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Pete Stark, congressman who reshaped health care, dies at 88

Jan. 25, 2020 6:12 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former California Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark, Jr., an influential Democrat whose legislative work helped reshape America's health care system, has died. He was 88. Stark's family said he died Friday at his home in Maryland. They did not disclose a cause of death. During...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a visit to an anti-narcotics police base in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Pompeo lashes out at journalist; NPR defends its reporter

Jan. 25, 2020 5:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out in anger Saturday at an NPR reporter who accused him of shouting expletives at her after she asked him in an interview about Ukraine. In a direct and personal attack, America's chief diplomat said the journalist had “lied” to him and...

Standing on a makeshift stage made of cardboard boxes, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks as a surrogate of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a canvass launch Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Democratic candidates pour into Iowa for last-minute push

Jan. 25, 2020 5:26 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Freed momentarily from the Senate's impeachment trial, several presidential candidates high-tailed it to Iowa on Saturday for a last-minute blitz of campaigning before the state's caucuses kick off the battle for the Democratic nomination. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts,...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump leaves after a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It's been a week packed with rhetoric from President Donald Trump. This, as his Senate impeachment trial unfolded and the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, played out. An AP Fact Check put his statements under scrutiny and found distortions on a range of topics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fusillade of misfires on fateful week

Jan. 25, 2020 3:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abroad, at home and in Twitter's ether, President Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of statements over the past week as the Senate impeachment trial unfolded and the Davos economic forum played out in Switzerland. On impeachment, the state of the country, abortion, pollution and more,...

Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election

Jan. 25, 2020 3:05 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...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before he meets Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Politics weigh heavily in Trump's Mideast peace plan

Jan. 25, 2020 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blueprint the White House is rolling out to resolve the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is as much about politics as it is about peace. President Donald Trump said he would likely release his long-awaited Mideast peace plan a little before separate meetings...

In this image from video, White House counsel Pat Cipollone walks to the podium to begin the presentation of the case by the defense during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment defense and the facts

Jan. 25, 2020 2:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers opened his Senate impeachment defense Saturday with the false assertion that Democrats tried to shut the president's team out of the congressional inquiry that preceded the charges. Actually, Democrats invited Trump to participate and he declined....

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump's guiding principle is the idea that he's the president - and that means he can do what he wants. It's governed how he operates with his staff, world leaders and lawmakers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's idea of executive power is also impeachment defense

Jan. 25, 2020 1:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes. Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has. Absolutism was the unwritten credo of his career in business and is the guiding light of his presidency as he...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 photo, President Donald Trump, right, meets with Rep. Jeff Van Drew in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump is coming next week to the Jersey shore to reward newly minted Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew for leaving the Democrats and opposing impeachment and is expected to attract a crowd and headlines. But Van Drew has also been crisscrossing the district to secure support from local GOP  that he spent years fighting. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

With Trump's help, NJ's Van Drew courts former foes

Jan. 25, 2020 9:21 AM EST

President Donald Trump is expected to draw a crowd — and headlines — Tuesday when he comes to the New Jersey shore to reward newly minted Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew with a rally for leaving the Democrats and opposing impeachment. Despite the boost from the president, Van Drew has also been...

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to the Mid Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills, AL. Sessions is stressing his loyalty to President Donald Trump as he seeks to regain the Alabama Senate seat he held for 20 years. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Jeff Sessions stresses Trump loyalty in Alabama Senate race

Jan. 25, 2020 9:20 AM EST

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, giving a recent campaign speech to a suburban Republican club, recalled his 2016 decision to endorse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a time when many party members were uncertain about the bellicose outsider. “'Jeff, are...