The Hill's 12:30 Report: House takes major step by voting to approve impeachment procedures

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House approves Trump impeachment procedures | Trump slams 'witch hunt' after vote | Two House Dems break with party | Bolton won't voluntarily testify | Top White House Russia expert testifies today | Polls show weak support for impeachment in battlegrounds | Washington celebrates Nats' World Series | Sights and sounds from DC | Parade set for Saturday | Halloween food deals


The House approves first impeachment-related resolution.

The Nats win the World Series.

^ Yes, that all happened in about 12 hours:

"The House on Thursday took its first major step toward making Donald Trump just the third president in history to be impeached, approving procedures for an inquiry likely to burst into full public view in weeks."

The vote: 232-196, along party lines. Two Democrats voted against it and no Republicans voted in support of the resolution. 

^ The two Democrats who voted against the impeachment resolution: Reps. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonSenate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE (D-Minn.) and Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewGinsburg expresses hope amid a Senate she thinks is 'divided sharply' Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Democratic NJ mayor said he was told he was not welcome at Trump rally MORE (D-N.J.), both moderate Democrats who represent districts that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE won in 2016.

^ Another notable vote: Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (I-Mich.), a vocal Trump critic and independent who left the Republican Party earlier this year. 

What exactly the House voted on today: "This vote is not ... about whether Trump should be impeached. If that happens, it will come further down the road. Instead, the resolution before the House today is a set of procedures proposed by Democratic leaders for how the impeachment inquiry will function going forward." Full explanation from Vox

Livestream of the House vote

By the way, it's important that Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom Line Immigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE presided: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) presided over the first House floor impeachment vote, showing the importance of the measure. "Historically, the Speaker of the House only closes votes during significant bills and resolutions in the lower chamber."

Lol: Via CNN's Maeve Reston, "The timing of these House votes is very inconvenient for parents who are still trying to sew Halloween costumes"


Just another Thursday:



Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, "New polls from several 2020 battlegrounds show more people oppose than support using impeachment to remove President Trump from office, a potential danger sign for Democrats." How so:


The Washington Nationals are world champions!!! Hope everyone in D.C. is having an extra cup of coffee this morning. 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Resigned yesterday, testifying today:

Tim Morrison, a top Russia expert at the White House who resigned from his post yesterday, is on Capitol Hill today testifying about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

His job in the White House, well until he resigned yesterday: The senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council.

Keep in mind: "Morrison assumed his post in July after Fiona Hill announced that she would be vacating the position in August."

Photo of Tim Morrison arriving at the Capitol:


TIDBIT -- John BoltonJohn BoltonSchumer on Trump intel shakeup: 'Disgrace,' 'closer to a banana republic' Trump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' MORE WON'T BE TESTIFYING WITHOUT A SUBPOENA:

Former national security adviser John Bolton will not testify voluntarily in the House's impeachment inquiry. According to Bolton's attorney, he will need to be subpoenaed.



Senate Republicans are getting a little quieter:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Republicans are taking the House impeachment proceedings against President Trump more seriously as damaging revelations against the president mount and the possibility of a quick dismissal of the charges shrinks."

Then vs. now: "Earlier this year, GOP senators pledged to quickly quash any articles of impeachment passed by the House. But as the Democrats compile more evidence that Trump withheld military assistance from Ukraine to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE, they are adopting a more sober tone." 

Have any Republicans flipped?: "While no Senate Republican has said the charges against Trump rise to the level of being an impeachable offense, many have expressed concern over the drip-drip of damaging revelations."

For example: Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Tim Scott: Sanders would be toughest challenger for Trump House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (R-S.C.) was asked about the president's dealings with Ukraine and said, "There's lot of things that concern me."



We are the champions, my friends:

They did it! The Washington Nationals have won the World Series!

The description in the Washington Post: "Suddenly, it was all over, and the blue-jerseyed visitors were spilling and screaming out of every corner of Minute Maid Park -- from their dugout along the third base line, the bullpen in left field, the expanse of outfield, all four corners of the diamond -- and converging upon the joyous pile of humanity forming near the center. Once the Washington Nationals had no more giant mountains to climb, they took the small dirt hill of the pitcher's mound, and they hugged and bounced."

When is the parade: Saturday at 2 p.m.

The parade route: "The parade will start on Constitution Avenue NW at 15th Street NW, proceed east along Constitution Avenue NW and end on Pennsylvania Avenue NW at 3rd Street NW with a team rally."



HAHA: Check out this man's celebration at the watch party at Nats Park right as they won. That looks painful. Watch

Live TV interviews post-win are always a bit of a risk: Lol, watch this interview with a fan:

Wow, this looks fun: Check out this overhead video of outside D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood last night. Watch: 

Overheard from Anthony Rendon: Right after the Nats won, he yelled on the field, "I want bourbon!" Watch:

Video of Juan Soto celebrating with his family:

This bus driver's reaction is amazing: Watch:

Photo of the home run ball that put the Nats ahead: Notice the yellow paint from the foul pole:

This dog gets it: "He's going as a happy, drunk Nats fan for Halloween" Photo of the pup's outfit:

Ah, this is beautiful: Check out the cover of today's Washington Post. Photo:

And here is today's cover of the Houston Chronicle:

This tweet has been getting around: Buzzfeed's Josh Billinson tweeted,

"THE CAPS won the Cup

THE MYSTICS won the Finals

THE WIZARDS are trying their best


THE NATIONALS won the Series"


Come on, weather. Hang in there! For the kids!:

Potentially strong storms could hit the D.C. area this evening.

The forecast, via The Capital Weather Gang: "The weather is volatile today as some warm, humid air blows in from the south before a potentially nasty line of evening thunderstorms sweeps through ahead of a major cold front. Blustery and colder weather takes over Friday as the sun returns, while the first weekend of November is brisk and fall-like with cooler-than-normal temperatures."

Where to celebrate Halloween in Washington: Via Eater D.C., here is a list of Halloween parties in the DMV tonight:

Halloween specials around the country: Here is a list of food specials today for Halloween. For example: Wear a costume to Krispy Kreme and get a free doughnut.  



Omg, if you watch one thing today




President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

10:30–11:30 a.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

11:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate held three roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule today  

Monday: A busy deposition schedule in the impeachment inquiry. The schedule, via The Hill's Olivia Beavers:



11:30 a.m. EDT: House Republican leaders held a press conference. Livestream: 

12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT: Outgoing Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillFBI arrests man accused of launching cyberattacks against former Rep. Katie Hill's rival Republican Party sending mailer labeled census ahead of official forms Katie Hill launches organization to elect women, young people MORE (D-Calif.) is giving her last floor speech.



Today is National Caramel Apple Day.


Millennials, promise to keep it together when I tell you this:

The largest Whole Foods on the East Coast just opened in Tysons. "The 70,000 square foot store has a bar, game room and in-store food hall."


Getting traction -- this toddler has a future in competitive eating:

A dad posted that he left his 3-year-old daughter alone for 10 minutes and she ate 18 containers of yogurt. Yes, you read that right. 18 CONTAINERS. 

Photo -- I can't believe how clean she was:


And because today should be about clever Halloween costumes, here is a dog with the most applicable getup:

^ OK, and one more -- it is Halloween after all! Here's a squirrel with a spooky costume: