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GOP-controlled Senate confirms 13 more judges named by Trump

Aug. 1, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate departed for a five-week recess Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the chamber's accomplishments, including a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. But topping McConnell's list were Senate votes this week confirming 13 of...

Esper is sworn in as defense secretary to succeed Mattis

Jul. 23, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by Supreme...

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications for the...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

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 unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...

Today in History

Jul. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, July 14, the 195th day of 2019. There are 170 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 14, 1980, the Republican national convention opened in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan told a welcoming rally he and his supporters were determined to "make...

Today in History

Jul. 13, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2019. There are 171 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 13, 1985, "Live Aid," an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa's starving people. On this date: In...

Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

Jul. 12, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran....

New Pentagon leadership to be in hands of Senate soon

Jul. 9, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

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 of the Pentagon and the military services. Eric Chewning, Esper's chief of staff, told reporters Tuesday that...

Who's in, who's out: Meet the Dems running for president

Jul. 9, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

Tom Steyer ruled out a 2020 presidential bid earlier this year. Now he's changed his mind. The billionaire investor and activist announced Tuesday that he would join the crowded Democratic primary for the White House after all, saying his campaign will focus on reducing the influence of corporations in politics....