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House committee delays historic vote on Trump impeachment

Dec. 13, 2019 5:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee abruptly postponed a historic vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, shutting down a 14-hour session that dragged with partisanship but had been expected to end with the formal charges being sent to the full House for a vote next...

NJ lawmakers considering referendum to legalize cannabis

Dec. 12, 2019 7:19 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers held hearings Thursday on a proposal to let voters decide in 2020 whether to legalize recreational marijuana and set a vote for next week in the Legislature. Democrat-led Assembly and Senate committees held public hearings on the proposed referendum, as required...

Democrats, DeVos clash in fiery hearing that turned personal

Dec. 12, 2019 5:43 PM EST

House Democrats clashed with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in a Thursday hearing that nearly spun out of control when one lawmaker called DeVos “the most unpopular person in our government" and said she's “out to destroy public education.” DeVos was facing the House’s education...

Senate confirms State Dept official as ambassador to Russia

Dec. 12, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a new ambassador to Russia after the Senate voted Thursday to confirm the No. 2 official at the State Department to the post. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan was confirmed by a 70-22 vote. An unusually large number of Democrats supported the nomination in the...

US considers leaving smaller number of troops in Afghanistan

Dec. 11, 2019 4:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not...

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump

Dec. 9, 2019 11:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — with an announcement expected early Tuesday. Democratic leaders are pushing ahead with formal charges saying the president put U.S....

White House won't participate in next impeachment hearing

Dec. 6, 2019 6:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's next impeachment hearing, a senior Trump administration official said Friday in another sign the president has accepted that he is likely to be impeached by the House. The decision came in a letter from White House...

Senator: Lebanon must be 'on notice' on jailed US citizen

Dec. 5, 2019 2:32 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An American citizen jailed in his native Lebanon since September on no charges is very ill, and if he dies there, then Lebanon should be subject to sanctions, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said Wednesday. Shaheen, who was addressing a Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

Pelosi to deliver public statement on Trump impeachment

Dec. 5, 2019 7:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she would deliver an unusual public statement on the status of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Pelosi met behind closed doors with her Democratic caucus, asking, ”Äre you ready?" The answer...

Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

Dec. 5, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress' impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were chosen by Democrats,...