The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Sparks fly as House Judiciary debates impeachment articles

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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Judiciary debates impeachment articles | Lawmakers clash at contentious hearing | Senate Democrats seek leverage over trial rules | Five takeaways from Horowitz's testimony | Pelosi, Trump trade deal sparks debate on left | Warren, Buttigieg duking it out | Buttigieg meets Lizzo | The Hill's Top Lobbyists for 2019 unveiled | Best 27 dishes in DC right now



Impeachment articles! Come and get your impeachment articles! Get 'em while they're hot:

The House Judiciary Committee is debating the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE.  

Livestream: https://cs.pn/2PcNgHc 

Live blog of hearing highlights: http://bit.ly/38x6WwW



Ranking member Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsBlackPAC rolls out Senate race endorsements for the first time Republicans scramble to shore up support in Ga. as Democrats gain Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll MORE (R-Ga.) requested a day for the Republican minority to hold their own hearings: Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-N.Y.) said no and Collins strongly objected. The committee voted on the motion and the Republican minority obviously lost. 

From Trump ally Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCongressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? MORE (R-Fla.): "To accept the Democrats' theory of the case, you've got to believe the Ukrainians are lying to us. That they're so weak and they're so dependent on the United States that we can't believe a word they say. Well, again, where were you during the Obama administration when this weak ally didn't get Javelins [missiles] that were then withheld?"

It’s a no from us:  “Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee objected Thursday after Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Trump tests negative for COVID-19 on day of debate The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-N.C.) went on the dais to pass along a note to one of GOP members participating in the panel’s markup of impeachment articles into President Trump.” http://bit.ly/38tBaRL

Photo of the room: From the view of the C-SPAN crew:  http://bit.ly/2RKztJv

Tidbit: "After what appeared to be a tense exchange with Democratic staff, Meadows leaves and returns to his seat in the crowd." (Via CNN's Manu Raju) Photo: http://bit.ly/2YGI15H



President Trump is watching: He tweeted at 10:40 a.m. EST: "Dems Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Trump's illness sparks new urgency for COVID-19 deal MORE and Jackson Lee purposely misquoted my call. I said I want you to do us (our Country!) a favor, not me a favor. They know that but decided to LIE in order to make a fraudulent point! Very sad." http://bit.ly/2LLVxj2



"The historic launch of the two-day markup of impeachment articles – while rife with partisan finger-pointing – was also uniquely disciplined; lawmakers from both parties largely shed the impromptu barbs that had marked earlier hearings and instead moved swiftly through prepared statements invoking the Constitution, the Bible and the founding fathers to advance their conflicting arguments over the gravity of Trump's pressure campaign on Ukrainian leaders." Details: http://bit.ly/2qK9UgC


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Tit for tat:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Democrats are quietly talking about asking Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (D-Calif.) to hold articles of impeachment in the House until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) agrees to a fair rules package for a Senate trial." http://bit.ly/2RRnhXH

Why now?: Democratic senators are worried that Republicans will push through with a speedy trial with no witnesses and Dems will lose all of their leverage in how a trial is run. 

From one Democratic senator: "If we don't agree on a set of rules before the articles arrive over here, I think we're cooked. I think McConnell has his people totally in line. It will be a procedural thing."

That Democratic senator elaborated: "They'll pass whatever rules they want, and so we need to determine for a fair trial what witnesses we want, what documents we want. Are we going to allow videos? Are you going to allow boards that go up with votes so you explain things to the audience that is watching out there in a really powerful way? I think our maximum leverage of getting what we want is now, before the articles come over."

What to expect coming up: http://bit.ly/2RRnhXH



Getting grilled for six hours sounds fun:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, "Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz delivered scathing testimony Wednesday about the FBI's missteps in applying for a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser." 



  1. It was a bad day for the FBI 
  2. The hearing provides fodder for Trump, allies
  3. There were rare agreement for reform of the process 
  4. Horowitz resists a political fight
  5. Spotlight on internal Justice Department disagreements 

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2YHfDQR



Liberals: Working with the enemy, we see?:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) decision to strike a trade deal with President Trump has given a new and sharp edge to a key tactical debate in Democratic circles." http://bit.ly/2PRjMhl

The debate: "The central question is whether vigorous, blanket opposition to Trump is the best approach for the party or whether it is also necessary to show an ability to work across the aisle on some issues." 

The pros and cons for the lefthttp://bit.ly/2PRjMhl



Who would win in a fight, Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE or Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE?:

Via The Hill's Max Greenwood, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg are duking it out in the final stretch before 2020. http://bit.ly/38uNUY8 

The tensions are on display now: "Simmering tensions between the two burst out into the open this month amid a back-and-forth over transparency; he demanded that she release her tax returns from her time as a legal consultant, while she pressed him to open his private fundraisers to the press and disclose his past clients during his tenure at the global consultancy McKinsey & Company." 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/38uNUY8


Hahaha, such a good caption:

By the way: That is Lizzo with Pete Buttigieg. Video from "CBS This Morning": https://cbsn.ws/38zeek0



The best in the biz:

The Hill's annual Top Lobbyists list is out this morning. 

Who made the list: http://bit.ly/2LOzrN1



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This is devastating: 


Siri, you can expect a subpoena soon:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

11:45 a.m. EST: The Senate votes on two nominations. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/38ynWmw

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:30 ­– 1:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/36qH04k

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on a nomination. 

7 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrumps to host Halloween at White House despite coronavirus Judge throws out Trump campaign lawsuit against New Jersey mail-in ballots MSNBC host cuts off interview with Trump campaign spokesman after clash on alleged voter fraud MORE attend the Congressional Ball.



10:45 a.m. EST: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held her weekly news conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2YGv7Vj

11:15 a.m. EST: President Trump spoke at the White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Family Leave. Livestream: http://bit.ly/38wHuIc

11:30 a.m. EST: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.) held his weekly conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2LPJqlb



Today is National Gingerbread House Day.


This is making me hungry:

Via Washingtonian, "These are the 27 best dishes in Washington right now." The list: http://bit.ly/2qI8raJ


And because you made it this far, here are goldendoodles chilling and eating snacks. Nothing to see here: http://bit.ly/2tc1GyO