Confirmation hearings

Kirstjen Nielsen is sworn in at a hearing on her nomination to be Department of Homeland Security Secretary, by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
November 08, 2017 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen helped shepherd President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security secretary pick through his Senate confirmation process. Now she's got her own team guiding her through those same hoops. Trump surprised many in his administration when he announced his...
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October 30, 2017 - 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate's consideration of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees (all times EDT): 5:40 p.m. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas says he disagrees with Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, who has said Muslims should not be allowed to serve in...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback talks to the media during a news conference in Topeka, Kan. The Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved the nomination of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to be U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom on Thursday, Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
October 26, 2017 - 3:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel narrowly approved the nomination of Sam Brownback to be U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom despite complaints from LGBT rights groups over the Kansas governor's views on same-sex marriage and gender identity. On an 11-10 vote Thursday, the...
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October 18, 2017 - 8:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the...
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Christopher R. Sharpley appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be confirmed as the CIA inspector general, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 18, 2017 - 3:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy...
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October 05, 2017 - 11:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of the nomination of Notre Dame professor Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The questioning of Barrett during her confirmation hearing generated protests from Roman Catholic leaders...
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July 24, 2017 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for a top Justice Department post could face questions about his work for a Russian bank with ties to President Vladimir Putin. In a letter before his Tuesday confirmation hearing, attorney Brian Benczkowski told members of the Senate Judiciary...
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U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, second from right, walks with his wife Christine Branstad at right and other members of his family during a photocall and remarks to journalists at the Ambassador's residence in Beijing, China, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" who's known China's president for more than 30 years, Terry made his first public appearance as the new U.S. ambassador in Beijing on Wednesday, assuming the post at a time when President Donald Trump has injected a strong dose of unpredictability into America foreign diplomacy. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
June 28, 2017 - 5:03 am
BEIJING (AP) — A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" who befriended China's president three decades ago is tasked with smoothing relations between the world's two largest economies amid increased unpredictability in American foreign diplomacy under President Donald Trump. Terry Branstad, 70, a...
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U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, second from right, walks with his wife Christine Branstad at right and other members of his family during a photocall and remarks to journalists at the Ambassador's residence in Beijing, China, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" who's known China's president for more than 30 years, Terry made his first public appearance as the new U.S. ambassador in Beijing on Wednesday, assuming the post at a time when President Donald Trump has injected a strong dose of unpredictability into America foreign diplomacy. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
June 28, 2017 - 2:34 am
BEIJING (AP) — A self-described "farm boy from Iowa" who befriended China's president three decades ago is tasked with smoothing relations between the world's two largest economies amid increased unpredictability in American foreign diplomacy under President Donald Trump. Terry Branstad, 70, a...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, prior to testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 13, 2017 - 9:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. and declared it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russia and the election campaign that...
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