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By The Associated Press | Updated - Nov 9th, 2019 @ 9:40pm | Posted - Nov 8th, 2019 @ 10:40pm



WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are trying to agree on the best strategy for defending President Donald Trump as the Democratic-led House continues its impeachment inquiry. And their struggle for an effective defense plan comes as Democrats prepare to begin public hearings next week. A veteran GOP consultant, Alex Conant, says the lack of a unified defense is not good. Conant says it's hard to rally people to your side without a coherent and sustainable message.

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBD craze might be leaving the war on drugs a bit dazed and confused. The extract that's been showing up in everything from candy to coffee is legally derived from hemp plants, which look and smell an awful lot like that other cannabis - marijuana. They're so similar, police officers and the field tests they use on suspected drugs sometimes can't tell the difference.

NEW YORK (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's former national security advisers, John Bolton, has a book in the works. Three publishing officials tell The Associated Press that Biden has reached a deal with the publisher Simon & Schuster. Two of the officials put the price of the book deal at around $2 million. Bolton left the administration in September after numerous foreign policy disagreements with the president.

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is facing an ominous new challenge as dissension spreads among police units amid widespread unrest over the country's disputed presidential election results. Police guards abandoned their posts outside the presidential palace Saturday, and officers in at least three cities retreated to their barracks. Morales appeared at a military airfield to call for Bolivia's political factions to hold talks. Opposition leaders quickly rejected his appeal.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's House of Delegates is poised to have the first female speaker in its 400-year history, with the chamber's Democrats choosing a veteran legislator for the post. Democratic delegates for the upcoming session meeting on Saturday chose Del. Eileen Filler-Corn as their nominee. Filler-Corn's election as speaker is anticipated because Democrats won this week a majority in the state House for the first time in two decades.

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