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Trump team argues against relevancy of Bolton testimony

Jan. 28, 2020 2:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team argued forcefully against the relevance of testimony from Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday as the lawyers neared the end of their defense and the Senate braced for debate on whether to summon Bolton and other witnesses...

The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

Jan. 28, 2020 2:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last year and the repeal in December of several taxes...

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, with, from back left, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. Mike Braun, R-In., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Memoir by Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa coming out in May

Jan. 28, 2020 2:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst has a book coming out May 26. The Iowa Republican, expected to face a competitive race for reelection this fall, is calling her memoir “Daughter of the Heartland: My Ode to the Country That Raised Me.” “In her candid, down-to-earth memoir of struggle...

Congressional Budget Office: Budget deficit to reach $1 trillion this year despite strong economy

Jan. 28, 2020 2:02 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Budget Office: Budget deficit to reach $1 trillion this year despite strong economy.
Mobile network phone masts are visible in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.The Chinese tech firm Huawei has been designated a

In snub to US, Britain will allow Huawei in 5G networks

Jan. 28, 2020 1:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain decided Tuesday to let Chinese tech giant Huawei have a limited role supplying new high-speed network equipment to wireless carriers, ignoring the U.S. government's warnings that it would sever intelligence sharing if the company was not banned. Britain's decision is the first by a...

House resolution proposed against minor league contraction

Jan. 28, 2020 1:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution Wednesday urging Major League Baseball not to follow through with its proposal to eliminate 42 current minor league teams. MLB made the proposal last year to the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Republican Beth Harwell addresses the audience during the Gubernatorial Forum on Education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump has nominated  Harwell to serve on the board of directors of the nation's largest public utility. In a news release Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the nomination of Beth Harwell to the Tennessee Valley Authority board.
  (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)

Trump taps ex-Tennessee House speaker for US utility board

Jan. 28, 2020 12:47 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a former Tennessee House speaker to serve on the board of directors of the nation's largest public utility. In a news release Tuesday, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the nomination of Beth Harwell to the Tennessee Valley Authority...

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

Jan. 28, 2020 11:56 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Another Michigan court has vacated controversial changes to the state's ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters. The state appeals court, in a 2-1 decision Monday, affirmed a lower...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., arrives for a re-enactment of her swearing-in, Monday Jan. 6, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Bill advances that could aid Collins challenge to Loeffler

Jan. 28, 2020 11:47 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to require party primary elections for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat now held by Kelly Loeffler is advancing. The House Government Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to advance House Bill 757, which would set up May Republican and Democratic primaries. The bill would next go to the full...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a television news interview during a break in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Warren offers infectious-disease plan amid China outbreak

Jan. 28, 2020 9:47 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a plan to prevent, contain and treat infectious diseases as a new viral illness spreads in China. The Massachusetts senator on Tuesday unveiled a plan that includes fully funding the federal Centers for Disease Control...