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Risks for all sides as Trump impeachment hearings swing open

Nov. 12, 2019 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closed doors of the Trump impeachment investigation are swinging wide open. When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about President Donald...

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 5:57 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. Josh Mahony announced on Twitter that he was ending his campaign, two...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

What to watch as impeachment inquiry of Trump goes public

Nov. 12, 2019 5:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are giving President Donald Trump a reality show for the ages as they take their case public for his impeachment. But the proceedings are much more than showbiz, with lawmakers considering the use of a grave and seldom-employed power spelled out in the Constitution. With...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...

Separating fact from fiction in Trump's impeachment hearings

Nov. 12, 2019 4:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been fulminating for weeks over the impeachment inquiry, which he sees as a persecution cooked up by Democrats and "Never Trumpers." In reality, a collection of witnesses that includes Still Trumpers, Once Trumpers and the apolitical civil service has put...

Stone trial testimony ends with talk of outreach to Kushner

Nov. 12, 2019 4:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testimony in the colorful trial of Roger Stone — featuring talk of dognapping and Godfather references — wrapped up Tuesday with a top Trump campaign official telling jurors that Stone tried to contact Jared Kushner to "debrief" him about hacked emails damaging to Hillary...

Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 US Senate bid in Mississippi

Nov. 12, 2019 3:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

Bloomberg registers for 2020 presidential ballot in Arkansas

Nov. 12, 2019 3:24 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork Tuesday to appear on the ballot in Arkansas' March 3 presidential primary, the latest indication that the billionaire former New York City mayor may seek the Democratic nomination . Bloomberg sent staffers to Alabama last week to file for the...

Democrats' wins could help bring down Confederate statues

Nov. 12, 2019 10:33 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia's landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades. Members of the new legislative majority say they plan to revive proposals...