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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...

Beyond the hearings: What to watch on Trump impeachment

Dec. 12, 2019 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment is moving beyond the hearing room. House committee members are debating and voting on articles of impeachment Thursday against President Donald Trump. But the political battle over his fate is sweeping across the Capitol, the White House and Washington on the cusp of the 2020...

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...

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...

GOP support grows for legal medical marijuana in Wisconsin

Dec. 11, 2019 4:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The push to legalize medical marijuana in Wisconsin gained momentum Wednesday with the unveiling of a bill introduced for the first time by Republican lawmakers. The newfound Republican support comes for an idea that Democrats have tried in vain for years to get passed in the...

County official wins GOP primary for ousted lawmaker's seat

Dec. 11, 2019 1:25 PM EST

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A Garland County justice of the peace won the Republican primary Tuesday for an Arkansas House seat vacated after a lawmaker was ousted for pleading no contest for failing to pay state income taxes. Richard McGrew defeated Jack Wells in the primary for the House District 22 seat...

Judge: South Carolina GOP can cancel its 2020 primary

Dec. 11, 2019 12:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday upheld the South Carolina Republican Party's decision not to hold a 2020 presidential primary, a move taken by several states in erecting hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump. In her order, Circuit Judge Jocelyn Newman wrote the...

Democrats' impeachment charges say Trump betrayed the nation

Dec. 11, 2019 9:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, declaring he “betrayed the nation” with his actions toward Ukraine as they pushed toward historic proceedings that are certain to help define his presidency and shape the 2020 election. The...