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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo medical marijuana dispensary owner Chance Gilbert displays some of the marijuana he's grown at the Oklahoma Roots dispensary in Shawnee, Okla. Legislators in neighboring Kansas expect to have their most serious debate so far on legalizing marijuana for medical uses, partly because conservative Missouri and Oklahoma already have approved it. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy, File)

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

Jan. 17, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said she would sign a bill...

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)

Giuliani associate names Trump, Pence, more in Ukraine plan

Jan. 17, 2020 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Lev Parnas says he delivered an ultimatum in May, at Giuliani's behest, to the incoming...

In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trump's trial begins at the start of an election year

Jan. 17, 2020 12:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts...

In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trump's trial begins, senators vowing 'impartial justice'

Jan. 16, 2020 10:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts...

Idaho House expels member convicted of fraud by Texas jury

Jan. 16, 2020 8:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House of Representatives on Thursday expelled one of its members a day after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government. The House voted 65-0 to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. It is the first ever expulsion from the Idaho Legislature, state...

Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during a campaign event Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Pence courts evangelical Latino voters in Florida

Jan. 16, 2020 7:38 PM EST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Marilyn Del Valle climbed to her feet at the Nacion de Fe church in Kissimmee on Thursday, clapping and taking photos as Vice President Mike Pence took the stage. Del Valle is a proud “Nuyorican” — born in New York to Puerto Rican parents — who lives in...

Brittany Jones, advocacy director for the conservative Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, answers questions from reporters following the unveiling of a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution on abortion, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Jones' group and other anti-abortion organizations are backing the amendment, which would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas abortion measure's fate may rest on when vote is set

Jan. 16, 2020 5:44 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The fate of a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution could depend more on when it would appear on the ballot than the language being considered by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Supporters of the proposal for overturning last year's Kansas Supreme Court...

Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters as lawmakers leave the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the House will take steps next week to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for President Donald Trump's Senate trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Liz Cheney to stay in House, decline Wyoming Senate run

Jan. 16, 2020 10:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney, a junior but rising GOP leader in the House, is opting to stay on that chamber's leadership track rather than run for a Senate seat in her home state of Wyoming. The move keeps the combative second-term lawmaker positioned to advance in the House GOP hierarchy. Cheney...

Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson carries the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Impartial Justice'? What to watch in Trump's Senate trial

Jan. 16, 2020 5:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment of President Donald Trump is the Senate's challenge now. Directed by the Constitution, House officials and prosecutors somberly carried the articles through the dimly lit Capitol to the Senate on Wednesday evening, triggering a trial unlike any since President Bill...

Impeachment managers, House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., together with House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson leave the Senate after delivering the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Others are Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Democratic impeachment managers will need some GOP help

Jan. 16, 2020 12:05 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The managers chosen to prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump will make their case to all 100 senators. But to get the trial they want, they need just four Republicans. The House Democrats presenting the case at trial face the unique challenge of persuading a...