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Judiciary panel takes first steps toward impeachment vote

Dec. 12, 2019 1:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has taken the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol. Democrats and Republicans used the...

Judiciary panel takes first steps toward impeachment vote

Dec. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee took the first steps Wednesday evening toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol. Democrats and Republicans...

Watchdog caught in political crossfire on his Russia report

Dec. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog was caught in a political tug of war Wednesday as Republican and Democratic senators used his report on the origins of the Russia investigation involving Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to support their views that it was a legitimate probe or...

Impeachment trial: Trump wants drama, but GOP wants it over

Dec. 11, 2019 7:23 PM EST

Washington (AP) — Donald Trump wants more than acquittal. He wants vindication. With impeachment by the House appearing certain, the president has made clear that he views the next step, a trial in the GOP-controlled Senate, as his focus. The president sees the senators not just as a jury deciding his...

Biden campaign acknowledges 'pain' of Obama-era deportations

Dec. 11, 2019 7:01 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Biden has joined his top Democratic presidential rivals in pledging to end for-profit migrant detention centers that existed while he was vice president. He also acknowledged through his campaign the “pain” caused by deportations carried out by the Obama administration. ...

House OKs defense bill, parental leave for federal workers

Dec. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday passed its annual defense policy measure, which combined a $738 billion Pentagon price tag with legislation to provide federal employees with 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The sweeping 377-48 vote followed weeks of arduous House-Senate negotiations that finally...

GOP, Democrats push 1970's Equal Rights Amendment in SC

Dec. 11, 2019 5:28 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's most liberal lawmakers and one of its most conservative are joining together to revive the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 1970's proposal banning any discrimination based on sex is being revived in several state capitols across the U.S. It...

Democrat Angie Craig of Minnesota undecided on impeachment

Dec. 11, 2019 1:48 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota said Wednesday that she remains undecided on whether to support the articles of impeachment against Republican President Donald Trump. Angie Craig, who represents a suburban Twin Cities district that Trump narrowly carried in 2016, said she plans...

Democrats agree to North America trade pact: What's in it?

Dec. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of political wrangling, House Democrats agreed Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s revamped version of a 25-year-old North American free trade agreement. But they pried some concessions out of the Trump administration before saying they’d go along....

Pennsylvania governor says 'no' to speculation about VP

Dec. 11, 2019 10:21 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday that the answer is “no” to speculation that he would agree to join a Democratic presidential nominee's ticket as the pick for vice president. Wolf reiterated that stance when asked during an appearance with his wife Frances on...