The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Dramatic day as House heads toward impeachment vote

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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 TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' 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 PetersonSNAP, airlines among final hurdles to coronavirus stimulus deal Pelosi: House 'not prepared' to vote remotely on coronavirus relief bill Lone Democrat to oppose impeachment will seek reelection MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewHispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Lone Democrat to oppose impeachment will seek reelection DCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirus 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 BashCNN's Tapper scolds Biden for not coughing into his elbow during live interview The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars McConnell defends GOP crafting stimulus plan without Democrats 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 HastingsPelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus 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 CollinsGeorgia makes it easier to get mail-in ballots after delaying primary Overnight Energy: House stimulus aims to stem airline pollution | Environmental measures become sticking point in Senate talks | Progressives propose T 'green stimulus' House bill would ban stock trading by members of Congress 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 ClintonClintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents Why Klobuchar should be Biden's vice presidential pick 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 PompeoCoronavirus response reveals deep fractures in global partnerships Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike COVID-19 intensifies the case for blacklisting Khalifa Haftar  MORE and Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis An insecure America and an assertive China Overnight Defense: Pentagon grapples with coronavirus outbreak | Aircraft carrier docks in Guam after more sailors test positive | Army hospitals to reach NY on Friday 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: