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An artist sketch depicts impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., presenting an argument in the impeachment trial of President Trump in the Senate chamber on Wednesday.
Dana Verkouteren / Associated Press

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. 

Trucks line up at the Cordova - Las Americas international bridge to cross with their cargo from Mexico into the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Associated Press

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, joined with most of their colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a new North American trade deal.

U.S Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas
Juan Figueroa / The Texas Tribune

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday morning that Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of Texas will serve as one of the seven lawmakers who will prosecute the impeachment case against President Donald Trump in the Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the impeachment managers
Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Wednesday afternoon, the House will hold its long-awaited vote to send to the Senate the two articles of impeachment against Trump that lawmakers approved last month.

Associated Press

Six Democrats made the seventh presidential primary debate. The candidates took the stage in Iowa, less than three weeks before the first-in-the-nation caucuses there.

Iowa's Democratic Party plans to use a new Internet-connected smartphone app to help calculate and transmit results during the state's caucuses next month, Iowa Public Radio and NPR have confirmed.

Party leaders say they decided to opt for that strategy fully aware of three years' worth of warnings about Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election, in which cyberattacks played a central role.

Updated at 5:53 p.m. ET

The House will vote to send two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says a trial to determine whether to remove the president from office will probably begin next Tuesday.

In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will also name impeachment managers to lead the prosecution against the president Wednesday but did not say who they would be. "The American people deserve the truth, and the Constitution demands a trial," Pelosi said.

 Tommy Fisher (right) talks with Sen. Kevin Cramer
Sen. Kevin Cramer's office / Via Associated Press

For Tommy Fisher, a federal court hearing set for Thursday next to the U.S.-Mexico border could result in his company getting a chance to prove it can build President Donald Trump’s signature border wall faster and better than the government.

Attorney General William Barr
Matthew Richmond / ideastream

Back in the early 1990s, there was Operation Triggerlock. A few years later, in Richmond, Virginia, they called the policy Project Exile. Now it’s called Project Safe Neighborhoods.

President Trump
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

President Trump is expected to make a statement Wednesday morning, hours after Iran launched missile strikes against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military commander.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a community event in San Antonio on Dec. 13, 2019.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Several former prominent supporters of Julián Castro in his home state are endorsing Joe Biden for president now that the Texan is no longer running — and a day after he threw his support to Biden rival Elizabeth Warren.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 11.
Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is ramping up his efforts in Texas, with plans to build a state operation that his campaign says will be unrivaled by anyone else in the primary field.

Joe Biden
Associated Press

Joe Biden’s presidential bid got a boost Monday from one of the leading Latinos in Congress, with the chairman of the Hispanic Caucus’ political arm endorsing the former vice president as Democrats’ best hope to defeat President Donald Trump.

Beto O'Rourke
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Weeks after dropping out of the presidential race, Beto O'Rourke has launched a new political group to boost Texas Democrats in the 2020 election.

In an email to supporters Friday morning, O'Rourke said the group, Powered by People, will bring "together volunteers from around the state to work on the most important races in Texas." 


Long-time Dallas public relations executive and political consultant Carol Reed died Thursday of cancer. Reed managed victorious mayoral races and influential, city-wide campaigns for more than 30 years. 

Watch Live: 6th Democratic Presidential Debate

Dec 19, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren
David J. Philip / Associated Press

Thursday at 7 p.m. CT, PBS NewsHour and POLITICO are hosting the sixth Democratic debate from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. 

Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday his biggest political focus next year in Texas will be flipping the state House, offering the most detail yet on his 2020 plans since ending his presidential campaign last month.
Associated Press

Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday his biggest political focus next year in Texas will be flipping the state House, offering the most detail yet on his 2020 plans since ending his presidential campaign last month.

Watch Live: House Votes On Articles Of Impeachment

Dec 17, 2019
U.S. House chamber
U.S. House of Representatives

In a historic vote Wednesday, the House of Representatives is expected to impeach President Donald Trump.

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, center, is flanked by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
Associated Press

President Donald Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, for reelection in what could be the toughest race of her career.

More than three-quarters of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters -- 76 percent -- said they have not made up their minds about which candidate they will pick in 2020.
Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Days before the final Democratic presidential debate of 2019, a majority of Democratic voters has not decided who they want to see as their party's 2020 nominee, and no one candidate has wooed enough voters to meaningfully distinguish themselves as the frontrunner, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber after criticizing the House Democrats' effort to impeach President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
Associated Press

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting the Democrats’ push for fresh impeachment testimony against President Donald Trump and making a last-ditch plea for them to “turn back from the cliff” of Wednesday’s expected vote to send the case to the Senate for trial.

House Democrats leading the impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump at a press conference on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2019.
Associated Press

Republicans issued a blunt warning to Democrats during two days of debate that ended with a key committee vote Friday approving articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, predicting the party in power in the House would pay a price for trying to remove the president from office.

Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at the National Education association presidential forum in Houston on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is unveiling a new round of Texas endorsements as he heads to San Antonio on Friday for his latest campaign swing through the Super Tuesday state.

U.S. Capitol

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday. 

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, speaks at a Texans for Vaccine Choice event at the state Capitol in Austin on May 3, 2019.
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, has made a late decision to not seek reelection after filing to run for another term in the Texas House.

Zedler's office confirmed the news to The Texas Tribune on Tuesday afternoon. Zedler plans to withdraw from the race later Tuesday, which he must do to ensure his name does not appear on the 2020 ballot.

Pierce Bush
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star

The grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush, nonprofit executive Pierce Bush, announced Monday morning that he is running for Texas' 22nd Congressional District.

U.S. Capitol

Democratic and Republican lawyers from the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees are expected to give presentations to the House lawmakers today in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Beto O'Rourke
Associated Press

Beto O’Rourke is reiterating that he is not running for U.S. Senate next year as speculation swirls ahead of the Monday filing deadline.

The former El Paso congressman has long said he would not challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, but since he dropped out of the presidential race last month, some supporters have held out hope for a reversal and buzzed that he may be giving it new consideration.

State Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugarland, speaks with colleagues on the House floor during the House School Finance plan deliberations on April 3, 2019.
Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded his endorsement of state Rep. Rick Miller on Tuesday after the Sugar Land Republican said he was facing primary challengers because they are “Asian.”

As Experienced Texas Congressmen Retire, Will The State's Sway In Congress Decline?

Nov 30, 2019
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Shelby Knowles / For The Texas Tribune

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, was in Congress for over a decade before she narrowly won a bid to become the top Republican on the powerful House Appropriations Committee last year.