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Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 3:42 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry of...

Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate

Nov. 21, 2019 3:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate Wednesday night. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum did little to reorder the field and may have given encouragement to two...

On Ukraine’s bleak front line, US aid saves lives and morale

Nov. 21, 2019 2:35 AM EST

AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — U.S.-made medical equipment, night-vision devices and countermortar radar make a difference for Ukrainian troops fighting Kremlin-backed separatists on the front line of the standoff between Russia and the West. Sometimes, it’s the difference between life and death. So when...

‘On whose authority?’: What to watch in impeachment hearings

Nov. 21, 2019 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They owned the White House’s policy on Ukraine. Or so they thought. Gradually, administration officials on both sides of the Atlantic understood that President Donald Trump was using a back channel headed by Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine for investigations of Democrats. Former...

Key witnesses will cap intense week in impeachment inquiry

Nov. 21, 2019 12:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House impeachment investigators will hear from two key witnesses Thursday who grew alarmed by how President Donald Trump and others in his orbit were conducting foreign policy in Ukraine, capping an intense week in the historic inquiry. David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S....

In wake of impeachment testimony, no signs yet of GOP cracks

Nov. 21, 2019 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are showing no overt signs of abandoning their support for President Donald Trump, the latest demonstration of how Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has left the two parties inhabiting different political universes. Democrats reveled Wednesday over Ambassador...

Trump’s ‘no quid pro quo’ call open to interpretation

Nov. 21, 2019 12:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the same day that members of Congress learned of a whistleblower complaint that would trigger impeachment hearings, President Donald Trump uttered 12 words that he claims establish his innocence. "I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,” the president told a U.S....

Fiona Hill, adviser with sharp eye for detail, is next up

Nov. 21, 2019 12:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They have heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy. Now House impeachment investigators will hear from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense former White...

Official: Ukraine asked about aid on day of Trump call

Nov. 20, 2019 9:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to GOP defenses of President Donald Trump, a Defense Department official said Wednesday the Ukrainian government asked “what was going on” with U.S. military aid as early as July 25 — the very day that Trump asked Ukraine’s president to investigate...

China demands Trump veto bills on Hong Kong

Nov. 21, 2019 4:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday demanded President Donald Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy...

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Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate

Nov. 21, 2019 3:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats spent more time making the case for their ability to beat President Donald Trump than trying to defeat each other in their fifth debate Wednesday night. Civil in tone, mostly cautious in approach, the forum did little to reorder the field and may have given encouragement to two...

Democrats spar at debate over health care, how to beat Trump

Nov. 21, 2019 3:42 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates clashed Wednesday in a debate over the future of health care in America, racial inequality and their ability to build a winning coalition to take on President Donald Trump next year. The faceoff came after hours of testimony in the impeachment inquiry of...

Esper doesn’t regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

Nov. 21, 2019 2:41 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday he does not regret postponing a U.S.-South Korean military exercise, even though the gesture was rejected by North Korea as not enough to restart nuclear diplomacy. The prospects for a resumption of the nuclear diplomacy are unclear,...

On Ukraine’s bleak front line, US aid saves lives and morale

Nov. 21, 2019 2:35 AM EST

AVDIIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — U.S.-made medical equipment, night-vision devices and countermortar radar make a difference for Ukrainian troops fighting Kremlin-backed separatists on the front line of the standoff between Russia and the West. Sometimes, it’s the difference between life and death. So when...

In wake of impeachment testimony, no signs yet of GOP cracks

Nov. 21, 2019 12:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are showing no overt signs of abandoning their support for President Donald Trump, the latest demonstration of how Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has left the two parties inhabiting different political universes. Democrats reveled Wednesday over Ambassador...

Trump’s ‘no quid pro quo’ call open to interpretation

Nov. 21, 2019 12:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the same day that members of Congress learned of a whistleblower complaint that would trigger impeachment hearings, President Donald Trump uttered 12 words that he claims establish his innocence. "I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,” the president told a U.S....

Fiona Hill, adviser with sharp eye for detail, is next up

Nov. 21, 2019 12:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They have heard the measured testimony of career diplomats and the mind-boggling account of a first-time ambassador who declared he was in charge of President Donald Trump’s Ukraine policy. Now House impeachment investigators will hear from Fiona Hill, a no-nonsense former White...

Key witnesses will cap intense week in impeachment inquiry

Nov. 21, 2019 12:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House impeachment investigators will hear from two key witnesses Thursday who grew alarmed by how President Donald Trump and others in his orbit were conducting foreign policy in Ukraine, capping an intense week in the historic inquiry. David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S....

‘On whose authority?’: What to watch in impeachment hearings

Nov. 21, 2019 12:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They owned the White House’s policy on Ukraine. Or so they thought. Gradually, administration officials on both sides of the Atlantic understood that President Donald Trump was using a back channel headed by Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine for investigations of Democrats. Former...

Lawsuit: US border officers questioned journalists at length

Nov. 21, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan. The lawsuit filed by the...