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McConnell says Republicans haven't 'ruled out' impeachment witnesses

McConnell says Republicans haven't 'ruled out' impeachment witnessesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that he was not ruling out testimony from new witnesses in Trump's impeachment trial, as a dispute over the rules delays preparations for the trial.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants witnesses who refused to appear during House impeachment hearings to testify in the Senate, The Associated Press reports. McConnell has declined, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has responded by delaying sending the Senate two articles of impeachment the House approved last week."We haven't ruled out witnesses," McConnell told Fox and Friends. "We've said let's handle this case just like we did with President Clinton."Some witnesses testified in that trial, but Republicans have the votes to block anyone requested by Democrats.More stories from theweek.com The West was profoundly wrong about Modi The problem with 'lady Thor' and 'female James Bond' 'Fairytale of New York': How a soused Irish punk band created the greatest Christmas song of all time



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Democrats urged to fix process 'shutting out' candidates of colour from presidential race

Democrats urged to fix process 'shutting out' candidates of colour from presidential raceThe Democratic Party has been urged to reform the way it selects its presidential candidates, amid claims it is shutting out people of colour.This week at the party’s sixth debate in Los Angeles, entrepreneur Andrew Yang was the only person of colour on the stage. Other candidates of colour, including Cory Booker, Julian Castro and Deval Patrick, are still contesting, but did not qualify for the debate stage.



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Trump says after Rep. Steve Scalise got shot his wife 'cried her eyes out', joking 'not many wives would react that way … I know mine wouldn't'

Trump says after Rep. Steve Scalise got shot his wife 'cried her eyes out', joking 'not many wives would react that way ... I know mine wouldn't'Trump recalled how Scalise's wife Jennifer was extremely distraught, saying, "not many wives would react that way to tragedy, I know mine wouldn't."



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Minneapolis mayor responds to Trump: I don't have time to be 'tweeting garbage out'

Minneapolis mayor responds to Trump: I don't have time to be 'tweeting garbage out'Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey hit back at President Trump regarding the use of the Target Center for a Thursday campaign rally.



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Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leader

Hong Kong 'won't rule out' Chinese help over protests: leaderHong Kong’s under-fire leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday said China intervening to end months of pro-democracy protests is an option following a particularly violent week of unrest that paralysed the city. Hong Kong was virtually locked down over the three-day holiday weekend, with the majority of subway stops closed. It is also the position of the central government (in Beijing) that Hong Kong should tackle the problem on her own.



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High school player collapses, dies in twin brother's arms: 'I'm about to pass out'

High school player collapses, dies in twin brother's arms: 'I'm about to pass out'A high school is struggling to come to terms with the death of a football player after he suddenly collapsed and died in his twin brother's arms.



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'Every right to call that out': Booker defends Castro on Biden attacks at Democratic debate

'Every right to call that out': Booker defends Castro on Biden attacks at Democratic debateDuring the testy exchange, Castro claimed Biden said Americans would have to "buy in" for health care coverage under Biden's proposal.



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Mike Pence says Trump 'might make an effort to speak out' if 'send her back' chant happens again

Mike Pence says Trump 'might make an effort to speak out' if 'send her back' chant happens againTrump described the audience that chanted, "Send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar as "incredible people" and "incredible patriots."



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Donald Trump tells Russia to 'get out' of Venezuela as tensions rise

Donald Trump tells Russia to 'get out' of Venezuela as tensions riseDonald Trump has demanded that Russia “get out” of Venezuela after 100 of its troops landed to help embattled president Nicolás Maduro, escalating a war of words between Washington and Moscow.  The US president’s rebuke was delivered while he held White House talks with the wife of Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan opposition politician who has declared himself interim president.  America, along with many European and South American nations, supports Mr Guaidó’s claim to the presidency while Russia and China are backing Mr Maduro.  The political crisis escalated on Saturday when two Russian air force planes touched down outside Caracas carrying nearly 100 Russian troops. Cyber experts were reportedly among the "special forces" sent from Moscow.  Experts believe Russia is attempting to protect its investments, having given Venezuela billions of dollars of loans in the past and taken part in joint ventures in the country’s oil industry.  "Russia has to get out," Mr Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, seated alongside Mr Guaidó’s wife Fabiana Rosales. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who America has recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler Credit: REUTERS/Marco Bello Earlier Mr Trump had told her: “We are with Venezuela, we are with your husband, as you know, and we are with the people that he represents, which is a big, big majority of the country. “What’s happening there should not happen and be allowed to happen anywhere. So we are with you 100 per cent, okay? Please give my regards. It will all work out." Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, hit back on Twitter, sending a message which included the slogans “HandsOffVenezuela” and “YankeeGoHome”.  “It’s not up to US to decide actions and fate of other countries, Mr Polyanskiy wrote, citing Mr Trump’s comments on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s only up to the people of Venezuela and its only legitimate president Nicolas Maduro. We have bilateral relations and agreements with this country which we will honour.”  The exchanges were the latest in an increasingly hostile back-and-forth between the US and Russian administrations over the situation in Venezuela.  The population is malnourished and facing both hyperinflation and political repression. Mr Maduro has refused to let aid packages enter the country. The latest crisis was triggered in January when Mr Guaidó, head of the National Assembly, unexpectedly declared himself interim president, claiming Mr Maduro’s election was illegitimate.  On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo used a telephone call with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, to warn that America would not “will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela”.  Mr Lavrov in turn told Mr Pompeo that “Washington’s attempts to organize a coup d’état in Venezuela and threats against its legitimate government” violated UN rules, according to the Russian foreign ministry.  Mr Bolton also issued his own message, tweeting: The legitimate Interim President, Juan Guaido asks for humanitarian aid to support those in need. Maduro asks for Cuban and Russian goons to suppress the people of Venezuela. The military ranks are seeing Maduro’s corruption, violence, and lack of support within Venezuela.— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 26, 2019 Mr Guaidó used a speech on Wednesday to call for supporters to protest against a nationwide blackout, the second major power outage this month that is dragging into its third day. Mr Pompeo on Wednesday estimated that rebuilding Venezuela's economy could cost between $ 6 billion to $ 12 billion, warning that it would take years to complete.  Ms Rosales, a 26-year-old journalist and opposition activist, told Mr Trump that her husband Mr Guaidó was attacked on Tuesday, though she did not provide details. "I fear for my husband's life," she said. She was accompanied by the wife and sister of Roberto Marrero, Mr Guaidó’s chief of staff, who was arrested and detained last week.



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Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in China

Microsoft 'waiting to find out' why Bing went offline in ChinaMicrosoft is still trying to figure out why its Bing search engine temporarily went offline in China, the company’s president said following speculation that it could have been blocked by censors. The US firm’s Chinese website, cn.bing.com, was accessible again late Thursday, one day after it suddenly went offline, temporarily taking away the most prominent foreign search engine in China. The disruption raised fears among social media users that it was the latest foreign website to be blocked by China.



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