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The Kansas congressional delegation once again split among party lines Wednesday over whether to impeach President Donald Trump, a second time, for any role he played whipping up a mob to storm the U.S. Capitol.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with "incitement of insurrection."

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Members of Congress are formally counting the Electoral College votes today.

A group of Republicans are planning to object to the results, citing false claims of widespread voter fraud. President Trump continues to baselessly claim that he won the election rather than Joe Biden, who is set to be sworn into office on Jan. 20.

Watch the proceedings live beginning at 12 p.m. CT.

LAWRENCE, Kansas — In north Lawrence, the city set up 20 white-and-gray tents in a park to house people who are homeless.

It’s not health care, or COVID-19 tests, but federal coronavirus tax dollars are paying for the camp.

“If we put our homeless population into the shelter, there’s a higher chance that they’ll get the virus and then they’ll spread it across the community,” Douglas County Commissioner Patrick Kelly said.

Democrats and Republicans in Kansas will keep their seats in the U.S. House, as Tuesday’s election favored the incumbents plus the Republican candidate in the 2nd Congressional District.

Brandon Steven is well known as the owner of health clubs and car dealerships that, until the COVID-19 pandemic, collectively employed more than 6,000 people in Wichita.

So when Congress offered relief to small-business owners last month through the CARES Act, it looked like Steven’s different businesses might be able to benefit from the law.

There was just one catch: Steven pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of hiding gambling ledgers and was sentenced to three years of probation.

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Senators are giving their closing statements in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, who's charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate is scheduled to vote at 3 p.m. on whether to convict or acquit the president.

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Congress is taking additional steps to prepare for the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The newly appointed House impeachment managers, who will present the case for impeachment, are reading the articles in the Senate chamber. Senators are also being sworn in as jurors.

The live stream will be available at 11 a.m.

A much-anticipated update to the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement is one step closer to implementation.

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, voted 25-3 to approve the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. Two Republicans and one Democrat cast the "no" votes.

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The House of Representatives is debating and then voting on articles of impeachment against President Trump. You can watch the live video stream beginning at 8 a.m.

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