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In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, asks questions to former special counsel Robert Mueller, as he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, has made Escobar a member of a club no lawmaker wants to join. Escobar is consoling constituents traumatized by the shooting, which killed at least 22 people. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Dems to raise impeachment of Trump in State of the Union responses

Democrats will raise the issue of impeachment directly to voters in their responses to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, with Rep. Veronica Escobar saying he broke the law and demanding Congress "defend our republic." Published February 4, 2020

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as he speaks during a news conference to announce impeachment managers at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrat bungling helped shut down impeachment trial, Republicans say

Democrats were never likely to get enough votes to convict President Trump in the impeachment trial, but Republicans said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her party made a number of unforced errors that made it that much easier to shut the trial down. Published February 2, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on human trafficking in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence looks on.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump expands travel ban to six new countries

President Trump signed an order Friday expanding his travel ban to six new countries, targeting nations the government says pose a threat because they don't issue electronic passports or don't do enough to share information with American authorities to vet their citizens looking to travel. Published January 31, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined at right by Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, as he speaks to reporters to criticize the process in the Republican-controlled Senate as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, resumes in Washington, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats demand impeachment continue after NYT report

House Democrats pleaded with senators Friday to extend the impeachment trial of President Trump into next week and beyond, saying new press reports about Mr. Trump's efforts to rope Ukraine into investigating a political enemy must be fully pursued. Published January 31, 2020

President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn as he returns to the White House, early Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington. Trump returned from trips to Michigan and Iowa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Supreme Court schedules Trump tax returns case for March 31

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in late March on President Trump's attempt to keep his financial records secret, the justices said Friday as they revealed more of their calendar for the year. Published January 31, 2020

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rides an escalator before speaking with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Ted Cruz calls for coronavirus travel ban on China

Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday that the U.S. should impose a travel ban on flights to and from China, and new screening at all U.S. airports to try to weed out those who might be contagious with the new coronavirus. Published January 31, 2020

In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., answers a question during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Jerry Nadler appears to steal Adam Schiff's closing in impeachment trial

Tensions within House Democrats' impeachment team appeared to boil over onto the Senate floor Thursday night as Rep. Jerrold Nadler ran to the lectern to deliver the final answer of the night, pushing by Rep. Adam Schiff, who's been the party's point man for the Senate trial. Published January 30, 2020

Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

DHS says new 'public charge' rule takes effect Feb. 24

President Trump's new rule penalizing legal immigrants seeking permanent status for using welfare will go into effect Feb. 24, Homeland Security officials announced late Thursday. Published January 30, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Joe Biden opposed witnesses in 1999 impeachment memo

Then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden wrote in 1999 that the Senate could refuse to hear witnesses in an impeachment trial, according to a memo the president's legal team read on the Senate floor Thursday. Published January 30, 2020