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GOP strains to contain Bolton fallout in impeachment trial

Lisa Mascaro, Eric Tucker and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 10:32am

President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal.

US expands troop, fighter jet presence at Saudi base

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 10:25am

Across the vast expanse of this desert air base, hundreds of tents have popped up and a newly arrived squadron of U.S. Air Force F-15E fighters is lined up on the tarmac, flying daily missions over Iraq and Syria. Off in the distance, two American Patriot missile batteries are scanning the skies, prepared to knock down any Iranian attack against the Saudi kingdom.

Ukraine and separatists to pull back troops from a new area

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 10:24am

Ukrainian negotiators and Russia-backed separatists on Wednesday agreed on another area to disengage their troops in eastern Ukraine.

Putin pardons Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 10:14am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pardoned an Israeli woman who had been jailed on drug charges, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Utah lawmakers seek to loosen voter privacy law to address 'unintended consequences'

Katie McKellar, KSL  |  Posted Jan 29th - 7:02am

Two Utah lawmakers are championing an effort to loosen election privacy laws, even if people opted to keep their information private.

Leader of Spain's Catalonia to call early regional election

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 5:38am

The regional president of Spain’s conflict-riven Catalonia says he will soon call an early election amid splits in his government's unity.

Dutch court throws out case against Israeli military chiefs

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 2:33am

A Dutch court threw out a civil case Wednesday brought by a Dutch-Palestinian man seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family.

Question time: What's next in Trump's impeachment trial

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:06pm

With opening arguments wrapped up in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, senators will now get a chance to ask questions. But the normally loquacious politicians will still have to keep silent, as their questions can only be submitted in writing.

Klobuchar makes quick trip to Iowa in midst of impeachment

Margery A. Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 8:01pm

Amy Klobuchar is still fighting to gain ground in Iowa's presidential caucuses that are now just days away.

Scaling down proposed Olympia Hills development is just ‘lipstick on a pig’ to Herriman residents

Kyle Dunphey, KSL and Amy Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Jan 28th - 7:29pm

Lipstick on a pig. Whip cream on a turd. Those were just a couple of the ways residents characterized the proposed Olympia Hills development.

Impeachment gives Romney a chance to assert Senate clout

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 6:21pm

The trial is a chance for Romney to wield influence in the Senate as an independent GOP voice — or become one of the Republicans standing by the president.

Pentagon: 50 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:45pm

The Pentagon on Tuesday 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, the third time the number of injuries has been increased.

GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House

Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:36pm

For much of the last 20 years, John Bolton was a conservative poster child, a Republican hawk whose worldview helped shape the GOP establishment’s approach to dicey foreign policy questions.

Trial highlights: Trump defense urges end to impeachment

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:28pm

President Donald Trump’s legal team on Tuesday concluded its three-day presentation as they started it — arguing that the Democrats’ case amounted to partisan politics that would undo the results of the 2016 presidential election and drive Trump from office.

AP source: McConnell says he can't yet block new witnesses

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 4:15pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators privately Tuesday he does not yet have the votes to block new witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump defense wrong about FBI investigation

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 4:05pm

President Donald Trump's defense team falsely claimed the Justice Department was already investigating him even before the 2016 election and distorted the facts about a dossier of opposition research into Trump's ties to Russia.

Biden won't say whether Sanders could unify Dems as nominee

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 3:42pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden wouldn't say Tuesday whether he thinks Bernie Sanders could effectively unify the Democrats if the Vermont senator wins the party's presidential nomination.

President Vladimir Putin pardons Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 10:08am

President Vladimir Putin pardons Israeli woman jailed in Russia on drug charges.

AP Source: McConnell tells Republicans he does not yet have votes to block witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 4:04pm

AP Source: McConnell tells Republicans he does not yet have votes to block witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial.