Government appointments and nominations

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, state Sen. Jake LaTurner, R-Pittsburg, speaks to reporters after his appointment as state treasurer by Gov. Brownback during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. LaTurner has abandoned a campaign for an open U.S. Senate seat to challenge first-term GOP congressman Steve Watkins that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat.(AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
September 04, 2019 - 11:32 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat. Treasurer Jake LaTurner's announcement came little more than a week after former GOP Gov...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Smollett's attorneys have filed a motion this week arguing that the actor should not have to pay the city of Chicago $130,000 for the police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack in January, because he had no way of knowing how much time and money the department would spend on the probe. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
September 04, 2019 - 9:39 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Jussie Smollett's attorneys have filed a motion arguing that the actor should not have to pay Chicago $130,000 for a police investigation into what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack, because he couldn't have known how much time and money the department would spend looking...
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, during a visit to the University of Strathclyde's Power Networks Demonstration Centre in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, Scotland, where she announced additional investment in the country's electric vehicle charging infrastructure, Thursday Aug. 29, 2019. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made an audacious proposition to enable his government's Brexit plan, to suspend parliament for key weeks ahead of Britain's Oct. 31 Brexit departure date. (Andy Buchanan/PA via AP)
September 02, 2019 - 6:11 am
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Scotland's first minister says she's all for a general election, provided that it takes place before Britain is set to leave the European Union on Oct. 31. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called a meeting of his Cabinet on Monday to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks beside President Donald Trump, during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington. Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the “breaking point” in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 30, 2019 - 2:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Try as he might, Jim Mattis can't seem to hide his real feelings about Donald Trump - that the president is leading the world's most powerful nation down a dangerously wrong path. Mattis, the retired Marine general who resigned as defense secretary last December in a military...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Gillibrand says she's dropping out of 2020 presidential race amid low polling, fundraising struggles. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 28, 2019 - 2:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the presidential race as a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability was instead plagued by low polling and major fundraising struggles. The 52-year-old New York senator said Wednesday that...
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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, right, is greeted by a supporter as he arrives to vote at his Flowood, Miss., precinct with his wife Elee, unseen, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Reeves faces former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., for the Republican Party nomination for governor. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 27, 2019 - 7:21 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the governor's race in Mississippi (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Mississippi Republican gubernatorial nominee Tate Reeves says his goal is to unite his party and "ensure that Mississippi does not elect a liberal Democrat to the office of governor." Reeves is the...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan's annual fundraiser in Anderson, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
August 26, 2019 - 7:27 pm
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence told South Carolina conservatives Monday night that another four years for the Trump administration is a far better choice than anything the Democratic Party might offer from its nomination race. "Have faith in the American people," Pence told about 3...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2016, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is introduced during the keynote address for the State Bar of New Mexico's Annual Meeting in Pojoaque. The Supreme Court announced Aug. 23, 2019, that Ginsburg has been treated for a malignant tumor. (AP Photo/Craig Fritz, File)
August 23, 2019 - 4:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed radiation therapy for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas and there is no evidence of the disease remaining, the Supreme Court said Friday. It is the fourth time that the 86-year-old justice has announced that she has been treated for cancer...
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Democratic National Committee members join hands as Rev. Dr. William Barber II speaks Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in San Francisco. More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls are making their way to California to curry favor with national party activists from around country. Democratic National Committee members will hear Friday from top contenders, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 23, 2019 - 3:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is shrinking but not quickly enough to ward off the prospect of a long, bruising fight for the nomination. Three candidates dropped out of the race over the last two weeks, and several others could soon follow. What remains will be a...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. An Illinois judge seems close to appointing a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. A hearing Friday, Aug. 23 will be one of the first opportunities for Judge Michael Toomin to name someone since his surprise ruling in June that a special prosecutor was warranted. Among the options available to a special prosecutor would be to restore charges against Smollett. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
August 23, 2019 - 8:40 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge on Friday named a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett that accused him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself. Cook County Judge Michael Toomin's appointment of former U.S. Attorney...
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