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House Dems set to choose leader of powerful Oversight panel

Nov. 19, 2019 12:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As impeachment hearings resume on Capitol Hill, House Democrats are preparing to choose who will lead the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee — a key role in the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Three veteran lawmakers, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney of...

The Latest: State Department’s Holmes to testify publicly

Nov. 18, 2019 11:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A State Department official who overheard a phone call between President Donald Trump and diplomat Gordon Sondland over the summer will testify publicly in Thursday’s impeachment...

US failing to stop China from stealing research, report says

Nov. 18, 2019 10:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States government has failed to stop China from stealing intellectual property from American universities and lacks a comprehensive strategy for dealing with the threat, a congressional report concluded Monday. The report says the FBI should be more effective and consistent in...

Diplomat says of Trump Ukraine call: ‘I remember it vividly’

Nov. 18, 2019 9:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone call State Department official David Holmes overheard between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Gordon Sondland lasted just two minutes. But it won’t be easily forgotten. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Holmes told Trump impeachment...

Woman gets 15 days for throwing cup at Florida congressman

Nov. 18, 2019 9:31 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to 15 days in federal custody for throwing a sports drink at a Florida congressman who frequently appears on television supporting President Donald Trump. Federal court records show that 35-year-old Amanda Kondrat'yev was sentenced last Monday in Pensacola....

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Omar of Minn.

Nov. 18, 2019 9:07 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14. U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr....

Native American shield returned to New Mexico from France

Nov. 18, 2019 8:03 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A ceremonial Native American shield has been welcomed back to New Mexico by tribal leaders, in the culmination of a yearslong international campaign to reclaim the sacred object that held a place in a cycle of ceremonies until it vanished from a mesa-top indigenous village in the...

Time and again, envoy’s Ukraine tale differs from others

Nov. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale. Then there’s Gordon Sondland. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union has said he cannot recall many of the episodes involving him that other...

House Democrats propose stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 6:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats released a temporary government-wide funding bill Monday to forestall a shutdown and give negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation. The legislation faces a House vote Tuesday as Congress...

Trump suggests he may give written testimony in House probe

Nov. 18, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Monday he might be willing to offer written testimony in the House impeachment inquiry over whether he pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden and his son while withholding aid to the country. But people familiar with the matter...