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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the dawn of what may be her toughest reelection fight, veteran Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain _ the pressure-packed middle of an issue, this time the impeachment of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs

Jan. 18, 2020 1:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll...

This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

Jan. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, right, walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

John Roberts likely to play modest role in impeachment trial

Jan. 16, 2020 2:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is likely to play a modest role when he presides over the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in keeping with his frequently repeated insistence that judges are not politicians. Roberts made the short trip from the Supreme Court to the Capitol on...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heads to a briefing by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and other national security officials on the details of the threat that prompted the U.S. to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McConnell’s challenge: Shaping a trial amid Trump’s demands

Jan. 14, 2020 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump needs Mitch McConnell more than ever. With Trump finally facing his impeachment trial, this promises to be a defining moment for both men. They started their relationship unevenly three years ago when Trump stunned Washington with his sweep to power but have since...

President Donald Trump speaks to the members of the media before leaving the White House, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Washington, for a trip to watch the College Football Playoff national championship game between LSU and Clemson in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump's fate rests with McConnell in impeachment trial

Jan. 13, 2020 9:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump needs Mitch McConnell more than ever. With Trump finally facing his impeachment trial, this promises to be a defining moment for both men, They started their relationship unevenly three years ago when Trump stunned Washington with his sweep to power but have since...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing on the impact of wildfires on electric grid reliability on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Murkowski says she was “disturbed” to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say there would be “total coordination” between the White House and the Senate over the presidential impeachment trial. In an interview with KTUU, Murkowski said she remains undecided on how she would vote when the trial takes place. She was critical of the impeachment process in the House, describing it as rushed. But she said there should be distance between the Trump administration and the Senate on how the trial is conducted. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Small cracks have appeared in GOP unity on impeachment trial

Jan. 4, 2020 8:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate seems certain to keep President Donald Trump in office thanks to the overwhelming GOP support expected in his impeachment trial. But how that trial will proceed — and when it will begin — remains to be seen. Democrats are pushing for the Senate to issue subpoenas...

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., left, thanks fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, of Mississippi, second from left, Lt. Gov.-elect Delbert Hosemann, center, and former Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, for supporting her bid for re-election, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at state GOP headquarters in Jackson, Miss. Hyde-Smith filed papers to run at party headquarters, with many Republican elected officials in attendance. She is expected to campaign by emphasizing her loyalty to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Trump-loyal Mississippi senator qualifies for reelection

Jan. 3, 2020 4:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi filed papers Friday to run for reelection, emphasizing her loyalty to President Donald Trump on border security and other issues. Speaking to more than 100 supporters at the state GOP headquarters, Hyde-Smith recalled how she backed...

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2018, file photo shows Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, as he sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Roberts will move from the camera-free, relative anonymity of the Supreme Court to the glare of television lights in the Senate to preside over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Roberts will tap his inner umpire in impeachment trial

Dec. 24, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's last prolonged look at Chief Justice John Roberts came 14 years ago, when he told senators during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that judges should be like baseball umpires, impartially calling balls and strikes. “Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the...

The Senate side of the Capitol is seen on the morning after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to say Wednesday night when she'll send the impeachment articles against Trump to the Senate for the trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Inside impeachment: How an 'urgent' tip became 'high crimes'

Dec. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The night before the whistleblower complaint that launched President Donald Trump's impeachment was made public, Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee crammed into the same room to get a first look at the document. For Democrats, it was an instant bombshell, a...