Cabinet appointments and nominations

FILE - In this March, 1, 2018, file photo, Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin poses for a photo in Honolulu. Half a dozen high profile Democratic candidates are vying for a congressional seat to represent Hawaii in a very competitive game of political musical chairs. It's a jam-packed arena for the state's 1st Congressional District, which includes Honolulu. Democratic candidates include former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, and state Rep. Beth Fukumoto. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)
June 24, 2018 - 8:59 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Coming off a high-profile challenge of President Donald Trump's travel ban, it seemed that Hawaii Lt. Gov. Doug Chin would parlay that name recognition into a U.S. House seat. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is not running for re-election, and Chin — the state's former attorney general...
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New East Timorese Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, left, shake hands with East Timor President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo, right, during his inauguration in Dili, the capital of East Timor, Friday, June 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Kandhi Barnez)
June 22, 2018 - 9:07 am
DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor's president has refused to swear in 11 Cabinet ministers because of corruption investigations in a rocky beginning for a new government formed after a protracted political stalemate in the young nation. Former President and independence fighter Jose Maria...
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June 19, 2018 - 4:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons called on President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday to withdraw its nominee for a key State Department position over his "lack of empathy" for immigrants. The appeal comes as the president faces mushrooming outrage...
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June 18, 2018 - 1:58 pm
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census. In most places, the state legislature and governor are...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., leaves a closed-door session on Capitol Hill in Washington. A possible U.S. Senate vacancy in Arizona would be temporarily filled by a Republican appointee in the event of the death of Sen. John McCain, who is battling cancer, but it's unclear whether an election would be held in November or 2020. Arizona law requires the governor to appoint someone of the same political party if there is a vacancy. The seat will then be on the ballot for the next general election, but there's conflicting views on whether that means this fall or in 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 16, 2018 - 10:30 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional...
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump speaks behind a DonaldTrumpforVets.com sign at a fundraising event in Des Moines, Iowa, at Drake University during Trump's campaign for president. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit Wednesday June 13, 2018, accusing Trump of illegally using his charitable foundation to pay legal settlements related to his golf clubs and to bolster his presidential campaign. The complaint said the Iowa event, held in lieu of Trump participating in a televised debate the same day, which billed itself as allowing donors to make charitable contributions to veterans’ organizations was, in reality, a Trump campaign event in which the Trump Foundation shouldn’t have participated. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 14, 2018 - 6:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general sued President Donald Trump and his foundation Thursday, accusing him of illegally using the charity's money to settle disputes involving his business empire and to boost his political fortunes during his run for the White House. The president called the...
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Clark County Commission member and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak applies a sticker after voting in a primary election Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Las Vegas. Sisolak and Christina Giunchigliani, each are hoping to be Nevada's first Democratic governor in two decades. Both candidates have pledged to stand up to Trump and the National Rifle Association. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 13, 2018 - 2:49 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats settled a bruising primary for Nevada governor on Tuesday, nominating Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak to take on the state's Republican attorney general in November — one of two close races expected in the battleground state this year. Sisolak, who had the...
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In this May 5, 2018 file photo, gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody speaks at the Republican Convention in Augusta, Maine. Mainers go to the ballot box, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, to rank candidates for the first time. It's the biggest test yet of ranked-choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 13, 2018 - 12:49 am
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican businessman Shawn Moody won Tuesday's ranked-choice voting primary in the race to succeed Maine's firebrand Gov. Paul LePage, while no clear majority winner had emerged in the Democratic primary. The founder of a string of auto repair shops won a majority of the...
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June 11, 2018 - 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top political appointees of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directed that they review in advance all of the public records released by the agency under the Freedom of Information Act, according to EPA emails disclosed Monday by a senior House Democrat...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump hands a pen to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, after signing the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Heitkamp, in one of the most challenging Senate re-election races this year, mixes pro-Trump record with Democratic leanings, though describing them as non-partisan and not part of Democratic resistance movement. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
June 11, 2018 - 6:42 am
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Heidi Heitkamp has no patience for resisting. That's what the North Dakota Democrat says, though resistance also is a luxury Heitkamp can little afford in one of the nation's most Donald Trump-friendly states. The first-term U.S. senator, among the most vulnerable in her party...
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