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


NEWS OF THE MORNING

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."  http://bit.ly/32623Xk

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 PetersonHow centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment GOP lawmaker says House impeachment rules vote 'doesn't change anything for me' Majority of Americans see impeachment inquiry as fair: poll MORE (D-Minn.) and Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewWhat's on the ballot across the country on Tuesday How centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment Majority of Americans see impeachment inquiry as fair: poll MORE (D-N.J.), both moderate Democrats who represent districts that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE won in 2016. http://bit.ly/2JDAPB4

^ Another notable vote: Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash: GOP acts like 'we're all stupid' over impeachment hearings Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Hoyer: We are going to move as fast 'as the facts and truth dictate' on open hearings 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 Voxhttp://bit.ly/2WAmTNp

Livestream of the House votehttp://bit.ly/2qc1JZH

By the way, it's important that Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal 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."  http://bit.ly/2N06izk

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" http://bit.ly/2PzXMZN

 

Just another Thursday:

 

BY THE WAY -- WHAT POLLING ON IMPEACHMENT LOOKS LIKE:

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: http://bit.ly/2JCjngg

 

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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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HAPPENING TODAY

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. http://bit.ly/324CXrI

His job in the White House, well until he resigned yesterday: The senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council. http://bit.ly/2q9MosC

Keep in mind: "Morrison assumed his post in July after Fiona Hill announced that she would be vacating the position in August." http://bit.ly/2q9MosC

Photo of Tim Morrison arriving at the Capitol: http://bit.ly/2Wv1vZP

 

TIDBIT -- John BoltonJohn BoltonFive bombshells from explosive Sondland testimony Chris Wallace: Sondland testimony 'took out the bus and ran over' Trump, top aides Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption 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. http://bit.ly/2PxqE4D

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

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." http://bit.ly/2qc1JZH

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 BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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 ScottTrump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny On The Money: Appeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records | Fed chief urges Congress to boost US workforce | Federal deficit hits 4 billion in one month | China talks hit snag over agricultural purchases GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' MORE (R-S.C.) was asked about the president's dealings with Ukraine and said, "There's lot of things that concern me."

  

IN LOCAL NEWS

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." https://wapo.st/2PzZgTy

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." http://bit.ly/33fb6Xa

  

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

HAHA: Check out this man's celebration at the watch party at Nats Park right as they won. That looks painful. Watchhttp://bit.ly/2JD95wx

Live TV interviews post-win are always a bit of a risk: Lol, watch this interview with a fan: http://bit.ly/2JB6uTN

Wow, this looks fun: Check out this overhead video of outside D.C.'s Penn Quarter neighborhood last night. Watch: http://bit.ly/34o2ePv 

Overheard from Anthony Rendon: Right after the Nats won, he yelled on the field, "I want bourbon!" Watch: http://bit.ly/2Pxf3T9

Video of Juan Soto celebrating with his family: http://bit.ly/2BVQMya

This bus driver's reaction is amazing: Watch: http://bit.ly/33dHrhr

Photo of the home run ball that put the Nats ahead: Notice the yellow paint from the foul pole: http://bit.ly/2qciHqQ

This dog gets it: "He's going as a happy, drunk Nats fan for Halloween" Photo of the pup's outfit: http://bit.ly/2Wv2AAV

Ah, this is beautiful: Check out the cover of today's Washington Post. Photo: http://bit.ly/2Nwq8Bz

And here is today's cover of the Houston Chronicle: http://bit.ly/2N0GdAi

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 FOOTBALL TEAM

THE NATIONALS won the Series" http://bit.ly/2ps8eaQ

  

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

Potentially strong storms could hit the D.C. area this evening. https://wapo.st/2N1fvr6

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." https://wapo.st/2N1fvr6

Where to celebrate Halloween in Washington: Via Eater D.C., here is a list of Halloween parties in the DMV tonight: http://bit.ly/2BWO5wb

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. http://bit.ly/2WvKIWP  

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Omg, if you watch one thing today

Watch: http://bit.ly/36knzLl

  

ON TAP

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: http://bit.ly/31VRtlK

11:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate held three roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/34iIIDW  

Monday: A busy deposition schedule in the impeachment inquiry. The schedule, via The Hill's Olivia Beavers: http://bit.ly/2r2mRCn

  

WHAT TO WATCH

11:30 a.m. EDT: House Republican leaders held a press conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/336FLWE 

12:30–1:30 p.m. EDT: Outgoing Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillKamala Harris endorses Christy Smith in bid to fill Katie Hill's seat California governor sets special election to replace Katie Hill Katie Hill writes to former House colleagues about Calif. shooting: 'Speak up for our community' MORE (D-Calif.) is giving her last floor speech. http://bit.ly/333bKY3

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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." http://bit.ly/34iTU3c

  

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: https://bzfd.it/3248E4B

  

And because today should be about clever Halloween costumes, here is a dog with the most applicable getup: http://bit.ly/2N3WGDZ

^ OK, and one more -- it is Halloween after all! Here's a squirrel with a spooky costume: http://bit.ly/2N2rFAd