Confirmation hearings

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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FILE - This Feb. 2, 2017 file photo shows seats jumbled in a pile inside Maracana stadium, the historic stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremony, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A federal prosecutor looking into last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics says many of the venues "are white elephants" that were built with "no planning." The scathing report offered Monday, May 22, 2017, at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after the games ended. Many of the venues are empty, boarded up, and have no tenants or income with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government.(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
May 23, 2017 - 1:26 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A federal prosecutor looking into last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues "are white elephants" that were built with "no planning." The scathing report offered Monday at a public hearing confirms what The Associated Press reported several months after...
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May 22, 2017 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's longest serving governor is on track to win Senate confirmation as President Donald Trump's ambassador to China. The Senate is slated to vote late Monday on Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's nomination, clearing the way for him to hold the key diplomatic post. Among Branstad...
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, for a closed-door meeting with Senators a day after appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 18, 2017 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to head an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign could help restore public faith in an independent Justice Department. One possible side benefit for...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2012 file photo, Heather Wilson, R-N.M. is seen in Albuquerque, N.M. Wilson, President Donald Trump’s pick for Air Force secretary was on track for Senate confirmation on Monday, May 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)
May 08, 2017 - 6:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary, making her President Donald Trump's first service secretary nominee to be approved by the GOP-led chamber after fits and starts for several others. Senators voted 76-22 Monday to approve Wilson, who represented New...
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Friday, May 5, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
May 05, 2017 - 4:26 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has reunited in St. Louis with his mentor and the man who stood beside him through a difficult confirmation hearing, telling former Sen. John Danforth he owes him his career. Thomas spoke Friday at a Law Day event sponsored by the Bar...
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In this photo taken April 26, 2017, U.S. Ambassador to China-designate Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is seen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Branstad pledged Tuesday, May 2, 2017, to confront Beijing on a range of contentious issues, including human rights and trade, and assured lawmakers he’ll push the Chinese to act more aggressively to defuse North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 02, 2017 - 1:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Midwestern governor President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to China pledged on Tuesday to confront Beijing on a range of contentious issues, including human rights and trade, and assured lawmakers he'll push the Chinese to act more aggressively to defuse North...
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May 02, 2017 - 11:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Midwestern governor President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to China says if confirmed for the post he will confront Beijing on human rights issues and would welcome meetings with Chinese activists. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says during his Senate confirmation...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Gorsuch is about to take his place as the nation's newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in April 10, after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving Supreme Court picks over the fierce objection of Democrats. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 10, 2017 - 8:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is about to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in Monday after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Gorsuch is about to take his place as the nation's newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in April 10, after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving Supreme Court picks over the fierce objection of Democrats. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 10, 2017 - 3:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a divisive confirmation process behind him, Judge Neil Gorsuch is about to take his place as the newest Supreme Court justice. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is to be sworn in Monday after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving...
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