Judicial appointments and nominations

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and Rev Al Sharpton share the stage during the National Action Network Convention in New York, Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
April 05, 2019 - 2:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 nominee. Speaking at the National Action Network'...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to members of the media following a Senate policy luncheon, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 03, 2019 - 3:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Senate GOP allies, frustrated by delays in confirming dozens of lower-profile nominees, rammed through a rules change Wednesday that cuts back debate on most of his picks. In a series of procedural votes, the Republicans indefinitely restored rules in...
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March 28, 2019 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for the Justice Department's No. 3 position has withdrawn her name from consideration after encountering opposition on the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee because of her past membership in a lawyers' group that has supported abortion rights...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump's appointments are taking steps to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. McConnell said he's making the move in response to "unprecedented obstruction" by Democrats, which have required Republicans to hold time-consuming procedural votes on 128 of Trump's nominees. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 28, 2019 - 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, frustrated at Democratic stalling tactics on President Donald Trump's appointments, moved Thursday to change Senate rules to significantly shorten debate time on most nominees. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's making the move in response to "...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo California Supreme Court Associate Justice Goodwin Liu pauses in his office in San Francisco. The California Supreme Court justice says the death penalty system in the most populous state is dysfunctional, expensive and doesn't deliver justice in a timely way. Liu made the comments in an unusual opinion issued Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the full court unanimously upheld Thomas Potts' death sentence. Potts was convicted in a 1997 killing of an elderly couple. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
March 28, 2019 - 1:25 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The death penalty system in the nation's most populous state is dysfunctional and expensive, and a ballot measure approved by voters to speed up executions will not make it workable, a California Supreme Court justice said Thursday in an unusual opinion that added to a renewed...
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Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. O'Rourke announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 14, 2019 - 6:41 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is not in favor of traditional reparations for African-Americans for the legacy of slavery but says it is important to confront the...
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March 11, 2019 - 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's two Democratic senators are asking the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone a planned hearing on a Los Angeles lawyer nominated as a federal appeals court judge. Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein asked Judiciary Chairman Lindsey...
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Brett Busby, appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court, attends his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Barely three months after Texas Democrats showed signs of cracking Republican dominance in Texas elections, Abbott is using the power of his office to stem that tide by appointing Republican judges who had been rejected by voters to new positions on the bench. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 07, 2019 - 12:27 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has quietly been stocking Texas courts with Republican judges freshly rejected by voters, employing one of the strongest powers of his office to stem the erosion of the GOP's decades-long dominance in the state. In the three months since the worst election...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017 file photo, Jessie Liu, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’d nominate Jessie Liu to be the associate attorney general. She currently serves as the U.S. attorney in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 06, 2019 - 10:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nomination of a career prosecutor for the third-highest spot in the Justice Department creates a vacancy that could allow him to name the person who will oversee the most politically charged cases in Washington. Trump is nominating Jessie Liu as associate...
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March 05, 2019 - 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will nominate Jessie Liu, currently a U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department. Attorney General William Barr recommended Liu's nomination. Barr said Tuesday that Liu has "distinguished...
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