Washington bracing for impeachment as battle lines harden

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Washington braces for this week's expected vote to impeach President Donald Trump, partisan battle lines hardened on Sunday, with Democrats defending impeachment even if Trump isn't removed from office and Republicans denouncing the integrity of the constitutional process.

Comey: 'Real sloppiness' in Russia probe but no misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified "real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been "overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was handled.

Can baseball help Bernie Sanders hit a 2020 home run?

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Take Bernie out to the ball game?

Horse-trading Iran hawks seize on Pompeo's Senate interest

WASHINGTON (AP) - In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wins reelection in runoff

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's incumbent mayor won a second term on Saturday night, holding off a millionaire trial lawyer whose previous support of President Donald Trump had become one of the main campaign issues.

Record-long UN climate talks end but fail to deliver a global agreement on carbon markets

Record-long UN climate talks end but fail to deliver a global agreement on carbon markets.

AP source: NJ Dem lawmaker plans to become a Republican

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House freshman from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump will become a Republican, a GOP official said Saturday.

Possible 'white power' hand signs at Army-Navy game probed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Army and Navy academies are looking into hand signs flashed by students that can be associated with "white power" and were televised during the Army-Navy football game on Saturday, school officials said.

Correction: Supreme Court-Trump-Taxes story

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a story Dec. 13, 2019, about the Supreme Court agreeing to hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, The Associated Press erroneously reported in some versions that Trump had stated during the 2016 campaign that he couldn't be prosecuted or investigated as president even if he were to shoot someone on New York's Fifth Avenue.

Cyberattack on New Orleans city computers called 'minimal'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials announced Saturday that no data was held for ransom and that a recovery operation is getting underway after a cyberattack a day earlier triggered a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans.

Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era

WASHINGTON (AP) - This coming week's virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton.

At Army-Navy game, Trump touts new pro sports option

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Donald Trump used his appearance at the annual Army-Navy football game to pitch to the players an administration policy change that clears the way for athletes at the nation's military academies to play professional sports after they graduate and delay their active-duty service.

Democratic hopefuls pledge more money for schools, teachers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Democratic presidential candidates pledged to boost funding for public schools, increase teacher salaries and reduce college debt at a Saturday forum that cast a rare spotlight on education, an issue that has received only passing attention in recent debates.

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) - Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

Iowa Democrats worry 'Medicare for All' hurts key industry

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Kim Motl doesn't work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her "Medicare for All" plan, which would replace private insurance with a government-run system.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal

WASHINGTON (AP) - As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown.

With O'Rourke not running for Senate, many don't know who is

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - It's finally official: Beto O'Rourke isn't running for Senate in Texas. The problem for Democrats is most voters don't know who is.

'Wild week' as Washington works amid impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi don't see eye-to-eye on much these days, but in the throes of impeachment, they're in lockstep on the desire to close out the year by checking off items on their to-do lists.

Icy silence, frayed connections: Impeachment takes a toll

WASHINGTON (AP) - The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking.

Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign.

Blackwater founder Prince visited Venezuela's sanctioned VP

MIAMI (AP) - Erik Prince, a major Trump donor and the founder of controversial security firm formerly known as Blackwater, traveled to Caracas last month for a secret meeting with Venezuela's vice president, according to several people familiar with the visit.

Trump, leader of Paraguay discuss corruption, Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP) - It was the briefest of moments in the Washington media spotlight for Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benítez.

Swarovski crystals, $900 cabernet and a Buttigieg fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Hall Rutherford wine caves in the hills of California's Napa Valley boast a chandelier with 1,500 Swarovski crystals, an onyx banquet table to reflect its luminescence and bottles of cabernet sauvignon that sell for as much as $900.

Kansas congressman addressing residence issue for 2nd time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A freshman Kansas congressman might have to correct his voter registration a second time after changing it earlier this month while local authorities investigated him for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his home.

Sen. Mitch McConnell files for seventh term in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Touting his leadership role as an asset for Middle America, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for reelection Friday as the Kentucky Republican seeks a seventh term next year.