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GOP senator bows to White House on Armenian genocide measure

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:12pm

A Republican senator blocked a resolution Thursday that would recognize the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide.

Trump: If you're going to impeach me, 'do it now, fast'

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:06pm

Just get on with it.

Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition

Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:43pm

President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a nearly century-old holiday tradition in the nation’s capital.

Aiming for debate, Booker appeals directly to Harris voters

Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:11pm

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, facing the prospect of not qualifying for this month's debate, made a direct appeal on Thursday to supporters of former rival Kamala Harris. He tried to make the case that he is now the lone contender able to appeal to the diverse group of voters who twice put Barack Obama in the White House.

House Democrats want wealthier Utahns to pay more in income taxes

Lisa Riley Roche, KSL  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:58am

Utah House Democrats offered their own tax reform plans Thursday, calling for imposing higher income tax rates those earning more than $150,000 and replacing the state sales tax with a gross receipts tax on businesses.

Kerry endorses Biden as ad cites NATO leaders mocking Trump

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:37am

John Kerry, the former secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, buoying the former vice president's argument that his international experience should be a deciding factor for voters in 2020.

Georgia GOP Rep Tom Graves to retire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:23am

Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves said Thursday he'll retire after his current term in Congress, joining a larger-than-typical group of lawmakers taking their leave from an increasingly partisan and unproductive Washington.

US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 9:45am

The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.

Warren hires director in Super Tuesday state Colorado

Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 9:30am

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday she has hired a state director in Colorado and will open multiple offices in the state. It's the latest move by the Massachusetts senator in a Western state that's part of the Super Tuesday contests in March.

House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 9:30am

Finger pointing and voice hoarse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday delivered a broadside to a reporter that might well apply to all of impeachment-era Washington: “Don't mess with me."

Lawsuit challenges social media disclosure rule for visas

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 8:56am

Two organizations of documentary filmmakers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday arguing that new rules requiring U.S. visa applicants to register their social media handles are making them fearful of publicly speaking their minds.

U.S. Senate confirms David Barlow as federal judge in Utah

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Dec 5th - 7:22am

The U.S. Senate confirmed David B. Barlow on Wednesday to serve as a federal judge in Utah.

Salt Lake County DA has harsh criticism for County Council over funding

Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio  |  Posted Dec 5th - 7:01am

It’s just not enough. That’s the message from Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill about the budget the county approved for next year.

House will draft Trump impeachment articles, Pelosi says

Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 5:22am

The U.S. House is pressing forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

Booker's critical test? Languishing campaign plots a rebound

Alexandra Jaffe and Steve Peoples, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 10:10pm

The news of Kamala Harris' sudden departure from the presidential race came during an all-staff conference call led from Cory Booker's campaign headquarters in Newark, the New Jersey city that he led for seven years and that propelled him to national fame. Within hours, Booker dictated a message calling Harris “my friend and my sister,” and a directive was issued to show her team respect at a difficult moment.

Across Capitol Hill, impeachment saga shifts

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 5:29pm

A different chairman. A committee twice the size. A shift from evidence to law.

NC lawmaker may challenge Sen. Tillis after district redrawn

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 4:57pm

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Walker may challenge GOP Sen. Thom Tillis for the party's Senate nomination next year or might run against either of two GOP House colleagues in their primaries, a spokesman for Walker said Wednesday.

6 apply for Missouri's nonpartisan redistricting post

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:10pm

About half a dozen people have applied for an influential new job in Missouri to draw state legislative districts under a nationally unique mandate to achieve “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness" in elections.

Board finds border agents broke rules in shooting at cars

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 8:24am

Four Border Patrol agents didn't follow department rules when they opened fire in two separate incidents along the U.S.-Mexico Border, both involving agents shooting at drivers who were trying to speed away, a review board has found.