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Recent articles by Christal:

Bernie Sanders' Nevada win forces Democrats to reckon with potential impact of his nomination

Sen. Bernie Sanders appears unstoppable and after winning Nevada, Democrats are going to be forced to reckon with the increasingly likely chance a Democratic socialist will lead the November ticket. → Read More

Bernie Sanders briefed by US officials that Russia is attempting to help his campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders was told by U.S. officials that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, according to the Washington Post → Read More

'I don't think that's appropriate': Trump's involvement in Roger Stone case draws criticism from GOP senators

Several Republican lawmakers criticized President Donald Trump for inserting himself into the federal case of longtime ally Roger Stone. → Read More

Senators’ handwritten notes offer a new view of President Trump's impeachment trial

Seven senators shared with us some of their notes from the impeachment trial of Trump. What they provided offers a new glimpse of the proceedings. → Read More

GOP Sen. Romney faces awkwardness, 'abuse' for defying Trump on impeachment

Mitt Romney, the only GOP senator to vote to convict in the Trump impeachment trial, is a test case for the party's willingness to tolerate dissent. → Read More

Democratic women in Congress wearing white to Trump's State of the Union to honor suffrage movement

The color choice honors the women's suffrage movement that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920 to grant women the right to vote. → Read More

He snubbed her handshake, she tore up his speech. Drama between Trump and Pelosi was on full display at the State of the Union address.

Tuesday's State of the Union speech was the first time in four months that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump have met. → Read More

Warren, Sanders, Klobuchar and Bennet will have to juggle Trump impeachment trial and the Iowa caucuses Monday

Asked about the scheduling conflict on Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "Well, I'm on my way to Iowa right now." → Read More

McConnell: Republicans don't have the votes to block witnesses in impeachment trial, reports say

Mitch McConnell told Republicans that the GOP does not have the votes to block additional witnesses, according to multiple media reports. → Read More

Sleeping senators, snacks, shaking heads: What you can't see on TV at Trump's impeachment trial

TV cameras are trained on the speakers at the Senate impeachment trial of Trump. What you don't see: senators munching Cheetos and other snacks. → Read More

Key Senate Democrat says Trump team made 'persuasive' argument against obstruction article

Sen. Doug Jones said he found the president's counsel did a good job with the case against convicting Trump of obstruction of justice → Read More

House Democrats to continue detailing case against President Trump in Senate trial

House Democrats will continue detailing their case against President Donald Trump as the Senate impeachment trial resumes Thursday. → Read More

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts tells both sides in impeachment trial to 'remember where they are'

"Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are," Roberts told the panels. He told them to "use language conducive to civil discourse." → Read More

The rules for the Trump impeachment trial are set after fiery marathon Senate session: Here's what happened

The general procedures outlining how the impeachment trial will move forward were set after a Senate session that stretched into early Wednesday. → Read More

Handful of key Senate Republicans will determine whether to call witnesses at President Trump's trial

Key Senate Republicans will determine rules for President Trump's impeachment trial, such as whether to call witnesses as Democrats have sought. → Read More

House sends impeachment of President Trump to Senate for trial, names 7 'managers' to prosecute case

House sends impeachment articles against President Trump to the Senate for trial and names 7 'managers' who will prosecute case → Read More

What Pelosi's impeachment managers say about the Democrats' strategy in Senate trial

Pelosi's choice of managers offers a peek into the Democrat's strategy during the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. → Read More

Trump impeachment focus to shift to Senate as House prepares to send articles

The House is set to vote to send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, where a trial is expected to begin Tuesday. → Read More

Pelosi says House will send Trump impeachment articles to Senate next, setting stage for trial soon

Nancy Pelosi has asked the Judiciary Committee to draft a resolution that would name House managers, who will act as prosecutors in a Senate trial. → Read More

House votes to limit Trump's ability to wage war with Iran after Soleimani killing

Democrats have accused Trump of recklessness in his order to kill Soleimani and say the war powers measure is needed to force him to consult Congress. → Read More