Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this June 1, 2006 file photo, from left to right, President Bush, watches the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, far right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. Holding the Bible is Kavanaugh's wife Ashley Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has been a conservative team player, and the Supreme Court nominee has stepped up to make a play at key moments in politics, government and the law dating to the Bill Clinton era. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
September 01, 2018 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Brett Kavanaugh's life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of the ways of Washington, or at least the way Washington used to be. He's a team player — the conservative team —...
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August 31, 2018 - 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege ahead of the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee was notified of the action Friday...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a discussion for drug-free communities support programs, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 30, 2018 - 8:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the departure of White House counsel Don McGahn (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump says the Russia investigation was not a factor, "even a little bit," in his decision about White House counsel Don McGahn. Trump announced Wednesday on Twitter that...
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August 29, 2018 - 1:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed the state attorney general's office to suspend its probe into whether the Manhattan district attorney mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Barbara Underwood confirmed Wednesday that...
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In this Aug. 21, 2018 photo, White House counsel Don McGahn, follows Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is tweeting that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, will be departing in the fall after the Senate confirmation vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 29, 2018 - 10:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, will be departing in the fall after the expected Senate confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That will create a vacancy in an office that has been at a center of conflict...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. SKavanaugh has frequently supported giving the government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 28, 2018 - 5:34 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has frequently supported giving the U.S. government wide latitude in the name of national security, including the secret collection of personal data from Americans. It's a subject Democrats plan to grill Kavanaugh about during his confirmation...
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Incoming Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is sworn in at Government House, Canberra, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Australia government lawmakers on Friday elected Treasurer Morrison as the next prime minister in a ballot that continues an era of extraordinary political instability. (AP Photo/Andrew Taylor)
August 25, 2018 - 2:33 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's latest leader, Scott Morrison, spoke with President Donald Trump, organized his Cabinet and met drought-affected farmers on Saturday as the backlash continued over yet another prime minister selected by an internal party vote. A day after replacing Malcolm Turnbull...
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August 25, 2018 - 12:50 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Democrats and the role of party insiders known as superdelegates in picking a presidential nominee at conventions (all times local): 12:45 p.m. It's taken two years of sometimes ugly public fighting, but Democratic Party leaders have now acted to limit their own high-...
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August 25, 2018 - 6:02 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Democratic Party is talking to television networks about a series of presidential primary debates in 2019. It's an early start to the process, but party officials say it's part of their emphasis on ensuring the 2020 presidential nominating process is viewed as being fair for all...
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August 23, 2018 - 11:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh first crossed paths over plates of beef stroganoff, shepherd's pie and chicken cubes in a thick, yellow sauce. They weren't business meals. They shared lunch period at their elite private high school. Now, the two may dine together for decades,...
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