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Daytona 500 starts following Trump’s parade lap, rain delay

Trump made a grand entrance before the start of the race. He gave thousands of fans a flyover of Air Force One and then rode onto the track in the presidential motorcade as the audience roared with delight.

  US and Taliban agree to truce, way forward in Afghanistan

  Rep. Jim Jordan accused of telling OSU wrestler’s brother to deny abuse claims

Michelle Obama will have second California school named after her

  2020 Democrats step up attacks to blunt Bloomberg’s rise

Barr: Trump tweets on cases make it ‘impossible’ to do job

Trump Fed nominee Shelton faces skepticism at Senate hearing

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Senate acts to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran

Trump bringing back trusted aide Hope Hicks to White House

John Kelly rebukes Trump on Ukraine, defends ousted impeachment witness

  With impeachment over, critics see Trump ‘retribution tour’

  Judge allows teen held by ICE to post bond in Ill.

  Former Md. officer jailed for ordering K-9 to bite suspect seeks pardon from Trump

  After Iowa, NH, Democrats seek path through diverse states

The Vermont senator is benefiting from a crowded and fractured primary field, with several moderate candidates dividing up the rest of the vote.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns after caucus chaos

Chairman Troy Price announced his resignation Wednesday, saying Iowa Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night.

  Barr agrees to testify to House amid Roger Stone sentencing dispute

The resignations raise questions over whether President Trump had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department he often views as an arm of the White House.

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday indicating that President Donald Trump is expected to attend the NASCAR race.

Jury finds Mar-a-Lago intruder not guilty of trespassing

  Deval Patrick, last black candidate in 2020 race, drops out

  Trump wants Pentagon to review conduct of impeachment witness

  Sanders narrowly edges out Buttigieg in New Hampshire, cements Dem front-runners

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

  Yang, who created buzz with freedom dividend, ends 2020 bid

  Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence

A Justice Department official tells the Associated Press that the agency is backing away from its sentencing recommendation of between seven to nine years in prison for President Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone.

  In 2015 audio, Bloomberg advocates targeting minorities

The businessman and former New York mayor made the comments in defense of his support for the controversial “stop and frisk” policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

Judge clears major hurdle in T-Mobile’s $26.5B Sprint bid

After the deal closes, the number of major U.S. wireless companies would shrink from four to three.

  How crucial is New Hampshire win? It depends on whom you ask

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his top backers are downplaying expectations on the eve of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

  Buttigieg, Sanders campaigns request Iowa caucus recanvass

In its Monday filing, the campaign cited “mathematical errors and inconsistencies” in more than two dozen caucus locations that it says would change the results if amended.

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan was released Monday. It promises the government’s deficit will crest above $1 trillion only for the current budget year before steadily decreasing to more manageable levels.

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Iranian state television says the country’s space program has failed to launch into orbit a satellite.

Graham: DOJ has process to review Giuliani’s Ukraine info

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has established a way to review information gathered in Ukraine by Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani has targeted Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

  Driver plows through GOP voter registration tent in Florida; suspect arrested

Detectives say they do not know if the suspect’s motivation was political in nature. However, the Duval County GOP believes its members were "intentionally targeted."

  New Hampshire debate: Democrats clash over electability in struggle to oust Trump

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg enter the night as the top targets, having emerged from Iowa essentially tied for the lead.

AP FACT CHECK: Examining claims from the Democratic debate

Seven Democratic presidential candidates sparred Friday night in a wide-ranging debate held in the pivotal days before the New Hampshire primary.

  Impeachment witnesses Sondland, Vindman fired

Trump wouldn’t confirm that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was being forced out but said, “I’m not happy with him."

AP FACT CHECK: Ripping up copy of Trump’s speech not illegal

Legal experts say no laws were broken. They said it was not an original government document, but Pelosi's copy of the speech.

  Trump’s ex-Navy secretary endorses Bloomberg for president

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer said during an event at a maritime center in Norfolk, Virginia, that the U.S. needs a leader who has integrity and is “steady at the wheel.”

  Venezuela rounds up US oil executives as Guaidó visits DC

Alirio Zambrano said early Thursday that his two sons and four other executives of Houston-based CITGO were abruptly taken from their homes Wednesday night by the SEBIN intelligence police.

US employers add 225,000 jobs, unemployment rises to 3.6%

U.S. employers added 225,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.6% as Americans flooded the job market.

  Republican Joe Walsh suspends presidential campaign

Republican Joe Walsh announced on Twitter Friday morning he is suspending his GOP presidential challenge to President Donald Trump, saying in part “our fight against the Cult of Trump is just getting started.”

  DNC calls for a ‘recanvass’ of Iowa results after delays

Technical problems and delays have marred the first contest on the 2020 election calendar.

Trump says U.S. operation killed al-Qaida leader in Yemen

President Donald Trump says the U.S. has conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qassim al-Rimi, an al-Qaida leader.

  After acquittal, Trump unleashes fury at impeachment

President Donald Trump triumphantly held up copies of two newspapers with banner “ACQUITTED!” headlines as he took the stage at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Homeland Security suspends travel programs for New Yorkers over new driver’s license law

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would no longer let New York residents enroll in its “trusted traveler” programs because of a new state law that blocked federal immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records.

La. Rep. Steve Scalise supports repercussions for Nancy Pelosi’s speech ripping

Scalise called Pelosi's behavior "disgraceful" and said it was "beneath the dignity of the House of Representatives."

China cuts tariffs on $75B of US imports in trade truce

Both sides have announced conciliatory steps since agreeing in October to a “Phase 1” deal under which Washington canceled planned additional tariff hikes and Beijing committed to buying more U.S. farm exports.

  Buttigieg, Sanders nearly tied as Iowa caucus results narrow

The chaos surrounding the reporting breakdown has undermined the impact of Iowa’s election, which typically rewards winners with a surge of momentum heading into subsequent primary contests.

  Not guilty: Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges

There is not expected to be anywhere near the two-thirds vote necessary in the Republican-held Senate to convict and remove the president from office.

US trade deficit drops 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the gap between what the United States sells and what it buys abroad fell 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion.

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

The group says a majority of those deportees were killed within a year and some within days of returning to a country with the highest homicide rate in the Western Hemisphere.

  Buttigieg, Sanders lead in Iowa caucus results with 71% of precincts reporting

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a slight lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar trail behind.

  State of the Union: Trump campaigns, boasts of economic gains; Pelosi rips up speech

Against a sharply partisan backdrop, President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared the nation was “stronger than ever before."

Medicare could save billions negotiating insulin cost, study says

It shows that using price formulary and negotiations could have shaved about $4.4 billion from Medicare's estimated $7.8 billion spending on insulin.

  Senate so far split neatly along party lines on impeachment

McConnell announced Tuesday he will vote to acquit Trump.

  Democratic caucus results in Iowa delayed indefinitely due to ‘quality checks’

Problems with a mobile app appear to have forced the delay, as the campaigns, voters and the media pressed party officials for an explanation — and got few answers.

Trump wins 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses

President Donald Trump is the winner of the 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses, a largely symbolic vote as he was facing no significant opposition.

  Trump impeachment trial closing arguments aim at voters, history

The four hours of arguments provide one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of expected Senate acquittal.

Ukraine: Recordings show Iran knew jetliner hit by a missile

A leaked recording of an exchange between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot purports to show that authorities in Iran immediately knew a missile had downed a Ukrainian jetliner after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.

  Impeachment trial heads to historic end in frenetic week

Senators are all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but there’s still plenty of drama to unfold before the final vote Wednesday.

  In Iowa, anxiety and unpredictability cloud caucus finish

Campaigns and voters acknowledged a palpable sense of unpredictability and anxiety as Democrats begin choosing which candidate to send on to a November face-off with President Donald Trump.

  Iowa Caucuses: First votes of 2020 Election to be cast Monday

A year of listening to candidates at town hall meetings and through TV ads gave voters plenty to think about before making up their minds.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Democrats, impeachment and cows

A look at recent rhetoric about impeachment, Trump's newly signed trade deal and more.

  Man’s family threatened over anti-Trump golf cart in Fla.

A sign on the front calls President Donald Trump a "compulsive liar," along with the number of alleged lies reported by a major newspaper.

  Trump acquittal now likely Wednesday; Senate nixes witnesses

The Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday.

  Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown

Brexit became official Friday at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. ET).

Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations; not a full travel ban

The Trump administration is curbing immigration for six countries as part of an election-year push.

Trump signs order creating post focused on human trafficking

President Donald Trump has marked the 20th anniversary of federal legislation to help combat human trafficking by dedicating a new White House position to the issue.

  Senate may push final Trump trial vote to next week

Trump faces charges from the House that he abused his power like no other president, jeopardizing Ukraine and U.S.-Ukraine relations by using military aid as leverage while the vulnerable ally battled Russia.

  John Delaney withdraws from 2020 presidential race

John Delaney, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has withdrawn from the race, he said Friday.

Tenn. lawmaker introduces resolution calling CNN, Washington Post ‘fake news’

A Tennessee state lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the State House seeking to recognize the Washington Post and CNN as “fake news and part of the media wing of the Democratic Party."

  Poll: GOP more fired up for 2020, Democrats anxious

The poll finds that Republican enthusiasm for the race is up since October, while two-thirds of Democrats report anxiety about it.

AP Exclusive: Woman who says Trump raped her seeks his DNA

The attorneys for advice columnist E. Jean Carroll say they want to determine whether Trump’s genetic material is on a dress she says she wore during the encounter.

US economy grew at moderate 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a moderate 2.1% rate in the final three months of 2019.

Trump defense: Ukraine ‘quid pro quo’ not impeachable

Democrats are pressing hard to force the Senate to call more witnesses to testify, but Republicans appear intently focused on bringing the impeachment trial to a vote of acquittal, possibly in a matter of days.

Trump: New trade deal with Canada, Mexico to boost US growth

President Donald Trump has signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico.

  GOP lacks votes to block trial witnesses, McConnell concedes

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.

  Trump Mideast plan cheers Israelis, angers Palestinians

President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem.

  Tax time: IRS revamps federal withholding form

The change reflects the new tax code Congress approved in 2017.

  ‘Confused and angry’: Brexit unsettles EU citizens in the UK

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, many EU citizens in the country say they feel anxious, angry and abandoned.

  Defense resumes in key impeachment week as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses

Pressure is increasing on senators to call John Bolton to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial after the revelation that a draft of a book by the former national security adviser undercuts a key defense argument.

Justices allow enforcement of new green card rule

A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents.