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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 NadlerPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime Lewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media 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 CollinsMcBath passes on running for Senate Leaders of House antitrust investigation to meet with Zuckerberg GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan 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 Jean KlobucharDemocrats will not beat Trump without moderate policy ideas Harris revamps campaign presence in Iowa Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Two former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum MORE (D), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Krystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all MORE (I-Vt.), Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report MORESen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTwo former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates 2020 Dems honor Emily Clyburn MORE (D-Calif.), Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangKrystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Again, DNC debate moderators fail to ask about democracy issues 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 BennetWilliamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Bennet: 'This generation has a lot to be really angry at us about' Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardKavanaugh book author on impeachment calls: 'That's not our determination to make' Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy Beto needs to revive talk about his 'war tax' proposal MORE (D-Hawaii), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockNew poll finds Biden, Warren in virtual tie in Iowa Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Partisan divisions sharpen as independent voters fade MORE (D), Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyWilliamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system The Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' Krystal Ball: Reality debunks Biden's 'Medicare for all' smear MORE (D-Md.), New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Nearly 60 US mayors pen op-ed backing Buttigieg's 2020 bid Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate MORE (D), billionaire Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerSanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall New poll finds Biden, Warren in virtual tie in Iowa MORE, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanWilliamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Overnight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks MORE and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 10 points in Florida Nearly 60 US mayors pen op-ed backing Buttigieg's 2020 bid The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (D).

Who is moderating tonight’s debate: ABC News chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Cruz on reported Kavanaugh allegations: There's nobody Democrats don't want to impeach Klobuchar: Investigation into Kavanaugh 'a sham' 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) ManchinSchumer: I don't know any 'Democrat who agrees' with O'Rourke on gun seizures O'Rourke: Many Democrats 'complicit' in gun problem The Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution 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 CheneyOvernight Defense: Trump says he has 'many options' on Iran | Hostage negotiator chosen for national security adviser | Senate Dems block funding bill | Documents show Pentagon spent at least 4K at Trump's Scotland resort Liz Cheney calls for 'proportional military response' against Iran Liz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump 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 RobyHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE (R-Ala.) and Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Pentagon waiting for Saudi assessment on attack | Defense bill talks begin | Border fight takes centerstage | Pentagon finalizes .5B in wall contracts | US withholds Afghan aid citing corruption House Armed Services panel gets classified briefing on Saudi attacks US withholds 0M in Afghan aid citing corruption 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