Government appointments and nominations

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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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 16, 2019 - 11:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times' handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself. The story also gave President Donald Trump and his...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 16, 2019 - 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, newly disclosed allegations are reviving questions about the rush to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee at the height of the #MeToo movement. The Senate...
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This photo provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the Tyrannosaurus Rex Forever Stamps. A federal appeals court in Washington has thrown out a 5-cent hike to the price of a first class “Forever Stamp” along with other adjustments made in January to the price of first-class mail, (U.S. Postal Service via AP)
September 13, 2019 - 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday threw out a 5-cent hike to the price of a first class "Forever Stamp" along with other adjustments made in January to the price of first-class mail. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...
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In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, Hungarian Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi attends a news conference after the decision of the Court of Justice of Luxembourg about the EU migrant quotas at the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday on state radio that he expects former Hungarian justice minister Laszlo Trocsanyi, nominated as EU commissioner for neighborhood and expansion issues, to encounter “heated moments” during upcoming hearings before the EU parliament’s vote on the new EU Commission. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)
September 13, 2019 - 12:12 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister said Friday that Western countries in the European Union are suffering from "enlargement fatigue" and using newer members as a scapegoat for their problems. "Those in the West are exhausted from enlargement," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on...
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White House lawyer Steven Menashi, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Menashi's guarded responses were frustrating at times to both Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary panel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 11, 2019 - 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties criticized a nominee for a federal appeals court for declining to answer questions Wednesday about his work in the Trump White House and Education Department. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, has been nominated by President Donald Trump...
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