Cabinet appointments and nominations

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Trump’s White House counsel personally lobbied Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 06, 2018 - 4:06 pm
THURMONT, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that "everything I've done is 100 percent proper" regarding the special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and he insisted that his campaign didn't collude with Moscow or commit any crime. His team has been...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Trump’s White House counsel personally lobbied Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 05, 2018 - 11:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's effort to keep Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vocal and loyal supporter of his election bid, in charge of an investigation into his campaign offers special counsel Robert Mueller yet another avenue to explore as his prosecutors work to untangle...
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Budtender Austin Pitts, right, assists a customer inside the Harborside cannabis dispensary Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
January 04, 2018 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threw the burgeoning movement to legalize marijuana into uncertainty Thursday as it lifted an Obama-era leniency policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will...
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In this Jan. 1, 2018 photo, a customer purchases marijuana at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That's according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)
January 04, 2018 - 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end a federal policy affecting states that have legalized marijuana. (all times local): 12:32 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that allowed legal marijuana to flourish in states...
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December 19, 2017 - 4:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a career foreign service member, Susan Thornton, as top U.S. diplomat for East Asia. Thornton has been serving in the position in an acting capacity since soon after Trump took office. The White House announced Tuesday Thornton's nomination to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speaks to The Associated Press about Hawaii's lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban in Honolulu. A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, that President Trump once again exceeded the scope of his authority with his latest travel ban. However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges put their decision on hold pending review by the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning the ban involving six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
December 18, 2017 - 9:11 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, who has been fighting President Donald Trump's travel ban and other policies over the past year, has announced he will run for U.S. Congress. Chin, a Democrat, seeks to replace Hawaii U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is running for governor...
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December 13, 2017 - 11:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his nomination Wednesday after bipartisan opposition made his Senate confirmation unlikely. Officials at the White House and the Senate told The Associated Press that Michael...
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FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2017 file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, in Dora, Ala. Most statewide Republican officeholders in Alabama say they're voting for Moore for U.S. Senate, but the state's senior U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby didn't vote for Moore. Polls show Moore in a tight race with Democrat Doug Jones. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
December 10, 2017 - 8:13 am
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Most Republican leaders in Alabama say they plan to vote for Roy Moore on Tuesday, despite sexual misconduct allegations against the former judge that have prompted others around the country to say he should never be allowed to join the U.S. Senate. "I have stated both...
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Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., answers questions during an interview at the Associated Press bureau in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 07, 2017 - 2:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of an adversary than an ally on North Korea, according to a leading Republican senator and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who declared during a wide-ranging interview Thursday that Pyongyang's push for an atomic arsenal actually benefits Beijing. Sen...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2017 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, right, along with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer participates in a humanitarian award ceremony at the statehouse in Topeka, Kans. Brownback remains the governor of Kansas while he awaits U.S. Senate confirmation to take an ambassador post in the administration of President Donald Trump. But he has allowed Colyer to make major decisions for the administration, leading to an awkward situation in running the state. (Thad Allton/Topeka Capital-Journal via AP, File)
December 06, 2017 - 6:57 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's nomination this summer to an ambassador's post, the fellow Republican destined to succeed him as governor ducked policy questions by declaring, "There's one governor at a time." Four months later, some people in Kansas think they have two...
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