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A Long Fight Ahead for the Wisconsin GOP Senate Nomination State Sen. Vukmir wins state GOP endorsement, but Nicholson not backing down

May 14, 2018...Wisconsin Senate candidate Leah Vukmir scored a crucial victory at the state GOP convention on Saturday, taking home the party’s endorsement with 72 percent of the vote.

McConnell, Schumer Disagree on Rule Change Pertaining to Judge Nominations

May 15, 2018...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke on Tuesday about his opinion on changing the rules for judge nominations on Tuesday. He and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also each discussed the pace of progress of appropriations bills as the measures compete for time with nominations on the Senate floor.

Trump Hunkers Down On Haspel Nomination Ahead of Showdown Pick to head CIA offered to withdraw nomination over the weekend to avoid controversy over torture program

May 7, 2018...President Donald Trump doubled down on his pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, on Monday, even after she expressed concerns over her own nomination stemming from the use of torture tactics in a program she oversaw during the George W. Bush administration.

Judicial, CIA Nominations Highlight May Congressional Agenda House and Senate committees working on appropriations and defense policy bills

May 7, 2018...As Congress returns this week for a work period that stretches to Memorial Day, the legislative agenda on the floors faces long odds of enactment even as broader issues surrounding the president’s judicial and executive nominees, as well as the annual Pentagon policy bill, compete for attention. 

White House: Kelly Not In Running for Veterans’ Affairs Nomination ‘No change’ in Afghanistan strategy despite GOP senator’s claim

May 1, 2018...Donald Trump is not considering nominating chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine, for the top job at the embattled Department of Veterans’ Affairs, says the president’s top spokeswoman.

White House: No August Recess Until Appropriations, Nominations Done Marc Short appeared with Sen. David Perdue and conservative leaders

May 8, 2018...The White House hopes the Senate will get spending bills done and curtail the nominations backlog before the August recess, but it is backing a call to cut down the break if needed to overcome delays in confirming President Donald Trump’s nominations.

GOP Senate Hopefuls in House Nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize Move comes ahead of key primary battles in Indiana, West Virginia

May 2, 2018...Five incumbent House Republicans running for Senate have co-signed a letter nominating President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rand Paul Flips, Will Support Mike Pompeo Nomination

Apr 23, 2018...Sen. Rand Paul, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a series of tweets sent just before the panel was scheduled to gavel into session, that he would support the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.

White House Presses Vulnerable Dems on Pompeo Nomination Sen. Cotton dubs Foreign Relations Democrats ‘two-bit Talleyrands’

Apr 18, 2018...The White House circled the wagons Wednesday around CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become secretary of State, arguing vulnerable red-state Democrats will feel “consequences” in November if they vote against him.