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Buckle up: What to watch as impeachment trial takes off

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:40pm

Senators like to float above messy politics in what's known by some as the dignified “upper chamber," home of Congress' cooler heads and lofty rhetoric.

2020 hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:37pm

Steve Sovern had low expectations for a recent event he hosted to support Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign. Iowans are legendary for expecting to meet White House hopefuls in person — multiple times — and the candidate wasn't going to be there, represented instead by California Rep. Katie Porter.

Far from Senate, Biden still navigates impeachment politics

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:23pm

Joe Biden will have Iowa virtually to himself in the coming days as several of his top presidential rivals decamp to Washington to participate in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. But as Biden seeks to leverage his freedom with a final campaign blitz in the critical early voting state, he and his advisers know that the proceedings in Washington could overshadow any closing case they try to present.

Trump impeachment trial to begin with rules fight, long days

Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 10:21pm

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding over whether to remove him from office for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals and obstructing Congress' ensuing investigation.

Senate impeachment timetable at a glance

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:38pm

Packed into only two days — to make their opening arguments. The White House will have the same amount of time to respond, though Trump's lawyers may not use it all.

Impeachment arguments as seen by Democrats, Trump team

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:20pm

Legal filings to the Senate have laid out the arguments that will be made in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, where he faces two distinct allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Justice Dept. memos back defiance of impeachment subpoenas

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:55pm

The White House on Monday released Justice Department legal opinions meant to bolster its case for defying subpoenas from Congress in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

AP FACT CHECK: Distortions in Trump's legal defense

Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 1:33pm

President Donald Trump's defense against impeachment charges, as laid out in his legal argument released Monday, has distortions at its core.

Trump heads to Switzerland with Senate trial to reconvene

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 11:43am

When President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial is called to order in the Senate this week, he won’t be watching from inside the chamber or on television from the White House.

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:21am

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024.

Germany downplays flap over Tunisia invite to Libya summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 5:29am

The German government on Monday downplayed Tunisia's rejection of a last-minute invitation to a weekend conference on Libya that had ruffled feathers in the North African nation.

2020 Watch: Will impeachment change the primary?

Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:34am

Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Italy's Salvini dares lawmakers to vote to put him on trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 3:51am

Italy's right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini is daring fellow senators to vote to put him on trial for alleged kidnapping for keeping migrants aboard a rescue ship for days last year when he was interior minister.

Catalan ex-police chief on trial for role in secession bid

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:39am

The former head of Catalonia's regional police and three others are standing trial on charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged roles in the illegal bid by the Catalan regional government to break away from Spain in 2017.

US Pelosi visits Auschwitz ahead of liberation anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 3:54am

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a Congress delegation are paying a visit to the site of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet troops.

German court convicts Tamil man over killing of Sri Lanka FM

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:56am

A German court convicted a Sri Lankan man Monday of accessory to murder in the 2005 killing of the South Asian nation's foreign minister for providing his assassins with crucial information.

Trump team in legal brief decries 'flimsy' impeachment charges as a 'dangerous perversion of the Constitution'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:30am

Trump team in legal brief decries 'flimsy' impeachment charges as a 'dangerous perversion of the Constitution'.

Former German military translator on trial as Iran spy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:07am

A German-Afghan man who worked for years as an interpreter and adviser for the German military went on trial Monday on charges of spying for Iranian intelligence.

Populist party could leave Norwegian govt over IS woman

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 3:28am

Norway's populist Progress Party could leave the center-right government coalition over a decision to bring back home an Islamic State group-linked woman and her two children from a detention camp in Syria.