Confirmation hearings

Mark Esper, left, is sworn in as the Secretary of Defense by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, right, as is wife Leah Esper holds the Bible, during a ceremony with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 23, 2019 - 10:19 pm
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...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2019, photo, a U.S. F-35A fighter jet prepares to land at Chungju Air Base in Chungju, South Korea. The White House says Turkey can no longer be part of the American F-35 fighter jet program. In a written statement, the White House said Wednesday that Turkey’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system “renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible.” (Kang Jong-min/Newsis via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 4:34 pm
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...
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In this July 8, 2019, photo, acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon. The Pentagon says that Esper expects to be formally nominated for the top job very soon, setting off a complicated leadership replacement shuffle at top Army, Navy and senior Defense Department levels(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 15, 2019 - 3:44 pm
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...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in Washington. When he resigned as defense secretary last December, 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 secretary even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. It’s the longest such stretch in the history of the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
July 12, 2019 - 6:39 am
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...
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Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper waits for the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to the Pentagon in Washington, Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 09, 2019 - 10:06 pm
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...
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FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo. Adm. William Moran speaks during the Commissioning of the USS Montgomery in Mobile, Ala. Moran, the Navy admiral set to become his service's top officer on Aug. 1, 2019, says he will instead retire. The extraordinary downfall of Moran was prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday, July 7 called poor judgment. Spencer faulted Moran for having a professional relationship with a person who had been disciplined for what Spencer called "failing to meet the values and standards of the naval profession." (Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)
July 08, 2019 - 5:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The four-star admiral set to become the Navy's top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship. The sudden move by Adm. William Moran, announced Sunday,...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden waves to local residents after a stop at the Tasty Cafe, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Eldridge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 13, 2019 - 6:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anita Hill says she'd be open to voting for Joe Biden if he wins the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Hill, who testified in 1991 that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, has criticized Biden for his handling of the hearings. Biden was chairman...
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June 13, 2019 - 2:40 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mark Walker announced Thursday that he won't challenge Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina's Republican primary next year, a move that reflects a state political environment where a candidate's support for President Donald Trump can help make or break a campaign...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., greets attendees at the Paducah Chamber luncheon at Walker Hall, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Paducah, Ky. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 2:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate majority leader says if there's a vacancy on the Supreme Court during next year's election cycle, the Republican-controlled Senate would likely confirm a nominee selected by President Donald Trump. In an appearance Tuesday in Paducah, Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-...
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Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during a House Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 15, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended his agency's safety certification of the plane and its decision...
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