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Progressive mayor Ted Terry exits Georgia's US Senate race

Jan. 26, 2020 10:05 PM EST

A young, progressive mayor of an Atlanta-area city on Sunday dropped out of the Democratic race to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in a contest that could dictate the fate of the Senate in 2020. Ted Terry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he struggled to raise enough funds to compete in the...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo, then National security adviser John Bolton speaks to media at the White House in Washington.  Bolton says he's 'prepared to testify' in Senate impeachment trial if subpoenaed (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Report: Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine funds to Biden probe

Jan. 26, 2020 9:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told his national security adviser he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it aided political investigations into his Democratic rivals, according to a report in The New York Times on Sunday. The newspaper said John Bolton's...

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)

Trump peace plan could boost embattled Israeli leader

Jan. 26, 2020 8:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday night vowing to “make history” at a planned meeting with President Donald Trump for the unveiling of the U.S. administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But the...

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. 26, 2020 8:29 PM 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...

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, discusses the Joint Legislative Budget Committee FY 2021 state budget recommendation with reporters following a committee meeting in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Committee members reviewed and adopted the budget recommendation which will be submitted for consideration by the Legislature when they meet next year. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Leadership team will shape the lawmaking process

Jan. 26, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has completed one of his most consequential tasks of the four-year legislative term — choosing House committee members and leaders. The assignments were announced Thursday. They are crucial because committees get the first shot at deciding...

Wyoming's governor reiterates support for lodging tax

Jan. 26, 2020 4:23 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor is reiterating his support for s a statewide lodging tax to boost state revenue. A lodging tax is the only new tax he would support, Gov. Mark Gordon said Friday. It would make Wyoming's tourism promotion efforts more self-sufficient, Gordon told reporters at the...

Harvey's police chief placed on leave after 8 months

Jan. 26, 2020 4:17 PM EST

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago police lieutenant and former state lawmaker named to lead the Harvey Police Department was placed on leave last week after just eight months on the job. Police Chief Eddie Winters was placed on leave, pending his removal from office, according to T he Daily Southtown, which...

Maine proposal would eliminate textbooks from sales tax

Jan. 26, 2020 2:55 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal before the Maine State House would exempt school textbook purchases from sales tax in the state. Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth made the proposal, which faces votes in committee before moving on in the Maine Legislature. She said textbook prices increased...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020 file photo, night falls on the Capitol, in Washington during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. For all the gravity of a presidential impeachment trial, Americans don’t seem to be giving it much weight. Web traffic and TV ratings tell a similar story, with public interest seeming to flag after the House voted last month to impeach a president for only the third time in U.S. history.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In divided America, some voters tuning out impeachment trial

Jan. 26, 2020 2:47 PM EST

HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) — For all the gravity of a presidential impeachment trial, Americans don’t seem to be giving it much weight. As House impeachment managers make their case to remove President Donald Trump from office, voters in several states said in interviews with The Associated Press that...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019 file photo, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman pauses at Boone County Circuit Court in Madison, W.Va. A little over a year removed from a corruption scandal centered on a pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are far fewer names for the three races in May than there were for two spots up for grabs in a November 2018 special election.  Missing from the list of nine candidates is Workman, whose 12-year term also ends this year.   (AP Photo/John Raby, File)

Fewer candidates seek WVa Supreme Court seats after scandal

Jan. 26, 2020 2:42 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A little over a year removed from an impeachment scandal that included pricey renovations of court offices, the West Virginia Supreme Court's lineup is about to finish its own complete makeover, barring a last-second filing. There are far fewer names for the three races in May than...