Confirmation hearings

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in Washington. When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense secretary even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. It’s the longest such stretch in the history of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
July 12, 2019 - 6:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict...
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Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 09, 2019 - 10:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper is expected to soon be formally nominated to lead the Pentagon, setting off a complicated leadership replacement shuffle at the highest levels of the Pentagon and the military services. Eric Chewning, Esper's chief of staff, told reporters...
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FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo. Adm. William Moran speaks during the Commissioning of the USS Montgomery in Mobile, Ala. Moran, the Navy admiral set to become his service's top officer on Aug. 1, 2019, says he will instead retire. The extraordinary downfall of Moran was prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday, July 7 called poor judgment. Spencer faulted Moran for having a professional relationship with a person who had been disciplined for what Spencer called "failing to meet the values and standards of the naval profession." (Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)
July 08, 2019 - 8:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The four-star admiral set to become the Navy's top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship. The sudden move by Adm. William Moran, announced Sunday,...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves to local residents after a stop at the Tasty Cafe, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Eldridge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 13, 2019 - 6:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anita Hill says she'd be open to voting for Joe Biden if he wins the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Hill, who testified in 1991 that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, has criticized Biden for his handling of the hearings. Biden was chairman...
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June 13, 2019 - 2:40 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced Thursday that he won't challenge Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina's Republican primary next year, a move that reflects a state political environment where a candidate's support for President Donald Trump can help make or break a campaign...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the Paducah Chamber luncheon at Walker Hall, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Paducah, Ky. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 9:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says that if a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court during next year's election cycle the chamber would likely confirm a GOP nominee selected by President Donald Trump. In an appearance in Paducah Tuesday, McConnell told a questioner asking...
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Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during a House Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 15, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency's safety certification of the plane and its decision...
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Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 03, 2019 - 12:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never involve...
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Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 30, 2019 - 4:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday will face lawmakers' questions for the first time since releasing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, in what promises to be a dramatic showdown as he defends his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the...
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This image released by ABC shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, center, with co-hosts, Ana Navarro, left, and Sunny Hostin during an appearance on "The View," Friday, April 26, 2019. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP)
April 29, 2019 - 4:54 pm
Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that he takes responsibility for the fact that Anita Hill was "not treated well" in 1991 when she accused then-Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and Biden led the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I believed her from the very beginning...
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