Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at the California GOP fall convention in Indian Wells, Calif. Perry pushed Ukraine’s president earlier in 2019 to replace members of a key supervisory board at Naftogaz, a massive state-owned petroleum company. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
October 08, 2019 - 2:38 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not...
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In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, Laura Codruta Kovesi, Romania's former chief anti-corruption prosecutor who will direct the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) - tasked with investigating fraud connected to the use of EU funds and other financial crimes, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Bucharest, Romania. For Kovesi, opposition to her successful candidacy to become the European Union’s first chief prosecutor came from a familiar source - her own country’s government. Kovesi spent five years as head of the Romanian Anticorruption Directorate and those indicted by her office included 14 Cabinet members, 53 lawmakers and a member of the European Parliament. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
October 08, 2019 - 2:28 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — For Romania's Laura Codruta Kovesi, opposition to her successful candidacy to become the European Union's first chief prosecutor came from a familiar source — her own country's government. Kovesi spent five years as the head of the Romanian Anticorruption Directorate —...
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West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman pauses at Boone County Circuit Court in Madison, W.Va., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. The U.S. Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices, including Workman. (AP Photo/John Raby)
October 07, 2019 - 6:27 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will leave in place a court decision that derailed the impeachment trials of three West Virginia Supreme Court justices accused of corruption. The case was one of a long list of those the Supreme Court announced it wouldn't hear, and as...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo, Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at the California GOP fall convention in Indian Wells, Calif. Perry pushed Ukraine’s president earlier in 2019 to replace members of a key supervisory board at Naftogaz, a massive state-owned petroleum company. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
October 07, 2019 - 5:52 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic. Their aims were profit, not...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the Kentucky chapters conference of The Federalist Society at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
October 07, 2019 - 5:22 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — While impeachment drama swirls in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was back home in Kentucky on Monday talking about fighting opioid misuse and confirming conservative judges. The Republican leader, a steadfast defender of President Donald Trump, made only...
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FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. Abortion rights, and protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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October 07, 2019 - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began a potentially contentious election-year term Monday in seeming general agreement that juries in state criminal trials must be unanimous to convict a defendant. The justices took up a quirk of constitutional law, a 47-year-old ruling that requires unanimity...
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In this Aug. 23, 2019 photo, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor before Judge Michael Toomin, during an status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago. The latest twist in the Jussie Smollett saga is the revelation of a possible conflict of interest by the special prosecutor investigating why prosecutors dropped charges accusing the actor of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. Dan Webb disclosed this week he once co-hosted a political fundraiser for a figure central to his investigation, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. A Cook County judge must now decide if bias or the appearance of bias renders Webb's position untenable.(Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
October 02, 2019 - 7:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the “Empire” actor reported a racist,...
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U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo speaks after meeting Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Italy at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe as the push to impeach President Donald Trump gains steam at home. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 02, 2019 - 7:28 am
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Secretary of State's visit to Italy and the Vatican (all times local): 1:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that he was on the telephone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president that is the subject of an impeachment inquiry...
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FILE - In this May 3, 2015 file photo, former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C., addresses an audience during ceremonies for the 2015 Profile in Courage Award, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, in Boston. Inglis filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in state court in Columbia. In the complaint, Inglis says the party's decision not to hold a presidential primary deprives him and other Republicans "of the ability to vote for the candidate of their choice in South Carolina's famous (and particularly influential) 'First in the South' primary." (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 01, 2019 - 7:40 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican former South Carolina congressman is part of a lawsuit filed Tuesday over the state's decision to cancel its GOP primary ahead of the 2020 election, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the longshot candidates challenging President Donald Trump...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump recently asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help Barr with an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that shadowed his administration for more than two years, the Justice Department said Monday. Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
September 30, 2019 - 9:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recently asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help Attorney General William Barr with an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe that shadowed his administration for more than two years, the Justice Department said...
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