Government appointments and nominations

President Donald Trump greets visitors touring the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 20, 2018 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bleak description of "American carnage." A forceful rollback of his predecessor's achievements. A blatant falsehood from the White House podium. And that was just the first 24 hours. In his first year in office, Donald Trump proved to be a singular figure, casting aside norms...
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January 19, 2018 - 9:53 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A judge ordered Texas to make sweeping changes to its foster care system on Friday, two years after she found it unconstitutionally broken. In the scathing final order, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack told the state the overhaul must include improvements in record keeping,...
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January 17, 2018 - 11:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee has voted for a second time to approve President Donald Trump's nomination of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. The approval Wednesday was by voice vote with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, asking to be recorded as...
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January 09, 2018 - 5:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California have been appointed to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, becoming just the second and third African-Americans to serve on the committee in its 200-plus-year history. Democrats had to replace Sen. Al...
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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 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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File - In this March 24, 2008, file photo, McGregor Scott, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, gestures during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The decision on whether to pursue criminal marijuana cases in states that have legalized pot will now rest with top federal prosecutors in those states, some of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to crack down on cannabis businesses. Scott grew up in Humboldt County, deep in California's famed "Emerald Triangle" marijuana-growing regionScott's spokeswoman, Lauren Horwood, said he declined to comment on the most recent federal move. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 05, 2018 - 5:07 pm
DENVER (AP) — Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the...
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FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, center, shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, as Byrne's wife Ruthi Zinn Byrne, second from left, and former New Jersey Gov. James Florio, right, clap after Christie outlined his 2014 state budget proposals in Trenton, N.J. Byrne, a Democrat who served as New Jersey governor from 1974 to 1982, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at age 93. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)
January 04, 2018 - 7:28 pm
Former two-term Gov. Brendan Byrne, who mobsters said was too ethical to be bribed and who authorized the law permitting gambling in Atlantic City, has died at age 93. Byrne, a Democrat, died Thursday at a home in Livingston, his son Tom Byrne said. He suffered an infection that went into his lungs...
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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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