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Demonstrators are seen during a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Thousands of pro-gun supporters are expected at the rally to oppose gun control legislation like universal background checks that are being pushed by the newly elected Democratic legislature. (AP Photo/Sarah Rankin)

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

Jan. 20, 2020 9:58 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation — a move that has become a key flash point in the national debate over gun...

A copy of a Senate draft resolution to be offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., regarding the procedures during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the U.S. Senate is photographed in Washington, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. McConnell is proposing a condensed, two-day calendar for opening arguments in Trump's impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats on the eve of the landmark proceedings. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

McConnell proposes swift impeachment trial with long days

Jan. 20, 2020 8:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate leader proposed a compressed calendar for opening statements, White House lawyers argued for swift rejection of the “flimsy” charges and the Capitol braced for the contentious proceedings unfolding...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Senate impeachment timetable at a glance

Jan. 20, 2020 7:39 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to seek a speedy impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. In a Senate resolution released Monday evening, McConnell laid out the structure for the trial's opening phase, with votes on witnesses deferred until next week. The resolution would permit Trump's lawyers...

The U.S. flag flies over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Impeachment arguments as seen by Democrats, Trump team

Jan. 20, 2020 7:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal filings to the Senate have laid out the arguments that will be made in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, where he faces two distinct allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A look at the main points Democrats are making as they argue for Trump's removal...

The Senate side of the U.S. Capitol at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will resume in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Justice Dept. memos back defiance of impeachment subpoenas

Jan. 20, 2020 6:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday released Justice Department legal opinions meant to bolster its case for defying subpoenas from Congress in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. One opinion, dated Sunday, says Trump administration officials were free to disregard subpoenas sent...

Legislature sees records requests spike since court ruling

Jan. 20, 2020 6:35 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After several years of not releasing the work records of lawmakers, House and Senate administrators in Washington state are working through how to deal with the influx of requests they’re receiving now that the state Supreme Court has ruled legislators are fully subject to the...

Democratic presidential rivals Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders link arms during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in MLK Jr. Day march

Jan. 20, 2020 6:22 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates hit pause on their recent feuds Monday as they walked shoulder to shoulder through the streets of South Carolina’s capital city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and rally around their push to defeat President Donald Trump in...

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after a private meeting with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, in Providence, R.I. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has apologized for using the word “rant” to describe U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's remarks Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Baker apologizes for calling Pressley's MLK speech a 'rant'

Jan. 20, 2020 5:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker apologized Monday after he used the word “rant” to describe remarks from U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley at an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Pressley, a Boston Democrat, had delivered a speech about inequality and the unfinished fight for civil...

Don't rename 'Chicken Dinner Road' Idaho lawmaker says

Jan. 20, 2020 5:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker said Monday that Chicken Dinner Road in southwestern Idaho is a historic name and is opposed to an animal protection group's request to rename it. Republican Rep. Scott Syme on Monday introduced a concurrent resolution urging fellow lawmakers to support the existing name....

President Donald Trump returns to the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, from a campaign trip to Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump heading to Switzerland as impeachment trial reconvenes

Jan. 20, 2020 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial is called to order in the Senate this week, he won’t be watching from inside the chamber or on television from the White House. He'll be thousands of miles away at the Davos economic forum in the Swiss Alps, trying to...