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In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP source: McConnell says he can't yet block new witnesses

Jan. 28, 2020 6:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators privately Tuesday he does not yet have the votes to block new witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. That's according to a Republican familiar with a closed-door meeting of GOP senators and granted anonymity to discuss...

AP Source: McConnell tells Republicans he does not yet have votes to block witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial

Jan. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Source: McConnell tells Republicans he does not yet have votes to block witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial.
In this image from video, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, Jay Sekulow, speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trump team concludes defense, argues against calling Bolton

Jan. 28, 2020 5:56 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 they concluded their defense and the Senate braced for debate on whether to summon Bolton and other witnesses into the...

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins walks with colleagues at the state capitol in Atlanta, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Collins, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump and vocal opponent of his impeachment, is expected to announce he will challenge fellow Republican and newly appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler for her seat this year, a Republican official said. (Riley Bunch/The Daily Times via AP)

Collins quiet on Georgia Senate during state Capitol stop

Jan. 28, 2020 5:22 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said “there will be more coming later” about his expected Senate bid, otherwise keeping quiet about the race during a visit Tuesday to the Georgia state Capitol as lawmakers advanced a bill that could give the congressman an edge if he decides...

Indiana Republicans aiming to force marijuana prosecutions

Jan. 28, 2020 5:04 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislators agitated with an Indianapolis prosecutor's refusal to press charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana are seeking to empower the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over such cases. An Indiana Senate committee endorsed a bill...

Donald Trump Jr. campaigns for former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Gallatin, Tenn. Hagerty is running for U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Trump Jr. boosts Hagerty for U.S. Senate in Tennessee trip

Jan. 28, 2020 4:32 PM EST

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. hit the campaign trail Tuesday in Tennessee to help hammer home Republican Bill Hagerty's prevailing message in his campaign for the state's open U.S. Senate seat — that he's already scored President Donald Trump's endorsement. The visit by the president's...

Michigan Senate votes to require study of highway tolls

Jan. 28, 2020 3:15 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to require that a study be done to assess the feasibility of tolls along the state's highways, as lawmakers consider ways to boost spending on deteriorating infrastructure. The bill, which was sent to the House for consideration, is among several...

Vice President Mike Pence poses with kids after his speech. On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, Vice President Pence traveled to Madison, Wisc., to  deliver remarks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase at the Wisconsin State Capitol. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin

Jan. 28, 2020 3:13 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit Tuesday to the state where the private school voucher program began, stopping in battleground Wisconsin for a noontime celebration in the state Capitol. Pence, and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy...

Virginia House OKs undoing GOP-backed abortion restrictions

Jan. 28, 2020 2:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House has approved legislation to undo Republican-backed restrictions on abortion. The new Democratic majority voted Tuesday to undo requirements that included a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, as well a requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an...

Appeals court throws out Arizona ballot harvesting law

Jan. 28, 2020 10:24 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a 2016 Arizona law that bars anyone but a family member or caregiver from returning early ballots for another person violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also found that Arizona's...