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Amid Senate impeachment trial, Trump posts record-breaking number of tweets in one day

As of 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, a day when the Senate was embroiled in his impeachment trial and the president was attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland, Trump broke one of his own records by sending out a whopping 131 tweets and retweets in a single day, marking the most of his presidency.

Wisconsin judge orders commission to purge up to 209,000 names from voter rolls

A Wisconsin judge on Monday found the state’s Elections Commission and three of its members in contempt of court and ordered the commission to remove up to 209,000 names from the state's voter rolls in a case that could have major implications later this year in a key battleground state.

Trump says Soleimani strike saved lives, dials back threat on cultural sites

President Trump defended on Tuesday the U.S. drone strike in Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani – arguing that it “saved lives” – while also appearing to walk back his controversial threat to target cultural sites in Iran if the Islamic republic retaliated for the attack.

Bloomberg campaign buys 60-second Super Bowl ad slot

Michael Bloomberg's campaign confirmed Tuesday that the Democratic presidential candidate has purchased a 60-second ad slot during the upcoming Super Bowl – a move meant to directly counter President Trump's own reported 30-second ad during the big game.

Dems renew calls for Ukraine documents after new emails released

Two leading Democrats on Thursday slammed the Trump administration and called for the immediate release of documents relating to the White House’s temporary move to block aid to Ukraine following the president now-infamous July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Tulsi Gabbard surfs in frigid New Hampshire waters to ring in new year

Despite her low polling numbers, Democratic presidential primary hopeful Tulsi Gabbardspent New Year’s Day trying to prove to voters that her campaign isn’t about to wipeout. The Hawaii lawmaker celebrated the first day of 2020 by catching a few waves with some supporters.

Trump to hold Wisconsin rally on same night as next Democratic debate

President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign announced Monday that it will hold a rally in Wisconsin on Jan. 14 – the same evening that Democrats gather in the early caucus state of Iowa for the first presidential primary debate of the new year.

Schumer says he wants impeachment trial focused on facts, not 'conspiracy theories' as he balks at GOP calling witnesses

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during a news conference Monday that any Senate impeachment trial should be “focused on the facts that the House presented, not on conspiracy theories” – an apparent slight at Republicanattempts to alleviate blame on President Trump by casting aspersions on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine.

Schiff defends Democrats' impeachment case against Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., defended the Democrats case for impeaching President Trump and slammed his Republican colleagues for allowing the White House to ignore congressional subpoenas.

Trump calls articles of impeachment 'weak' and only reason Dems agreed to USMCA

In his first public statement since Democrats formally announced articles of impeachment against him, President Trump called the two charges levelled against him “weak” and said the only reason Democrats agreed to a modified North American trade deal was because of impeachment.

Gaetz to Dem counsel: 'We want Schiff in the chair! Not you!'

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., upbraided Democratic Intelligence Counsel Dan Goldman on Monday to demand that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., take the stand to testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

GOP lawyer turns impeachment tables by scorching Bidens at hearing

The top lawyer forJudiciary and Intelligence Committee Republicans testified Monday that there was a “legitimate basis” for President Trump to ask Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to launch a public investigation into the Biden family’s dealings in Ukraine.

Biden campaign accused of deceptive editing in new anti-Trump ad

The Trump campaign is accusingformer Vice President Joe Biden’s team of deceptively editing a video for a new ad to make it appear like a U.N. General Assemblyaudience was laughing uproariously at President Trump when he touted his administration’s accomplishments in a speech last year.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, in reversal, pleads guilty in campaign funds case

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., pleaded guilty on Tuesday tomisusing campaign funds, marking a major reversal for the lawmaker who for more than a year called the criminal charges brought against him and his wife a “witch hunt” aimed at driving the six-term Republican from office inthe Democrat-controlled state.

Booker defends his flagging campaign, refuses PAC funds

2020 Democratic presidential primary hopeful Cory Booker defended his flagging campaign on Sunday and pleaded with voters to support his White House run after he swore off taking money from political action committees.

Sen. Kennedy claims former Ukraine leader 'actively' worked with Hillary Clinton in 2016

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday walked back an erroneous comment he made last weekend touting the debunked theory that Ukraine hacked the Democratic National Committee's emails in 2016, but then quickly followed that up with another unproven theory accusing former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of actively working for Hillary Clinton in her 2016 president run.

Bloomberg pilfers top Harris campaign aide

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 presidential race has stolen away a lot of media space from other challengers, but now he’s stealing away staffers from his fellow Democratic hopefuls as well.

GOP senator 'very comfortable' with Trump making decision on Navy SEAL's fate

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., defended President Trump taking action on reviewing the case of disgraced Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher – saying he was “very comfortable” with the president making the final choice on whether Gallagher will keep his rankdespite objections from top naval brass.

Swalwell defends speed of impeachment hearings, says US is 'on the clock' to make sure elections are protected

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., defended on Sunday the hasty pace on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump – arguing that with the 2020 presidential election less than a year away, and the start of Democratic primaries only a few months ahead, it is pertinent to discover whether Trump asked a foreign government to interfere in the country’s election process.

Sen. John Kennedy slams Pelosi for using impeachment as a 'routine political weapon'

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., on Sunday slammed the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump for chasing after a ‘red herring’ when trying to determine whether the president tied foreign aid to Ukraine to an investigation into his political rivals and attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pence's national security adviser says he heard 'nothing wrong or improper' on Trump-Zelensky call

Vice President Mike Pence’s national security adviser – and the supervisor of one of the people who testified Tuesday in the House’s impeachment inquiry – said he heard “nothing wrong or improper” during the July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is at the heart of the impeachment probe.

House approves stopgap spending bill to avert shutdown for another few weeks

House lawmakers took time away from the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Tuesday to pass astopgap funding bill – giving negotiators through Dec. 20 to try to hash out details of more than $1.4 trillion worth of unfinished spending legislation and avert a holiday-season government shutdown.

Ron Johnson casts doubt on Vindman testimony, says NSC official fits 'profile' of Never-Trumper

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., sent a letter on Monday to the ranking Republicans on the House Intelligence and Oversight Committees in which he detailed his account of White House meetings with Senate lawmakers about releasing foreign aid to Ukraine -- andcast doubt on one of the inquiry’s key witnesses just a day before the official’s planned testimony.

Trump administration eases US stance toward Israeli settlements in West Bank

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that theU.S. government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, in the latest move by theTrump administrationto bolster Israel's positionand undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state.

Pelosi warns Trump not to intimidate whistleblower: 'You're in my wheelhouse'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave strict orders to President Trump not to “intimidate” the whistleblower who sparked the House impeachment inquiry into the president – telling Trump that he was in her “wheelhouse” if he attempted to go after the person.

Pelosi invites Trump to testify, warns him not to intimidate whistleblower

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gave strict orders Sunday to President Trump not to “intimidate” the whistleblower who sparked the House impeachment inquiry– while challenging the president to testify before Congress himself if he wants to set the record straight.

Ratcliffe on IG report: Doesn't take 500 pages to say everything was done right

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said on Sunday that he believes the upcoming Inspector General report on the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign is going to be damning evidence of wrongdoing by FBI and Justice Department officials and could lead to a full-fledged criminal investigation.