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Councilwoman reconciles with anonymous caller who left threatening voicemail
iStock (NEW YORK) -- A newly-elected Massachusetts city councilwoman who publicized an intimidating anonymous voicemail, was confronted by the caller, again. This time the conversation was less about hate and more about "reconciliation."Earlier this week, Councilwoman Julia Mejia posted a five-minute video on YouTube where she used a man's hateful voicemail to send a message to him and her constituents to join in a conversation about their concerns.Mejia reached out to the person on the other end of the Jan. 17 call on Friday and patiently got the man -- identified as "Mike" -- to chat with a different tone.The...
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Trump impeachment trial live updates: Democrats make case for 'obstruction of Congress'
uschools/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- House managers, who continue to argue the Senate should subpoena additional witnesses and documents from an uncooperative White House, on Friday will detail President Donald Trump's resistance in making their case for the second article of impeachment -- "obstruction of Congress" -- in their final day of arguments when his trial resumes at 1 p.m.Democrats now have less than eight hours left before the president's legal team takes the Senate floor on Saturday to begin up to 24 hours of opening arguments over three days.Senators are preparing for an abbreviated session on Saturday, with sources telling ABC...
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‘Take her out’: recording appears to capture Trump saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired
Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian (WASHINGTON) -- A recording reviewed by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates he wanted the then U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired – and speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman -- two former business associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who have since been indicted in New York.The recording appears to contradict statements by President Trump and support the narrative that has been offered by Parnas during broadcast interviews in recent days. Sources familiar with the recording said the recording...
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Elizabeth Warren campaign lays out strategy for primaries and beyond
ABC (NEW YORK) -- The campaign manager for 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren, Roger Lau, outlined the campaign's goals to secure nearly 2,000 delegates and win the nomination -- as well as take back the Senate, expand the majority in the House and flip state legislatures across the country -- in a memo to supporters Friday morning.It's the third such memo of the campaign. The first came in September and the second was in March. Though Friday's memo is tied to the one-year anniversary of Warren's campaign, it's also an effort to rally the troops, set supporters' sights on the future...
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Trump amplifies attacks on White House official over impeachment testimony
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Friday amplified attacks on a key impeachment witness and Purple Heart veteran, after Democrats played clips of his testimony during the Senate trial the night before.Trump shared a Fox News clip of Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee sharply criticizing U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the first White House official to cooperate with the House impeachment investigation."He has a problem with judgment, that has been pointed out," Blackburn said on the conservative cable channel. "He has had problems with going outside his chain of command, which...
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Trump campaign launches new anti-impeachment TV ad amid Senate trial
Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian (WASHINGTON) -- As Democrats lay out their impeachment case against President Donald Trump on the Senate floor, his reelection campaign continues to build its support base off of the impeachment -- this time with a new television ad.The ad, captured by ad research firm CMAG/Kantar in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, blasts House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "and the far left" for "trying to overturn his election with a sham impeachment" and urges viewers show support for the president by texting the campaign.The new TV ad is the latest major play by the campaign...
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The evidence revealed since Trump's impeachment but still in question at Senate trial
rarrarorro/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held on to the articles of impeachment for almost a month before delivering them to the Senate -- a decision that Republicans blasted as inconsistent with her claim it was urgent to remove President Donald Trump to protect the integrity of the 2020 election.While critics argue she undercut the House case with that delay, both Pelosi and House impeachment managers point to the significance of the evidence that's surfaced since the House passed the articles of impeachment on Dec. 18. "Time has been our friend in all this," Pelosi has said, calling the...
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Democrats use videos to help make their case in Senate impeachment trial
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Senators were settling in for a long day of constitutional arguments for impeachment Thursday afternoon when a familiar sound snapped the room to attention: the voice of President Donald Trump. Republicans and Democrats turned to face the bank of television screens in the chamber as Rep. Adam Schiff teed up a now-infamous clip of Trump telling reporters in October that he had hoped Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy would open a probe into the Biden family. Pres. Trump urges China to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son—even as he faces an impeachment inquiry for...
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'This is no time to take a risk': Biden ad leans into electability as caucuses near
ABC News (DES MOINES, Iowa) -- With the Iowa Caucuses just 10 days away, Former Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the airwaves with a new campaign ad that claims he’s the safest choice when it comes to defeating President Donald Trump in November. The campaign’s latest ad, obtained first by ABC News, focuses on a potential general election match-up between Trump and the former vice president, and makes the starkest argument to date about Biden’s electability. “Every day he is president, Donald Trump poses a threat to America and the world. We have to beat him. Joe Biden is...
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Pete Buttigieg remains optimistic as Iowans gear up to caucus in 10 days
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- In many ways 38-year-old Pete Buttigieg has more on the line in the Iowa caucuses than any of the other front-runners in the race. Buttigieg, who is still a relative newcomer to the national spotlight, is banking on a win or a top finish to buoy his campaign and show the rest of country he can win.In front of crowds he is confident. “I believe we will win the Iowa caucuses,” the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, enthusiastically declared on stage in Cedar Rapids this past week. But off stage the former mayor has been...
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Day 2 of Democrats laying out their impeachment case: 3 things to know
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- It's the second day of Democrats laying out their case to remove President Donald Trump from office.Here are three things to know:Democrats use GOP words during Clinton against themTrump's legal team won't be able to lay out their defense until House Democratic impeachment managers use up their allotted 24 hours.But lawyer Alan Dershowitz seemed to tip his hand earlier this week when he said on ABC's "This Week" that "abuse of power" isn't an impeachable offense under the Constitution.So perhaps it wasn't a coincidence that House Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler used much of his...
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New Mississippi governor announces prison reforms after series of deaths, riots
EMPPhotography/iStock (JACKSON, Miss.) -- Seeing for himself the "terrible" conditions of Mississippi's troubled prisons, the new governor on Thursday announced a series of reforms to boost safety for inmates and staff following a series of violent deaths, riots, escapes and a federal lawsuit backed by hip hop artist Yo Gotti and music mogul Jay-Z.Gov. Tate Reeves, who took over as governor last week, said he's hit the ground running to "stop the bleeding" in a state corrections system critics have called inhumane."We know that there are problems in the system," he told reporters at a press conference. "We don't want...
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