Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady delivers his Condition of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature in Des Moines, Iowa. Cady’s family says in a statement posted on the court’s website that he died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. He was 66. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
November 16, 2019 - 11:02 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a...
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FILE In this Nov. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on stage during a campaign rally in Lexington, Ky. The paperback edition of McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from Trump. In the foreword, Trump praises the Kentucky Republican as an ideal partner in confirming conservative judges, notably Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 15, 2019 - 7:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from a well-placed political ally: President Donald Trump. In the foreword, shared Friday by the publisher Sentinel with The Associated Press, Trump praises the Kentucky Republican...
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Secretary of Energy nominee Dan Brouillette smiles during a Senate hearing on his nomination, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 14, 2019 - 1:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Rick Perry as energy secretary is distancing himself from the Ukraine investigation dogging Perry. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told the Senate committee considering his nomination Thursday that he was “not involved in any of...
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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech at the start of the Paris Peace Forum Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
November 12, 2019 - 6:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The three new proposed candidates for the European Commission from France, Hungary and Romania have cleared a first hurdle in their nomination process after lawmakers who scrutinize possible conflicts of interest gave their go-ahead for their bids. The new Commission — the powerful...
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In this Nov. 6, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., stands in the New Hampshire secretary of state's office in Concord, N.H., after filing to be on the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary ballot. The bottom tier of the Democratic presidential field is soldiering on. About a half-dozen candidates are still polling around 1% and not making the debates. But they’re staying in the race because they think the primary is still very unsettled. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)
November 11, 2019 - 2:59 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders rallied hundreds of supporters outside the New Hampshire capital when the senator formally filed to compete in the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. A howling crowd cheered South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as he walked through the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018 file photo, Honduran migrant Leticia Nunes holds her daughter Mailyn amid a small group of migrants trying to make their way to the U.S. as Mexican police in riot gear block them from the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. ambassadors from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti sent urgent cables, made public Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, to the White House in the early days of the Trump administration, pleading with them to abandon plans to send hundreds of thousands of migrants back to their home countries. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)
November 07, 2019 - 2:51 pm
MIAMI (AP) — As the Trump administration in its early days tried to push through hardline immigration policies, it appeared to calculate their possible impact on the 2020 presidential race while rejecting national security warnings from U.S. diplomats, according to State Department memos made...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2109, file photo, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions smiles during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington. Sessions is planning to run for his former Senate seat in Alabama. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
November 06, 2019 - 5:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday. Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down as...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2019, file photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol in Juneau, Alaska. A fight is brewing over whether Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in Dec. 2018, should be recalled. Critics say he’s incompetent and has recklessly tried to cut spending while supporters see a politically motivated attempt to undo the last election. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
November 04, 2019 - 6:55 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Supporters of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy are vowing to take their fight to court after an election official on Monday rejected their bid to move forward with seeking to oust him from office. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said she based her...
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Japanese Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai speaks to reporters after submitting his resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Kawai resigned over election fraud allegations involving his wife, also a lawmaker, and about his own gift-giving allegations reported in a tabloid magazine. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 7:04 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's justice minister resigned Thursday over election payment allegations involving his wife, also a lawmaker, and about his own reported gift-giving, becoming the second Cabinet minister to step down in a week. Katsuyuki Kawai's resignation and that of the trade minister last...
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Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. President Donald Trump's nominee faced questions about Russian election interference and the ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at his Senate confirmation hearing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 30, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official at the State Department faced off Wednesday with senators demanding to know why he didn't know more about the Trump administration's backchannel diplomacy with Ukraine and the dismissal of the former U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, issues now at the heart of the...
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