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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

With fate of Roe V. Wade unsure, abortion fight shifts to new territory

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Jan. 22 marks the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide. Those on both sides of the furious debate say this could be the year when everything changes.

In March, the Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced Anthony Kennedy, who had been the swing vote ...Read more

GOP 'crosses the line' with House hallway ambushes, ethics expert says

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WASHINGTON -- Having video trackers shadow candidates to get campaign dirt has become a common tactic, but the National Republican Congressional Committee went too far if it directed aides to ambush Democrats in House office buildings, experts on congressional ethics said.

Though a GOP spokesman called it "frivolous," the experts said there was...Read more

Giuliani's tangled role with Trump skirts conflicts, tests laws

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WASHINGTON -- Sometimes Rudy Giuliani says he's "private counsel" to private citizen Donald Trump. Other times the president says Giuliani is acting on the White House's behalf. And on occasion, he's a political surrogate hitting the trail for Trump's 2020 campaign.

Giuliani's overlapping efforts helped trigger Trump's impeachment by the ...Read more

Trump tried to call Kris Kobach during his meeting with Roger Marshall, sources say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump initially tried to call Kansas Republican Kris Kobach while he was meeting in the Oval Office with Kobach's GOP rival Rep. Roger Marshall, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

Both Marshall and Kobach are vying for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas.

...Read more

Trump adds celebrity lawyers — and their baggage — to impeachment defense team

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WASHINGTON -- As he heads into a fraught Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump boosted his defense team Friday by adding a bevy of high-wattage outside lawyers who carry considerable political baggage but are practiced in the arts of legal theatrics and comfortable in the glare of TV lights.

Chief among them were Alan Dershowitz, who...Read more

Hillary Clinton chides Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for tweet calling voting a 'privilege'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting some heat for a tweet calling voting a "privilege," including a rebuke from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The remark was posted after the Florida Supreme Court sided with DeSantis in a legal dispute over when felons should be able to cast ballots.

"Voting is ...Read more

Ken Starr, who led drive to impeach Clinton, will help defend Trump in Senate trial

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WASHINGTON -- Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who led the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton over a sex scandal a generation ago, will now argue for dismissing impeachment charges against President Donald Trump over his pressuring of Ukraine to investigate his leading presidential rival in the 2020 election.

Starr brings to the task...Read more