Cabinet appointments and nominations - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Cabinet appointments and nominations Kobach says he won't pre-judge voter fraud panel's findings TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, the author of contentious policies on immigration and voter identification, enters his new role as a leader of President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud by touting evidence of illegal voting he says he uncovered as Kansas' secretary of state. Kobach, the nation's only state elections chief with prosecutorial po... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:38:00Z The Latest: DHS declines to confirm Clarke appointment MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke announcing he is moving to the Department of Homeland Security (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The Department of Homeland Security has declined to confirm that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will be joining the agency. Clarke said in an interview... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:31:00Z FBI chief's unceremonious ouster boomerangs on president WASHINGTON (AP) — Firing FBI Director James Comey is already coming back to haunt President Donald Trump. In dismissing Comey last week, Trump created the very real possibility that a respected law enforcement official known for an outspoken nature and willingness to buck political convention could resurface in public. And while Comey h... Wed, 17 May 2017 07:42:00 GMT 2017-05-17T07:42:00Z Trump: I was going to fire that 'showboat' no matter what WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting previous White House explanations, President Donald Trump declared Thursday he had planned to fire FBI Director James Comey all along, regardless of whether top Justice Department officials recommended the stunning step. His assertions came as Comey's temporary replacement joined in, contradicting other administration statements on the snowbal... Fri, 12 May 2017 02:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T02:33:00Z Senates gives bipartisan backing to Trump's trade rep WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. trade representative on a bipartisan vote despite complaints from some Republicans that the administration has an "ongoing, incoherent and inconsistent trade message." The Senate voted 82-14 to confirm Robert Lighthizer, who served as deputy U.S. trade representat... Thu, 11 May 2017 19:23:00 GMT 2017-05-11T19:23:00Z The Latest: Trump's trade nominee gets broad Senate support WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as U.S. trade representative (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as U.S. trade representative, despite clear frustration among some Republicans with the administration on trade. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-05-11T18:59:00Z Options for truly independent Russia probe are limited WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' calls for an independent prosecutor to lead the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia grew louder Wednesday in the aftermath of the FBI director's ouster, but the options for an independent probe remain limited, and the only current avenue for such an appointment is in the hands of the Justice Department. The ... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:06:00Z Author of memo about Comey is overseeing Russia-2016 probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The author of a scathing memo that the White House used to justify the firing of FBI director James Comey is the same man overseeing a Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a three-page rebuke of Comey's conduct in which Rosenstein said the FBI direct... Wed, 10 May 2017 08:24:00 GMT 2017-05-10T08:24:00Z The Latest: Philippines congratulates S. Korean president SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's new president (all times local): 3:04 p.m. The Philippines' president has congratulated South Korean President Moon Jae-in and says his country is committed to further enhancing relations with Seoul. "On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Duterte wish... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T07:21:00Z Republican super PAC plans $2.6 million ad buy for Strange MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Senate Leadership Fund on Monday reserved a $2.6 million television ad buy on behalf of U.S. Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, bidding to ward off challengers for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The super political action committee, which has ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, made the sho... Mon, 08 May 2017 21:34:00 GMT 2017-05-08T21:34:00Z Trump pick for mental health agency doesn't fit his pattern WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to marshal the government's response to the opioid epidemic and assist people with mental illness doesn't quite fit the mold of some of his other nominees. Psychiatrist Elinore McCance-Katz isn't an outsider bent on disrupting the system. Instead, she's an academic expert on addiction with extensive state go... Thu, 04 May 2017 07:53:00 GMT 2017-05-04T07:53:00Z Trump will zero in on trade agreements during 100th day WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will spend his 100th day in office talking tough on trade in one of the states that delivered his unlikely win. The president is expected to sign an executive order Saturday that will direct his Commerce Department and the U.S. Trade Representative to perform a comprehensive study of the nation's trade agreements to determine whether ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-04-29T01:50:00Z The Latest: Trump assures NRA he'll support gun rights ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the NRA's annual convention (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his support for gun rights, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump is the firs... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:48:00Z Alex Acosta sworn in as US labor secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The oath-taking came after the Senate's 60-38 confirmation vote Thursday, in which eight Democrats and one independent joined Republicans in voting yes. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-04-28T20:00:00Z Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Trump's secretary of labor WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation's 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 1... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:33:00 GMT 2017-04-27T23:33:00Z The Latest: Senate confirms Acosta as Trump's man at labor WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Alex Acosta's confirmation as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor (all times EDT): 6:40 p.m. The Senate has confirmed law school dean Alex Acosta as President Donald Trump's secretary of labor. The 60-38 vote Thursday fills out Trump's Cabinet just ahead of the president's 100th... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:40:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:40:00Z From 0-100: Presidents' first days come at varying speed WASHINGTON (AP) — A president's first 100 days can be a tire-squealing hustle from the starting line (Franklin Roosevelt), a triumph of style over substance (Jimmy Carter), a taste of what's to come (Ronald Reagan) or an ambitious plan of action that gets rudely interrupted by world events (pick a president). Here's a snapshot of the first 100 days for pr... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-04-27T20:44:00Z Senate nudges Acosta step toward confirmation at Labor WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday nudged President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of labor, Alex Acosta, a step closer to confirmation. The Florida International University law school dean would be the first Hispanic member of Trump's Cabinet. The Senate was poised to confirm Acosta by the end of the week, the 100-day mark of Trump's presidency. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-04-26T17:56:00Z All in the Family: Trump mixes family, governing, business WASHINGTON (AP) — Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in. As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operati... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:54:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:54:00Z Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market. Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:59:00 GMT 2017-04-25T01:59:00Z EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday he's issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to monitor and reduce methane leaks from their facilities. Pruitt said the a... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-04-20T21:12:00Z Calexit backers drop 1 California secession bid, try again SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Supporters of one long-shot bid to make California an independent nation ended their effort on Monday, while another group said it will launch a new campaign for a statewide vote next year. The drive to make the nation's most populous state its own country, with what would be the world's sixth-largest economy, has drawn extra int... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:59:00 GMT 2017-04-18T00:59:00Z US eyes more border prosecutions in shift for California SAN DIEGO (AP) — Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the U.S. illegally on their first try and instead targeted smugglers and serial offenders. That approach may face a day of reckoning under President Donald Trump. Att... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:47:00 GMT 2017-04-14T23:47:00Z Trump says China won't be labeled a currency manipulator WASHINGTON (AP) — Backing away from a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration won't label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week, though he does think the U.S. dollar "is getting too strong." Trump also said in an interview at the White House with The Wall Street Journal that he would prefer that the ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-04-12T20:48:00Z Pennsylvania congressman seen as likely pick to be drug czar HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The next national drug czar is likely to be a congressman who was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, the head of the Pennsylvania Republican Party said Tuesday. Party chairman Val DiGiorgio said "any day now" he expects an announcement from the White House that four-term U.S. Rep. Tom Marino has been nominated to be the next director of nati... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-04-11T21:29:00Z California attorney general requests documents on EPA chief SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general announced Friday he is seeking documents that could show conflicts of interest and ethics violations by the man President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest episode in the ongoing feud between Golden State officials and the Trump administration. Attorney Ge... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:21:00 GMT 2017-04-08T01:21:00Z South Africa faces turmoil after firing of finance minister PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa faced political and financial turmoil on Friday after President Jacob Zuma fired the finance minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, intensifying a rift in the party that took power after the 1994 end of white minority rule as well as concerns about corruption at top levels of government. The currency slipped, and peopl... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:55:00 GMT 2017-03-31T17:55:00Z Vague trade plan after Trump's tough talk WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada, disappointing those who wanted a major overhaul of a decades-old trade deal that Trump described as "disaster" during the presidential campaign. In an eight-page draft letter to Co... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:12:00 GMT 2017-03-31T00:12:00Z Senate panels advance Trump's picks for labor, agriculture WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday advanced President Donald Trump's nominees to lead the labor and agriculture departments and moved the new administration closer to filling the final pair of empty seats in his Cabinet. In back-to-back tallies just off the Senate floor, two committees sent the nominations of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and law... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-03-30T17:11:00Z Acosta, Trump's choice for Labor, advances to full Senate WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida law school dean Alexander Acosta has moved a step closer to becoming President Donald Trump's secretary of labor. A Senate panel on Thursday voted along party lines, 12-11, to advance Acosta's nomination to all 100 members of the chamber for a confirmation vote. There was no immediate word on when the Senate would hold that vote or whether Democrats... 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