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Former National security adviser John Bolton leaves his home in Bethesda, Md. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. President Donald Trump's legal team is raising a broad-based attack on the impeachment case against him even as it mostly brushes past allegations in a new book that could undercut a key defense argument at the Senate trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a manuscript that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it committed to helping with investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Trump team argues against relevancy of Bolton testimony

Jan. 28, 2020 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team argued forcefully against the relevance of testimony from Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton Tuesday as the lawyers neared the end of their defense and the Senate braced for debate on whether to summon Bolton and other witnesses into...

Virginia House OKs undoing GOP-backed abortion restrictions

Jan. 28, 2020 2:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House has approved legislation to undo Republican-backed restrictions on abortion. The new Democratic majority voted Tuesday to undo requirements that included a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, as well a requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an...

Indiana Republicans aiming to force marijuana prosecutions

Jan. 28, 2020 2:21 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislators agitated with an Indianapolis prosecutor's refusal to press charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana are seeking to empower the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over such cases. An Indiana Senate committee endorsed a bill...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo, the Wisconsin state capitol dome becomes a backdrop as President Barack Obama waves to photographers as he greets supporters at a campaign event in downtown Madison, Wis. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, possibly the first visit by a sitting vice president or president inside Wisconsin's state Capitol building in its 103-year history , but Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won't be in his office just a few feet away when it happens. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin

Jan. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit Tuesday to the state where the private school voucher program began, stopping in battleground Wisconsin for a noontime celebration in the state Capitol. Pence, and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., arrives for a re-enactment of her swearing-in, Monday Jan. 6, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bill advances that could aid Collins challenge to Loeffler

Jan. 28, 2020 11:47 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to require party primary elections for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat now held by Kelly Loeffler is advancing. The House Government Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to advance House Bill 757, which would set up May Republican and Democratic primaries. The bill would next go to the full...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 28, 2020 10:24 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also found that Arizona's...

Tennessee House GOP elect new majority whip

Jan. 28, 2020 4:12 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Republicans on Monday elected state Rep. Johnny Garrett to serve as majority whip for the 2020 legislative session. Garrett, a Republican from Goodlettsville, will be in charge of providing communication to members on caucus positions on legislation, as well as work with House...

FILE - In this July 8, 2019, file photo, national security adviser John Bolton speaks at the Christians United for Israel's annual summit, in Washington.  A single paper copy in a nondescript envelope arrived at the White House on Dec. 30. Four weeks later, news of John Bolton’s book manuscript about his time as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has exploded into public view, sending a jolt through the president’s impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Trial highlights: Bolton takes center stage from afar

Jan. 28, 2020 3:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton took center stage at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial even though he was nowhere near the Capitol. Bolton's claims in a forthcoming book — that Trump told him he wanted to withhold security aid from Ukraine until it launched...

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks to reporters outside the Senate as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collins expected to try ousting new GA senator in GOP battle

Jan. 27, 2020 11:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said Monday. The decision by the...

This artist sketch depicts Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, listening to defense arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses

Jan. 27, 2020 11:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators faced mounting pressure Monday to summon John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial even as Trump's lawyers mostly brushed past extraordinary new allegations from the former national security adviser and focused instead on corruption in Ukraine and...