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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

Analysis: Pentagon has a credibility problem, and it's only getting worse

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WASHINGTON -- Americans breathed a collective sigh of relief when, the morning after Iran's Jan. 8 ballistic missile attack on al-Asad air base in Iraq, Defense Department leaders said there were "no casualties."

That initial assessment hasn't held up, and neither have the department's varying statements on the matter since then.

The Pentagon ...Read more

At March for Life, Trump gets an enthusiastic reception

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, seeking to court evangelical voters, addressed thousands of activists gathered Friday on the National Mall for the nation's largest annual anti-abortion rally.

Trump, who this week revealed his "Pro-Life Voices for Trump" coalition for his 2020 reelection campaign, has strong ties to the anti-abortion ...Read more

Executive privilege standoff could roil Trump impeachment trial timeline

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WASHINGTON -- A legal fight over executive privilege in the middle of the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump could put it into suspended animation.

If senators ultimately decide to subpoena Trump administration documents or seek witness testimony, House Democratic managers might have to decide whether to now wage court battles...Read more

Rep. Katie Porter taps Iowa roots, long history with Elizabeth Warren in stumping for the senator

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- There's no shortage of politicians flitting around Iowa these days, as pre-caucus politicking hits its peak. But Rep. Katie Porter wants to make one thing clear: She's not like the others.

It's evident from her opening anecdote, which she delivers at school gym rallies and living room gatherings as a top surrogate for Sen....Read more

'I will not vote' for Trump, Jeff Van Drew vowed in a voicemail. Then he pledged 'undying support' for the president

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Three weeks before New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew cemented his defection to the Republican Party with a pledge of "undying support" for President Donald Trump, he sent a constituent a very different message.

"I haven't voted for him, I didn't support him, I will not vote for him," Van Drew said of Trump in a Nov. 30 voicemail to a voter in his ...Read more

Hardball tactics from his classic playbook: On impeachment, McConnell 'plays to win'

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WASHINGTON -- In 1999, a rank-and-file Republican senator named Mitch McConnell was, in his words, the "go-to guy" for explaining how arcane Senate rules could influence the outcome of Democratic President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial.

"The reason Clinton was not removed from office," McConnell mused in his 2016 memoir, "was that Democrats ...Read more

Trump's lawyers prepare a blistering defense

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WASHINGTON -- Over the last two days, House Democrats have presented compelling evidence in the form of snappy video clips, punchy PowerPoint slides and impassioned oratory, building a case that convicting President Donald Trump and removing him from office is imperative to protect the Constitution and the country.

Next up, Trump's lawyers will...Read more

House impeachment prosecutors will make final push in Trump's Senate trial

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WASHINGTON -- House managers prepared to make their final impassioned arguments Friday for removing President Donald Trump from office, the last of three days -- and 24 hours total -- they were allotted to make their impeachment case.

The presentation is expected to focus on the House charge that Trump obstructed Congress by instructing his top...Read more

Trump administration moves against California on abortion coverage

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration warned California Friday that it must stop requiring health plans in the state to provide abortion coverage or risk losing federal money.

The move – the latest clash between the White House and the nation's largest state – opens a new front in a long-running national debate over whether abortion ...Read more

Fear of ICE raids during census could hamper count of immigrants

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WASHINGTON -- As census efforts ramp up this spring, outreach organizations fear that Trump administration officials may try to deport the immigrant communities they need to count.

A network of nonprofits, local governments and advocacy groups has fanned out to help the Census Bureau conduct its decennial count of America's residents. Some ...Read more

Gender divide in Trump's approval rating is of record proportion

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WASHINGTON -- The gender gap in President Donald Trump's approval rating is a massive 19 percentage points in a new poll.

A 7 News/Emerson College poll of registered voters nationwide found 57% of men approved of the job he is doing as president, while only 38% of women approved.

That is even higher than the 11 point gender gap in exit polls ...Read more

View from the gallery: Senators sit, spin and fidget during Trump trial

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bill Cassidy charted a course along the back corner of the Senate chamber Thursday during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The Louisiana Republican walked through an area usually reserved for staff seating, hands in pockets, retracing a short path over and over again for more than 15 minutes.

When Georgia ...Read more

Are cuts on the table for Southern Command as the Pentagon kicks off review?

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DORAL, Fla. -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper launched a review of U.S. Southern Command on Thursday as part of the Pentagon's worldwide look at where it can reallocate forces, raising the possibility that the already small Florida-based command could see additional cuts.

The worldwide review of all combatant commands was directed by Esper to ...Read more

No phones. No coffee. No talking. How senators are coping with long days of impeachment arguments

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WASHINGTON -- No cellphones, no reading material, no talking. Not even coffee -- just uncomfortable chairs to sit in, water or milk to drink and the monologues of the House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump's lawyers for eight or more hours per day.

These are the rules imposed on 100 senators as they proceed through what could be ...Read more

Schiff's role in Trump impeachment trial draws usual fire, but also unlikely praise

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WASHINGTON -- House prosecutors began their second day of arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Thursday, as lead manager Rep. Adam B. Schiff drew some unexpected praise from Republicans for his steady performance so far during the hourslong, often tedious presentations.

"Good job," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South ...Read more

Impeachment trial takes vulnerable senators off the campaign trail

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WASHINGTON -- Doug Jones' Senate campaign is holding an event on Friday, but the Alabama Democrat won't be there. Instead, Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to former President Barack Obama, is hosting the forum on women in leadership in Birmingham.

Jones, the most vulnerable senator in 2020, will be in the Senate chamber for the impeachment trial of...Read more

Biden, Sanders overstate tax-hike revenue, estimates find

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have overestimated the amount of revenue their tax proposals would generate by hundreds of billions, or even trillions, of dollars, according to a new study.

The former vice president and the senator from Vermont have proposed vastly different tax plans: Biden is ...Read more