Honoring Emmett Till, House passes bill making lynching a federal hate crime

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Wednesday to make lynching a federal hate crime. The measure was named after Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955.  The final vote was 410-4. Three Republicans and…

Trump’s proposed Chesapeake Bay cleanup cuts draw fire

Members of Congress, state lawmakers and environmental groups are rallying against President Donald Trump’s 91% funding cut for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

Senate acquits Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will remain in office after Wednesday’s final vote in his Senate impeachment trial resulted in acquittals on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, bringing the four-month impeachment process to a close.  A…

In shadow of impeachment, Trump says state of the Union “is stronger than ever”

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump elicited polarized reactions from members of Congress in opposing parties as he addressed charged, partisan issues like healthcare and immigration during his third State of the Union address Tuesday. Before starting his speech, Trump rejected…

Senate rejects calling witnesses to impeachment trial, will vote on articles next week

WASHINGTON – On Friday, the 11th day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the Senate voted not to allow additional witnesses or evidence, setting the stage for a final vote next week on two articles accusing him of…

Maryland’s Delaney drops out of presidential race days before Iowa caucus

WASHINGTON — Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney has withdrawn from the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, only days before the Iowa caucuses. “It has been a privilege to campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, but it is clear that God…

Senators wrap up impeachment trial questioning ahead of key vote on witnesses

(UPDATED FRIDAY, JAN. 31, 2020) WASHINGTON — Wrapping up two days of impeachment trial questions Thursday, senators revisited key assertions made by Trump’s lawyers: presidents’ actions that aid re-election are not impeachable if they’re in the nation’s best interest, and…

Senators’ questions in impeachment trial spur debate on witnesses

WASHINGTON — On the first of two days of questioning House impeachment managers and President Donald Trump’s lawyers Wednesday, senators brought their outside discussions on calling new witnesses — particularly former National Security Adviser John Bolton — to the Senate…

Trump’s defense team wraps up; questions — and a key vote on witnesses — to come

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s lawyers concluded their defense Tuesday in the Senate impeachment trial, asserting Democrats can’t remove the president from office because they disagree with his policies. “To have a removal of a duly elected president based on…

In brief impeachment trial opening, Trump lawyers insist president did nothing wrong

WASHINGTON — During their brief first day of opening statements Saturday, President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers aimed to undermine House Democrats’ assertions that their client committed impeachable offenses. They did so by accusing House Democrats of omitting evidence and saying…