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Anti-telescope protesters oppose US attorney pick for Hawaii

Oct. 26, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Native Hawaiians are objecting to President Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. attorney in the 50th state, saying Clare Connors treated dozens of elders like criminals when her office prosecuted them for blocking a road while protesting the construction of a telescope in...

Senate confirms Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake to ambassador posts

Oct. 26, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed two prominent anti-Trump Republicans to serve in the Biden administration on Tuesday with former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona approved to serve as the ambassador to Turkey and Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain, approved to serve as the...

Montana Democrats want investigation of attorney general

Oct. 25, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican leaders in the Legislature on Monday approved a request by Democratic lawmakers to look into the Montana Department of Justice's involvement in investigating a complaint made by the family of a COVID-19 patient at a Helena hospital. St....

Sluggish pace of confirmations vexes Biden White House

Oct. 25, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s willingness to confirm a president's nominees took a downward turn during Donald Trump’s first year in office. And it has only gotten worse for President Joe Biden. About 36% of Biden's nominees have been confirmed so far in the evenly...

To navigate legal quandaries, Biden leans on low-key counsel

Oct. 24, 2021 07:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election lawsuits multiplying by the day. An obscure federal agency blocking the presidential transition. The very legitimacy of Joe Biden's victory under assault as supporters of Donald Trump riot at the Capitol. Amid all the turmoil, lawyer Dana...

Leader in AG's office appointed to Missouri Court of Appeals

Oct. 22, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has appointed a top aide to Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt to the state appeals court. First Assistant Attorney General Cristian M. Stevens will become one of 14 judges on the Court of Appeals, Eastern...

Texas' new elections chief joined Trump's challenge in 2020

Oct. 21, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday picked as the state's new elections chief an attorney who briefly joined former President Donald Trump's legal team last year as it challenged the 2020 election results. John Scott is also a former state...

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 19, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Jan. 6 panel moving swiftly as it sets Bannon contempt vote

Oct. 15, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has moved aggressively against Trump adviser Steve Bannon, swiftly scheduling a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against the former White House aide after he defied a subpoena. ...

Peru president challenged by his own party over Cabinet

Oct. 14, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The leader of the Marxist party that carried Pedro Castillo to Peru's presidency said Thursday it won't support his newly named Cabinet, creating a political strain on a government with less than 100 days in office. The leader of the Free Peru party,...