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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

House Democratic impeachment managers Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., left, walk to the Senate chamber for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Election looms large over Senate impeachment trial

The impeachment trial veered deeply into politics Thursday as Democrats said President Trump can't be trusted to be on the ballot this year. Republicans accused them of trying to remove the president by force because they know voters would return him to the White House. Published January 30, 2020

In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Impeachment math: Will the Senate call witnesses?

Republicans are closer to the 51 votes they need to head off witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial than it seemed earlier this week, with senators saying there are perhaps four who are still in play. Published January 30, 2020

Democratic impeachment managers, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., left, arrive as President Donald Trump's impeachment trial shifts to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Adam Schiff withholds details about Ukraine whistleblower

Rep. Adam Schiff refused under direct questioning Wednesday to divulge any details about the whistleblower who spurred the impeachment of President Trump, irking Republicans who demanded he reveal what he knew. Published January 29, 2020

Feds bust longest border drug tunnel ever

Federal agents on Wednesday revealed the longest cross-border tunnel ever discovered on the U.S.-Mexico line, saying it ran more than three-quarters of a mile into San Diego and was used to traffic drugs. Published January 29, 2020

In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin answers a question during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Trump lawyers warn calling Bolton as witness would unhinge proceedings

President Trump's legal team warned Wednesday that calling former National Security Adviser John R. Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial would unhinge the proceedings, opening the door to other witnesses and shutting down the Senate for all other business. Published January 29, 2020

President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, to announce the Trump administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Federal deficit to hit $1 trillion this year

The federal deficit will reach $1 trillion this year and remain above that level for the rest of the decade, the government's official scorekeeper said Tuesday, highlighting an ever worsening fiscal picture. Published January 28, 2020