Government appointments and nominations

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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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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