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Trump blasts call in Christian magazine editorial for his ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump blasted a prominent Christian magazine Friday, a day after it published an editorial arguing he should be removed from office because of his “blackened moral record.” Trump tweeted that Christianity Today, an evangelical magazine founded by ...

Takeaways from Democratic presidential debate in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates offered two very different debates during their final forum of 2019. In the first half, they spent much of their time making the case for their electability in a contest with President Donald Trump. The second half was filled with friction ...

Among public, a great divide at moment of Trump impeachment

We interrupt the holiday spirit to bring you the impeachment of a president. In festive haunts, buzzing stores and rush-hour frenzy, Americans absorbed the moment Donald Trump became only the third president branded with the mark of impeachment, the Constitution's gravest political ...

Giuliani brags about forcing out Ukraine ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, is now openly admitting that he pushed President Donald Trump to dismiss the former ambassador to Ukraine — a key factor in the Democrats’ impeachment case against his boss. In a series of interviews ahead of ...

Is it 1979 again?

“Blowout” was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week’s election. How decisive was it? Not only did conservatives win an 80-seat majority in Parliament, a constituency in Blythe Valley in Northeast England elected a ...

Turbulence shakes Democrats going into final debate of 2019

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Seven Democratic presidential candidates will stand on stage this week in Los Angeles, a pool of survivors who have withstood almost a year on the campaign trail, sustained attacks from rivals in both major political parties and five rounds of high-pressure debates. And ...

Trump impeachment vote underscores harsh partisan era

WASHINGTON (AP) — This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led ...

Comey: ‘Real sloppiness’ in Russia probe; no misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified "real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been "overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was ...

Trump: Impeachment vote ‘embarrassment’ for nation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday’s House committee vote to impeach him “an embarrassment to our country” and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal ...

Takeaways from Johnson’s UK election victory

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has led his Conservative Party to a landslide victory in Britain’s election that was dominated by Brexit. Here are five takeaways from the British election: BREXIT IS HAPPENING Johnson’s campaign was built around his pledge to — finally — ...

Eyeing 2020, House empowers Medicare to negotiate drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. The vote along party lines was 230-192. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill ...

Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog was caught in a political tug of war Wednesday as Republican and Democratic senators used his report on the origins of the Russia investigation involving Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to support their views that it was a legitimate ...

Trump and his allies aim to delegitimize impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're calling it a circus, a farce and even zany. President Donald Trump and his Republican allies spent weeks trivializing the House impeachment inquiry ahead of Tuesday's historic unveiling of formal charges against the president. Where Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton ...

Democrats unveil Trump impeachment charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he threatened the integrity of the U.S. election system and endangered national ...

Republicans press edge in key battleground states

WASHINGTON (AP) — A full year before Election Day 2020, Republicans quietly executed a "dry run" of President Donald Trump's massive reelection machine. They activated tens of thousands of volunteers and tested phone bank capabilities and get-out-the-vote operations in every state in the ...

Judiciary hearing sets stage for Trump impeachment charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing ahead with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee convenes today to formally receive the investigative findings against President Donald Trump as the White House and its allies launch an aggressive attack on Democrats and the proceedings. Chairman ...

White House won’t participate in next impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s next impeachment hearing, a senior Trump administration official said Friday in another sign the president has accepted that he is likely to be impeached by the House. The decision came in a letter ...

Biden clashes with voter at Iowa rally, gets Kerry endorsement

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — John Kerry, the former secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, buoying the former vice president’s argument that his international experience should be a deciding factor for voters in 2020. ...

Impeachment inquiry takeaways

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress’ impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were ...

Court sides with Congress in battle for Trump’s bank records

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York handed President Donald Trump another legal defeat, ruling Tuesday that Congress can see his banking records for investigations into possible foreign influence in U.S. politics or other misdeeds. A panel of 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of ...