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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...

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...

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signs an executive order creating what he promises will be a nonpartisan redistricting commission on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in in Madison, Wisc. Evers signed the order in his Capitol office, surrounded by Democratic office holders, members of his administration and supporters of redistricting reform. Republicans have dismissed the effort as a sham. (AP Photo by Scott Bauer)

Wisconsin governor signs order for redistricting commission

Jan. 27, 2020 11:44 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Monday creating what he promised would be a nonpartisan commission to draw new legislative maps next year for the Legislature to consider, a move Republicans have rejected as a sham. Even though the Legislature won't be forced to vote...

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow, center, stands with his son, Jordan Sekulow, left, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, while arriving at the Capitol in Washington during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Defense resumes in key impeachment week; Dems seek witnesses

Jan. 27, 2020 8:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial enters a pivotal week as his defense team resumes its case and senators face a critical vote on whether to hear witnesses or proceed directly to a vote that is widely expected to end in his acquittal. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Democratic state Auditor Nicole Galloway speaks in Jefferson City, Mo. Abortion is expected to play a key role in Missouri's 2020 gubernatorial race. Republican Gov. Mike Parson is seeking to keep his seat. Galloway wants to replace him. Parson has a big advantage over Galloway in the Republican-dominated state. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP,  File)

Abortion among key issues in Missouri 2020 governor's race

Jan. 26, 2020 9:54 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Abortion is expected to play a key role in Missouri's 2020 governor’s race, when voters will decide whether to stick with a Republican who signed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. or go with the only Democrat who holds statewide office. Republican Gov....

Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election

Jan. 25, 2020 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers plunged into his impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump's dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to...

NH GOP committeeman loses reelection effort

Jan. 25, 2020 5:12 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A prominent member of the New Hampshire Republican Party has lost his national post. New Hampshire national Republican committeeman Steve Duprey lost Saturday to Chris Ager in voting at the 2020 annual meeting of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, a state GOP spokesman...