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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Judiciary approves new powers for impeachment hearings |  Third DNC debate |  What to watch |  Biden flanked by Sanders, Warren | House GOP retreat in Baltimore |  Washington Post Express shuts down |  Water found on another planet

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

It is the saga that doesn’t end. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends: 

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This morning, the House Judiciary Committee voted to broaden the panel’s powers to investigate President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE as Democrats decide whether to pursue impeachment proceedings. http://bit.ly/2I40wKe

What this means: “The move does not launch a formal impeachment process, but marks the first time a Democratic panel has voted on language that explicitly lays out how the party’s ongoing investigations into alleged presidential misconduct could lead to drafting — and eventual votes on — impeachment articles.”  

The vote: 24-17 along party lines. 

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From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse passes sweeping reform bill to decriminalize marijuana This week: Congress races to wrap work for the year Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon MORE (D-N.Y.): “This committee is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Trump. Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.” 

From Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsTrump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs McCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership Georgia's Perdue, Kemp to appear with Fox News's Laura Ingraham MORE (Ga.), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee: “Democrats followed the yellow brick road, and now they’re fully lost in impeachment Oz. Try as they might, they can’t find their way out of the mess they’ve made because they think words don’t matter.”

It’s Thursday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

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HAPPENING TONIGHT

The good news: There is only one debate this time. The bad news: The debate is three hours long.:

The 10 top Democratic presidential candidates are debating tonight in Houston, Texas. 

What time: 8 – 11 p.m. EDT

How to watch: On ABC News and streaming online. Here’s a livestream linkhttps://abcn.ws/30d6Ghe

Who is debating tonight:  Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate committee advances bill for national Latino museum Senate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Scammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerJudge whose son was killed by gunman: 'Federal judiciary is under attack' Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE (D), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.), Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORESen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCan Biden find a third way between Trumpism and Obama-era globalism? Left seeks to influence Biden picks while signaling unity Schwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden officially clinches Electoral College votes with California certification Hillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs MORE (D-Calif.), Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' MOREFormer Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

^They will stand on stage in this order.

Why only 10 candidates?: Only 10 candidates have met the Democratic National Committee’s requirements for the third debate. 

Who did not make the debate stage: Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHarris taps women of color for key senior staff positions The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTrump doubles down on Section 230 repeal after GOP pushback Six people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity MORE (D-Hawaii), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Down ballot races carry environmental implications | US officially exits Paris climate accord  GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte wins Montana governor's race Senate control in flux as counting goes forward in key states MORE (D), Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.), New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioUS records over 14 million coronavirus cases New York City positivity rate above 5 percent, highest level since May NYC mayoral contender challenges New York Times for defining candidacy by marijuana use MORE (D), billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Now's the time to make 'Social Emotional Learning' a national priority Mourners gather outside Supreme Court after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson discusses America's "soulless ethos" Marianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention Fewer people watched opening night of Democratic convention compared to 2016 MORE and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D).

Who is moderating tonight’s debate: ABC News chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Chris Christie: Trump's legal team has been 'a national embarrassment' MORE, “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

More logistics for tonight’s debate from The Hill’s Julia Manchesterhttp://bit.ly/305JnWT

WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING DURING THE DEBATE:

“Former Vice President Joe Biden will be flanked by progressive heavyweights Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the next Democratic debate Thursday in Houston, marking the first time the sharp ideological divide among the top Democratic contenders will be on full display.” http://bit.ly/30bngy3

TIDBIT FROM ANDREW YANG’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER:

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The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein tweeted, “Andrew Yang’s campaign manager just called to tell me that at tomorrow night’s debate, Yang will be doing ‘something no presidential candidate has ever done before in history.’ He declined to go further than that.” http://bit.ly/30gUyMw

IN CONGRESS

It’s all fair in love and war:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Democrats are using President Trump’s sinking poll numbers as leverage on the spending debate and gun legislation. http://bit.ly/30ccc3Q 

How so on the budget: “Republicans say a budget deal reached before the recess now appears in doubt after Senate Democrats on Tuesday insisted on an amendment to block Trump’s Title X rule, which prohibits funds for health care providers who share information about abortion.” 

How so on gun legislation: “Democrats are [also] gearing up to reject a gun violence proposal expected from the White House as soon as Thursday if it falls short of the proposal sponsored in 2013 by Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.), which garnered only four Republican votes at the time.”

What’s it gonna be, Liz?:

Via The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE (R-Wyo.) is under political pressure to make a decision on her political future. http://bit.ly/30bbEer

Her options: Run for an open Senate seat or remain in the House where she could one day be the first female Republican Speaker of the House.

Cheney’s deadline for running for Senate: May 2020, but a number of Republicans say she will make a decision in the next few months so other lawmakers can plan around her.

What Cheney running for Senate could mean for the House: “If Cheney runs for the Senate, she will have to vacate her leadership position, potentially leaving the House GOP without a woman in leadership. Her departure also would cut into the already dwindling number of Republican women in the House, with two incumbents — Reps. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyThe year of the Republican woman Barry Moore wins Alabama GOP runoff to replace Martha Roby The 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday MORE (R-Ala.) and Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year The year of the Republican woman MORE (R-Ind.) — having announced their retirement plans earlier this year.”

Tidbit — Cups is reopening soon:

Politico’s Anthony Adragna tweeted that he ran into the owner of Cups. “He said they’ll reopen on Sept. 20.” http://bit.ly/30cOlkx

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The Trump administration is repealing waterway protections:

Via The Hill’s Miranda Green, “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday will announce final plans to redefine and thus shrink the waterways that must be protected under the law, a move likely to be swiftly challenged legally by environmentalists.” http://bit.ly/2I6djMd 

What will be repealed: The 2015 Obama-era Waters of the United States rule

IN LOCAL NEWS

Today is the last day of the Post Express:

The Washington Post is discontinuing the Express, its free daily commuter newspaper that has published for 16 years. http://bit.ly/30bc6JF

Timing: The announcement was made yesterday and today is the final edition of the Express.

Reasoning: “More and more readers are consuming The Post’s content digitally, and The Post will continue to serve those who commute via Metro with digital products, including its mobile site, apps, newsletters, and podcasts.”

Aw, check out the cover of the last edition today: Here’s a photo: http://bit.ly/30bcaZV

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Well, that’s a ‘snap in a Z formation’ tweet if I’ve ever seen one:

 

 

Hyperlink http://bit.ly/2ZNQwPt

 

ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House voted this morning. 

President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to Baltimore this evening. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C., today. 

Today – Sunday: The 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. http://bit.ly/2ZVAB1t 

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/2ZP0W1j

12:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate voted on two confirmations. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/2ZUqQk2 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over 'intimidation' tactics Israel's new Gulf relations give Biden's team a new Middle East hub Pompeo knocks Turkey in NATO speech: report MORE

1:45 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on another confirmation. Detailshttp://bit.ly/2ZUqQk2

5:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House and heads to Baltimore.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a joint fundraising committee reception at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

8:55 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Sept. 26: The Hill is hosting “The Future of Mobility Summit” in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVPhttp://bit.ly/2ZXafvW

WHAT TO WATCH:

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Concerned Women for America’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Trump International Hotel. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/309IIDQ

7:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat Dinner in Baltimore. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/30eXSHD 

8 – 11 p.m. EDT: The third Democratic presidential primary debate. 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

One step closer to finding other life:

Via National Geographic, scientists have discovered a planet outside of our solar system that has water and temperatures that could sustain life. Detailshttps://on.natgeo.com/2ZZwRMi 

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog living his best life: http://bit.ly/2ZRXbIp