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American flags blow in wind around the Washington Monument with the U.S. Capitol in the background at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will resume in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 21.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Crimes? Impeachment prosecutors, defense lay out arguments

Jan. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s defense team and the prosecutors of his impeachment are laying out their arguments over whether his conduct toward Ukraine warrants his removal from office. Trump's lawyers on Sunday previewed their impeachment defense with the questionable assertion that...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020. file photo, President Donald Trump, left, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, right, walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington. The federal government's watchdog agency says a White House office violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine aid. The Government Accountability Office said Thursday the White House Office of Management and Budget violated the law in holding up the assistance. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortion in Trump's impeachment defense

Jan. 20, 2020 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first formal response to impeachment charges, President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of a key witness who described an exchange of favors in the Ukraine matter. The claim marked a week of frequent exaggeration and distortion by the president heading into the opening...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., visits with attendees after speaking at a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NY Times endorses Klobuchar, Warren in Democratic contest

Jan. 19, 2020 11:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party's moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from the progressive wing. The paper said Sunday it had chosen the two most effective...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a forum broadcast on radio in a New Hampshire Public Radio station, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Democrats navigate sensitive gender politics as voting nears

Jan. 19, 2020 9:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates spent the weekend grappling with how to address questions surrounding sexism and gender bias as they sought to balance support for women against concerns of a political blowback. After his wife went public with her own experience of sexual assault...

Illinois Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, gavels out to close the session after taking the oath to become the next Senate President of the Illinois Senate at the Illinois state Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Dems elect Harmon to serve as president of Illinois Senate

Jan. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Don Harmon was elected Sunday as the next Illinois Senate president, becoming the first new leader of the Illinois General Assembly’s upper chamber in more than a decade. Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat who was elected by a 37-12 margin, will replace Sen. John Cullerton, 71,...

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

Trump defenders push 'no crime' as Democrats seek removal

Jan. 19, 2020 7:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyers on Sunday previewed their impeachment defense with the questionable assertion that the charges against him are invalid, adopting a position rejected by Democrats as “nonsense” as both sides sharpened their arguments for trial....

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., smiles and waves while seated in front of an audience before the start of a forum broadcast on radio in a New Hampshire Public Radio station, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

Jan. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders said Sunday that outside political groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums backing candidates for public office should be abolished — including those supporting his own bid for the White House. But the Vermont senator stopped short of directly calling...

Analysis: House vote shakes up Louisiana politics, but how?

Jan. 19, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The contentious vote for House speaker started Louisiana's new legislative term with yet another controversy, creating waves across the state's political landscape and seeming destined to shape a new relationship between the House and the governor. Louisiana's political class...

Report: Chicago Teachers Union spent $1.5M on lobbying

Jan. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union spent almost $1.5 million on political activity including lobbying, in the months leading up to a two-week strike in the fall, according to a published report. The money, spent between March 2018 and July 2019, was in addition to $1.2 million the union's two...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to questions during his daily morning press conference at the National Palace in Mexico City. Shortly before taking office Lopez Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers dubbed the “servants of the nation,” to canvass people who receive government benefits collecting their personal information in part to see if they might be eligible for yet more help from various programs promised during the campaign for the likes of farmers, the disabled, unemployed youth and the elderly. The effort alarmed opposition political parties who saw it as an attempt to illegally use public funds to promote López Obrador and his leftist Morena party.  (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Critics say Mexico social programs used for political ends

Jan. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Shortly before taking office, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador decided to create an army of volunteers — 18,000 of them — to carry out an unusual mission for an administration yet to begin. The team dubbed the “servants of the nation” set out...