Government appointments and nominations

In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess and manage Kavanaugh’s prospects after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post and described an encounter she believes was attempted rape. Kavanaugh reported to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 17, 2018 - 8:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Monday abruptly called Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault decades ago to testify publicly next week, grudgingly setting up a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the allegation from sinking his nomination to the Supreme Court. Senate...
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September 17, 2018 - 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991. But there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. The decision to have...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the President's National Council of the American Worker in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 17, 2018 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 3:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says "a little delay" may be needed on an upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But the president is...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the third day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 16, 2018 - 9:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrust into turmoil Sunday after the woman accusing him of high school-era sexual misconduct told her story publicly for the first time. Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, after more than an hour of delay over procedural questions, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 16, 2018 - 3:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and an allegation of sexual misconduct against him (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A House Democrat from California says she's "grateful" the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school...
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In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh is denying a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school. In a statement issued Friday, Kavanaugh says the following: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time." The New Yorker reported the alleged incident took place at a party when Kavanaugh was attending Georgetown Preparatory School. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 14, 2018 - 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him. In a statement...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, candidate Letitia James stands at the podium during a debate by the Democratic candidates for New York State Attorney General at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. The four candidates in the tightly contested primary, Zephyr Teachout, James, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and Leecia Eve have all vowed to be a legal thorn in Republican President Donald Trump's side, opposing his policies on immigration and the environment. And the winner will inherit several pending lawsuits filed by the state that challenge Trump's policies and accuse his charitable foundation of breaking the law. (Holly Pickett/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
September 13, 2018 - 10:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Republican running for attorney general in New York is attacking Democratic nominee Letitia James as a "career politician" who will "uphold the corrupt status-quo." Keith Wofford made the criticism in a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, Democratic Senate candidat Phil Bredesen speaks at a summit on the opioid crisis in Nashville, Tenn. Bredesen says he is “embarrassed by the circus” in the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, pointing at Republicans and Democrats. The former governor said Sept. 12 that Republicans are “running this thing through in a way that I don’t think was the founders’ intent.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
September 12, 2018 - 2:40 pm
LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen (BRED'-uh-sen) says he's "embarrassed by the circus" in the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee — and he's pointing at both Democrats and Republicans. The former governor says Republicans are "...
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Abigail Kawananakoa, right, leans in to speak to her lawyer Michael Lilly as her wife Veronica Gail Worth sits next to her in state court in Honolulu on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. A judge has ruled that a 92-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn't have sufficient mental capacity to manage her $215-million trust and is appointing First Hawaiian Bank to serve as her trustee. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
September 10, 2018 - 6:45 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A 92-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn't have sufficient mental capacity to manage her $215-million trust, a judge ruled Monday in a bitter case that has raised allegations her wife is trying to wrestle control over her assets. Abigail Kawananakoa inherited her wealth by being...
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From left, Monica Mastel, John Dean, and Paul Clement, are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the final stage of the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 07, 2018 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After two marathon days questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, senators concluded his confirmation hearing Friday by listening to others talk about him — friends stressing his fairness and warmth but opponents warning he'd roll back abortion rights and shield President...
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