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The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock speaks during the Martin Luther King, Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

Jan. 20, 2020 3:53 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over his contested legacy against the backdrop of a presidential election year. Republicans told a sometimes cool crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta that they were honoring King's civil rights legacy of service...

President Donald Trump arrives to speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's legal defense

Jan. 20, 2020 3:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's defense against impeachment charges, as laid out in his legal argument released Monday, has distortions at its core. Trump through his lawyers assails Democrats for trying to upend the results of an election, which is precisely the point of impeachment in the...

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 heads to Switzerland with Senate trial to reconvene

Jan. 20, 2020 3:06 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...

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)

Trump's lawyers urge dismissal of 'flimsy' impeachment case

Jan. 20, 2020 1:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong," urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy" and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The lawyers decried the impeachment process as...

FILE --- In this Nov. 14, 2018 photo the chairman of the Czech senate, Jaroslav Kubera, speaks during a press conference in Prague, Czech Republic. The upper house of Czech parliament's chairman and  long-term mayor of Teplice, North Bohemia, died at the age of 72 years. (Vit Simanek/CTK via AP, file)

Jaroslav Kubera, speaker of Czech Senate, dies at 72

Jan. 20, 2020 8:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Jaroslav Kubera, speaker of the upper house of the Czech Parliament, has died. He was 72. The Senate said in a brief statement Kubera died on Monday due to unspecified health problems. Kubera was a member of the opposition, conservative Civic Democratic Party. He was known for his views...

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...

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....

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., takes a reporter's question as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announces impeachment managers before sending articles of impeachment to the Senate charging President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Schiff accuses NSA, CIA of withholding documents on Ukraine

Jan. 19, 2020 6:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing U.S. intelligence agencies of withholding documents from Congress on Ukraine that could be significant to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. “They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2020, image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. No cell phones. No talking. No escape. One-hundred U.S. senators will soon be stationed at wooden desks, under the threat of imprisonment, as they silently listen to the arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. While senators groan about the restrictions _ and will likely violate them at times _ they say the long-standing rules are crucial as they execute their most solemn duty: considering whether to remove the president of the United States. (Senate Television via AP, File)

No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial

Jan. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That's the reality during the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: “All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment.” After that, 100 senators will sit...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the audience at a campaign stop at Simpson College, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden rips Sanders campaign for Social Security attacks

Jan. 19, 2020 7:25 AM EST

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” what he calls “doctored video” that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare. ...