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  • Trump’s trial begins at the start of an election year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. The trial, only the third such undertaking in American history, […]
  • Denver officials won’t hand over information sought by ICE

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Denver officials on Thursday said they would not hand over information requested by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement on four men wanted for deportation. ICE, the Homeland Security agency tasked with arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, sent four administrative subpoenas earlier this week to law enforcement looking for information […]
  • Andrew Yang’s wife details alleged sexual assault by doctor

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says she was sexually assaulted by an obstetrician while she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Evelyn Yang said in an interview televised Thursday by CNN that the assault happened in 2012 and that she was initially afraid to tell anyone. She and […]
  • Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Marilyn Del Valle climbed to her feet at the Nacion de Fe church in Kissimmee on Thursday, clapping and taking photos as Vice President Mike Pence took the stage. Del Valle is a proud “Nuyorican” — born in New York to Puerto Rican parents — who lives in central Florida. She’s […]
  • Warren-Sanders clash was inevitable as voting gets closer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As long as they are rivals, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders couldn’t stay friends forever. The White House hopefuls and longtime allies have spent the past year throwing red meat to the party’s progressive base with calls for massive structural reforms to the nation’s political and economic life. The differences that existed […]
  • Official says Phoenix airport ride-hailing fee is illegal

    PHOENIX (AP) — A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is “very likely” unconstitutional, the state attorney general said Thursday, upping the ante in the showdown that has led the ride-hailing giants to threaten to abandon the airport service. The fees approved by the Phoenix City Council […]
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley goes public with alopecia and baldness

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rep. Ayanna Pressley, whose hair twists have been an inspiration to young girls and part of her personal identity and political brand, said Thursday that she has gone bald due to the auto immune condition called alopecia. The freshman Massachusetts’ Democrat made a touching video for The Root, the African American-focused […]
  • Reporters getting 1st taste of impeachment restrictions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has barely started and already journalists are getting a glimpse of how hard it will be cover the event under harsh new media restrictions imposed by the Senate. Thursday’s impeachment events were largely ceremonial, with the Senate formally receiving the articles of impeachment from the […]
  • DHS seeks Pentagon funds for 270 miles of border wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to fund the construction of 270 miles of border wall this year as part of a counter-drug effort, defense officials said Thursday. The officials said the request came in Wednesday, and the Pentagon is beginning what will be a two-week assessment to determine […]
  • US Sen. McSally of Arizona calls CNN reporter ‘liberal hack’

    Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona lashed out Thursday at a CNN reporter who asked her about the impeachment of President Donald Trump, calling him a “liberal hack.” McSally refused to answer when CNN reporter Manu Raju asked whether the Senate should consider new evidence as part of its impeachment trial. “You’re a liberal […]
  • Expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering

    BOSTON (AP) — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked. The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same […]
  • Trump boosts school prayer, faith groups as he rallies base

    In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and took new steps to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs. Speaking at an Oval Office event and joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump unveiled the federal government’s first updated guidance on […]
  • Pompeo hits the road as impeachment trial gets underway

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Europe and then Latin America this weekend, leaving Washington ahead of the Senate trial for President Donald Trump on impeachment charges, the State Department said Thursday. Pompeo will leave on Saturday to attend an international conference in Germany on the conflict in Libya the […]
  • US-Russia hold new strategic talks on arms control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Russia on Thursday held a new round of talks focused on arms control and reducing misunderstandings on critical security issues. Senior U.S. and Russian diplomats met in Vienna, Austria, for the latest session of their strategic security dialogue that aims to limit risk of misperceptions leading to conflict, […]
  • State Dept chided for silence over alleged threats to envoy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine’s announcement on Thursday of an investigation into alleged surveillance of the U.S. ambassador has come as welcome relief to many in America’s diplomatic corps, but the State Department’s silence on the matter has alarmed a number of current and former diplomats. They are demanding action from the Trump administration. The department […]
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