National Politics

Volatility defines Democratic race as candidates flood Iowa

Some are heading to Iowa for a last-minute blitz of campaigning before the state’s caucuses kick off the battle for the Democratic nomination.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s fusillade of misfires on fateful week

  ‘Take her out:’ Trump demands firing of ambassador to Ukraine in recording, attorney says

Impeachment trial: Dems say oust Trump or he’ll betray again; ‘he is who he is’

  Pentagon: 34 US troops had brain injuries from Iran’s strike

  Trump, a late convert to cause, attends anti-abortion rally

Study links impeachment beliefs to regular news diets

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  ‘Bogus’ Ukraine theory led to Trump’s abuse, Dems tell trial

9 parents separated from families return to children in US

Trump removes protections for waterways, aiding developers

PBS NewsHour founder, host Jim Lehrer dies at 85

US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on ‘birth tourism’

  House impeachment managers appeal for GOP help to convict ‘corrupt’ Trump in opening remarks

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false account of Ukraine episode

Take a look at some of Trump's claims from the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, and statements by others in the matter.

Trump: Travel ban expansion coming, nations aren’t yet final

President Donald Trump says the U.S. will soon be adding visa restrictions for more countries - though it’s not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban.

  Watchdog files FEC complaint against pro-Sanders group

Common Cause, a watchdog group, argues that Our Revolution violated a provision by accepting donations in excess of federal limits while engaging in electoral activity.

  DC sues Trump inaugural committee, alleging abuse of funds

A lawsuit announced Wednesday by the city’s attorney general accuses them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit Trump’s family.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump defense misrepresents Mueller findings

  Trump slams impeachment, lauds US economy at Davos forum

  Trump impeachment: Senate approves trial rules, rejecting witnesses

  Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

  2020 Democratic hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help before Iowa vote

  A timeline of the 2020 gun-rights rally in Richmond

  McConnell proposes swift impeachment trial with 12-hour days

President Donald Trump’s legal team is asserting that he did “absolutely nothing wrong" and is calling the impeachment case “flimsy” and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution."

  Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

In Atlanta, Monday’s commemorations of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday brought a wide landscape of political officials.

National Archives says 'wrong’ to blur anti-Trump signs

The National Archives is apologizing for its decision to blur images of anti-Trump signs used as part of an exhibit on women’s suffrage.

NY Times endorses Klobuchar, Warren in Democratic contest for president

The paper said it had chosen the two most effective candidates from the moderate and progressive sides of the party — without stating a preference for either approach.

AP sources: Security probe targets Trump’s Russia adviser

Two people with knowledge of the probe tell The Associated Press that Andrew Peek has been put on administrative leave.

No escape: Senators to be quiet, unplugged for Trump trial

While senators might privately grumble about the restrictions, they agree the rules are justified as they consider the serious matter of removing the president from office.

  Discovery of unused disaster supplies angers Puerto Rico

Video of people breaking in to retrieve the goods set off a social media uproar, as the area struggles to recover from a strong earthquake.

US marks King holiday amid fears of deep racial divisions

As the nation marks the holiday honoring King, the mood surrounding it is overshadowed by deteriorating race relations in an election season that has seen one candidate of color after another quit the 2020 presidential race.

  Thousands gather for Women’s March rallies across the US

Thousands of people are gathering in cities across the country as part of the nationwide Women’s March rallies.

House Democrats, White House lay out arguments before trial

House Democrats say in a brief filed ahead of impeachment trial arguments that President Donald Trump abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust.

  Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

There will be millions watching on television, 100 senators seated silently in the Capitol and one man in the Oval Office with a twitchy Twitter finger.

US housing construction jumps 16.9% in December

The Commerce Department reported Friday that builders started construction on 1.61 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in December, up 16.9% from the November pace of home building.

  11 U.S. service members injured in last week’s Iran missile attack, military official says

The U.S.-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria shared that detail Thursday in a statement.

  Andrew Yang’s wife alleges sexual assault by obstetrician

Evelyn Yang tells CNN the assault happened in 2012, and she was initially afraid to tell anyone.

  Trump’s trial begins, senators vowing ‘impartial justice’

The seven impeachment managers will try to persuade at least four Republican senators to demand new documents and testimony in the trial to prevent a rush to Trump’s acquittal.

Georgia election server showed signs of tampering: Expert

A computer security expert says a server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months.

  Ukraine investigates US ambassador surveillance claim; Giuliani ally implicates Trump

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement that Ukrainian police “are not interfering in the internal political affairs of the United States.”

Senate passes US-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority

Passage of the measure gives President Donald Trump a major policy victory before senators turns their full attention to his impeachment trial.

  House leaders march Trump impeachment articles to the Senate

The expected Senate trial will decide whether the charges against President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal.

  Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer

The proposed amendments could herald Putin’s intention to carve out a political position that would let him stay at Russia’s helm after his current term as president ends.

  Emphasis on US exports, trade secrets in China trade deal

President Donald Trump and China’s chief trade negotiator plan to sign a modest agreement Wednesday that would ease some U.S. economic sanctions on China and have Beijing step up purchases of American farm products and other goods.

  Iran warns Europe as diplomat says officials ‘lied’ on crash

Iran’s president is warning that European soldiers deployed in the Mideast “may be in danger” after Britain, France and Germany challenged Tehran over breaking limits of its 2015 nuclear deal.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts data, Dems cut some corners

Here's a look at some statements from both stages, Trump in Milwaukee and the Democratic candidates in Des Moines, Iowa.

  Democratic debate ends with talk of hope after Warren, Sanders spar over claim he said woman can’t win

The six Democratic presidential candidates wrapped up their final debate before primary voting by talking about defeating President Donald Trump and bringing a divided nation back together.

Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea

Former Trump aide Michael Flynn has filed papers to withdraw his guilty plea.

  House votes Wednesday to send impeachment articles to Senate

As the House prepares to send the charges to the chamber, senators are still negotiating the ground rules for the historic trial.

  Iran announces arrests over downing of Ukrainian plane that killed 176

An Iranian judiciary spokesman says that “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested.” It is unknown how many have been detained.

Judge refuses to second-guess family separations at US-Mexico border

The judge indicated he was uncomfortable second-guessing decisions to separate children on grounds that the parents were considered unfit or dangerous.

Russians hacked company key to Ukraine scandal: researchers

Russian agents launched a phishing campaign in early November aimed at stealing the login credentials for employees of Burisma Holdings, the gas company, according to Area 1, a Silicon Valley company that specializes in e-mail security.

Trump’s fate rests with McConnell in impeachment trial

McConnell is set to make or at least influence a number of crucial decisions in the upcoming impeachment trial.

US drops designation of China as currency manipulator

The preliminary pact that the two sides are set to sign includes a section that's intended to prevent China from manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages.

  AG Barr: Shooting at Florida naval base was “act of terrorism”

AG Barr stated that the shooter at Pensacola, Florida, navy base 'motivated by jihadist ideology' at a press conference Monday.

  US points to Iranian dissent in wake of deadly drone strike as police accused of shooting protesters

As the Trump administration struggles with its justification for the drone strike that killed Iran's top general, officials have tried to refocus attention on voices of dissent inside Iran.

Cory Booker suspends presidential campaign

Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey has suspended his presidential campaign, thanking his supporters via Twitter.

Trump wants Pelosi, Schiff as impeachment witnesses

The Senate is poised to launch a tightly choreographed trial of the articles of impeachment, but there are questions about some details of the proceedings.

Medical cannabis facilities set to open in the Commonwealth by mid-summer

There will be five processor plants each located in a health service area of the Commonwealth. Aaron Lopez is the public affairs director for the facility located in northern Virginia.

Redistricting power at stake in 2020 legislative elections

The winners of more than 5,000 state legislative races around the country will have a role in redrawing districts for Congress after the 2020 census.

2 US troops killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

In keeping with defense department rules, the U.S. military did not identify the service members.

  White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

This comes amid a renewed election-year focus by Trump on immigration issues.

  Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake

Iranian state TV, citing a military statement, says the country ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

FBI tightening up wiretap protocols after watchdog report

The FBI says it’s making changes to improve the accuracy and completeness of its wiretap applications for national security investigations.

  US orders more Iran sanctions, confronts doubts about threat

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials as well as companies in the steel and other sectors.

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will reject the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order.

Marianne Williamson drops out of 2020 presidential race

A longshot for the Democratic nomination, author and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson has suspended her presidential campaign.

  Pelosi: House moving to send impeachment to Senate next week

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will take steps next week to send impeachment articles to Senate for Trump’s trial.

  US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

The U.S. State Department told the Iraqis that the two sides should instead talk about how to “recommit” to their partnership.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

Feds: Security guard threatened Trump over Iranian general’s death

The Secret Service says Chauncy Lump posted a live video on Facebook last week where he stated “he killed my leader and I have to kill” Trump.

Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan. 31 exit

Lawmakers voted 330-231 on Thursday to pass the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones

Facebook will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of such ads easier to use.

White House welcomes court ruling on border wall, proposes rollback of environmental law

The government is proposing changes that could allow projects ranging from oil pipelines to mines to move forward without far less federal review of their impact on the environment.

  Pelosi says she will ‘soon’ transmit Trump impeachment to Senate

The ongoing standoff between Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is turning into a test of wills for the leaders.

‘How are your 409K’s doing?’: Trump tweets about nonexistent retirement plan

President Donald Trump put himself squarely in the bullseye with a typo in a tweet Thursday morning, touting the economic gains during his administration.

Global stocks, oil prices stabilize as Iran anxiety eases

Market benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Hong Kong are up Thursday. Wall Street futures are pointing to gains on the open.

  House approves measure to restrain Trump’s actions on Iran

Reigniting a constitutional debate over war powers, the Democratic-controlled House has approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she’s now cancer-free

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said during an interview with CNN that she was cancer-free.

  House to vote Thursday on curbing Trump’s actions against Iran

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set a House vote on limiting President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

  US, Iran step back from the brink; region still on edge

The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war Wednesday, as President Donald Trump indicated he would not respond militarily after no one was harmed in Iran’s missile strike on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.