WASHINGTON — Years from now, when school groups visit the National Museum of American History, they might learn about the impeachment of a president through a fidget spinner. And they will have Jon Grinspan, the Smithsonian's curator of political history, to thank. Grinspan is a soft-spoken, academic version of Indiana Jones, on the hunt not for the Ark of the Covenant but for something perhaps more elusive: the exactly right objects to tell the story of the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
DES MOINES, Iowa - A handwritten sign posted inside a Bernie Sanders campaign office tells volunteers how to respond to concern about something that sets Sanders apart from all of his presidential rivals - his identity as a socialist. "Affirm -> I get that! Labels can be intimidating," the sign instructs them to say, especially "those unfamiliar to us." It encourages them to say Sanders stands for "social equality" and "equal opportunity for all" and ends with a suggestion to "redirect" prospective supporters to other topics.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Friday dramatically escalated its response to the fast spreading coronavirus epidemic by announcing quarantines and major travel restrictions that officials said were meant to limit contagion. The measures, which could affect thousands of people around the world, represented a marked expansion of the federal government's response after initially downplaying potential risks.
LONDON - Well, that wasn't easy. But after 1,317 days, three prime ministers, two blown exit dates, dozens of votes in Parliament and years of negotiation, Britain finally left the European Union on Friday. As of 11 p.m. London time, midnight in Brussels, Britain was out of the bloc it helped establish almost five decades ago. Brexit will barely be felt by average citizens until the end of an 11-month transition period. But Britain's departure will profoundly change its relationship with Europe and the rest of the world.
A Coast Guard officer who kept 15 guns and other weapons in his Maryland home and allegedly planned to kill people in an attack in support of white nationalism was sentenced Friday to 13 years in federal prison in a case that illustrated the difficulty of prosecuting accused, would-be domestic terrorists who are arrested before they carry out violent crimes.
WASHINGTON - It was not a perfect phone call. That was the message to President Donald Trump from a range of Republican senators on Friday - even as they voted to block witnesses from the Senate impeachment trial and signaled they would vote to acquit him on charges that he sought to tie foreign aid to Ukraine launching an investigation into a political foe.
President Bill Clinton famously wanted to make abortion "safe, legal and rare." Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used that same phrase and added, "and by rare, I mean rare." And President Barack Obama invited voters across the aisle to work to reduce the number of abortions. But those kinds of rhetorical olive branches to voters who oppose abortion rights have been mostly absent from the 2020 Democratic campaign.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump added six countries to his administration's travel ban Friday - including Nigeria, Africa's most populous country - in a widely anticipated expansion that Democrats blasted as "clearly discriminatory" against people from predominantly black and Muslim nations.
When the translator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation heard his own voice-mail message on a wiretapped call, he froze in fear. The man who called Abdirizak Wehelie was the son of a deceased friend in the tightknit northern Virginia Somali community. He was under investigation for allegedly helping someone travel abroad to join the terrorist group al-Shabab. Wehelie, who knew the man's home had just been searched, "essentially panicked and did something very foolish," defense attorney Nina Ginsberg said.
WASHINGTON — The final verdict in President Donald Trump's historic Senate impeachment trial could be extended to as late as Wednesday, Feb. 5, — after the Iowa caucuses and State of the Union address — officials said Friday, Jan. 31, as senators heard debate on whether the trial should include witnesses.