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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary panel releases report detailing impeachment charges | Report says 'Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare' | Trump slams Democrats, 'Fake News Media'  | House vote on impeachment likely Wednesday |  Why Trump's having a good month despite impeachment | Spending bill, trade deal, defense bill add to packed week for Congress | Trump attacks presidential debate commission | Floats skipping group's debates | Biden, Sanders lead in new 2020 Dem poll



Released this morning -- let me just grab your attention for a quick 658-page explainer:

The House Judiciary Committee released a report on the impeachment charges against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE

The line that is getting traction: "President Trump has realized the Framers' worst nightmare."

How long is the report: 658 pages. An easy, breezy read.

Read the actual report:



He tweeted: "READ THE TRANSCRIPTS! The Impeachment Hoax is the greatest con job in the history of American politics! The Fake News Media, and their partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to make life for the United Republican Party, and all it stands for, as difficult as possible!"



The vote will likely happen on Wednesday.  


It's Monday of a chaotic week in Washington, D.C. 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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Whatever, it's been a great month ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:

Via The Hill's Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant, "President Trump is about to be impeached, yet at the White House, it doesn't feel like he's having a bad month."

Why: "Trump is reveling in a series of legislative and executive victories." 

For example: "On Friday, Trump announced terms of a 'phase one' trade agreement with China that he trumpeted as a 'phenomenal deal' that leaves room for a more substantial accord moving forward."

Oh and: "The House passed an annual defense policy bill establishing Trump's long-desired Space Force and paid parental leave for federal workers; members of Congress appear on the verge of passing a complement of spending bills; and the House is poised to approve the president's signature North American trade deal, which Trump himself dubbed the "silver lining to impeachment."

How the White House is taking the news:



Buckle in:

Impeachment: The House Rules Committee is expected to markup the impeachment articles on Tuesday, followed by a likely House impeachment vote on Wednesday. 

Government funding: Congress has until Friday to fund the government to avoid another government shutdown. House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D-Md.) said that a spending bill "is likely to come to the floor on Tuesday, allowing time for the Senate to pass the packages before lawmakers are set to break for the holidays."

Trade deal with Canada and Mexico: "The House is slated to take action on the historic deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. The House Committee on Ways and Means has a markup scheduled on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) -- which has received strong support from both parties-- for Tuesday, with a full House vote expected as soon as Thursday." 

Defense bill: The Senate is expected to pass a massive, House-passed defense policy bill this week. It would then head to President Trump's desk for a signature. 

Tax reform: "Hoyer's office advised that legislation that would temporarily repeal the cap put in place by the GOP's landmark tax reform bill on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction could potentially see a vote this week." Happening today: "The House Rules Committee is expected to discuss the bill."

Michael Horowitz is back on Capitol Hill: The inspector general for the Department of Justice Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday on the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign. 

Context and details for each from The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke and Jordain Carney:



Congress is trying to wrap everything up by Friday to leave for the holidays. 



'I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line'

Hot damn.:

This morning, President Trump slammed the Commission on Presidential Debates for being "biased" and raised questions about his participation in the 2020 general election debates.

He tweeted: "I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates. My record is so good on the Economy and all else, including debating, that perhaps I would consider more than 3 debates."

And added: "The problem is that the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates is stacked with Trump Haters & Never Trumpers. 3 years ago they were forced to publicly apologize for modulating my microphone in the first debate against Crooked Hillary. As President, the debates are up ... to me, and there are many options, including doing them directly & avoiding the nasty politics of this very biased Commission. I will make a decision at an appropriate time but in the meantime, the Commission on Presidential Debates is NOT authorized to speak for me (or R's)!" 

See Trump's full tweets:


New poll -- good day for Joe and Bernie:

Via The Hill's Julia Manchester, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE (D-Del.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are leading the Democratic presidential primary field in a new NPR-PBSNewsHour-Marist poll.

The numbers: Twenty-four percent of poll respondents said they support Biden, followed by 22 percent supporting Sanders. 

Followed by: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (D-Mass.) with 17 percent support and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE (D) with 13 percent.

See the full poll:



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President Trump and Vice President Pence are in D.C.

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

Noon: The House meets. No votes are scheduled for today. The House's full schedule today:

12:45 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a roundtable on the Governors' Initiative on Regulatory Innovation. Vice President Pence also attends.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now Warning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation MORE host a Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate holds a roll call vote. The Senate's full schedule today:

8:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump host another Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer.



11 a.m. EST Tuesday: The House Rules Committee debates the articles of impeachment against President TrumpLivestream:



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