EU competition chief: ready to act on digital tax
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says the bloc should agree on a tax to ensure global digital companies pay "their fair share" in Europe.
Incoming top EU diplomat commits to save Iran nuclear deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Spaniard set to become the European Union's point-man in Iran says the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran must be preserved.
EU agriculture chief nominee warns of loss of more farms
BRUSSELS (AP) — The candidate to become the European Union's agriculture commissioner says a key goal is promoting the survival of small and family farms.
Chicago man gets probation for threatening then-Sen. Flake
PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man was sentenced Monday to three years' probation after previously admitting he left a threatening voicemail for former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake during Supreme Court...
The Latest: Probation for man who threatened then-Sen. Flake
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on sentencing of a Chicago man for leaving a threatening voicemail for then-Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation...
Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an...
New Pentagon leadership to be in hands of Senate soon
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...
PHOENIX (AP) — An Aug. 19 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to a federal retaliation charge in Phoenix for leaving a threatening voicemail for a U.S....
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming native Robert Wallace is making his way through Senate confirmation hearings in Washington on his nomination as assistant secretary of the U.S. Fish, Wildlife and...
Pentagon nominee focuses on China despite Mideast tensions
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tensions may be high in the Middle East, but the man chosen by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon is turning his focus to China.
Barr besieged by allegations he’s being Trump’s protector
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...
Moulton: Biden should apologize to Hill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Should Joe Biden apologize to Anita Hill?
One Democrat running for president says yes, but not everyone agrees.
Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton says the former...
Biden says he didn’t treat Hill badly
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he doesn't think he mistreated Anita Hill in 1991, though he has said publicly he regrets how she was treated.
Administration defends Price pick as confirmation vote nears
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration was making an all-out push Tuesday in its effort to win confirmation of his pick to lead the Department of Public Safety, who has been...
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Mike Dunleavy's pick to lead the Department of Public Safety (all times local):
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration is making a late...
NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser under President Barack Obama, won't be challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in 2020.
Rosen defends qualifications at Senate Judiciary hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general defended his qualifications for the post at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, as lawmakers raised questions...
Biden criticizes ‘white man’s culture,’ role in Hill hearing
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court...
Chicago man pleads guilty to retaliating against US senator
PHOENIX (AP) — A Chicago man pleaded guilty in Phoenix to a federal retaliation charge for leaving a threatening voice mail for a U.S. senator from Arizona during Supreme Court Justice Brett...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a Chicago man accused of threatening a U.S. senator (all times local):
A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to a retaliation charge for leaving a...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top economic development official might have trouble keeping his job after a committee recommended Thursday that the Kansas Senate reject his...
Waiting for the final Mueller report and what happens next
WASHINGTON (AP) — America is waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller's report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the...
Crim calls poking of son with pen ‘horrendous mistake’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet secretaries who was charged with felony child abuse in 2005 after jabbing her 5-year-old son's hand with a pen said during a state Senate...
New Mexico water boss: ‘We need to protect our water’
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water official said Wednesday he will team with the attorney general as a legal fight simmers with Texas and the U.S. government over management of the...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on state Department of Natural Resources Secretary-designee Preston Cole's confirmation hearing (all times local):
Attorney general won’t recuse from overseeing Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr will not recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's Russia probe after consulting with senior ethics officials, the Justice Department...
Evers’ official: Ex-Planned Parenthood VP has no legal say
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' pick to lead the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday defended naming a former vice president at Planned Parenthood as a top deputy, saying...
Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller's Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the...
New Mexico Senate confirms appointments of 5 new UNM regents
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Senate has confirmed Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's appointments of five new members of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
The Senate's action Friday came just under a week after Lujan Grisham announced Feb. 9 her appointments of businesswoman Kimberly Sanchez Rael and UNM law Professor Emeritus Robert Schwartz for two-year terms, former Regents Sandra K. Begay and Douglas M. Brown for four-year terms and student Melissa C. Henry to a two-year term.
Nominees to Alaska marijuana board face confirmation hearing
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy's two appointments to the board that regulates Alaska's legal marijuana industry face confirmation hearings Tuesday.
Much of the public comment submitted ahead of Tuesday's proceedings focused on Vivian Stiver. Dunleavy appointed Stiver to replace Brandon Emmett, who is one of two industry representatives on the Marijuana Control Board.
Texas’ election chief denies mistakes over noncitizen list
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' election chief denies his office made mistakes over a list of 95,000 voters whose U.S. citizenship was called into question but included thousands of wrongly flagged names.
Secretary of State David Whitley is expected to publicly address the backlash surrounding Texas' efforts to find noncitizens on voter rolls for the first time during his confirmation hearing this week.
Senate confirms 3 judges amid nominating controversy
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Senate pushed through three lifetime judicial confirmations following the refusal by legislators to make key documents in the trio's nomination packets available to the public.
Alaska attorney general says he can set aside personal views
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's attorney general says he can set aside his personal views on issues like abortion in performing his duties.
During a confirmation hearing Tuesday, Kevin Clarkson said the attorney general's job is to respect the law, not bring personal views to work.
The longtime attorney has handled an array of cases. But his work on cases involving social issues has drawn attention, with some gay rights and abortion rights advocates raising concerns.
Alaska governor appointee resigns amid background questions
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A member of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Cabinet resigned Thursday amid accusations he lied about his business background.
Department of Administration Commissioner Jonathan Quick tendered his resignation — even after the governor's office stood behind him — saying he didn't want to become a distraction.
Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis" and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's acting administrator.
Top Dem: Wheeler at EPA, just as extreme as Pruitt
Barr seeks to assure senators he won’t be a Trump loyalist
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch hunt and that his predecessor was right to recuse himself from the probe.
The Latest: Graham says Barr will ‘do well’ in Senate vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local):
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he hopes his colleagues will vote to confirm William Barr based on his qualifications.
Barr served as attorney general in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush.
AG nominee: Mueller must be allowed to finish work
Trump’s AG nominee defends memo criticizing Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general on Tuesday defended his decision to send an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department criticizing an aspect of the special counsel's Russia investigation, saying he was simply trying to warn senior Justice Department officials against "stretching a statute" to conclude that the president had obstructed justice.
Things to watch at William Barr’s AG confirmation hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he did almost 30 years ago, William Barr is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to make the case he's qualified to serve as attorney general.
Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 and has been nominated by President Donald Trump to do the job again. His confirmation hearing Tuesday has multiple story lines worth watching.
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The Latest: Barr prepares for Senate confirmation hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general (all times local):
President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general will tell senators "it is vitally important" that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation.
William Barr also says he believes Congress and the public should learn the results, according to remarks prepared for his confirmation hearing.
AG nominee sent memo on Mueller probe to Trump’s lawyers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general sent White House lawyers a memo arguing that the president could not have obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, describing a critical prong of the special counsel's Russia investigation as "fatally misconceived," he told the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter Monday.
AG pick to reassure senators he backs sentencing overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be attorney general will assure lawmakers he supports a recent criminal justice overhaul that eases federal sentencing rules, even though he pushed tough-on-crime policies for decades, a person close to the confirmation process told The Associated Press.
Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
Rosenstein, a frequent Trump target, will leave Justice Dept
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the most visible Justice Department protector of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath, is expected to leave his position soon after Trump's nominee for attorney general is confirmed.