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GOP shows little desire for witnesses ahead of critical vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the Senate appear unmoved by the Democratic push for witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial despite persistent appeals from Rep. Adam Schiff and the other House prosecutors. Over three days of arguments, Democrats warned that the senators ...

Wisconsin Republicans dismiss nonpartisan redistricting plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw Wisconsin’s electoral maps may put pressure on the Republicans who control the Legislature to consider an alternative plan, but it won’t force them to do anything differently ...

‘NewsHour’ host and debate moderator Lehrer dies at 85

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85. Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS. He ...

Senators flout impeachment rules just 24 hours into trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for the Senate’s quaint rules and tradition. Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday’s session of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines in a chamber ...

DC: Inaugural spending enriched Trump family

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's inaugural committee spent more than $1 million to book a ballroom at the Trump International Hotel in the nation's capital as part of a scheme to "grossly overpay" for party space and enrich the president's own family in the process, according to a lawsuit ...

What you need to know as 2020 Census starts in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicked off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham was there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. WHY IS THE 2020 CENSUS STARTING IN ALASKA? With its sparse population and subzero ...

In reversal, Clinton says she’d back Sanders if he’s nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt about-face, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that she would endorse her 2016 rival Bernie Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination to face President Donald Trump in November. The former secretary of state had earlier refused to say whether she would ...

What to watch in impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators like to float above messy politics in what's known by some as the dignified "upper chamber," home of Congress' cooler heads and lofty rhetoric. But as a court of President Donald Trump's impeachment, the Senate beginning today might seem more like the economy ...

Pro-gun rally by thousands at Virginia Capitol ends peacefully

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun ...

Trump’s lawyers urge dismissal of ‘flimsy’ impeachment case

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team asserted Monday that he did "absolutely nothing wrong," urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called "flimsy" and a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged ...

Time to get rid of caucuses

“It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption — and the flagrantly anti-democratic character — of the Iowa caucuses.” I quote the late Christopher Hitchens because I couldn’t put it better. In a primary, ...

Trump assembles made-for-TV impeachment legal defense team

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said ...

Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely. Putin’s sudden announcement this week of constitutional changes ...

Michigan lawmaker faces probe over comment to female reporter

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker will be subject to a sexual harassment investigation for telling a young female reporter she could have "a lot of fun" with a group of high school boys visiting the Michigan Capitol, legislative leaders said Wednesday. State Sen. Pete ...

Unfortunately, licensed to fail

People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail. With President Donald Trump’s support, Congress spends your money giving ex-cons “employment assistance.” Why bother? State laws often make such employment impossible. Courtney Haveman ...

Analysis: Democrats strain for civility, contrasts burst through

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electability questions persist. Anxieties about gender and sexism are resurgent. And three leading candidates are about to get yanked off the campaign trail for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Those deep uncertainties shadowed Tuesday’s Democratic debate, ...

What’s happening on Wisconsin voter purge?

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The ongoing fight over whether 209,000 people in Wisconsin should be removed from voter registration rolls has pit liberals against conservatives in the closely divided battleground state. President Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 and it is expected to be one ...

Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For two decades, Iowa has had a solid record of backing the ultimate Democratic presidential nominee. A clear victory in its caucuses next month could set the tone for the races that follow in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. But an inconclusive result or ...

Ahead of impeachment trial, Trump suggests not having it

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Senate should simply dismiss the impeachment case against him, an extraordinary suggestion as the House prepares to transmit the charges to the chamber for the historic trial. The Republican president is giving mixed messages ahead of the ...

AP Explains: Not all cyber threats equally worrisome

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia reported unusual cyber activity targeting its election systems. The Texas governor said the state was encountering attempted “attacks” at the rate of “about 10,000 per minute” from Iran. Information technology staff in Las Vegas responded to an ...