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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team concluded its three-day presentation on the same note with which it began — that the Democrats’ case amounted to partisan politics that would undo the results of the 2016 presidential election. Trump's lawyers argued forcefully Tuesday against calling former national security adviser John Bolton as a witness, saying his unpublished manuscript contains unproven allegations. Meanwhile, Democrats and some Republicans pressed to call Bolton and other witnesses as the case heads to a question-and-answer phase.
WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is capping off a busy day by heaping praise on the newest Republican member of Congress and savaging Democrats he said are engaged in “demented hoaxes” like his impeachment trial. Trump's rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Tuesday came hours after his legal team wrapped up the final day of its opening arguments on the Senate floor. The president spoke to an enthusiastic audience in support of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who recently abandoned the Democratic Party after breaking ranks over impeachment. Trump called Van Drew on stage, saying, “Jeff had the guts to defy the left-wing fanatics in his own party.”
BEIJING (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will work together to evacuate their isolated and vulnerable citizens from China’s virus-hit Hubei province. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could not say how many or how soon citizens would be flown by Qantas from Hubei. The departures would be arranged in consultation with China. The citizens would be quarantined on Christmas Island, which has been used to hold asylum seekers and foreign criminals facing deportation. Australia has advised its citizens to reconsider their need to travel to China and not to travel to Hubei. New Zealand's government advised people to avoid all non-essential travel to China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has raised to 50 the number of U.S. service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike earlier this month on an Iraqi air base, It's the third time the number of injuries has been increased. The new casualty total belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. Days later, the military said 11 service members had been injured and then increased the total to 34. A Pentagon spokesman says 31 of the 50 service members have returned to duty.
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden won't say whether he thinks Bernie Sanders could unify the Democratic Party as nominee. Biden said Tuesday that he won't make any judgments now and that his assessment could depend on how the two men treat each other as the primary fight plays out. Tensions between Biden and Sanders have escalated recently. The two men reflect the larger ideological battle between a Democratic establishment in which Biden has spent his career and the progressive left that has surged in influence since Sanders' failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
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