GOP wins closely watched Texas special election

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republicans won handily a closely watched special election Tuesday to keep hold of a suburban Houston district that President Donald Trump won easily four years ago, fending off a national blitz by Democrats in a Texas legislative race.

Klobuchar makes quick trip to Iowa in midst of impeachment

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Amy Klobuchar is still fighting to gain ground in Iowa's presidential caucuses that are now just days away.

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by linking arms and marching through South Carolina's capital, Michael Bloomberg was nowhere near the early primary state.

Impeachment gives Romney a chance to assert Senate clout

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's Mitt Romney's big moment, again.

GOP lacks votes to block trial witnesses, McConnell concedes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded late Tuesday, a potentially major hurdle for Trump's hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal. Earlier, Trump's lawyers concluded his defense with a plea to move on.


Trump shores up support for newest GOP congressman in Jersey

WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) - Moving on several fronts toward shoring up support for his reelection bid, President Donald Trump capped off a busy Tuesday by heaping praise on the newest Republican member of Congress and savaging Democrats he said are engaged in "demented hoaxes" like his impeachment trial.

Trial highlights: Trump defense urges end to impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

Lev Parnas wants to see Senate impeachment hearing Wednesday

NEW YORK (AP) - An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contributions has a ticket to Wednesday's U.S. Senate impeachment trial, but he still probably can't go.

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

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - 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.

Unite Here labor union staying neutral in Democratic primary

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Unite Here, the parent of the large Nevada union representing hotel and casino workers, announced Tuesday that it is not planning to endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.


Sanders' Social Security 'adjustments' undercut Biden attack

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As a congressman in the 1990s, Bernie Sanders expressed an openness to making "adjustments" to the tax and benefit structure of Social Security. He also praised an overhaul of the social safety net program signed into law by President Ronald Reagan that reduced benefits and increased taxes on working families.

Amy Klobuchar helped jail teen for life, but case was flawed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It was a prime-time moment for Amy Klobuchar.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump defense wrong about FBI investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's defense team falsely claimed the Justice Department was already investigating him even before the 2016 election and distorted the facts on how the FBI probe into Russian election interference got started.

Appeals court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to set aside a ruling that allowed some felons to regain access to the ballot box despite owing fines and other legal debts.

Collins quiet on Georgia Senate during state Capitol stop

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said "there will be more coming later" about his expected Senate bid, otherwise keeping quiet about the race during a visit Tuesday to the Georgia state Capitol as lawmakers advanced a bill that could give the congressman an edge if he decides to challenge newly sworn-in GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Trump Jr. boosts Hagerty for U.S. Senate in Tennessee trip

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. hit the campaign trail Tuesday in Tennessee to help hammer home Republican Bill Hagerty's prevailing message in his campaign for the state's open U.S. Senate seat - that he's already scored President Donald Trump's endorsement.

Michigan ballot law changes struck down by a 2nd court

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Another Michigan court has vacated changes to the state's ballot drive law, declaring that a geographic limitation on collecting petitions unconstitutionally takes power out of the hands of voters.

Pence touts school choice in liberal capital of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit Tuesday to the state where the private school voucher program began, stopping in battleground Wisconsin for a noontime celebration in the state Capitol.

Buttigieg thanks staffers of color for voicing grievances

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday thanked his staffers of color for feeling able to voice their grievances following a news report that said some had expressed frustrations with the campaign.

Iowans adjust to 'weird' final days of caucus campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In normal years, Iowa is the center of the political universe during the final stretch before its famed caucuses. Top candidates rumble across the state on multi-city bus tours and hold giant rallies every night. Images of the state's snowy landscape flood television screens.

GOP wins closely watched Texas special election

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

GOP squirms as Bolton prepares to dish on Trump White House

Former National security adviser John Bolton leaves his home in Bethesda, Md. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. President Donald Trump's legal team is raising a broad-based attack on the impeachment case against him even as it mostly brushes past allegations in a new book that could undercut a key defense argument at the Senate trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a manuscript that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it committed to helping with investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Trump backs Pompeo against NPR, criticizes CNN and Fox News

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses as he meets with Benin President Patrice Talon at the State Department. in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Klobuchar makes quick trip to Iowa in midst of impeachment

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., pauses before leaving the Capitol at the close of defense arguments by the Republicans in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?

In this Jan. 20, 2020 photo, former New York City Mayor, and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg walks with supporters along the route of the Little Rock

Recreational marijuana gains support in state Senate

Recreational marijuana gains support in state Senate

Monroe County executive reacts to Cuomo's Medicaid plan

Monroe County executive reacts to Cuomo's Medicaid plan

Cuomo's 2021 budget calls for big changes to Medicaid, education

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his 2021 Executive budget

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw announces run for NY-27

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

Cuomo taps Miranda, Liu, MLK III to chair Census Council

Cuomo taps Miranda, Liu, MLK III to chair Census Council