Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this March 8, 2019 file photo, an audience member arrives at a rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The Democratic National Committee will recommend scrapping state plans to offer virtual, telephone-based caucuses in 2020 due to security concerns, sources tell The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. The final choice whether to allow virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada is up to the party's powerful Rules and Bylaws Committee. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
August 30, 2019 - 4:26 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats' plans for virtual presidential caucuses in Iowa and Nevada are effectively dead as the national party chairman said Friday the results would be vulnerable to hacking and abuse. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, declared his opposition to...
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August 29, 2019 - 6:15 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court Thursday upheld an assault weapons ban that covers Chicago and the rest of Cook County, Illinois, saying guns rights advocates provided no compelling reason why it should diverge from a previous ruling upholding a similar ban in a Chicago suburb. The 7th U.S...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2019 - 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. "I know this isn't...
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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, right, is greeted by a supporter as he arrives to vote at his Flowood, Miss., precinct with his wife Elee, unseen, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Reeves faces former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., for the Republican Party nomination for governor. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 28, 2019 - 2:38 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the governor's race in Mississippi (all times local): 10 p.m. Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood says he will focus on issues going into the November general election. But he says he thinks newly elected Republican nominee Tate Reeves will just...
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U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Topeka, Kan. Watkins is getting heat from some frustrated constituents who want him to publicly endorse tougher gun-control measures in the wake of recent mass shootings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
August 27, 2019 - 6:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday urged the state treasurer to drop his Senate bid and instead challenge freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary, arguing the move would help "nominate a candidate that can win." Colyer's public opposition to a...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan's annual fundraiser in Anderson, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
August 26, 2019 - 10:27 pm
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told South Carolina conservatives Monday night that another four years for the Trump administration is a far better choice than anything the Democratic Party might offer from its nomination race. "Have faith in the American people," Pence told about 3...
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FILE - This April 24, 2009, file photo shows Sri Lanka's Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva at a military facility in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka. Silva, Sri Lanka's newly appointed army chief, on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, denied accusations of rights abuses under his command during the country's civil war. Silva faces allegations of grave rights abuses during the war, which ended in 2009 after government forces defeated ethnic Tamil rebels who fought to create a separate state. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne, File)
August 26, 2019 - 9:26 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's newly appointed army chief on Monday denied accusations of rights abuses under his command during the country's civil war. Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, who became army commander last week, faces allegations of grave rights abuses during the war, which ended in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is introduced during the keynote address for the State Bar of New Mexico's Annual Meeting in Pojoaque. The Supreme Court announced Aug. 23, 2019, that Ginsburg has been treated for a malignant tumor. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz, File)
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August 24, 2019 - 3:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, the Supreme Court said Friday. It is the fourth time that the 86-year-old justice has announced that she has been treated for cancer...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. China has announced it will raise tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's planned Sept. 1 duty increase in a war over trade and technology policy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 23, 2019 - 8:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump angrily escalated his trade fight with China on Friday, raising retaliatory tariffs and ordering American companies to consider alternatives to doing business there. He also blamed Jerome Powell, the man he appointed as chairman of the Federal Reserve, for...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. A hearing Friday, Aug. 23 will be one of the first opportunities for Judge Michael Toomin to name someone since his surprise ruling in June that a special prosecutor was warranted. Among the options available to a special prosecutor would be to restore charges against Smollett. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
August 23, 2019 - 6:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself...
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