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McConnell's impeachment rules would condense opening arguments, limit evidence

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday released a resolution setting time limits on the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and is specifically seeking to limit the number of session days for opening arguments that would begin on Wednesday.

Under text of a procedural resolution that the Senate would vote on ...Read more

Trump's legal team urges Senate to 'swiftly reject' impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for President Donald Trump, who initially sought a lengthy impeachment trial so he could mount a robust public defense, instead urged the Senate on Monday to "swiftly reject" impeachment charges, calling them "deficient on their face" and an "affront to the Constitution."

One day before the impeachment trial begins in ...Read more

Trump's lawyers say ouster from office would violate Constitution

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyers argued in a trial brief filed Monday that the House of Representatives failed to show a criminal violation and that his conviction in the Senate impeachment trial would fundamentally change the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

The 171-page document, filed with the Senate ...Read more

Supreme Court to weigh Pennsylvania, New Jersey challenge to Trump efforts to roll back birth control mandate

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The U.S. Supreme Court will review a Philadelphia federal judge's decision last year to block new Trump administration rules that would have let almost any employer deny female workers no-cost birth control coverage by citing religious and moral objections.

In an order late Friday, the justices said they would consider an appeal from White ...Read more

New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim narrowly flipped a Trump district in 2018. It could be just as close this year

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WASHINGTON -- A few blocks from the Capitol, Andy Kim settled into a small, quiet campaign office, minutes after casting his vote last week to formally send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. It was a place for the New Jersey Democratic congressman to reflect.

"I did what I thought was right," said Kim, who ...Read more

How to watch the Senate impeachment trial: Viewer's guide

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The Senate will begin hearing the House impeachment managers' case against President Donald Trump this week on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

In a trial set to begin Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST, the seven Democrats will argue that the president committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" by withholding military aid to pressure ...Read more

Beyond ideology: The voters torn between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The day after Joe Biden announced he would not run for president in 2016, some supporters in Iowa did a surprising thing: They volunteered for their second-choice candidate -- Bernie Sanders.

It was an early indication of a counterintuitive dynamic at work four years later, now that the two men are running against each other...Read more

For farmers, Trump and trade deals are a winning ticket

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Two days before he goes on trial in the U.S. Senate for high crimes and misdemeanors, President Donald Trump came to Austin on Sunday to celebrate the administration's breakthrough trade deals at the annual convention of the politically consequential American Farm Bureau Federation. Its 6 million member families are the backbone...Read more

Trump's lawyers and Democrats preview arguments before impeachment trial

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump's legal team will argue in his Senate trial that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense, while Democrats called that claim "absurdist" and a signal that the president has no defense against the case against him.

The third impeachment trial in U.S. history will start in earnest on Tuesday, after its ceremonial...Read more

Dershowitz says voters should judge President Trump's conduct

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NEW YORK -- Alan Dershowitz, the former Harvard Law School professor, says he sees no grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump ahead of the Senate trial that begins on Tuesday.

"If the allegations are not impeachable, then this trial should result in an acquittal, regardless of whether the conduct is regarded as OK by you or by me ...Read more

U.S. agencies stonewalling to avoid Trump's ire, Democrat says

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is being stonewalled by intelligence agency officials who refuse to testify in public for fear of drawing President Donald Trump's ire, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said.

"Part of their job is to speak truth to power," Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said Sunday on "This Week" on ABC. "The ...Read more

Favored nationally, Joe Biden remains a faint presence in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Biden has been holding on as front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, but the former vice president lags most of his leading rivals in building a visible primary campaign in Minnesota, a potential battleground state in November.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, with campaign headquarters in Minneapolis and backing from most of ...Read more

Text messages point to Rep. Devin Nunes in Ukraine scheme at heart of Trump impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- As the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., presented a fiery defense of President Donald Trump during impeachment hearings last month, angrily accusing Democrats of ginning up a false narrative about the president's efforts to get Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political rival.

But newly ...Read more

Trump's lawyers accuse the House of trying to overturn the 2016 election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's legal team on Saturday accused the House of a "brazen and unlawful attempt" to overturn the 2016 election in a scathing response to the impeachment trial summons issued by the Senate ahead of its trial to decide whether to remove the president from office.

The House, in a separate 111-page brief filed ...Read more

Biden says video released by Sanders campaign is 'a lie'

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden accused Bernie Sanders' campaign of releasing what he called a "doctored video" purporting to show the former vice president agreeing with Republican proposals to privatize Social Security.

"It's simply a lie, that video is a lie," Biden said at a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, on Saturday. "I'm looking for his ...Read more

Trump trial to open with questions unanswered on Ukraine 'favor'

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WASHINGTON -- "Read the transcript!"

That's the rallying cry of President Donald Trump and supporters who say he did nothing wrong in the Ukraine impeachment saga.

Democrats countered that the White House readout of Trump's call with Ukraine's president offers strong evidence of his guilt. The key line they point to is this: "I would like you ...Read more

Trump legal team hits back: Impeachment case is unconstitutional

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's legal team is launching a full-throated counteroffensive, arguing that the impeachment process violates the Constitution and is an attempt to overturn the 2016 election and interfere with the vote later this year.

Sources close to the legal team argued Saturday, ahead of a deadline to respond to the ...Read more

US National Archives regrets 'mistake' of blurring Trump protest images

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. National Archives says it made a mistake by blurring images depicting protest signs critical of President Donald Trump in a promotional display for a new exhibit on women's suffrage.

"As the National Archives of the United States, we are and have always been completely committed to preserving our archival holdings, ...Read more

Trump says Soleimani strike followed general saying 'bad things'

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump gave a new justification for killing Qassem Soleimani, telling a gathering of Republican donors that the top Iranian general was "saying bad things about our country."

"How much are we going to listen to?" Trump said Friday, according to remarks from a fundraiser obtained by CNN. He also used a vulgar ...Read more

Saturday's impeachment trial deadlines will hint at Trump's defense

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will offer his first formal impeachment response Saturday, on the same day that House Democrats reveal their legal strategy to argue that he should be removed from office.

The case that House prosecutors send to the Senate will reference new evidence that wasn't part of the impeachment inquiry, including new...Read more