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By The Associated Press | Updated - Dec. 20, 2019 at 9:40 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 19, 2019 at 10:40 p.m.



WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading south to sunny Florida after his historic impeachment, while plans for his speedy trial back in Washington remain clouded. Senate leaders jockeying for leverage have failed to agree on procedures and perhaps new witnesses for the trial, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Trump is still expected to be acquitted of both charges in the Senate, where Republicans have the majority. Proceedings are expected to begin in January.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blasting a prominent Christian magazine that published an editorial arguing that he should be removed from office. The essay in Christianity Today cited what it called Trump's “blackened moral record.” Trump tweeted that the publication would prefer a radical left nonbeliever who "wants to take your religion & your guns.” The magazine was founded by the late Billy Graham. Some of Trump's strongest evangelical supporters, including Graham’s son, rallied to his side and against the publication. Their pushback underscored Trump’s hold on the evangelical voting bloc that helped propel him into office.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed off on nearly $1.4 trillion in spending that will keep the government funded through Sept. 30. The spending measures add roughly $400 billion to the deficit over the next decade. they include money for the president's U.S.-Mexico border fence, pay raises for military and civilian federal workers, and funding for election security grants. The signing of the massive spending measures spares Washington the possibility of a partial government shutdown. Trump spent last Christmas in Washington while he was at loggerheads with Democrats over funding for the border fence.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has escaped the chill of Washington and his impeachment to celebrate Christmas and New Year's in Florida with family and friends. One thing he isn't celebrating is the delay in his Senate impeachment trial. Trump flew to his Palm Beach resort on Friday, two days after the House impeached him. But the Senate's Republican and Democratic leaders have yet to agree on trial procedure. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't plan to send the two articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate until she knows more about the process. One of Trump's Republican allies says he's “mad as hell" about the development.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s top reelection advisers says Republicans plan to make more aggressive use of Election Day monitoring of polling places. Justin Clark discussed strategies for 2020 in wide-ranging remarks to influential Republicans in Wisconsin in an audiotape obtained by The Associated Press. The recording includes Clark saying Republicans have “traditionally” suppressed votes in places before he goes on to talk about “protecting our voters.” Clark told AP in a follow-up interview that his remarks referred to false accusations that the GOP engages in voter suppression and he wasn't describing a strategy for the upcoming race.

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