President Donald Trump waves before getting into his vehicle after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Trump and his family are spending the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump says Iranian general who was killed in drone strike said ‘bad things about our country’

President Trump gave a new justification for killing Qassem Soleimani, telling a gathering of Republican donors that the top Iranian general was “saying bad things about our country.”

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Former Republican New York Representative Chris Collins (C) leaves US District Court after being sentenced to 26 months in Federal prison on January 17, 2020 in New York City. Collins, the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to charges of insider trading in relation to securities of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology company on whose board of directors he served. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Former US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case

Collins was sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to law enforcement officials after admitting he helped his son dodge stock market loses.

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, a view of the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters are required to support presidential candidate who wins state. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Justices to consider whether electors are bound to popular vote winner

Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in April and should issue a decision by late June.

President Donald Trump outside the White House in Washington on Jan. 13, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by

Trump to hold Manchester rally on eve of New Hampshire primary

The February 10th rally will be held in Manchester, but the exact location has not been determined.

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Former state Republican Party committeewoman now serving jail sentence

Christine Cedrone, a Quincy lawyer who was indicted in 2018 while working for the Baker administration’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, pleaded guilty to charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly legal client.

Senator Amy Klobuchar after the Democratic primary debate on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Probably no one, not even Trump, is dreading the impeachment trial more than Amy Klobuchar

In the past month, Klobuchar has raised eyebrows as her poll numbers have risen. That momentum may stall if she has to stay in Washington, D.C., for a prolonged trial.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders at the debate on Tuesday.

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Think a woman can’t win the White House? Elizabeth Warren would be happy to discuss.

Warren’s moves on the debate stage pointed to a singular message: Think a woman can’t be tough enough or mean enough to stand up to President Trump on a debate stage? Think again.

Democratic presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders, along with Amy klobuchar and Tom Steyer, will take the stage again Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Democratic presidential candidates will debate again tonight. Here are four things to watch

Tuesday night’s debate in Iowa will be the smallest, the whitest, and possibly the most important event of the 2020 campaign.

In Iowa, Elizabeth Warren faces persistent ‘electability’ concerns

For more than a year, Warren and her rivals for the nomination have been assessed by nervous Democratic voters for the hard-to-define and harder-to-quantify attribute of “electability.” Desperate to beat President Trump, Democrats have looked to the polls and pundits to tell them which candidate has the best shot against him, a process that has boosted former vice president Joe Biden and put Warren at a disadvantage.

NASHUA, NH - DECEMBER 13: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), speaks during his event at Nashua Community College on December 13, 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Iowa Caucuses are less than two months away. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders leads new Iowa poll

The poll, conducted by the The Des Moines Register and CNN, showed that Sanders was the first choice for 20% of would-be caucusgoers.

Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered during their debate on Dec. 19.

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Who will win New Hampshire? Ranking the Democratic primary candidates with a month to go

If the election were held today, Bernie Sanders would win, according to interviews with more than 20 Granite State insiders, and analysis of polling data and candidates’ on-the-ground operations.

Sanders vs. Biden: Primary could narrow into battle between ‘restoring’ America and a revolution

With strikingly different messages and styles, former vice president Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders — white men pushing 80 who have spent the past few decades in Washington — have overcome initial skepticism that either could triumph over fresher faces running for president.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Warren’s bankruptcy plan revives clash with Biden

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday released a plan to restore protections for bankrupt families she says were stripped away by a 2005 law.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press conference at the State Department in Washington, DC. - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it is likely that Iran will try to attack American troops, after a US strike killed a top Iranian commander.

Pompeo says US may attack again if Iran retaliates

The U.S. military may strike more Iranian leaders if the Islamic Republic retaliates for the Trump administration’s killing of Tehran’s most powerful general last week by attacking Americans or American interests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.

President Donald Trump speaks during an

Amid palm trees at his Florida resort, Trump decided on strike against Iranian commander

President Trump settled on a strong response after the death of an American contractor in Iraq. His decision to authorize a drone strike against Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has sent shockwaves throughout the Middle East and dramatically escalated tensions between the US and Iran.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she heads to vote at the Capitol in Washington. U.S. Sen. Collins officially launched her bid for a reelection Wednesday, Dec. 18, setting up an expensive and closely watched battle for the seat the moderate Republican from Maine has held for nearly 24 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Small cracks have appeared in GOP unity on Trump impeachment trial

Two Republican senators have criticized the GOP leadership ahead of President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, and other Republican lawmakers are seen as moderate.

President Donald Trump speaks during an

Trump puts himself and United States at the center of Mideast uncertainty

With his decision to authorize a drone strike killing a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, President Trump thrust himself into the center of a volatile and unpredictable region — taking his presidency into just the kind of foreign entanglement he pledged to avoid.

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa on Friday.

Trump’s military strike might help Joe Biden by elevating foreign policy in the Democratic race

In a CNN poll in October, 53 percent of registered Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents said they thought Biden was the candidate they thought could best handle foreign policy.

Manchester, NH - Elizabeth Warren goes to shake hands with a supporter at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. on Thursday, Dec. 12. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: 13warren

Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million in fourth quarter, lagging her top Democratic competitors

Warren was the only candidate among the highest-polling contenders to raise less in the closing months of 2019 than she did in the previous three-month period, when she raised $24.6 million.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Bernie Sanders posts blockbuster fund-raising haul as Elizabeth Warren’s pace slows

Sanders said that his large donor base, including 300,000 first-time contributors in the fourth quarter, showed voter enthusiasm and his own electability.

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