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

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 TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report 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 Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' 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 CollinsSunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Loeffler traded .4M in stocks as Congress responded to coronavirus pandemic 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 KlobucharBiden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Democrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE (D), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE (I-Vt.), Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' MORESen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? MORE (D-Calif.), Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll 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 BennetDemocrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Five things being discussed for a new coronavirus relief bill Cyber threats spike during coronavirus pandemic MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockPolitics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden moves to unify party before general election Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race MORE (D), Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyJohn Delaney endorses Biden Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.), New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioUS attorney opposes release of inmates in DC Britain releases 4,000 inmates to curb spread of coronavirus  NYC landlord tells tenants in 18 buildings to skip April rent MORE (D), billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers call for universal basic income amid coronavirus crisis Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests Pelosi: 'I usually always cast my vote for a woman' Pelosi: 'We'll have a woman president' someday 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 StephanopoulosActress Ali Wentworth, wife of ABC's George Stephanopoulos, tests positive for coronavirus: 'Pure misery' Sanders focuses on Biden's record, predicts Michigan victory as primary becomes two-man race Carson declines to 'preview' plan for virus-stricken ship's docking: 'We shouldn't have 16 people saying what the plan is' 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) ManchinPoliticians mourn the death of Bill Withers Pressure mounts for national parks closure amid coronavirus White House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns 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 CheneySelf-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills Trump triggers congressional debate with comments on reopening economy 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 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday Collins Senate bid sets off game of musical chairs for GOP Global health is the last bastion of bipartisan foreign policy MORE (R-Ala.) and Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 Hispanic Democrats endorse Latina for open Indiana seat Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks 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 PompeoTrump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad US should adopt a Marshall Plan for Ethiopia Tired of worrying about the pandemic? There's always Pyongyang 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