Law

Politics

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump argued it is unconstitutional to impeach a former president and declared the coming Senate trial “political theater” in a pretrial brief Monday that offered the fullest picture of their defense.

The A-hed

A battle over vanilla flavoring is raging in federal courts, where plaintiffs’ attorneys say items ranging from ice cream to cake mix actually have no vanilla at all; the Rocky Road, Tutti-frutti argument

World

Groundhog Day is celebrated in Pennsylvania, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick is honored, Alexei Navalny is sentenced and more from The Wall Street Journal’s photo editors.

Politics

The Supreme Court exempted churches from California’s public-health order banning indoor gatherings in counties suffering widespread risk of Covid-19 infections, but permitted the state to forbid singing and chanting at worship services.

Election 2020

The ruling follows a court-supervised canvass and allows the Republican candidate to regain a seat she lost in 2018 to Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, resolving the last 2020 congressional contest.