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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Impeachment day edition: House prepares for historic vote | Sights and sounds from Capitol Hill | Trump seethes ahead of vote | Urges supporters to 'Say a PRAYER!' | Today's timeline | GOP tries tactics to slow down vote | Protesters on Capitol Hill | Pelosi, Dem women wear black to mark 'solemn' day | Trump to hold Michigan rally tonight



Wait, is something happening today?:

The House is debating two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE today, setting up a historic final impeachment vote this evening.

Livestream of today's proceedings:



What is happening now: The House is debating the articles of impeachment for six hours, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. 

What time is the actual impeachment vote: The vote is expected this evening around 7 or 8 p.m. EST.

How many votes are needed to impeach Trump -- 216 votes: Because there are four vacancies in the House, 216 is the magic number for House Democrats. 

Which Democrats are expected to vote ~against~ impeachment: Rep. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week House delivers impeachment articles to Senate Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van Drew Democratic challenger on Van Drew's party switch: 'He betrayed our community' Trump to hold Des Moines rally days before Iowa caucuses Van Drew's ex-campaign manager working for Democrat running against him MORE (D-N.J.) -- Van Drew is reportedly switching parties. Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) is splitting his votes and is voting for one of the two impeachment articles.



A ticket to get into the House chamber -- 'I've got the golden ticket!': Via The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim, here is the press gallery ticket for today. It literally is gold. Photo:

Speaker Pelosi is wearing black today: "One of her colleagues told me several of the female Democrats did that intentionally to signal it is a somber day" (Via CNN's Dana BashDana BashEvelyn Yang shares that she was sexually assaulted by doctor Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Republicans attack Pelosi for impeachment stalemate MORE):

Photo of Pelosi arriving on Capitol Hill this morning:

Republicans kicked off the morning with a fight: Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) offered a motion to adjourn soon after the House gaveled in this morning. The motion failed but forced a time-consuming vote.

Two women in bright red costumes are sitting in the gallery: "This will be fun to watch: Two people dressed in bright red costumes are sitting [in] the public gallery seats. Capitol police and House staff are watching very closely." From Rep. Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Dramatic day as House heads toward impeachment vote Democrat unveils bill requiring banks to identify suspicious activity related to guns Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer MORE (D-Fla.): "They're not pink ladies, are they?" (Via Politico's Sarah Ferris) 

Here’s a photo of the women in red:

^ More commentary about what those outfits may be: Via Politico's Sarah Ferris:

"They look like extras from a Dr. Who episode."

"Looks like the Red Guard from Star Wars" 

"Is it a Christmas suit?"


It's a historic day on Capitol Hill. And Christmas is one week from today! 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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No big deal. Nothing to see here. Carry on: "Outside the Capitol , Santa giving interviews about why Trump should be impeached" Photo:

Pro-impeachment demonstrators: Here's a photo of impeachment supporters on the Senate side of the Capitol:

Protesters carrying signs to the Capitol: Here's a photo of a few protesters walking up to the Capitol:

What a day to be a student group on a tour: Here's a photo of one of the usual Capitol Hill tours today:

Here's another photo of a Capitol tour:

Lol: "big day for people who like to carry around pocket sized constitutions everywhere" (Via Bullpen Strategy Group's Joe Perticone)

Protests aren't just in Washington, D.C.: Here are protests around the country:



At 7:34 a.m. EST -- Trump asked for prayers: "Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG! A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!"

At 8:18 a.m. EST -- Trump tweeted a quote from Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe five dumbest things said about impeachment so far Pelosi accepts Collins's apology for saying Democrats are 'in love with terrorists' Trump's legal team gets set for impeachment trial MORE (R-Ga.): "It's sad. Here's a gentleman who came to the White House and all they had was never to let him have an easy breath. All they wanted to do is impeach him. They started the day after he was elected, even the day after he was sworn in.  But this President came to Washington and...." Read the full quote:

^ An interesting Doug Collins quote that Trump tweeted: "They couldn't find any crimes so they did a vague abuse of power and abuse of Congress, which every administration from the beginning has done."

At 10:49 a.m. EST-- Trump slammed Pelosi: "Will go down in history as worst Speaker. Already thrown out once!"

Keep in mind -- Trump broke his tweets-per-day record last week: Last Thursday, Trump tweeted and retweeted 123 messages, breaking his record of 105 tweets just a few days earlier.

The president has a pretty quiet schedule today until he leaves for his Michigan rally at 4:25 p.m. Let's see if he breaks the record again today. 

Throwback -- what Trump said about impeachment in 2014: Via CNN's Andrew Kaczynski, "Here's video of Trump in 2014 saying what being impeached would do to Obama: 'He would be a mess. He would be thinking about nothing but. It would be a horror show for him. It would be an absolute embarrassment. It would go down on his record permanently.'" 



Here is The New York Times article from former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump to add Dershowitz, Ken Starr to impeachment defense team MORE's impeachment in 1998:

Wow, people could park in front of the Capitol then: Here's a photo of the U.S. Capitol from the day Clinton was impeached:



Meanwhile on the Senate side:


Getting traction -- ARE YOU KIDDING ME?:




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9 a.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for Saginaw, Mich.

10:30 a.m. EST: The Senate holds a roll call vote. The Senate's full schedule today:

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

4:25 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves the White House and flies to Battle Creek, Mich.

9:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

10:35 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives at the White House.



11:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at a Workers for Trump event in Saginaw, Mich. Livestream:

1:45 p.m. EST: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request House panel reinvites Pompeo to deliver Iran testimony MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon MORE hold a joint press conference. Livestream:

7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich. Vice President Pence also speaks. Trump could be on stage when Democrats wrap up their impeachment vote. Livestream:

7 p.m. EST: The House is expected to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President TrumpLivestream:

8 p.m. EST Thursday: The next Democratic National Committee presidential primary debate. Logistical details for tomorrow:



Today is National Roast Suckling Pig Day. And more importantly, today is Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day!


This man is my hero:

A man ate Chick-fil-A for 114 days in a row to break the record. Details:


And because it's a weird day for the country, here's a puppy who really, really wants it to be the weekend: