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In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Question time: What's next in Trump's impeachment trial

Jan. 29, 2020 6:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With opening arguments wrapped up in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, senators will now get a chance to ask questions. But the normally loquacious politicians will still have to keep silent, as their questions can only be submitted in writing. The question-and-answer...

In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

GOP lacks votes to block Bolton, other impeachment witnesses

Jan. 29, 2020 6:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal. After Trump's defense team rested Tuesday with a...

In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trial highlights: Trump defense urges end to impeachment

Jan. 29, 2020 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday concluded its three-day presentation as they started it — arguing that the Democrats’ case amounted to partisan politics that would undo the results of the 2016 presidential election and drive Trump from office. Trump's...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

GOP wins closely watched Texas special election

Jan. 28, 2020 11:20 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans won handily a closely watched special election Tuesday to keep hold of a suburban Houston district that President Donald Trump won easily four years ago, fending off a national blitz by Democrats in a Texas legislative race. The victory by Republican Gary Gates, who put...

In this Jan. 20, 2020 photo, former New York City Mayor, and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg walks with supporters along the route of the Little Rock

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?

Jan. 28, 2020 9:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by linking arms and marching through South Carolina's capital, Michael Bloomberg was nowhere near the early primary state. The former New York mayor was instead in Arkansas, tossing out candy at...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., departs the chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, after the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress ended for the day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GOP lacks votes to block trial witnesses, McConnell concedes

Jan. 28, 2020 9:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded late Tuesday, a potentially major hurdle for Trump's hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal. Earlier, Trump's lawyers concluded his defense...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Wildwood, N.J., as Rep. Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., listens. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Trump shores up support for newest GOP congressman in Jersey

Jan. 28, 2020 9:24 PM EST

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Moving on several fronts toward shoring up support for his reelection bid, President Donald Trump capped off a busy Tuesday by heaping praise on the newest Republican member of Congress and savaging Democrats he said are engaged in “demented hoaxes” like his impeachment...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts during a town hall meeting at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 hosted by UNITE HERE, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Las Vegas. Sanders, appearing before several hundred union workers in Las Vegas, explained his Medicare for All plan, which would switch the country to a government-run system and eliminate private health insurance. (Krystal Ramirez/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Unite Here labor union staying neutral in Democratic primary

Jan. 28, 2020 7:40 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The international union representing hotel and casino workers said Tuesday that it will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, casting doubt as to whether its influential Nevada local will follow suit ahead of the state’s caucuses. A statement from Unite...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Muscatine, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Biden won't say whether Sanders could unify Dems as nominee

Jan. 28, 2020 7:10 PM EST

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden wouldn't say Tuesday whether he thinks Bernie Sanders could effectively unify the Democrats if the Vermont senator wins the party's presidential nomination. “We have to unite," Biden told reporters in Muscatine, six days before the Iowa...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Sandoval pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to accepting around a quarter million dollars in bribes in exchange for helping to protect the interests of a red-light camera company, pledging in a plea deal to cooperate with federal prosecutors in ongoing public corruption investigations.  (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in red-light bribery case

Jan. 28, 2020 6:12 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting around a quarter of a million dollars in bribes in exchange for protecting the interests of a red-light camera company, and promised to cooperate with federal prosecutors in ongoing public corruption...