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Analysis: Trump's attorneys hint they will invoke executive privilege to block Bolton testimony

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyers laid the groundwork Monday for invoking executive privilege in an effort to block potentially damaging public testimony from witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton.

Though this claim is unlikely to succeed in the courts, it could give Senate Republicans a talking point for ...Read more

Available to highest bidder: articles of impeachment, complete with Donald Trump signature

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DETROIT -- President Donald Trump was at a campaign rally in Battle Creek on Dec. 18 when he made history, becoming just the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

To commemorate the occasion, a man at the rally decided to get Trump's autograph on an unusual item. As the crowd around him chanted "four more years," ...Read more

Trump campaign to deploy Cabinet secretaries, lawmakers, allies to Iowa

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The Trump campaign says it will dispatch high-level government appointees to stump in Iowa ahead of the state's Monday caucuses, setting up potential pitfalls for Cabinet secretaries and other officials bound by ethics restrictions on their politicking.

"This goes above and beyond anything I've ever seen when it comes to the White House ...Read more

Supreme Court allows Trump's 'public charge' rule to proceed

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Trump administration can implement its divisive "public charge" rule, which seeks to withhold citizenship from immigrants the government deems likely to rely on public benefits like Medicaid and Section 8 housing.

In the 5-4 vote, conservative-leaning justices voted to grant the ...Read more

Jeff Van Drew's strongest GOP opponent will challenge Andy Kim instead

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New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew's leading opponent in the Republican primary has decided to run instead in a neighboring district, a change he announced Monday, a day before Trump hosts a rally that Van Drew hopes will pump up support from conservatives in his new party.

"Having the president fully endorse (Van Drew) and embrace him, it just ...Read more

Bolton's claims scramble impeachment trial as key Republicans weigh calling witnesses

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans' loyalty to President Donald Trump could face its starkest test yet this week after John Bolton, the former national security adviser, reportedly wrote that Trump told Bolton he had blocked U.S. military aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Ukraine to investigate a Democratic rival.

The revelations, contained in a...Read more

Trump touts a US plan to resolve Mideast conflict to Israel's leaders, but not to Palestinians

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday hosts Israel's two top political figures at the White House, sharing details of a long-awaited U.S. proposal to balance Palestinians' statehood claims with Israel's security concerns -- a plan that is likely to fail given the lack of Palestinian involvement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...Read more

Who's on trial? Trump's defense team turns impeachment toward major counteroffensive

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump's defense lawyers said their opening foray this weekend in the impeachment trial was only a "trailer" and "sneak preview" of "coming attractions" -- making it clear that Monday is the main event.

A partial roster of Trump's legal team addressed senators for just two hours on Saturday, arguing that the president "...Read more

Trump has no right to 'irrelevant' witnesses, Schiff says

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's legal team has the right to call witnesses in the president's impeachment trial but not "irrelevant" ones such as Joe Biden's son Hunter, the Democrat's lead impeachment manager said.

"It's not a question of what I'm afraid of. I'm not afraid of anything. It's a question of: Should the trial be used as a vehicle to ...Read more

Warren is Des Moines Register's pick for first-in-nation Iowa

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WASHINGTON -- The Des Moines Register endorsed progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren a little more than a week before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, saying the Massachusetts lawmaker would "push an unequal America in the right direction."

The influential newspaper in Iowa's largest city revealed its pick for the first-in-the-nation ...Read more

Trump administration sues California over private prison ban

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The Trump administration sued the state of California on Friday, asserting that a new state law that bans for-profit prison contracts unconstitutionally interferes with the federal prison and immigration detention systems.

The case, filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego, asks a judge to ban the enforcement of the law against the federal ...Read more

Trump caught on tape saying 'get rid of' US ambassador in 2018

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump was recorded during a private meeting in April 2018 saying that the U.S. should "get rid of" then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to a video provided by an attorney for Lev Parnas, an associate of the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

The iPhone video, which is more than an ...Read more

View from the gallery: Hardly enough time to fidget

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WASHINGTON -- It's a Saturday, but nearly all the senators were in their workday suits and ties. The Kentucky delegation was one exception, with both Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul wearing khakis and blazers.

This was the fifth straight day in the Senate chamber of the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history, and the...Read more

Trump lawyers begin impeachment defense with offensive against Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyers briefly laid out his defense Saturday at the Senate impeachment trial, focusing their attacks on what they called a lack of evidence, the actions of lead House manager Adam B. Schiff and a flawed House investigation.

Trump's legal team did not make arguments about former Vice President Joe Biden or...Read more

Trump lawyers begin impeachment defense with offensive against Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's legal team began its defense arguments Saturday morning in the ongoing impeachment trial, offering an overview of their case for acquittal after three days of arguments from House Democrats advocating for his removal from office.

After three days of lengthy presentations from the House, Trump's lawyers are...Read more

Red states push for last-minute census advantage

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WASHINGTON -- As the political stakes become clearer, more states are trying to motivate residents to participate in the 2020 census this spring.

Some red states had held back: Texas and Florida spent nothing on outreach, as conservatives find it distasteful to compete for population-based federal dollars when their mission is to cut back on ...Read more

Why a Parkland parent is cutting ads for Joe Biden but not endorsing him

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WASHINGTON -- A week after his daughter, Jaime, was killed in the nation's deadliest high school shooting, Fred Guttenberg got a call from Joe Biden.

The former vice president spoke with the Parkland parent -- who became widely known after a nationally televised CNN town hall on gun violence -- for nearly an hour about loss and grief. Two years...Read more

View from the gallery: Senators suffer through sniffles and sleepiness at Trump trial

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WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, one of the president's fiercest defenders in the Senate, chuckled, bowed his head slightly and rubbed his left eyebrow.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein laughed and met the eyes of their knowing Democratic colleagues.

It was just after 6 p.m. ...Read more

Elizabeth Warren shows off broad organization despite drop in polls

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WASHINGTON -- Elizabeth Warren's campaign sought to reassure supporters that she has the resources to sustain her candidacy after Super Tuesday despite recent drops in her polling in early-voting states.

She touted her broad organization and vowed to use it to support down-ballot Democrats around the country whose backing could help her win the...Read more

New Issa ad calls attention to opponent's sexuality, gets pushback from Republicans

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SAN DIEGO -- A new campaign ad from former Rep. Darrell Issa has drawn criticism from some of his Republican colleagues for highlighting the sexuality of his opponent Carl DeMaio.

The TV ad, which began airing earlier this week, runs 30 seconds and begins by decrying a recent attack ad from DeMaio.

Then Issa's ad spends much of its run time ...Read more