‘We must act;’ Democrats unveil Trump impeachment charges

Washington, D.C. (AP) Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The charges announced Tuesday stem from Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals as he withheld aid to the country. Earlier Tuesday, Trump tweeted that he did nothing wrong…

‘Medicare for All’s’ Rich Benefits ‘Leapfrog’ Other Nations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Generous benefits. No copays. No need for private policies. The “Medicare for All” plan advocated by leading 2020 Democrats appears more lavish than what’s offered in other advanced countries, compounding the cost but also potentially broadening its popular appeal. While other countries do provide coverage for all, benefits vary. But the Medicare for…

Election Day Tests Democratic Resistance in Trump Era

By STEVE PEOPLES ,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. With voters going to the polls Tuesday, nothing is certain. Weather…

GOP On Defense To Explain Pre-Existing Condition Protections

By SUMMER BALLENTINE , Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it’s not true and has been…

Missouri Republican Hawley Decries Democrats’ ‘Mob Behavior’

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley took a cue from President Donald Trump on Sunday and said Missouri voters are motivated by “mob behavior” by Democrats. Hawley during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” tried to tap into frustration over his Democratic rival Sen. Claire McCaskill’s vote against U.S. Supreme…

Dems Dispute Post On Kavanaugh Background Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are disputing Republicans’ suggestion that there’s been no “whiff” of any inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s previous background checks. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted that Kavanaugh’s six earlier background checks found no such issues. But Democrats in a letter Wednesday to…

Trump Feels ‘Terribly’ For Kavanaugh; Dems Want FBI Probe

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump showered sympathy Tuesday on Brett Kavanaugh, his embattled Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault, as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation just six weeks before major…