Government appointments and nominations

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles during a meeting with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The Senate GOP leadership wants to have the confirmation process for Kavanaugh completed in time for him to join the high court at the start of its new term in October. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 18, 2018 - 3:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans say Kavanaugh's writings and...
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A team member sets up for the watch party for Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala. Roby says she has a conservative record while her opponent, Bobby Bright, supported Democrat Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker. Incumbent Roby is defending her Alabama Congressional seat after a backlash when she called Donald Trump an “unacceptable” candidate over his “Access Hollywood” comments. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
July 17, 2018 - 10:28 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the Alabama runoff election (all times local): 9 p.m. Appointed incumbent Steve Marshall has won the Republican nomination for attorney general and now faces his first statewide general election challenge. Marshall defeated former attorney general Troy King in...
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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, center, joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., tell reporters they are aiming to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in time for the opening of the high court's term in October, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 17, 2018 - 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate battle was brewing Tuesday over Democrats' requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's career, with his time in President George W. Bush's White House emerging as a potential focal point of that fight. No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn...
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In this July 11, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting Wednesday. Some Democrats are warning that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could spell doom for the Affordable Care Act. This is even as some conservatives are portraying him as sympathetic to President Barack Obama’s landmark health care legislation. The heated debate may not matter, though. As long as five past defenders of the ACA remain on the nation’s highest court, the odds tilt in favor of the law being allowed to stand. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 17, 2018 - 1:41 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of it being allowed to stand. Some Democrats are...
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In this July 12, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is shown before meeting with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh’s opponents are digging through documents at President George W. Bush’s library in Texas and other repositories around the country looking for anything that could help derail his nomination. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
July 16, 2018 - 12:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The paper chase is on. Opponents of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are digging through documents at President George W. Bush's library in Texas and elsewhere around the country looking for anything that could help derail his nomination. The trail of documents is long as...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before meeting with Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, Thursday, July 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, . (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
July 14, 2018 - 11:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Before his Senate confirmation hearing, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court will need to provide information about his past experience investigating President Bill Clinton and working for President George W. Bush. Requests for that information are included in...
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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., welcomes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to her office suite before the start of their meeting, Thursday, July 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, . (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
July 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican pushed back forcefully Thursday on warnings from Democrats that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might be willing to thwart the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor that...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 12, 2018 - 5:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The vetting of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is just beginning, but his public financial disclosures make one thing clear: He's not as wealthy as many already on the high court. Public disclosure forms for 2017 show that the federal judge would come to the nation's highest...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, serves macaroni and cheese to the homeless as he volunteers with Catholic Charities, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 11, 2018 - 8:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pausing in his pursuit of Supreme Court robes, nominee Brett Kavanaugh donned a blue apron Wednesday afternoon to help serve meals to the homeless. The conservative appellate court judge chosen by President Donald Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy stood outside...
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July 11, 2018 - 2:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department's criminal division. Brian Benczkowski was narrowly confirmed with a 51-48 vote. Democrats have strongly opposed the nomination, partly because of his work for a leading Russian bank with ties to...
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