Government appointments and nominations

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer addresses her supporters after winning the primary, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Detroit. Whitmer will face Republican Bill Schuette in November. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
August 08, 2018 - 10:36 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Call it Michigan's pink and blue wave. Gretchen Whitmer's victory in the gubernatorial primary on Tuesday means the Democrats will field an all-female statewide ticket this fall if she picks a woman to be her running mate. It would be a first for either party in Michigan and...
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Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker explains the issues the county faced during the election and delays reporting results after the polls were closed, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at Johnson County Election Office in Olathe, Kansas.Kansas' most populous county left the rest of the state waiting nearly 13 hours until Wednesday morning for complete primary election results that proved to be pivotal in a high profile and close Republican race for governor — the second consecutive major election fumble by the affluent Kansas City-area county. (Shelly Yang/The Kansas City Star via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 6:20 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most populous county left the rest of the state waiting nearly 13 hours until Wednesday morning for complete primary election results that proved to be pivotal in a high profile and close Republican race for governor — the second consecutive major election fumble by the...
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Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, greets a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Newark, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
August 08, 2018 - 9:01 am
WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump's clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call early Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless. In battleground Ohio, the president took credit for Republican Troy Balderson's...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives for a meeting with Sen. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 07, 2018 - 7:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Be careful what you wish for. That's the history lesson for Republicans eagerly anticipating Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court, which could cement conservative control of the court for a generation. The GOP may ultimately pay a political price. When and how steep?...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, speaks as he talks about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, as Vice President Mike Pence, right, listens, during a visit Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh has paid courtesy calls to 47 senators _ all but one of them Republican _ it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running up against little resistance to his confirmation this fall.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 06, 2018 - 5:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it's becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump's pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein plan to begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when senators start returning to Washington in mid-August. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 04, 2018 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the Senate plan to begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they start returning to Washington in mid-August. A senior Democratic aide said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2018, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein plan to begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when senators start returning to Washington in mid-August. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 03, 2018 - 5:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of refusing to meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats in the Senate plan to begin meeting with him when they start returning to Washington in mid-August, a senior Democratic aide said Friday. The aide said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and...
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August 03, 2018 - 5:51 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have drawn enthusiastic cheers from a gathering of liberal activists in New Orleans. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the Netroots Nation meeting Friday that President Donald Trump has helped wealthy...
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August 03, 2018 - 2:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the National Archives has rejected a request from Senate Democrats for non-public records generated during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's tenure as staff secretary for President George W. Bush. Kavanaugh's three years as staff secretary have become a focal...
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In this Aug. 1, 2018, photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would vote to support abortion restrictions if he joins the high court. But it’s not clear if he would go as far as some abortion rights advocates fear and vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the case establishing a woman’s right to abortion.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 03, 2018 - 4:19 am
Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court. One was in a dissent in the case of a 17-year-old migrant seeking to terminate her pregnancy. The other was a speech...
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