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Trump adds legal heavyweights Starr, Dershowitz to impeachment team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump turned to some legal heavyweights to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial with the addition on Friday of former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz. The team defending the Republican president will be …

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Despite lack of primary threat, Trump ‘going big’ in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s campaign plans to blanket Iowa with representatives and events ahead of the state’s Feb. 3 caucuses, hoping to use the first-in-the-nation primary to show evidence of his strength in rural America, sources tell Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A flag supporting U.S. President Donald Trump sits on trailer in …

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Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters: Reuters poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been steadily climbing in popularity this year and is now tied with former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination among registered voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll. FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden greeets …

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Trump impeachment trial opens as watchdog faults White House on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove U.S. President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress. The assessment from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) was a setback …

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SEC Democratic Commissioner Jackson to step down next month

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Rob Jackson responds to questions during an interview with Reuters in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Stelios Varias/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rob Jackson, a Democratic Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, said on Thursday he will step down on Feb. 14 to continue teaching at …

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U.S. House votes to send Trump impeachment charges to Senate for trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to send two formal charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, clearing the way for only the third impeachment trial of a U.S. president to begin in earnest next week. Lawmakers voted 228 to 193 to give the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow …

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Sanders, Warren spar over disputed remark about chances of a woman candidate defeating Trump

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders disagreed in a Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday over whether he once told her a woman could not win the White House in 2020, underlining an emerging rift between the progressive contenders as the first voting nears. After days of tensions between the two U.S. …

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Democrats to vote on sending impeachment charges for imminent Trump trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday to send formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate, lawmakers said on Tuesday, clearing the way for a trial set to begin in earnest early next week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a party meeting that she would also …

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Seattle passes campaign finance curbs on ‘foreign-influenced’ firms

SEATTLE (Reuters) – The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve campaign finance legislation banning political donations in local elections from companies with at least 5% foreign ownership. FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo looking south shows Gas Works Park and Lake Union with downtown Seattle in the distance in Seattle, Washington, U.S. March …

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Trump: Timing of threat from Soleimani ‘doesn’t really matter’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to kill Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, and said “it doesn’t really matter” whether Soleimani posed an imminent threat to the United States. “The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani …

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Buttigieg gets endorsement from Iowa congressman ahead of February 3 caucus

Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign town hall meeting at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 12, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was endorsed by veteran Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack on Sunday, a …

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Desperate to defeat Trump, Democrats grapple with ‘electability’

MASON CITY, Iowa/DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) – Kristen Marttila braved sub-freezing temperatures on Saturday to knock on doors in Mason City, Iowa, trying to convince voters to cast their lot with Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in the state’s nominating contest on Feb. 3. Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reacts …

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Democratic presidential hopeful Biden aims to keep Nevada on his side

SPARKS, Nev. (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, who wears the nickname “working class Joe” with pride and courts a multi-racial voter base, faces a stern test of his ability to win nationally in Nevada’s mining towns and unionized gambling parlors. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden …

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Trump impeachment charges may go to Senate as early as next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will send formal impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to the Senate as early as next week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday, setting the stage for his long-awaited trial. Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, has been engaged in a three-week cat-and-mouse game …

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