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Welcome to the Trump show: defense argues president is a victim and Democrats are villains

White House counsel says prosecution aims to pull off ‘the most massive interference in an election in American history’

Welcome to Day One of the Trump Show.

It was, admittedly, an inauspicious start to what was teased as a “trailer” for the rollicking show to come next week in the historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

Pompeo says NPR reporter is part of 'unhinged' US media conspiracy

Department issues statement following secretary of state’s extraordinary attack on journalist Mary Louise Kelly

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo launched an extraordinary attack on a respected NPR journalist on Saturday, a day after reports emerged of him swearing at and trying to humiliate her by asking her to identify Ukraine on a map.

'I really hope she is the future': AOC's support of Sanders fuels 2024 speculation

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s aid of Bernie Sanders’ campaign is raising talk of the possibility she might run for the White House herself

It was billed as a rally for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. But the only aging white man on the platform was the film-maker Michael Moore, and attendee Brittany Springmeier wasn’t there to see him.

She was in Iowa City for real star of the show, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Could Joe Biden lose Iowa but win the Democratic nomination?

Since 2000, every Democratic winner of Iowa has gone on to be the nominee – and Biden could lose the state given the notorious indecisiveness of voters

Arriving more than an hour later than scheduled, Joe Biden wandered into his Iowa campaign office and offered “Joe 2020” cookies to a couple of dozen volunteers who had been busy making calls to voters to drum up support for the Democratic presidential candidate.

Passion, drama but little suspense as Democrats rest impeachment case

Most of the 100 senators, who sit as judge and jury in the trial, have already tipped their hand as to how they will vote

After nearly 24 hours, divided across three long days, the prosecution rested their case in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. There was passion, drama and even a display of “histrionics”, but little suspense.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, had revealed the ending weeks ago. Aquittal was inevitable.

'Get rid of her': Trump reportedly called for removal of Ukraine ambassador

2018 recording appears to catch Trump demanding recall of Marie Yovanovitch to associates later implicated in Ukraine controversy

Donald Trump reportedly told associates to “get rid” of then-US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a year before she was recalled from Kyiv over what she called “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives”.

Naps, candy, paper planes: how senators are tolerating the impeachment trial

Members of ‘the world’s greatest deliberative body’ have struggled to keep their eyes open or stop fidgeting during Trump’s trial

Three days of sitting quietly and listening is a tall order for anyone – even for the senators attending Donald Trump’s impeachment trial this week.