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Trump campaign seizes on killing of Iran general

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump once warned Barack Obama not to "play the Iran card" to boost his political prospects by starting a war. Eight years later, Trump is showing no reluctance to capitalize politically on his order to kill a top Iranian general, drawing accusations that he is ...

Trump backs off threat to attack Iranian cultural sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates against the U.S. for killing one of its top generals. Targeting cultural sites is a war crime. After first tweeting the threat and later reiterating it to ...

Bolton says he would testify in impeachment trial if subpoenaed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said he is "prepared to testify" if he is subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a surprise statement that bolstered Democrats in their push for new witnesses. Bolton, who left ...

Pompeo: US may hit more Iranian leaders if Iran retaliates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military may strike more Iranian leaders if the Islamic Republic retaliates for the Trump administration's killing of Tehran's most powerful general last week by attacking Americans or American interests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday. As Pompeo ...

US long watched Soleimani but feared risks of a strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2007, U.S. commandos watched as a convoy carrying a powerful Iranian military leader made its way to northern Iraq. It was a prime opportunity to take out Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who had been accused of aiding Shiite forces that killed thousands of American troops in ...

McConnell, Pelosi give no signs of budging on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress opened the new year with the Senate deadlocked over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, leaving the proceedings deeply in flux as Republicans refuse to bend to Democratic demands for new witnesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell showed no signs ...

Poll: White evangelicals distinct on abortion, LGBT policy

White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on abortion restrictions and LGBT discrimination protections, two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll. The findings point to an evangelical ...

Roberts: Judges working to promote civics, impartial courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges are taking up the challenge to educate Americans about how their government works at a time when false information can spread instantaneously on social media, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote Tuesday in his annual year-end report. With the impeachment trial ...

Anti-Trump Christians risk a president with secular agenda

The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. The latest dust-up occurred after the departing editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial in which he said President ...

Test shows citizenship question affects subgroups

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Although a test showed that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census wouldn’t have had an impact on overall response rates, it did make a difference in neighborhoods that were bilingual and had substantial numbers of non-citizens, Hispanics and Asians, the U.S. ...

Guest column: A Life’s Resolution

In a world of hate, chaos, and self-indulgence appears a simple but effective human act. It wears many guises. Most of the time, it comes at no monetary cost: easy to do, takes only a few seconds, and requires little physical effort (sometimes). However, the positive rewards extend far beyond ...

After brain surgery, Jimmy Carter returns to church

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter publicly appeared Sunday at the Georgia church where he worships for the first time since undergoing brain surgery in November. The 95-year-old Carter and his wife of more than 70 years, Rosalynn, attended services at the Maranatha Baptist ...

2020 Watch: Messy primary finally meets election year

ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we’re watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: Days to Iowa caucuses: 35 Days to general election: 309 THE NARRATIVE The ups, downs and ...

Iowa swung fiercely to Trump; will the state swing back in 2020?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Few states have changed politically with the head-snapping speed of Iowa. The question heading into 2020 is whether it’s going to change again. In 2008, Iowans voters propelled Barack Obama toward the White House. A year later, the state’s Supreme Court ...

Wisconsin justice drops out of voter purge case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly has decided he won’t play any role in deciding a lawsuit demanding state election officials immediately purge more than 200,000 voter registrations. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday that Kelly decided to ...

Impeachment of Trump voted top 2019 news story in AP poll

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive by the Democratic-led House of Representatives to impeach President Donald Trump was the top news story of 2019, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll. Trump also figured in the second and third biggest stories of the year: the fallout over his ...

Melania Trump forges silent path through impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton spent the morning of her husband’s impeachment visiting Capitol Hill to rally Democrats to his side. Pat Nixon kept assuring reporters her husband wouldn’t quit — right up until he did. Eliza Johnson, frail from tuberculosis, kept watch over her husband ...

The Christmas journey

The warm, mid-October day began with a great start because as the wind ebbed, it offered the opportunity for Dan to rake more of summer’s last colorful breath. As he began to prepare to work, his cell phone rang. On the other end was a familiar voice. Her name was Nancy. She was the mother of ...

Chief justice will tap his inner umpire in impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's last prolonged look at Chief Justice John Roberts came 14 years ago, when he told senators during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that judges should be like baseball umpires, impartially calling balls and strikes. "Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the ...

White House predicts Pelosi to ‘yield’ on impeachment delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House argued Sunday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put herself in an untenable position by stalling House-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in hopes of shaping the upcoming Senate trial. The House voted Wednesday to impeach Trump, who ...