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Facing Senate trial crunch, Democrats blitzing Iowa, early states

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

As a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren's campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters.



Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he will deliver constitutional arguments meant to shield Trump from allegations that he abused his power.



Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what's expected to be an unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists.



Members of Congress visit Navy shipbuilder amid talk of cuts

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

The Democratic chairman and ranking Republican on a House Armed Services subcommittee toured Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works on Friday and offered assurances to shipbuilders amid reports of possible cuts.



Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, an Iranian official said Saturday.



Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.



Tech, communications stocks push US indexes to more records

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Wall Street capped a milestone-setting week Friday with a few more as modest gains nudged the major stock indexes to all-time highs.



Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US

Posted 1/18/2020 in National

Thousands gathered in cities across the country Saturday as part of the nationwide Women's March rallies focused on issues such as climate change, pay equity, reproductive rights and immigration.



Trump boosts school prayer, faith groups as he rallies base

Posted 1/17/2020 in National

In a bid to solidify his evangelical base, President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and took new steps to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs.



Senate takes over Trump's impeachment after House handoff

Posted 1/16/2020 in National

In a dramatic procession across the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats carried the formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, setting the stage for only the third trial to remove a president in American history.



Emphasis on US exports, trade secrets in China trade deal

Posted 1/16/2020 in National

The United States and China reached a trade deal Wednesday that eases tensions between the world's two biggest economies, offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories, and promises to do more to protect American trade secrets.



New Iowa caucus rules could spark clashing claims of victory

Posted 1/16/2020 in National

The Iowa caucuses are never simple. Voters spend hours in high school gymnasiums or public libraries, starting their night by declaring support for their preferred presidential candidate.



Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

Posted 1/16/2020 in National

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday.



United Methodist leaders explain plan to split denomination

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

The 16 United Methodist bishops and advocacy group leaders who negotiated a recent proposal to split the denomination explained their reasoning at an event that was streamed live by United Methodist News Service.



Warren makes debate case: Democratic woman can beat Trump

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

Elizabeth Warren made a forceful case for a female president and stood behind her accusation suggesting sexism by progressive rival Bernie Sanders in a Democratic debate that raised gender as a key issue in the sprint to Iowa's presidential caucuses.



Delay over, House to send articles of impeachment to Senate

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

The House is set to vote to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal.



US drinking more now than just before Prohibition

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What's more, it's been rising for two decades, and it's not clear when it will fall again.



US drops designation of China as currency manipulator

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

The Trump administration is dropping its designation of China as a currency manipulator in advance of the signing Wednesday of a Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement.



NSA finds major security flaw in Windows 10, free fix issued

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept seemingly secure communications.



FAA investigating Delta jet fuel-dumping on schoolkids

Posted 1/15/2020 in National

Federal authorities will investigate why an airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area of Southern California while making an emergency return to the airport, dousing dozens of schoolchildren in a smelly vapor.



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