Government appointments and nominations

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, arrives for a private meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a member of the Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 30, 2018 - 4:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Democratic senator to sit down with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he's not ready to say how he'll vote, but Kavanaugh did pick up the backing of Kentucky's Rand Paul, the only Republican in the narrowly divided Senate to have outwardly wavered in...
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President Donald Trump, pumps his fist as Robert Wilkie, left, accompanied by his wife Julia, right, is sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 30, 2018 - 2:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Wilkie has been sworn in as the next secretary of Veterans Affairs. President Donald Trump said Monday during an Oval Office ceremony that Wilkie will work day and night "to protect those who protect us." He also told Wilkie that hundreds of thousands of people are counting...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles during a meeting with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence "has plagued all of us." Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go to restrict gun use to prevent violent crime (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
July 28, 2018 - 8:46 pm
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence "has plagued all of us." Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go to restrict gun use to prevent crime. As a federal appeals court judge, Kavanaugh made it...
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Maria holds her 4-year-old son Franco after he arrived at the El Paso International Airport Thursday, July 26, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. The two had been separated for over six weeks after being entering the country. (Ruben R. Ramirez/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 27, 2018 - 6:09 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge commended the Trump administration for reunifying families in its custody with their children after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, while faulting it for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place. U.S...
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In this July 26, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than a decade after he served as what’s been called the president’s “inbox and outbox,” Kavanaugh’s role as White House staff secretary to President George W. Bush has become a flashpoint as Republicans push his confirmation to the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
July 27, 2018 - 4:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade after he served as what's been called the president's "inbox and outbox," Brett Kavanaugh's role as White House staff secretary to President George W. Bush has become a flashpoint as Republicans push his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Democrats want to see...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, walks into the office of Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 25, 2018 - 8:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly all the nation's Republican governors have signed a letter backing Senate confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. In a letter to Senate leaders, GOP governors from 30 states and two territories ask that senators move "expeditiously...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appears before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A group of 11 House Republicans have introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 25, 2018 - 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 11 House Republicans on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and has been a frequent target of GOP frustration. The...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting. The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, though with little success. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
July 23, 2018 - 9:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, though with little success. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has met with 23 senators, all of them Republicans, since his nomination two weeks ago. Democratic lawmakers...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2018, photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting. The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, though with little success. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
July 23, 2018 - 4:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, though with little success. Brett Kavanaugh has met with 23 senators, all of them Republicans, since his nomination two weeks ago. Democratic lawmakers have...
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