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Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era

Dec. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House...

With O'Rourke not running for Senate, many don't know who is

Dec. 14, 2019 9:18 AM EST

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — It's finally official: Beto O'Rourke isn't running for Senate in Texas. The problem for Democrats is most voters don't know who is. Unusually high hopes among Democrats for Texas in 2020 are facing an unsettled post-Betomania landscape: a dozen Senate challengers and no clear...

Kentucky's new Democratic governor hits the ground running

Dec. 14, 2019 8:06 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Just days into his term as Kentucky's governor, Democrat Andy Beshear already has checked off some big priorities from his to-do list: a new state school board installed; the education commissioner gone; more than 140,000 nonviolent felons' voting rights restored. Now comes the hard...

Kansas congressman addressing residence issue for 2nd time

Dec. 13, 2019 7:06 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman might have to correct his voter registration a second time after changing it earlier this month while local authorities investigated him for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his home. The Kansas City Star reports that Republican Rep. Steve Watkins of...

Lawmakers want former Ky. Gov. Bevin's pardons investigated

Dec. 13, 2019 5:59 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Outrage over a spree of pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spread to the state capitol Friday as lawmakers called on federal and state prosecutors to investigate the orders, including one for a convicted killer whose family raised campaign money for the governor. Bevin, who...

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'

Dec. 13, 2019 5:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has...

House committee delays historic vote on Trump impeachment

Dec. 13, 2019 5:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed a historic vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, shutting down a 14-hour session that dragged with partisanship but had been expected to end with the formal charges being sent to the full House for a vote next...

Russia probe report spurs calls for FBI surveillance changes

Dec. 13, 2019 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that the FBI committed serious errors in wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide have spurred bipartisan calls for change to the government’s surveillance powers, including from some Republicans who in the past have voted to renew or expand those authorities. Anger...

Study shows hostility toward journalists by Trump fans

Dec. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been true for some time that Republicans are generally more hostile to the news media than Democrats, but a study released Thursday found that's much more the case for supporters of President Donald Trump. The Pew Research Center study looks at viewpoints on the ethical standards of...

George P. Bush says GOP can't let 'racist' episodes slide

Dec. 12, 2019 5:45 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican George P. Bush, the only member of the Bush dynasty still in public office, condemned Thursday recurring episodes of what he described as racist or hateful rhetoric within the Texas GOP, and ripped what he called false accusations fanned by his Hispanic heritage. Bush,...