Government appointments and nominations

Pedro Pierluisi, sworn in as Puerto Rico's governor, smiles during a press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Departing Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigned as promised on Friday and swore in Pierluisi, a veteran politician as his replacement, a move certain to throw the U.S. territory into a period of political chaos that will be fought out in court. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 05, 2019 - 9:51 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's constitutional crisis was expected to deepen on Monday after the island's Senate filed a lawsuit seeking to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island's governor as legislators squabble over who should lead the U.S. territory. The lawsuit...
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Sudanese protesters march during a demonstration in the capital Khartoum, Sudan, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Sudanese pro-democracy activists have posted videos on social media showing thousands of people taking to the streets in the capital, Khartoum. The Sudanese Professionals Association said Thursday that the rallies are demanding justice for the killing of at least six people, including four students, earlier this week during student protests in a central province. (AP Photo)
August 04, 2019 - 10:15 am
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement signed a power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council on Sunday aimed at paving the way for a transition to civilian rule following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Representatives initialed a constitutional document that...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas., questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says John Ratcliffe, his pick for national intelligence director, to stay in Congress, cites unfair media coverage. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
August 03, 2019 - 9:03 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and qualifications. The move underscored the uncertainty over his confirmation...
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base and onto his Bedminster, N.J., golf club. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 02, 2019 - 11:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director (all times local): 7:50 p.m. President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, has withdrawn from consideration after just five days of growing questions about...
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Pedro Pierluisi, sworn in as Puerto Rico's governor, speaks during a press conference, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Departing Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello resigned as promised on Friday and swore in Pierluisi, a veteran politician as his replacement, a move certain to throw the U.S. territory into a period of political chaos that will be fought out in court. Pierluisi is flanked by lawmakers Jorge Navarro, left and Jose Aponte. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 02, 2019 - 10:25 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigned Friday as promised, clearing the way for veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as his replacement, a move that threw the U.S. territory into a period of fresh political uncertainty. Rosselló had promised to step...
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Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz sits in his chair at the Senate as discussions go on for the confirmation of Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi as Puerto Rico's new Governor, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, August 1, 2019. Puerto Rico's governing party was in full-blown crisis as the confirmation of Pierluisi was delayed into next week, casting doubt over exactly who will become governor when Gov. Ricardo Rossello leaves office. Pierluisi's main obstacle appeared to be Rivera Schatz, who has said he won't vote for Rosselló's nominee and wants to run for governor himself next year. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
August 02, 2019 - 7:35 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The latest on Puerto Rico's political crisis (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The president of Puerto Rico's Senate has criticized departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló for naming former congressional representative Pedro Pierluisi as the next governor and seems to be hinting...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, the World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva speaks at the World Bank/IMF annual spring meeting in Washington. European governments have decided to put forward Georgieva from Bulgaria as their candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 02, 2019 - 6:48 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European governments have decided to put forward World Bank official Kristalina Georgieva from Bulgaria as their candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund. Georgieva prevailed in a vote Friday among EU governments...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., smiles after vote on a hard-won budget deal that would permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2019 - 6:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber's accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. But topping McConnell's list were Senate votes this week confirming...
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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined at left by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., rips a copy of the committee rules of procedure as he charges current Republican chairman Lindsey Graham with breaking the rules to bend to President Donald Trump on immigration policy, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 01, 2019 - 4:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee upended the rules Thursday for immigration legislation that would extend family detentions as chairman Lindsey Graham muscled the measure forward over the objections of Democrats. It's one last battle, led by a top ally of President...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's representative in the U.S. Congress, speaks during a conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Puerto Rico legislator said Tuesday, July 30, 2019, that the U.S. territory’s embattled governor plans to nominate Pierluisi as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
August 01, 2019 - 9:37 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governing party was in full-blown crisis Thursday as the nominee to succeed departing Gov. Ricardo Rosselló headed to a disputed and uncertain confirmation vote in the U.S. territory's legislature. Rosselló is leaving Friday in the face of massive public...
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