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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 trial witnesses -- but backtracks

Jan. 22, 2020 11:39 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he's open to new witnesses at his impeachment trial, a major demand by Democratic prosecutors, but he immediately backtracked, suggesting it could never happen despite what he said was his willingness. Separately, Trump's lawyers let a deadline pass...

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio addresses lawmakers at the senate in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Di Maio said that the European Union is considering monitoring the Libyan cease-fire,

Italy's 5-Star implosion may claim party leader Di Maio

Jan. 22, 2020 10:19 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The head of Italy's 5-Star Movement met Wednesday with ministers amid rumors he will step aside as party leader following a string of parliamentary defections, falling poll numbers and questions about the movement's future. Party leader Luigi Di Maio entered and left the meeting at 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...

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 2:08 AM 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...

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...

Thailand's Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit gestures to supporters at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Thailand's Constitutional Court acquitted the country's third-biggest political party of seeking the overthrow of the country's constitutional monarchy. The court ruled Tuesday that the Future Forward Party showed no intention of committing the offense, and that the complaint had not been filed according to the correct legal procedure. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai court acquits opposition party of sedition charge

Jan. 21, 2020 5:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court on Tuesday acquitted the country's third-largest political party of seeking to overthrow the constitutional monarchy in another legal case highlighting political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation. The court ruled that the Future Forward Party showed no...