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Italy's Foreign Minister and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio, left, flanked by his successor Vito Crimi, acknowledges the applause at the end of his speech at a meeting in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, where he stepped down as party leader following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio said he had finished his work, that an era had ended, and that he would trust his successor to lead the party going forward. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Italy's 5-Star leader Di Maio steps down as party struggles

Jan. 22, 2020 3:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy's ruling 5-Star Movement stepped down as party leader Wednesday, following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Luigi Di Maio insisted that the government coalition would go forward, and that he would continue to...

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

AP-NORC poll: Public doubts Senate trial will be revealing

Jan. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are sharply divided along party lines about whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office, and they doubt the Senate impeachment trial will do anything to change their minds, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research....

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., accompanied by the impeachment managers House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The U.S. Senate was poised to hear opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, with Democratic House managers set to make their case that Trump abused power and should be removed from office.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump's trial opens on fast track, Dems arguing for removal

Jan. 22, 2020 1:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate began hearing opening arguments Wednesday in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with proceedings now on a fast track. First up: Democratic House managers making their case that Trump abused his presidential power and should be removed from office. After...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives to speak at a campaign stop at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2020 Democratic candidates vow unity, but conflict escalates

Jan. 22, 2020 12:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates have spent weeks reassuring voters they can unify the party, avoid the divisions that plagued the 2016 primary and defeat President Donald Trump in the fall. Instead, the scars of that battle are being ripped open less than two weeks before the...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, speaks at a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Democrats swarm industrial Iowa to prove they can beat Trump

Jan. 22, 2020 9:40 AM EST

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Since their surprise loss to Donald Trump in 2016, Democrats have struggled with how to regain territory that long supported the party before suddenly flipping to Republicans. Their answer could lie with voters like Martie Boyd. The 71-year-old retired insurance worker is a...

U.S. President Donald Trump flashes a thumbs-up as he arrives at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Trump says he's open to witnesses as trial rules are set

Jan. 22, 2020 9:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate plunged into President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with Republicans abruptly abandoning plans to cram opening arguments into two days but solidly rejecting for now Democratic demands for more witnesses to expose what they deem Trump’s...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, walks out of the Senate chamber at the Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Washington. President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday as proceedings began unfolding at the Capitol.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Dispute over rules erupts on impeachment's first full day

Jan. 22, 2020 5:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rancorous dispute over rules marked the first full day of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. After nearly 13 hours of debate over Democratic amendments, the rules for the trial were adopted unchanged in a party-line vote early Wednesday. Highlights of Tuesday's session and...

FILE - In this July 27, 1974, file photo, Rep. Thomas Railsback, R-Ill., right, confers with chairman Peter Rodino, D-N.J., during the House Judiciary Committee's debate on impeachment articles in Washington. Railsback, an Illinois Republican congressman who helped draw up articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974, has died at age 87. Former Republican congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood confirmed the death on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

GOP congressman who backed Nixon impeachment dead at 87

Jan. 21, 2020 7:37 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Thomas Railsback, an Illinois Republican congressman who helped draw up articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974, has died at age 87. Railback died Monday in Mesa, Arizona, where he lived in a nursing home in recent years, former Republican congressman and U.S....

Maryland GOP governor wants more visas for foreign workers

Jan. 21, 2020 6:06 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Republican governor on Tuesday urged federal officials to allow more H-2B visas for foreign workers to help the state's $355 million seafood industry and seasonal employers. Gov. Larry Hogan made the request in a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, from left, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg look to answer a question during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. Multiple Democratic presidential hopefuls have talked about their faith on the campaign trail, weaving it into their approach to issues from immigration to climate change. Among the most vocal Democrats on that front is Buttigieg, who asserted his party’s connection to religion on Tuesday during its final primary debate before next month’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats' challenge: Courting evangelicals in the Trump era

Jan. 21, 2020 12:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s strong white evangelical support poses a challenge to Democrats: how to connect with a group of Christian voters whose longtime GOP lean makes them compelling antagonists in a polarized era. Former President Barack Obama reached out to evangelicals in notable...