Government appointments and nominations

August 23, 2018 - 10:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday appointed a senior executive with Ford Motor Co. to be his special envoy for North Korea and said they both would visit Pyongyang next week. Pompeo announced that he had chosen Stephen Biegun to handle day-to-day negotiations with the...
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In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections _ the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Manafort _ is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. (AP Photo/File)
August 22, 2018 - 8:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after President Donald Trump was implicated in a federal crime, members of both parties dismissed talk of impeachment, with some Democrats expressing fears Wednesday about such a politically risky step, and Republicans shrugging off the accusations or withholding judgment...
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Lilly Ledbetter, an activist for workplace equality, left, is joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as they address demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 22, 2018 - 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chants of support for equal pay echoed outside the Supreme Court as several women's rights organizations spoke out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court. The advocacy groups joined forces Wednesday with equal-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter and Democratic Sens...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 22, 2018 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grapples with allegations that the president orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the...
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at her office, before a private meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 21, 2018 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Tuesday he agrees that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law, according to Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who is a key swing vote on his nomination. Collins held a two-hour meeting with Kavanaugh in her...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman speaks to reporters after he and his running mate Sen. John Doll delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office in Topeka, Kan., to formalize their campaign for governor. A Democratic legislative leader’s aide is challenging Orman’s right to appear on the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor. (Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
August 20, 2018 - 6:29 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats' chances of winning. Attorney...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee stands in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The questions are part of a memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent Counsel Ken Starr and others not to give the president "any break" during questioning. He suggested Clinton be asked whether he had phone sex with Lewinsky and whether he performed specific sexual acts. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 20, 2018 - 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The questions are part of a two-page memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent...
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This Aug. 6, 2018 photo made available by the West Virginia Legislature shows members of the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee looking at a $7,500 floor map in the office of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry in Charleston, WV. The House of Delegates approved impeachment articles against justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman, Robin Davis and Beth Walker. Although the state Supreme Court essentially sets and controls its own budget under the state constitution, the four justices were impeached for failing to control court expenses, which included more than $1 million in combined office renovations. (Perry Bennett/ West Virginia Legislature via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 4:26 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for spending of more than $3 million on court office renovations at a time when the state was grappling with millions of dollars in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joins protesters objecting to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a rally Capitol in Washington. Schumer, who plans to meet Kavanaugh privately early this week, is methodically building arguments that would help vulnerable Democratic senators in Trump-loving states vote “no,” while avoiding explicitly pressuring them. But the party’s restive left-wing says he’s not aggressively rallying Democratic lawmakers to oppose the nomination, inhibiting the momentum needed to galvanize voters and maybe even win the uphill fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 20, 2018 - 12:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least once a week, they assemble in Capitol meeting rooms for an hour-long strategy session. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer convenes the gatherings, which regularly include several Democratic senators, a dozen Senate aides and representatives of about 20 liberal...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams smiles before speaking to supporters during an election-night watch party in Atlanta. More women than ever before have won their primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year. That’s setting a record and paving the way for battles in November that could significantly increase the number of women in elected office. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
August 19, 2018 - 11:08 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving the way for November battles that could significantly increase the number of women...
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