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Senate confirms State Dept official as ambassador to Russia

Dec. 12, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a new ambassador to Russia after the Senate voted Thursday to confirm the No. 2 official at the State Department to the post. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan was confirmed by a 70-22 vote. An unusually large number of Democrats supported the nomination in the...

Rep. Cox picked as 1st head of new SC Veterans' Affairs Dept

Dec. 11, 2019 3:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A military veteran serving as a freshman state lawmaker has been selected as the first secretary of South Carolina's newest Cabinet-level agency. Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday named Greenville Rep. Bobby Cox as his choice to lead the Department of Veterans' Affairs, calling him a...

Barr: FBI's Russia investigation based on 'bogus narrative'

Dec. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr leveled blistering criticism at how the Russia investigation was conducted, saying Tuesday that it was based on a “bogus narrative” that the Trump campaign might have conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Barr spoke to NBC...

Maryland governor names new transportation secretary

Dec. 10, 2019 4:13 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan named a new transportation secretary for the state of Maryland on Monday. The governor said he has appointed Gregory Slater, who is currently the administrator of the State Highway Administration. Slater has led a major traffic relief plan involving public-private...

FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

Dec. 10, 2019 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been...

Beshear completes filling cabinet secretary posts

Dec. 9, 2019 6:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hours before taking office, incoming Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday appointed a former state Supreme Court justice and an ex-federal prosecutor to run two state cabinets. Former Supreme Court justice Mary Noble will serve as Justice Cabinet secretary, while former U.S. Attorney...

Former White House doctor running for Congress in Texas

Dec. 9, 2019 6:16 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former White House physician who President Donald Trump picked last year to lead the Department of Veteran Affairs before his nomination was derailed by professional misconduct allegations filed paperwork Monday to run for a rural congressional seat in Texas. Former Navy Rear Adm....

Beshear chooses Cameron to fill remainder of his term as AG

Dec. 6, 2019 7:05 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Reaching across party lines, Democratic Gov.-elect Andy Beshear said Friday that he will appoint Republican Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron to become Kentucky's top law enforcement officer a few weeks early. Cameron's selection to serve the final weeks of Beshear's term as...

Lebanon’s outgoing PM backs businessman to replace him

Dec. 3, 2019 8:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...

Senate approves successor to Rick Perry as energy secretary

Dec. 2, 2019 6:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to succeed Rick Perry as energy secretary won easy Senate confirmation Monday, despite a Democratic senator’s objections that the nominee hadn’t fully answered questions related to the Trump impeachment investigation. Several other...