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 TrumpHouse and Senate Dems implore McConnell to sign DACA legislation to protect Dreamers White House stresses 'hearsay' in witness testimony ahead of public impeachment hearings Senior official describes cyber workforce shortage as national security threat 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 to vote on bill to ensure citizenship for children of overseas service members As impeachment goes public, forget 'conventional wisdom' What this 'impeachment' is really about — and it's not the Constitution 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 CollinsHouse to vote on bill to ensure citizenship for children of overseas service members GOP lawmaker: Schiff should be first witness Republicans call to testify in impeachment inquiry Hillicon Valley: Google buying Fitbit for .1B | US launches national security review of TikTok | Twitter shakes up fight over political ads | Dems push committee on 'revenge porn' law 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 KlobucharPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race Poll: Biden support hits record low of 26 percent The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPress: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism Warren on winning over male voters: I was told to 'smile more' MORE (D), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTech firms face skepticism over California housing response Press: Another billionaire need not apply Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick mulling 2020 run: report MORE (I-Vt.), Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House stresses 'hearsay' in witness testimony ahead of public impeachment hearings Trump highlights Gingrich comments on 'coup' by 'left-wingers' Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa MORESen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Biden will always represent the 'safety candidate,' says Democratic strategist Former Clinton aide: 'Biden has had a number of issues in using somewhat gendered language' MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply Saagar Enjeti dismisses Warren, Klobuchar claims of sexism MORE (D-Calif.), Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangNew Quinnipiac poll finds Biden leading in New Hampshire Intercollegiate athletics just got a two-minute warning AI and automation will disrupt our world — but only Andrew Yang is warning about it 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 BennetPress: Another billionaire need not apply Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNew Quinnipiac poll finds Biden leading in New Hampshire Gabbard lawyers demand retraction of Clinton's 'defamation' Krystal Ball praises former McConnell aide's historic win in Kentucky MORE (D-Hawaii), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockPress: Another billionaire need not apply Obama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says Dems shouldn't hold public hearings MORE (D), Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyBloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment fight enters new stage Biden hits Warren over 'Medicare for All' plan MORE (D-Md.), New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Trump NYC Veterans Day speech met with protests MORE (D), billionaire Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerNew Quinnipiac poll finds Biden leading in New Hampshire The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week Saagar Enjeti: Bloomberg 2020 bid would 'all but ensure a Bernie Sanders victory' MORE, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanStrategists say Warren 'Medicare for All' plan could appeal to centrists Trump mocks O'Rourke after Democrat drops out of race The Memo: What the leading 2020 Dems need to do MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonYang seeks donations for 2020 rival Marianne Williamson: 'She has much more to say' Pushing results, not polarization, in New Hampshire Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign MORE and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Memo: What the leading 2020 Dems need to do Wayne Messam raised this quarter for presidential run The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy MORE (D).

Who is moderating tonight’s debate: ABC News chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSenate Republicans can acquit Trump — but they cannot defend his conduct Scalise doesn't directly say whether it's OK for Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate political opponents White House officials work to tamp down controversies after a tumultuous week 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) ManchinFormer coal exec Don Blankenship launches third-party presidential bid Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics 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: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Cheney calls for Turkish leader's bodyguards to be banned from re-entering US Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics 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 RobyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Here 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 MORE (R-Ala.) and Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksOregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won't seek reelection Here 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 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 condemns 'deplorable' killings of Iraqi protesters Trump-appointed State Department official embellished her résumé, made fake Time cover: report Live updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower 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