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Text of Pelosi's announcement on articles of impeachment

Dec. 5, 2019 10:31 AM EST

Text of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement on Thursday that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Let us begin where our Founders began in 1776: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political...

Alaska governor marks 1st year in office amid turmoil

Nov. 29, 2019 10:15 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Last December, poor weather scrambled Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s inaugural plans, a bumpy start to a turbulent year marked by budget disputes and a recall threat. Dunleavy told The Associated Press recently he hopes to move past the rancor. Whether he can repair strained...

Criticism of Hong Kong mask ruling seen as hint from China

Nov. 19, 2019 9:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Criticism from China’s rubber-stamp parliament of a Hong Kong court decision is raising concerns that Beijing may move to flex its legal muscles and overrule the verdict. That’s laying bare the limits of the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong...

‘Too busy’: Trump professes disinterest on impeachment

Nov. 13, 2019 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What hearings? What phone call? Professing disinterest and disdain, President Donald Trump said he was “too busy” doing the people’s business Wednesday to watch the impeachment hearings that imperil his presidency. But even as Trump tried to suggest that he was above...

Election official rejects effort to recall Alaska governor

Nov. 4, 2019 8:22 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Supporters of an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy vowed to take their fight to court after an election official on Monday rejected their bid to move forward with seeking to oust him from office. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai said she based her decision on...

The Latest: Recall group to challenge denial in court

Nov. 4, 2019 7:20 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an effort to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The group seeking to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says it will take its case to court after its application was denied by a state elections official. Jahna Lindemuth, an attorney for the...

Experts: White House has dubious reasons to ignore subpoenas

Nov. 4, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The impeachment process is fundamentally unfair. Congress lacks authority to investigate the president. Witnesses should have executive branch lawyers. White House attorneys are throwing out an array of arguments for keeping its officials from cooperating with the congressional impeachment inquiry. But legal...

Court considers voiding N. Carolina constitutional changes

Oct. 31, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina appeals court is considering whether to void changes to the state constitution that voters approved last year because they were placed on the ballot by lawmakers elected in racially gerrymandered districts, lawyers said Thursday. The state Court of Appeals will decide...

National security official twice raised concerns on Ukraine

Oct. 29, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military officer at the National Security Council twice raised concerns over the Trump administration's push to have Ukraine investigate Democrats and Joe Biden, according to testimony the official is prepared to deliver Tuesday in the House impeachment inquiry. Alexander Vindman, an...

The Latest: House observes moment of silence for Cummings

Oct. 17, 2019 9:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the death of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The House has observed a moment of silence in honor of Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a fellow Maryland Democrat, said Cummings was a quiet man who did...