Latest Government appointments and nominations News

A look at those jockeying to be Thailand's next leader

Mar. 22, 2019 1:53 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — More than 70 parties are contesting Sunday's general election in Thailand, the first since a military coup nearly five years ago. Up for grabs are 500 seats in the House of Representatives, where parties will need to win at least 25 seats to be able to nominate their preferred candidate for...

Former AG Sessions honored at Justice Dept. ceremony

Mar. 21, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Washington awaits word from special counsel Robert Mueller, three Justice Department officials inextricably linked to his appointment and tenure joined each other on stage Thursday for a ceremony honoring one of them — former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Neither Mueller's...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Waiting for the final Mueller report and what happens next

Mar. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

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 juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller's endgame is...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says Mueller appointment biased

Mar. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to discredit a highly anticipated report on the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump is attacking the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller by falsely claiming it was biased and conflicted. He suggested in remarks to reporters Wednesday that Mueller's appointment...

Trans teen says Georgia school took him off prom king ballot

Mar. 21, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A transgender student says his Georgia high school removed him from this year's prom king ballot. The Gainesville Times quotes Johnson High School senior Dex Frier as saying he was nominated by the student body as one of six candidates for prom king, but was later informed by school...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump attacks Russia probe as biased

Mar. 20, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to discredit a highly anticipated report on the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump is attacking the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller by falsely claiming it was biased and conflicted. He suggested in remarks to reporters Wednesday that Mueller's appointment...

Pentagon to probe if Shanahan used office to help Boeing

Mar. 20, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics...

Guatemala confirms warrant for presidential candidate

Mar. 19, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan court said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for a former Guatemalan prosecutor who is running for president. But because Thelma Aldana was formally registered Tuesday by the election board as a candidate in the June elections, under Guatemalan law she has...

Nominee to lead FAA will face challenge on Boeing oversight

Mar. 19, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

President Donald Trump has tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration as the regulator deals with questions about its approval of a Boeing airliner involved in two deadly crashes within five months. The White House said Tuesday that Trump will nominate Stephen Dickson to...