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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...

Democratic presidential candidates US. Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, I-Vt. and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, right, D--Mass., shake hands as greets U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, center, D-Hawaii at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day services at Zion Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

2020 Democratic contenders link arms in King Day march

Jan. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at a Baptist church Monday and linked arms with each other and civil rights leaders in a march of tens of thousands to the Statehouse. At Zion Baptist Church before the march, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

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...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a forum broadcast on radio in a New Hampshire Public Radio station, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

2020 Watch: Will impeachment change the primary?

Jan. 20, 2020 6:35 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: ___ Days to Iowa caucuses: 14 Days to general election: 288 ___ THE NARRATIVE With voting to begin in just two weeks, the sprint to the Iowa caucuses is decidedly complicated by the...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with supporters after speaking at an oyster roast campaign event on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Orangeburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

Jan. 20, 2020 12:46 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers assessed the Democratic primary field early in her campaign, they viewed Joe Biden as headed for an inevitable collapse and Bernie Sanders as unlikely to recapture the magic of his 2016 campaign. A year later, Harris is out of the race, and...

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...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., visits with attendees after speaking at a campaign event, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NY Times endorses Klobuchar, Warren in Democratic contest

Jan. 19, 2020 11:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party's moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from the progressive wing. The paper said Sunday it had chosen the two most effective...

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 3:29 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 speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's convention in Austin, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump thanks farmers for backing him through China trade war

Jan. 19, 2020 10:25 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked farmers Sunday for supporting him through a trade war with China as he promoted a new North American trade agreement and a separate one with China that he said will massively benefit farmers. “We did it,” Trump said, recalling his campaign...

In this Jan. 18, 2020, restaurant server Chloe Sokolov poses for a photo while working at Eatery A in Des Moines, Iowa. Though Sokolov always considered herself a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., she plans to caucus for the first time this year in part because Sanders' campaign convened more than 50 service industry workers to discuss their economic challenges. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Candidates seek new caucus voters in trailer parks, rallies

Jan. 19, 2020 10:27 AM EST

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders is sending organizers to convenience stores across Iowa and staking out drug stores and even nursing homes. Pete Buttigieg has a more technocratic model. He's compiling detailed lists of the personal networks of his supporters, turning them into crowds and sifting...

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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...

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 3:29 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 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...

In this image take from NASA video, astronauts Jessica Meir, right, and Christina Koch install batteries for the International Space Station's solar power grid during a space walk Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

Jan. 20, 2020 2:06 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch installed the last new battery in a set of six launched to the orbiting lab...

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. 17, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's President Win Myint, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Xi deepened relations with Myanmar during a state visit last week to a neighbor who has been among the most supportive in Beijing’s dispute with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2020 2:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

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...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, photo, George Chakuchin, left, and Mick Chakuchin look out over the Bering Sea near Toksook Bay, Alaska. The first Americans to be counted in the 2020 Census starting Tuesday, Jan. 21, live in this Bering Sea coastal village. The Census traditionally begins earlier in Alaska than the rest of the nation because frozen ground allows easier access for Census workers, and rural Alaska will scatter with the spring thaw to traditional hunting and fishing grounds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town

Jan. 19, 2020 8:47 PM EST

TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska (AP) — There are no restaurants in Toksook Bay, Alaska. No motels or movie theater, either. There also aren't any factories. Or roads. But the first Americans to be counted in the 2020 census live in this tiny community of 661 on the edge of the American expanse. Their homes are huddled...

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....