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    The biggest crowd to cram into HA Chapman stadium will be on hand as the Cowboy’s visit Tulsa for the first of several games in the newly renewed series. Take a look below for all the info you need. THE GAME CAPSULE: The Game: Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Location: H.A. Chapman Stadium on the TU campus Game time: 2:35 p.m. Hurricane Alley: Opens at 11:30 a.m. on Chapman Commons Team Walk: Approximately 12:15 p.m. from Collins Hall on 8th Street (east of the Fountains) Gates Open: 1:00 p.m. For Tickets: Online at www.TulsaHurricane.com or call 918.631.GoTU (4688) Tickets on Game Day: The Reynolds Center Ticket Office will be open on Saturday from 9-12 p.m. Stadium ticket booths will open at 1:00 p.m. The ticket booths are located at the four corners of the stadium. CASH only is accepted at the ticket booths on east side; credit cards will be accepted at the west side ticket booths. Will Call Windows: Open at 1:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $75 TV Coverage: ESPN 2 Radio: Big Country 99.5 FM  CAIN’S ON CHAPMAN CONCERT SERIES: Hurricane Alley is located on Chapman Commons and provides fans an entertainment area prior to the game. Hurricane Alley will open at 11:30 a.m. for the Tulsa-Oklahoma State game. Concert with past American Idol contestant and Nashville Recording Artist Emily Brooke will begin at 12:30 p.m. Inflatable games for kids, TU Alumni Association Tent and Beer Garden Open and more is part of the pre-game festivities on Chapman Commons. 11th STREET BLOCK PARTY PRESENTED BY COX: The 11th Street Block party presented by COX will take place on 11th street from 11-2 p.m. (11th street between Harvard and Delaware Avenues will be closed beginning at 7 a.m.) The block party features food trucks, beer & wine, seating areas, inflatable and vendors. TEAM WALK: The Tulsa Team Walk from Collins Hall (east of the Fountains) to the locker room down 8th Street takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m.  PARKING: PAY lots are open on the north side of campus at East 4th and Harvard Ave. and the East 4th Place and Harvard/Keplinger Lot. Other parking lots on campus are designated as credentialed lots.  CLEAR BAG POLICY… The University of Tulsa has implemented a clear bag policy that limits the size and types of bags that may be brought in by fans to ticketed venues. The University strongly encourages all fans not to bring unauthorized types of bags to H.A. Chapman Stadium Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12' x 6' x 12' are allowed.  Fans are able to carry the following style and size of bag, package, or container into the stadium: · One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar). · Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (4.5” x 6.5”), with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags. · An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. · Spectators also will be able to carry other items allowed in such as binoculars and cameras, but their cases will not be allowed. · Working personnel, including accredited news media, will continue to enter through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections of the same manner as in the past.  GAMEDAY TWITTER: For up-to-date game day information including stadium information, parking and weather updates follow the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Gameday Operations Twitter Account @TULSA_GameOps  HYDRATION STATIONS: Complimentary hydration stations and cool zones will feature free water and misters for fans to battle the heat.  THE KIDS ZONE: The Kids Zone Area inside the stadium is located behind Section 114 (southwest side of the stadium). This area features bounce houses, games and more.  SEASON TICKET HOLDERS/OTHER VISITORS: Season Ticket Holders and other visitors to the stadium are requested to enter through Gates 1, 1A, 2, 3, 5, 6A & 7.  TICKET PURCHASES: Tickets may be purchased at the ticket booths located at each of the four corners of the stadium beginning 1.5 hours prior to prior to kickoff. Cash only is accepted at the east side ticket booths, credit cards will be accepted at the west side ticket booths.  Will Call: General Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Reynolds Center ticket office. TU Player Pass Will Call (Gate 2) and Visitors’ Will Call (Gate 6). Will Call opens 1.5 hours prior to kickoff.  Student Gate (GATE 6A): TU students are encouraged to enter the stadium through Gate 6A. Students must present a valid TU Student ID card, which will be scanned upon entry.  Handicap: Special entrances are provided at Gates 1, 1A, 6A and 7 for those guests with special needs and disabilities. Handicap Parking is available in the south corner of the Lorton Village Parking Lot, west of the stadium. These spaces are reserved strictly for those vehicles displaying a valid Handicap Parking Permit. Handicap seating is available on the west side of the stadium in Sections 114-117, south end zone in Sections 109, 110 and 113, and Sections 105-108 on the east side of the stadium. Contact the TU Athletic Ticket Office at 918.631.4688 for tickets in the handicap seating areas.  No Re-Entry: There is NO Re-entry allowed, other than for medical emergencies. To ensure a safe and secure environment for everyone at H.A. Chapman Stadium, re-entry will not be allowed once you have left the stadium.  Emergencies: Medical assistance is available in the southwest corner of H.A. Chapman Stadium (near Gate 1). EMSA is present during each game. If an emergency arises, ask the nearest usher for assistance. The emergency phone number for H.A. Chapman Stadium is 918.631.3664 or 918.631.5555.  Telephones: Cell phone charging stations provided by Lexus will be located on the east and west sides of the stadium. There are no public pay phones located in H.A. Chapman Stadium.  ATM: ATM’s are located west of the Press Box, behind Section 116 on Thomas Plaza, and behind Section 107 on the east side of the stadium.  Public Address System: The PA system is intended primarily for spectators’ information concerning the game. Please do not request use of the PA system to make social contacts.  Restrooms: Restrooms are located underneath the stands on the east side of H.A. Chapman Stadium. On the west side, restrooms are located next to the concession stands along Thomas Plaza.  Lost and Found: Lost and found items can be dropped off and claimed at the Security Command Post on the west side of the stadium, north of the Thomas A. Johnston Atrium, behind Section 118.  Concession Stands: Concession stands and food vendors are located throughout the stadium. Main concession areas include underneath the east stands, in the lower level of the apartments west of Thomas Plaza, and throughout Thomas Plaza on the west side of the stadium. Stand-alone beer stands are also available on both sides of the stadium. Beer is sold through the 3rd quarter.  Prohibited Items: The following items are prohibited in H.A. Chapman Stadium: bags larger than 12”x6”x12”, firearms or weapons of any type, camcorders, umbrellas, folding chairs, outside food and beverages, alcoholic beverages, thermos jugs and ice chests. Artificial noisemakers of any kind are prohibited. Use of any tobacco product (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all seating areas, restrooms, elevators, press box levels and on the field. Heightened security measures are in effect. Bag and purse checks will occur prior to entering the stadium.  Banners: H.A. Chapman Stadium banners must be approved the week prior to the game. For approval, contact Drew Friedman via email at drf149@utulsa.edu or by calling 918.631.2323. Unapproved banners may be removed from the stadium by event personnel.  Field Regulations / Press Box: No person is permitted on the playing field before, during, or after the game without proper credentials as issued by The University of Tulsa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics or unless accompanied by athletics personnel. Press Box access is strictly prohibited without proper credential.  Request for Assistance: Requests for assistance should be directed to the ushers located throughout the stadium, or to the Security Command Post (located under the west stands).    
  • Linde Oktoberfest, the annual celebration of German food, music, and culture is less than two months away, and assistance putting on the party is needed! Both USA Today and Condé Nast Traveler Magazine have rated Tulsa’s Oktoberfest as top five in the nation. Title sponsor Linde engineering brings out dozens of people to help, but more than 1,000 volunteers are still needed. Those involved will pour, sell, guide, lift, and Chicken Dance through the run of the show. Everyone pitching in will get a few perks, like a volunteer t-shirt, admittance to the volunteer hospitality zone, and a special invitation for you and a guest to attend the post-festival thank-you party. You can find a way to take part here. Linde Oktoberfest takes over River West Festival Park from October 17th through the 20th.
  • KRMG just received the following note from Sand Springs police. Our 911 service and non-emergency lines have been affected by a fire at the AT&T offices in Tulsa. YOU MAY CALL (918-246-2546) FOR ASSISTANCE from SSPD/SSFD or EMSA. We will only have one line operational right now, so please do not call this number for general questions, only for emergencies. We will stage officers and firefighters who are not assigned to calls to the following locations that you can go to if you need help: City Hall - 100 E. Broadway QT North - 200 S. Highway 97 Charles Page High School - 500 n. Adams Road QT South - 2 E. 41st Corner of 41st and 129th W. Ave.
  • NASA is sending a rover flight to the Red Planet in 2020. They want you to be part of it. On the web page NASA 2020, the agency writes;  'As we get ready to launch this historic Mars mission, we want everyone to share in this journey of exploration,' said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. ‘It’s an exciting time for NASA, as we embark on this voyage to answer profound questions about our neighboring planet, and even the origins of life itself.’ The opportunity to send your name to Mars comes with a souvenir boarding pass and 'frequent flyer' points. This is part of a public engagement campaign to highlight missions involved with NASA's journey from the Moon to Mars. Miles (or kilometers) are awarded for each 'flight,' with corresponding digital mission patches available for download. More than 2 million names flew on NASA's InSight mission to Mars, giving each 'flyer' about 300 million frequent flyer miles (nearly 500 million frequent flyer kilometers). From now until Sept. 30, you can add your name to the list and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars here. Good luck, we’re not sure if there will be snacks on the flight.
  • With more than 160,000 cubic feet of water per second gushing out of Keystone Dam and more rain expected over the next few days, the city if Tulsa wants you to know more about flooding. The city released an updated flood map you can access by tapping on the link below. Keystone Dam Inundation Map  The map shows the path of the Arkansas river from Keystone Lake all the way past Muskogee, Webers Falls, and into Ft. Smith. The city suggests using the map to get a good idea about how much any property you own or rent could be affected by the release. With more severe weather possible tonight, keep KRMG close-by so you can be prepared and  know the latest about the weather.
  • Reports began coming in to emergency workers just before 8 am, saying the workers platform was “swinging wildly out of control,” at the Devon Energy building in Oklahoma City.  The Oklahoma City Fire department tweeted the video below showing the platform smashing into the building, breaking glass. Crews now report the basket is once again secured and the two workers inside are secure and being checked by medics.
  • Police say Sarah Hill, a non-custodial parent, picked Austin up from school Monday and went missing.  Cops tell is Sarah was driving a maroon, 2007 Mazda CX-7 with license plate EKP237. Police ask anyone with information to call 918-968-2733.                    
  • It’s been a productive first 100 days for Jenks businessman Kevin Stitt. That’s according to the man himself, and those working for him.  “We’ve gone from legislature vs governor, cabinet secretary vs cabinet secretary, to everyone working together,” Commerce secretary Sean Kouplen told us.  Stitt believes his biggest step forward is requiring accountability. But he tells the KRMG Morning News he’s also enjoying the job. “People ask me what’s the biggest surprise, and I tell them it’s how much fun I’m having,” he began. “It’s so cool to get a new job and to really be enjoying it.” Joining the KRMG Morning News for an in-depth hour on his first 100 days, Stitt told us work is getting done in a different way.  “I am bringing a different environment and atmosphere to the capitol.” Lieutenant governor Matt Pinnell is pleased to see the governor instill a sense of accountability. “I come into my cabinet meetings every week and we’re not just sitting around shooting the breeze,” he told KRMG. “We have real metrics,” he added. “ What are our one month goals, what are our two month goals, what are our quarterly and one-year goals,” he went on. Stitt promises to continue his high energy approach, something Kouplen believes will happen. “If I’ve heard him say ‘move the needle’ once, I’ve heard him say it 100 times,” Kouplen chuckled. Join the KRMG Morning News from 8 am-9 am today to hear governor Stitt and some of his key cabinet members as we cover their biggest achievements, and plans for the future. Listen to the entire hour here.
  • Employees at the Skunk Grow Supply near Memorial and 51st say they are hoping to identify a man and woman who allegedly burglarized their business. Officials told FOX23 and KRMG the two walked in and stole a grow tent, worth about $130. But this is the second time they’ve had a similar situation. The first time someone walked out with more than $2,000 worth of equipment. Surveillance video captured the moment the two suspects started running out the door and toward their car in the parking lot. That’s when one of the owners and a customer who had been helping expand the location started chasing the two. One of the men jumped on top of the car. The owner says they’re  concerned for their safety, and plan to take extra safety precautions in the future.
  • The Woody Guthrie Center showcase of memorabilia includes movie posters, movie props, and other items from the Outsiders movie. “We’re thrilled to help support and promote this incredible addition to the Tulsa arts,” Deana McCloud told us during a recent visit to the museum. Her personal favorite in the collection is clear. “Dallas Winston,” she exclaimed while pointing at the leather jacket worn by actor Matt Dillon as he portrayed the character. “Who didn’t love watching Dallas Winston just saunter with that swag, just right down the street,” she went on. The exhibit offers a sneak peek at other items from the Francis Ford Coppola film based on the S.E. Hinton novel McCloud connected with so completely. “I can see myself in this story,” she began. “I can see my friends, this is the real world, not just something an adult wrote.” Included are screen-worn wardrobe items such as Matt Dillon's leather jacket, a hooded sweatshirt worn by C. Thomas Howell in the 'Rumble,' as wells as behind-the-scenes photography, call sheets, and a signed script. The exhibit will remain on display until the opening of the museum, that date is not yet been announced. Listen to the entire interview with Deana here.
  • Rick Couri

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    Rick Couri began his career with KRMG in 1982 and has since done "everything you could do" at the station. Rick has covered top sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the World Series, football bowl games and championship tennis. He even spent a day with boxing great Muhammad Ali. On the news side Rick was in Joplin and Moore hours after F-5 tornados. He’s also covered political conventions and a presidential visit.

    Rick is entering his 32nd year as the color voice for TU basketball, and 16th year as the play-by-play voice for Union football. He’s also broadcast Tulsa basketball, Oklahoma State football, and spent seven years as the voice of the Tulsa Talons Arena league football team.

    Rick and Christine, his wife of 28-years, have three children. Son Kelly (38), and his wife Jill, are the parents of granddaughters Hayden, and Hannah. 34-year-old daughter Lindsey works for Union public schools, and 21-year-old daughter Delaney Catalina is a senior education major at Texas A&M University. When away from the microphone, Rick is a 22 year PADI scuba instructor. He and his family have a dive instruction company, http://www.okiescuba.com/. While Rick will tell you he is a "sports guy", those familiar with the Tulsa market know Rick's influence extends well outside the circle of sports. As Co-host of the KRMG Morning News, Rick has interviewed everyone from local celebrities to national figures.  A community leader who gives of his time and talent, Rick's commitment to the annual funding campaign for Operation Aware has resulted in over $1.3 million dollars being raised for this important charity. KRMG listeners have learned to appreciate Rick's insightful reporting and have developed a trust unique in today's media personalities. 

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  • Going through evidence built up from impeachment hearings on Ukraine, U.S. House prosecutors used their first full day of Senate trial arguments to make the case that President Donald Trump should be convicted of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges, but so far their efforts have not caused any GOP Senators to publicly call for new witnesses or documents in the Senate trial. 'I welcome Speaker Pelosi to compel (John) Bolton or anyone else to come into the House and testify,' said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who joined other Republican Senators in saying it was the job of the House to hold evidentiary hearings - not the Senate. 'Most Senators will be pretty well informed on which way they are going to vote and won't need any additional information,' said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), who echoed other Republicans on the evidence presented by House Democrats. 'I stayed awake, but I didn't hear anything new,' Barrasso told reporters just off the Senate floor. 'What we ought to be presented is evidence by witnesses that have personal knowledge,' said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). 'That should have been done in the House, and not here in the Senate.' Beginning up to 24 hours of opening arguments, House impeachment managers used over seven hours of time as they started Wednesday to lay out the basics of their case against President Donald Trump, arguing the evidence is overwhelming. 'President Trump has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead House impeachment manager. 'His conduct has violated his oath of office and his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law,' Schiff added from the Senate floor. 'Everybody was in the loop,' Schiff said Wednesday night, pressing the case that from President Trump on down, top officials knew what was happening with respect to Ukraine and efforts to force the government to announce investigations which would benefit the President's 2020 re-election bid. While Senators are required to be in their seats for the impeachment proceedings, some Democrats complained that a number of GOP Senators had left the chamber during the House manager arguments. 'We do have a series of our colleagues, particularly on the other side of the aisle, who seem to get up quite a bit, and often leave the chamber for extended periods of time,' Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) told CNN. 'I guess they just don't want to listen to the rest of the House testimony,' Menendez added. The trial will resume at 1 pm ET on Thursday.
  • Jenks has grown a lot during the past few years, but the city is gearing up for what Jenks Chamber of Commerce President  Josh Driskell says will be a game-changer: the new outlet mall. It's set to open in the middle part of next year. He says it will bring in lots of shoppers and lots of spending all over Jenks. “They're going to be in downtown Jenks, they're going to be visiting Riverwalk, they're going to be visiting restaurants all throughout the community,” Driskell said. Besides the mall, there are other notable projects, including a new hotel that recently broke ground near the Gateway Mortgage headquarters near Highway 75. Driskell said there could be a new office building coming to that area too. He says city leaders are also excited about a new octopus exhibit at the Oklahoma Aquarium which is expected to boost attendance figures there when it opens in March.
  • Beginning up to 24 hours of opening arguments, House impeachment managers started Wednesday to lay out the basics of their case against President Donald Trump, arguing the evidence is overwhelming that the President is guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 'Ultimately, the question for you is whether the President's undisputed actions require the removal of the 45th President from office,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who opened the House presentation with a speech of over two hours. 'Over the coming days, you will hear remarkably consistent evidence of President Trump's corrupt scheme and cover up,' Schiff added, arguing that Mr. Trump tried to use Ukraine to do his 'political dirty work' in an effort to smear former Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats charge the President withheld over $200 million in military aid for Ukraine in a bid to force the government to announce an investigation of Biden, and another investigation into what Schiff labeled 'that crazy conspiracy theory,' where Ukraine - and not Russia - hacked Democrats during the 2016 campaign. At the first break of the afternoon, the sharp break along party lines was clearly evident as Senators spilled out of the chamber. 'So far, we haven't heard anything new,' Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told reporters just off the Senate floor.  'What we ought to be presented is evidence by witnesses that have personal knowledge,' Cornyn said, drawing an approving reaction from Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who was waiting to speak to reporters. But Cornyn made clear those witnesses should have testified in the House - not in the Senate, as Democrats have asked the Senate to hear testimony. Asked if there was any deal in the works between the two parties to have witness testimony - where Democrats would be able to call former Trump aide John Bolton, and Republicans would question Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden - Schumer told reporters that was not happening. 'That's not even on the table,' Schumer said. Under the rules, House prosecutors have up to 24 hours - over three days - to present their case, which means they could be talking on the Senate floor through Friday. For now, there was no evidence that it was changing any GOP minds. 'I stayed awake, but I didn't hear anything new,' said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).
  • Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to fight climate change. The declaration approved by the Cabinet says the left-of-center Socialist government will send to parliament within 100 days its proposed climate legislation. The targets coincide with those of the European Union, including a reduction of net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Spain’s coalition government wants up to 95% of the Mediterranean country’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2040. The plan also foresees eliminating pollution by buses and trucks and making farming carbon neutral. Details of the plan are to be made public when the proposed legislation is sent to parliament for approval. More than two dozen countries and scores of local and regional authorities have declared a climate emergency in recent years. Scientists say the decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record. Also Tuesday, young climate activists including Greta Thunberg told the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland they are not doing enough to deal with the climate emergency and warned them that time was running out.
  • Mayor G.T. Bynum has confirmed to KRMG that he will name TPD Major Wendell Franklin as the next police chief for the city of Tulsa. Franklin, 46, had most recently served as commander of the department's Headquarters Division. In a public forum featuring the four finalists for the position held last Friday, Franklin spoke about the importance of using modern technology and data-driven decision making to enhance public safety. And, he promised to make the gathering and dissemination of that data as transparent as possible. Franklin was promoted over three deputy chiefs who were also finalists, Jonathan Brooks, Eric Dalgleish, and Dennis Larsen. Franklin grew up in Tulsa, and at only two years old, lost his mother to violence. But, he said Friday, he hadn't planned on a career in law enforcement until after he graduated from Booker T Washington High School. He enrolled at Tulsa Community College, where a counselor steered him toward criminal justice. He has served with the department for 23 years. 

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  • Going through evidence built up from impeachment hearings on Ukraine, U.S. House prosecutors used their first full day of Senate trial arguments to make the case that President Donald Trump should be convicted of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges, but so far their efforts have not caused any GOP Senators to publicly call for new witnesses or documents in the Senate trial. 'I welcome Speaker Pelosi to compel (John) Bolton or anyone else to come into the House and testify,' said Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), who joined other Republican Senators in saying it was the job of the House to hold evidentiary hearings - not the Senate. 'Most Senators will be pretty well informed on which way they are going to vote and won't need any additional information,' said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), who echoed other Republicans on the evidence presented by House Democrats. 'I stayed awake, but I didn't hear anything new,' Barrasso told reporters just off the Senate floor. 'What we ought to be presented is evidence by witnesses that have personal knowledge,' said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). 'That should have been done in the House, and not here in the Senate.' Beginning up to 24 hours of opening arguments, House impeachment managers used over seven hours of time as they started Wednesday to lay out the basics of their case against President Donald Trump, arguing the evidence is overwhelming. 'President Trump has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead House impeachment manager. 'His conduct has violated his oath of office and his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law,' Schiff added from the Senate floor. 'Everybody was in the loop,' Schiff said Wednesday night, pressing the case that from President Trump on down, top officials knew what was happening with respect to Ukraine and efforts to force the government to announce investigations which would benefit the President's 2020 re-election bid. While Senators are required to be in their seats for the impeachment proceedings, some Democrats complained that a number of GOP Senators had left the chamber during the House manager arguments. 'We do have a series of our colleagues, particularly on the other side of the aisle, who seem to get up quite a bit, and often leave the chamber for extended periods of time,' Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) told CNN. 'I guess they just don't want to listen to the rest of the House testimony,' Menendez added. The trial will resume at 1 pm ET on Thursday.
  • Beginning up to 24 hours of opening arguments, House impeachment managers started Wednesday to lay out the basics of their case against President Donald Trump, arguing the evidence is overwhelming that the President is guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 'Ultimately, the question for you is whether the President's undisputed actions require the removal of the 45th President from office,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who opened the House presentation with a speech of over two hours. 'Over the coming days, you will hear remarkably consistent evidence of President Trump's corrupt scheme and cover up,' Schiff added, arguing that Mr. Trump tried to use Ukraine to do his 'political dirty work' in an effort to smear former Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats charge the President withheld over $200 million in military aid for Ukraine in a bid to force the government to announce an investigation of Biden, and another investigation into what Schiff labeled 'that crazy conspiracy theory,' where Ukraine - and not Russia - hacked Democrats during the 2016 campaign. At the first break of the afternoon, the sharp break along party lines was clearly evident as Senators spilled out of the chamber. 'So far, we haven't heard anything new,' Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told reporters just off the Senate floor.  'What we ought to be presented is evidence by witnesses that have personal knowledge,' Cornyn said, drawing an approving reaction from Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who was waiting to speak to reporters. But Cornyn made clear those witnesses should have testified in the House - not in the Senate, as Democrats have asked the Senate to hear testimony. Asked if there was any deal in the works between the two parties to have witness testimony - where Democrats would be able to call former Trump aide John Bolton, and Republicans would question Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden - Schumer told reporters that was not happening. 'That's not even on the table,' Schumer said. Under the rules, House prosecutors have up to 24 hours - over three days - to present their case, which means they could be talking on the Senate floor through Friday. For now, there was no evidence that it was changing any GOP minds. 'I stayed awake, but I didn't hear anything new,' said Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).
  • The first substantive day of President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial turned into a late night, insult-filled battle between House prosecutors and the President's legal team, as Republicans voted down repeated efforts by Democrats to have the Senate subpoena witnesses and documents related to the Ukraine impeachment investigation. 'They will not permit the American people to hear from the witnesses,' Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said, taking direct aim at the President's lawyers. 'And they lie. And lie and lie and lie.' That prompted an immediate response from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who demanded that Nadler apologize, accusing him of making repeated false allegations about President Trump. 'The only one who should be embarrassed, Mr. Nadler, is you,' Cipollone said. Just before 1 am, Chief Justice John Roberts warned both sides to tone it down, his first real foray into the impeachment trial. 'I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the President's counsel, in equal terms, to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body,' as the Chief Justice made clear the debate was not following along the lines of civil discourse. 'I do think those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,' Chief Justice Roberts added. Democrats kept the Senate working past midnight in a bid to put Republicans on the record on calling witnesses like former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and other top officials who defied subpoenas from the House. 'The House calls John Bolton. The House calls Mick Mulvaney,' Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said at one point. 'Let's get this trial started, shall we?' But with Republicans sticking together, GOP Senators defeated a series of Democratic amendments to an impeachment rules resolution on identical votes of 53-47 - straight along party lines. Democrats said there was only one reason why Republicans were not looking to hear from new witnesses - because they don't want to hear the real Ukraine story. On the other side, Republicans joined the White House legal team in blasting the demands of Democrats. 'The only thing that’s rigged is Democrats’ perpetual effort to undo the results of the 2016 election,' said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In the end, no Republicans broke ranks, as the GOP defeated 11 different amendments by Democrats to change the GOP rules plan, bringing about a final vote over 12 hours after the Senate convened.
  • Facing opposition from within Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presented an amended rules proposal on Tuesday to govern the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, most significantly giving more time for House prosecutors and the President's lawyers to make their opening arguments. The changes came after a lunch meeting of GOP Senators, where Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and others expressed reservations about the idea of forcing each side to cram 24 hours of opening arguments into just two days. 'She and others raised concerns about the 24 hrs of opening statements in 2 days,' a spokeswoman for Collins told reporters. Along with that change, McConnell backed off a provision which would not allow evidence from the House impeachment investigation to be put in the record without a vote of the Senate. The changes were made as House prosecutors and the President's legal team made their first extended statements of the Trump impeachment trial. 'Why should this trial be any different than any other trial? The short answer is, it shouldn't,' said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), as he made the case that the Senate rules would not pass muster in a regular courtroom. 'This idea that we should ignore what has taken place over the last three years is outrageous,' said Jay Sekulow, the President's personal attorney, who joined White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in arguing against the impeachment charges. 'It's very difficult to sit there and listen to Mr. Schiff tell the tale that he just told,' Cipollone said, in one of the first direct jabs of the impeachment trial. “A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election,” Cipollone added. While there were GOP differences on the rules package offered by Republican leaders, GOP Senators stuck together on the first substantive vote of the impeachment trial, defeating an effort by Democrats to subpoena certain materials from the White House. The first vote was 53-47 to block an amendment offered by the Democratic Leader, Sen. Schumer.  It was straight along party lines. A second vote along party lines blocked a call by Democrats to subpoena documents from the State Department. Opening arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday.
  • A GOP rules plan for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump unveiled by Senate Republicans on Monday could pave the way for the trial to be finished in as little as two weeks, as the plan envisions squeezing 48 hours of opening arguments into just four days, with the option of voting on the impeachment articles without any additional witnesses or evidence. 'Just because the House proceedings were a circus that doesn’t mean the Senate’s trial needs to be,' said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who fully endorsed the proposal from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. While GOP Senators said the plan would be modeled on a bipartisan rules deal at the start of the Clinton impeachment trial, there were two notable differences from 21 years ago, governing opening arguments, and the submission of evidence. While each side would get 24 hours to make their opening arguments, this GOP plan would force that time to be used in just two days - raising the specter of an impeachment trial which could stretch well into the night because of those time constraints. Another change would require an affirmative vote by the Senate to simply put the investigatory materials from the House into the trial record, something which was done automatically in the Clinton impeachment trial. Also, even if extra witnesses were approved by Senators, it would not guarantee their testimony on the Senate floor, as there would have to be a vote after the depositions on whether the witness would testify publicly. With a Tuesday debate set on the rules, Republicans also made clear they would not support any move to add witnesses until after opening arguments have been completed. 'If attempts are made to vote on witnesses prior to opening arguments, I would oppose those efforts,' said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). Meanwhile, Democrats roundly denounced the GOP rules details. 'The proposal that Majority Leader McConnell just released looks more like a cover up than a fair trial,' said Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). 'Mitch McConnell doesn't want a fair trial, he wants a fast trial,' said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI). 'It's all about the cover up,' said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). 'These are not the Clinton rules.' 'There’s nothing in this resolution that requires hearing witnesses or admitting evidence — which is unlike any trial I’ve ever seen,' said Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN). 'Under this resolution, Senator McConnell is saying he doesn’t want to hear any of the existing evidence, and he doesn’t want to hear any new evidence,' said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who promised to offer amendments to the plan on Tuesday afternoon. Debate and votes on the rules resolution will start on Tuesday afternoon - and could turn into an extended battle on the floor of the U.S. Senate.