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...
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...
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...
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):
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.
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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.
Judiciary panel sets hearing date for Trump’s AG pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a confirmation hearing for later this month for President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr.
The committee announced Wednesday that it would hold a hearing on January 15 and 16.
Trump last month announced Barr as his selection to lead the Justice Department. He previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush.
Kyl reflects on lesson learned from Kavanaugh hearings
PHOENIX (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl said Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings should teach senators that they have to take special effort in the future to avoid making such hearings appear too political and too rowdy.
In memo, Trump’s AG pick criticized aspect of Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, sent an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department this year criticizing a central prong of the special counsel's Russia investigation, attacking as "fatally misconceived" the idea the president could have obstructed justice.
California chief justice gives up Republican Party label
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief justice of the California Supreme Court said Friday she gave up her Republican Party affiliation over concerns about increasing political polarization and incivility in the U.S.
Tani Cantil-Sakauye said in a telephone interview that she switched her voter registration to "no party" preference after the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to be America's ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president's "America first" approach to foreign policy.
Feinstein’s opponent in California failed to raise big money
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kevin de Leon got a burst of national attention last summer when the California Democratic Party endorsed him for U.S. Senate over incumbent Dianne Feinstein. It seemed it could be the spark the former state Senate leader needed to make headway against a Goliath of California politics.
Lindsey Graham stumps for Blackburn Senate bid in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina rallied support Sunday in Tennessee for Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid, saying the fellow Republican "represents good old common sense."
Graham's stop in Nashville was part of a midterm campaign trail tour that includes a dozen states.
Graham to boost Blackburn Senate bid Sunday in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is bringing his midterm campaign trail tour to Tennessee, where he will rally support for GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.
Blackburn's campaign says the rally will be Sunday afternoon at Chaffin's Barn in Nashville.
Graham vehemently defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate Judiciary committee confirmation hearings last month.
AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when he heatedly rebuffed charges of sexual assault and heavy drinking during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and Republicans and Democrats hold starkly divergent views of whether his sworn testimony to senators was credible, a poll released Friday showed.
Senate Democrats skip hearing amid post-Kavanaugh tensions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just when it seemed the partisan divide on the Senate Judiciary Committee couldn't get much worse, it did.
Every Democrat on the panel skipped a Wednesday hearing on judicial nominations. The Democrats said the hearing should have been canceled because the Senate is not in session ahead of next month's election and they described going ahead with the hearing as unprecedented.
Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis' request for patience.
Kuster, Negron differ on Saudi Arabia sanctions
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster said Tuesday she backs sanctions against Saudi Arabia in response to the possible death of a U.S.-based journalist, while her Republican challenger, Steve Negron, cautioned against rushing to judgment.
Toxic talk: Politicians decry incivility, practice it, too
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a lot of scolding about smack talk in Washington these days, and whether "civility" in politics is possible — or even desirable — ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Lots of Americans got riled up over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Party leaders are busy branding opponents as "mobs" gone mad, and worse. Then there is President Donald Trump, an innovator in the field of broadcasting deeply personal and sometimes effective insults.
Roberts asks federal judges to handle Kavanaugh complaints
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is referring ethics complaints against new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado and neighboring states.
The complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings. They were filed originally with Kavanaugh's old court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.