Government appointments and nominations

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., left, heads to the Senate for a vote, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 30, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know whether one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees figures in the whistleblower complaint at the center of a bid to impeach Trump. The panel's 10 Democrats, led by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, said it is vital to...
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Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 26, 2019 - 3:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed lawyer Eugene Scalia, a son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as President Donald Trump's new labor secretary. The Senate voted Thursday along party lines, 53-44, to approve the nomination. Scalia spent much of his career as...
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September 25, 2019 - 5:32 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is appointing Romanian anti-corruption judge Laura Codruta Kosevi to lead its new public prosecutor's office. Kovesi's nomination has caused turmoil in Romania. She was fired last year following accusations of mismanagement and overstepping her authority but some...
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September 24, 2019 - 1:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee has voted along party lines to approve President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Labor Department. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved lawyer Eugene Scalia's nomination, 12-11, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018 file photo, a voter enters the Palmer Community Center to cast their ballot in Alaska's primary election, on a rainy in Palmer, Alaska. The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, the party's State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary "would serve no useful purpose" because Republican Donald Trump is president. (Bill Roth /Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
September 21, 2019 - 8:44 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, the party's State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary "would serve no useful purpose" because Republican Donald Trump is president. Earlier this month,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019 file photo, Justice Neil Gorsuch, speaks during an interview in his chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington. Gorsuch on Friday, Sept. 20, said the conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false. Gorsuch spoke about civility at Brigham Young University refuting the notion that judges are just "like politicians with robes." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 21, 2019 - 6:32 pm
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The conventional wisdom that the court is split along partisan lines based on the political views of the president that appointed each justice is false, a U.S. Supreme Court justice said. Justice Neil Gorsuch spoke about civility to an audience of about 1,000 at Brigham Young...
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Secretary of Labor nominee Eugene Scalia speaks during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 19, 2019 - 12:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead Labor Department tried to assure senators Thursday that his years of legal work for corporate clients would not influence his actions as a Cabinet member. In opening remarks before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,...
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President Donald Trump and Robert O'Brien, just named as the new national security adviser, speak to the media at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 18, 2019 - 8:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration's point person...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump listens as then-Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks during an event on the environment in the East Room of the White House in Washington. In less than three years, Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they’re regulating. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
September 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to the industries they're regulating. The Cabinet...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao gestures during a forum with foreign correspondents at the bank's headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The regional lender announced Nakao’s plan to resign on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Japanese officials have usually headed the ADB, and Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tokyo would nominate a “high-caliber candidate” as Nakao’s successor. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
September 17, 2019 - 7:03 am
TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, plans to step down early next year, the regional lender said Tuesday. Japan has usually headed the ADB as a top donor. Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a statement that Tokyo would soon nominate a "high-caliber candidate" as...
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