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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...

Palestinian president says 'a thousand no's' to Trump peace plan

Jan. 28, 2020 2:31 PM EST
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian president says 'a thousand no's' to Trump peace plan.
Palestinian protesters chant angry slogans during a protest against the U.S. Mideast peace plan, in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 28, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump is set to unveil his administration's much-anticipated Mideast peace plan in the latest U.S. venture to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas rejects 'conspiracies' as Trump unveils Mideast plan

Jan. 28, 2020 2:27 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas official said Tuesday that the Islamic militant group rejects the "conspiracies" announced by the U.S. and Israel and that "all options are open" in responding to the Trump administration's newly unveiled peace plan, which heavily favors Israel. “We are...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Netanyahu to push West Bank annexation plan on Sunday

Jan. 28, 2020 2:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman says the Israeli leader will ask his Cabinet on Sunday to approve his plan to annex parts of the West Bank. Jonathan Urich made the announcement on Twitter late Tuesday, shortly after Netanyahu joined President Donald Trump for the unveiling...

Palestinian hold a poster showing U.S. President Donald Trump as they protest the American peace plan in Bethlehem, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday night vowing to

The Latest: Opposing party throws support to Netanyahu plan

Jan. 28, 2020 2:26 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's release of its Mideast peace plan (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Israel’s Blue and White party, the largest in the Knesset and the chief opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, is throwing its support behind the Trump peace plan. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2012, file photo, the Wisconsin state capitol dome becomes a backdrop as President Barack Obama waves to photographers as he greets supporters at a campaign event in downtown Madison, Wis. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to give a speech Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, possibly the first visit by a sitting vice president or president inside Wisconsin's state Capitol building in its 103-year history , but Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won't be in his office just a few feet away when it happens. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin

Jan. 28, 2020 2:19 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...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Sandoval pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to accepting around a quarter million dollars in bribes in exchange for helping to protect the interests of a red-light camera company, pledging in a plea deal to cooperate with federal prosecutors in ongoing public corruption investigations.  (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty in red-light bribery case

Jan. 28, 2020 2:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Illinois state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting around a quarter of a million dollars in bribes in exchange for protecting the interests of a red-light camera company, and promised to cooperate with federal prosecutors in ongoing public corruption investigations. Martin...

Former National security adviser John Bolton leaves his home in Bethesda, Md. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. President Donald Trump's legal team is raising a broad-based attack on the impeachment case against him even as it mostly brushes past allegations in a new book that could undercut a key defense argument at the Senate trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a manuscript that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it committed to helping with investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Trump team: Impeachment not about 'unsourced manuscripts'

Jan. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team neared the end of his impeachment trial defense Tuesday, painting him and his aides as hounded by investigation and taking a dismissive swipe at an unpublished book by John Bolton that is said to contradict a key defense argument. “It is not a...

What's next for the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota

Jan. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Plans for construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline inched forward last week with several approvals at both the federal and state levels, but opponents in South Dakota say they haven’t given up on preventing, or at least slowing, the pipeline’s construction. Plans...