Government appointments and nominations

In this Sept. 4, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump's then Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just 1 in 4 people think Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest during his pivotal testimony last month to the Senate Judiciary Committee. That’s according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 19, 2018 - 8:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds that just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when as a Supreme Court nominee he gave sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. The survey was performed by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. And...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows North Dakota Senate candidates, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, left, during a campaign stop in Grand Forks, and her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer at a campaign stop in Fargo. Heitkamp and Cramer match up in their first debate Thursday, Oct. 17, 2018 after months of bitter campaigning in a race seen as vital to Senate control. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy, File)
October 18, 2018 - 10:59 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp opened her debate Thursday against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer with a renewed apology for a newspaper ad attacking her opponent that improperly identified some survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, calling it a "grave and horrible error...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti talks during an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles. Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled. Garcetti may not be the best-known 2020 presidential prospect, but he will not be forgotten by those who lead Democratic politics in the states most responsible for picking the party’s next presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
October 16, 2018 - 11:55 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he cut the $100,000 checks, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti brought the Democratic Party chairmen from Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada backstage to meet late night television host Jimmy Kimmel and superstar hip-hop producer DJ Khaled. Garcetti may not be...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, Beto O'Rourke speaks during the general session at the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. For many Democrats, Beto O'Rourke's response to a question about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem was the type of moment that will be essential for a field that will challenge President Donald Trump beginning after the November elections. If there's a common buzzword in Democratic politics right now, it's "authenticity," or the desire to present candidates in an unvarnished manner that's true to themselves. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez, File)
October 13, 2018 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's response to a question during a Houston town hall meeting this past summer lasted only four minutes. But for some Democrats it said everything. It was authentic. In an exchange that quickly went viral, the Democrat congressman and Senate hopeful was asked whether...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. The disappearance of U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrust the Trump administration’s large number of diplomatic vacancies back into the spotlight. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
October 13, 2018 - 3:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrown the large number of diplomatic vacancies under President Donald Trump into the spotlight — notably in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It's a gap the administration says...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington. The disappearance of U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrust the Trump administration’s large number of diplomatic vacancies back into the spotlight. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
October 12, 2018 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The disappearance of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrown the large number of diplomatic vacancies under President Donald Trump into the spotlight — notably in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It's a gap the administration says...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the high-stakes race for Senate in Nevada, Democrat Jacky Rosen is taking on one of the biggest names in GOP politics by painting Sen. Dean Heller as someone without firm principles. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
October 12, 2018 - 1:45 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Many Republicans are breathing easier this week, confident that the fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination fired up their voters. Dean Heller isn't one of them. Facing a female challenger in a state gradually becoming more Democratic, the senator and longtime fixture...
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President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. At left is White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 12, 2018 - 1:19 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Can we talk? Donald Trump would like to chat. And, boy, is he ever sharing. The president is riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's successful confirmation — and he's got a lot to say about and other topics. He's inviting reporters up to his private cabin on Air...
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In this Oct. 10, 2018 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. With the GOP tax plan contributing to rising federal deficits, Democrats are warning that Republicans will go after cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security if they control Congress after the midterms. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the door to the campaign year attack when he suggested rising deficits are due to government spending on those programs. The GOP leader has not made budget cuts a priority. But Democrats warn that eventually Republicans will try to cut spending. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2018 - 11:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed 15 more judges late Thursday and left town until after next month's midterm elections, as Republicans chalked up more wins days after Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate...
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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a campaign rally in Erie, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 10, 2018 - 7:04 pm
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — With Hurricane Michael pounding Florida's Panhandle, President Donald Trump flew to Pennsylvania for a Republican campaign rally on Wednesday, saying he didn't want to let his supporters down. Trump said in Washington that he faced a "quagmire" because "thousands of people" were...
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