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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...

FILE - This Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, shows the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. More than a dozen Pennsylvania state legislators have announced they won't be seeking reelection in 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Pennsylvania legislative campaign season on brink of kickoff

Jan. 25, 2020 3:42 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The abrupt announcement by the speaker of the Pennsylvania House this week that he would not run for another term in the Legislature made him the 15th state representative to head for the exits. Candidates can begin to circulate nominating petitions Tuesday to get on the April 28...

James Lankford, R-Okla., with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

GOP senators upset by Schiff remark, Dems claim 'diversion'

Jan. 25, 2020 3:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans said lead impeachment prosecutor Adam Schiff insulted them during the trial by repeating an anonymously sourced report that the White House had threatened to punish Republicans who voted against President Donald Trump. Schiff, who delivered closing arguments for the...

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 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...

GOP shows little desire for witnesses ahead of critical vote

Jan. 25, 2020 7:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the Senate appear unmoved by the Democratic push for witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial despite persistent appeals from Rep. Adam Schiff and the other House prosecutors. Over three days of arguments, Democrats warned that the senators will live to...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Dems say oust Trump or he'll betray again; 'He is who he is'

Jan. 25, 2020 1:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing out their case, House Democrats warned in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the president will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They then implored Republican senators to allow...

File - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, leaves the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trumpat the Capitol in Washington. The seven House Democratic impeachment managers have used long speeches to explain why President Donald Trump should be removed from office. Republican senators sitting through their chamber's trial largely considered Democrats' arguments tedious and unpersuasive. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democrats speak to history with exhaustive impeachment case

Jan. 25, 2020 12:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At times it seemed like few senators in the chamber were really listening. But the House Democrats presenting the impeachment case against President Donald Trump weren't about to stop. By the time they finished their three days of opening arguments late Friday, House managers had used...

Speaking to reporters, Jay Sekulow, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, attacks the Democrat's arguments in the impeachment trial of the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate floor belongs to Trump team as defense case opens

Jan. 25, 2020 12:30 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The floor of the U.S. Senate now belongs to President Donald Trump's lawyers as they push the Republican-led chamber for an acquittal on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress. The president's attorneys will begin their arguments Saturday in the impeachment trial and are...