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White House lawyer in Trump trial is both defender and key witness to events

By Karen Freifeld WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While arguing President Donald Trump's case at this week's Senate trial, White House counsel Pat Cipollone also is defending his own role in a legal strategy

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Explainer: How Trump's impeachment trial will differ from a criminal one

By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in earnest on Tuesday, when senators may begin hearing opening statements on why he should

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Sanders drops Iowa campaign appearances as impeachment scrambles plans

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday scrapped three Iowa campaign appearances scheduled for this week, as he and the other U.S.

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Warren would ask for resignation of all of Trump's political appointees

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Tuesday that if elected to the White House she would ask for the resignations of all of President Donald

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McConnell proposal envisions speedy impeachment trial for Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed rules that would execute a potentially quick impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, with no guarantee

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Explainer: Why is President Donald Trump on trial in the Senate?

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in earnest in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, after he was formally charged by the Democratic-controlled

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Schumer unveils amendment listing documents he wants for Senate impeachment trial

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., released the text of his amendment to the Senate's impeachment rules that would subpoena a wide variety of documents from the White House before House impeachment managers begin their opening statement. 

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House managers: Trump's defense that abuse of power is not impeachable offense is 'wrong and dangerous'

The House Democratic impeachment managers on Tuesday slammed the argument from President Trump’s legal defense team that the charges brought against the president are not impeachable offenses, calling it “wrong and dangerous” in their own separate filing.

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AOC-aligned group pressures Clinton to commit to Dem nominee after she trashes Sanders

Justice Democrats, a hard-left group aligned with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, released a petition Tuesday pressuring Hillary Clinton to unconditionally support the party's 2020 nominee after she lambasted Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of the top contenders to take on President Trump in November. 

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Trump legal team plays offense as impeachment trial begins with bitter dispute over rules

White House lawyers went on the offense Tuesday in the opening of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, railing against Rep. Adam Schiff in personal terms and accusing Democrats of trying to overturn the will of the American people.    

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Majority of Americans want witnesses, new testimony in Senate impeachment trial: polls

As the Senate spars over the rules governing the impeachment trial of President Trump, fresh national polling suggests that a majority of Americans would like to see new witnesses and testimony presented at the trial.

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Bernie, Warren feud far from over

Despite their attempts to move on.

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Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to consider a fast-track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, making it highly unlikely that the justices would decide the case before the 2020 election.

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The Latest: Prominent New Hampshire Democrat endorses Warren

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times Eastern): 5:05 p.m. A prominent New Hampshire Democrat is endorsing Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 run.

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2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Steve Sovern had low expectations for a recent event he hosted to support Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign.

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Far from Senate, Biden largely avoids impeachment politics

AMES, Iowa (AP) — As the Senate begins President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Capitol Hill, Democrat Joe Biden is 1,000 miles away in Iowa, trying to capitalize on the circumstances without allowing the proceedings to overshadow the closing case he’s making ahead of the first 2020 votes.

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Wisconsin voter purge ruling appealed to state Supreme Court

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative law firm on Tuesday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's order putting on hold a ruling that would have forced the removal of up to 209,000 people from the state's voter rolls.

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McConnell backs off, abruptly eases impeachment trial limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abruptly backed offsome of his proposed rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Tuesday, easing plans for a tight two-day schedule and agreeing that House evidence will be included.

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In Davos Speech, Trump Rejects 'Prophets of Doom'

President Trump addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday and said "predictions of apocalypse" from "prophets of doom" should be rejected, reports the BBC . Trump spent most of his speech touting the US economy, but he briefly took aim at climate activists. "These alarmists always demand the same...

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McConnell Lays Out Plan for Trump's Trial

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to seek a speedy impeachment trial of President Trump. In a Senate resolution released Monday evening, the AP reports, McConnell detailed the structure for the trial's opening phase, with votes on witnesses deferred until next week. The resolution would permit Trump's lawyers to move...

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Trump Attorneys: Senate Must 'Swiftly' Reject Charges

A day before the Senate's impeachment trial is to begin in earnest, President Trump's legal team called for senators to "swiftly" reject the charges against him, reports the New York Times . In a legal brief, the attorneys asserted that Trump has done "absolutely nothing wrong" and called Democrats' actions a...

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Bloomberg: My Story Would Have Been Different If I'd Been Black

Michael Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk policy while heading up the Big Apple has become his Achilles' heel in the 2020 campaign, Politico notes. Now, however, the ex-mayor is trying to convince black Americans he's the best candidate for the job, traveling to cities with large black populations and acknowledging his white privilege....

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New York Times Endorses 2 Democrats for President

Instead of picking a side in the Democratic Party's centrists versus progressives debate, the New York Times editorial board has chosen to endorse two candidates. "May the best woman win," they write, giving the nod to Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. On the progressive side, they describe Sen. Bernie...

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Biden: Sanders Campaign Is Circulating 'Doctored' Video

Joe Biden has called for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign to “disown” a video that some Sanders supporters say shows the former vice president endorsing Republican calls to cut Social Security and Medicare, the AP reports. “There’s a little doctored video going around ... put out by one of Bernie’s people,” Biden...

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