press conference in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. For the first time in three decades, Sudan has charted a path out of military rule with the formation of a transitional government in which power is shared with civilians. But the fragile transition will be tested as leaders confront a daunting array of challenges. Decades of war and corruption have left the economy in shambles, and a U.S. terror designation has hindered Sudan’s return from its longtime status as a global pariah. (AP Photo, File)
September 05, 2019 - 5:32 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's newly appointed prime minister on Thursday announced his Cabinet, the first since the military ousted autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April. The new members include Sudan's first woman foreign minister and a former World Bank economist. The Cabinet is part of a power-...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Smollett's attorneys have filed a motion this week arguing that the actor should not have to pay the city of Chicago $130,000 for the police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack in January, because he had no way of knowing how much time and money the department would spend on the probe. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
September 04, 2019 - 12:46 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett's attorneys have filed a motion arguing that the actor should not have to pay Chicago $130,000 for a police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack, because he couldn't have known how much time and money the department would spend looking...
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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called a meeting of his Cabinet on Monday to weigh a response to the possibility that lawmakers will introduce a measure in House of Commons to block a no-deal Brexit. Speculation abounds that Johnson will call an election soon if he loses the vote in Parliament, but attempt to set a date sometime after the country is set to leave the EU. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
September 02, 2019 - 11:47 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:45 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has summoned his senior ministers to his Downing Street office on eve of a key effort in Parliament to delay a no-deal Brexit. Johnson is expected to speak afterward, fueling speculation that he may...
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
August 31, 2019 - 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Saturday she's "alive" and on her way to being "very well" following radiation treatment for cancer. Ginsburg, 86, made the comments at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington. The event came a little over a week...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks beside President Donald Trump, during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 30, 2019 - 4:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Try as he might, Jim Mattis can't seem to hide his real feelings about Donald Trump - that the president is leading the world's most powerful nation down a dangerously wrong path. Mattis, the retired Marine general who resigned as defense secretary last December in a military...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2019 - 8:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. "I know this isn't...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. China has announced it will raise tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's planned Sept. 1 duty increase in a war over trade and technology policy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 24, 2019 - 11:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating his trade fight with China, President Donald Trump has raised retaliatory tariffs and ordered American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed his appointed head of the U.S. central bank, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, for the...
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