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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. 27, 2020 7:52 PM 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...

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 7:48 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 brushed past extraordinary new allegations from Trump's former national security adviser and focused instead on corruption in Ukraine and...

The U.S. Capitol dome is seen in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Capitol fireplaces go cold for impeachment trial

Jan. 27, 2020 7:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:40 p.m. The impeachment trial has claimed one of the U.S. Capitol's quaintest traditions — the crackling blazes in fireplaces that are the perk of senior lawmakers, senators and staff working...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 27, 2020 6:43 PM 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...

Angered by transgender flag, Iowa GOP lawmakers seek limits

Jan. 27, 2020 6:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by a flag observing Transgender Day that briefly flew over the Iowa Capitol, Republican lawmakers moved forward Monday with a bill that would limit the types of flags state and local governments can display. Republicans moved the bill from a subcommittee to a full committee...

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 would add primaries to special Georgia U.S. Senate vote

Jan. 27, 2020 6:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Newly appointed U.S. Sen Kelly Loeffler could face an unexpected GOP primary later this year in her quest to hold onto her seat under a bill passed Monday by a Georgia legislative committee against the wishes of the state's Republican governor. The move could ease the way for GOP U.S. Rep....

Pennsylvania GOP endorses slate of statewide candidates

Jan. 27, 2020 5:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican Party of Pennsylvania will go into the spring primary season with an endorsed slate of candidates for the three elected state offices of treasurer, auditor general and attorney general. Candidates can start circulating nominating petitions Tuesday to get on the April...

GOP challenger LaTurner jabs Watkins on Middle East vote

Jan. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas Republican challenging first-term Rep. Steve Watkins in the party's August congressional primary has returned from a trip to Israel and is escalating his opposition to Watkins' position on Israeli settlements. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas Treasurer Jake...

Minnesota Senate GOP renews push for voter photo ID

Jan. 27, 2020 1:58 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate plan to renew a push for a photo ID requirement for voters in the legislative session that convenes next month. Minnesota voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment in 2012 to require a photo ID to vote. But Senate Majority...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. A March 2016 email from Herrell asked fellow Republican state legislators if they were interested in supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president and if they would like to sign an attached endorsement card. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

GOP House hopeful's email questions early Trump support

Jan. 27, 2020 1:06 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional hopeful in a critical southern New Mexico race who has made her “100% support for Donald Trump” part of her campaign once sought backing for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president, according to an email. A March 2016 email from former state...