The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles next week

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'It's going down, I'm yelling timber':

Three weeks after the House passed two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORESpeaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE (D-Calif.) announced that she plans to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate next week. http://bit.ly/2Nf4xxW

Pelosi wrote in a letter to Democrats: "I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr sparks DOJ firestorm with election probes memo Marijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL MORE to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further."  

Read Pelosi's 'Dear Colleague' letterhttp://bit.ly/2uu9psv



Sanctions Friday:

The Trump administration just announced new sanctions on Iran after the missile attack on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. http://bit.ly/2sgo5ee

The sanctions: "The new sanctions target the Iranian aluminum, copper, iron and steel industries. The U.S. is also sanctioning eight senior Iranian officials who were allegedly involved in Tuesday's missile attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq." 

On the Ukrainian plane crash: "We do believe that it is likely that plane was shot down by an Iranian missile," Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says Mideast strategy will be Trump administration policy 'until our time is complete' Trump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia Tibetan political leader makes visit to White House for first time in six decades MORE told reporters. "We are going to let the investigation play out before we make a final determination. It's important that we get to the bottom of it." 

Livestream of the announcement: http://bit.ly/36FSktP

Photo of Pompeo leaving the White House after the briefing: http://bit.ly/2FGARpa



Via CNN's Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Gangel: https://cnn.it/306MMpM


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Doesn't it feel like we just had a jobs report?:

The U.S. economy added 145,000 jobs in December, meeting economists' expectations. http://bit.ly/2TaAWtp

What economists expected: 145,000-150,000 jobs 

The unemployment rate: Remained at 3.5 percent.

Context: "The resilient job market is ... a significant advantage for President Trump as he seeks reelection on the strength of the U.S. economy. The president is counting on near-record lows in joblessness, stable growth and low inflation to woo swing voters that might be repelled by his other policies, rhetoric or conduct in office. Even so, the December jobs report showed areas of economic weakness that could cut against the president in November."



The House passed a war powers resolution:

In a largely party-line vote, the House passed a measure on Thursday to curb President Trump's power to go to war with Iran. http://bit.ly/2tPJL1i

The vote: 224-194

What it would do: The resolution would direct the president to end military hostilities with Iran unless Congress specifically authorizes it or in the face of an "imminent armed attack."

Keep in mind: This measure does not need Trump's signature.

Why: The measure would not need Trump's signature because it's what's known as a "concurrent resolution." But that has also left Democrats open to criticism that the resolution is just a messaging bill since concurrent resolutions are typically nonbinding, though their use to force the end of military hostilities under the War Powers Act is untested in court.

From Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): "This is with real teeth. We're taking this path because it does not require ... a signature of the president of the United States. This is a statement of the Congress of the United States, and I will not have that statement be diminished by whether the president will veto it or not."



Three Republicans and eight Democrats. http://bit.ly/36EQUQw

Republicans: Reps. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCheney seeks to cool tensions with House conservatives House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas MORE (Ky.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyTime to concede: The peaceful transition of power is an American tradition House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect Most Republicans avoid challenging Trump on election MORE (Fla.) and most notably Trump ally Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzFlorida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 Gaetz says he has coronavirus antibodies MORE (Fla.) voted with Democrats.

Democrats: Reps. Ben McAdams (Utah), Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamGOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus Bustos tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (S.C.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornWhat should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (Okla.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyWhy it's time for a majority female Cabinet Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Bank lobbying group launches ad backing Collins reelection bid MORE (Fla.), Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerDemocrat Gottheimer wins reelection in New Jersey Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats Lawmakers hope election releases pressure on stimulus talks MORE (N.J.) and Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaChamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Luria holds onto Virginia House seat MORE (Va.) voted against the bill.


Ouch -- "If I had an eye problem, I would go to him. If I had a constitutional question, he would be the last guy I would pick':

The debate over President Trump's war powers is causing a rift between two of Trump's top allies, Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Hackers love a bad transition The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump campaign files for Wis. recount l Secretaries of state fume at Trump allegations l Biden angered over transition delay MORE (R-S.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (R-Ky.) http://bit.ly/2tLXcPL

^OK, so that quote: Graham was asked about Paul, who is also an ophthalmologist, and said: "If I had an eye problem, I would go to him. If I had a constitutional question, he would be the last guy I would pick."   

Back story: "The two lawmakers are butting heads after Paul and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Utah) emerged from Wednesday's classified briefing deeply critical of what they characterized as a warning from senior administration officials against debating Trump's war authority and their use of a 2002 authorization as the basis for last week's drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani."



Oh, see that was just round one:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, after Senate Republicans won round one in the fight over impeachment witnesses, Democrats are vowing to force votes along the way. http://bit.ly/2tJiMEq

The strategy for Democrats -- put pressure on a few GOP senators: "Democrats are vowing they will force votes at multiple points during the trial. The strategy sets up key junctures to watch during the likely weeks-long trial that, Democrats hope, keeps pressure on a handful of GOP senators they will need to win any of the looming procedural battles." 

What Schumer is trying to do: "Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNew York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn Biden congratulates Pelosi on Speaker nomination Senate Democrats introduce bill to shore up PPE supply MORE (D-N.Y.) is seeking to shift the focus from [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE (R-Ky.)] -- who has said he does not believe either Trump's legal team or House impeachment managers should call witnesses -- to rank-and-file members by noting that 'every senator will have to vote' on whether to call witnesses or compel documents."

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2tJiMEq



Sugar Democrat:

Via NBC's Josh Lederman and Stephanie Ruhle, Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to help fund the Democratic presidential nominee's campaign even if it is not him. https://nbcnews.to/2FEDPdU

It doesn't stop there!: "Bloomberg's vast tech operation will also be redirected to help the eventual nominee, as Democrats struggle to compete with the vaunted digital operation built by Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE. Hawkfish, a digital company started by Bloomberg that's carrying out his $100 million online ad campaign, will be retained through Election Day to help defeat Trump." 



From the NBA to Washington, D.C.:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Laura Kelly, "Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is the NBA's latest political wunderkind, a basketball player as comfortable talking policy with conservative lawmakers and Democratic presidential candidates as he is blocking shots and garnering rebounds. Standing almost seven feet tall, the Swiss-born Turkish athlete has built himself an impressive contact list of high-profile U.S. politicians and D.C. insiders as he navigates his role as an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and a defender of human rights." http://bit.ly/2tI6OLf

Keep in mind: "The 27-year-old Kanter is on track to become a U.S. citizen in June 2021, and the deeper he wades into politics and policy a future career in Washington is seeming more real and within his grasp, he said." 



Long-lost twin, you mean!:



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

10 ­– 11 a.m. EST: Votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/305wBJu

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Pompeo

3 p.m. EST Monday: The Senate returns. The Senate's schedule on Monday: http://bit.ly/35IbcXM



10:45 a.m. EST: Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Pence, Biden wage tug of war over pandemic plans MORE held a press briefing in the White House on new Iran sanctions. Livestream: http://bit.ly/36FSktP



Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.


Because it's a soup weekend:

Via Washingtonian's Daniella Byck, here's a list of 10 cozy soup spots in Washington, D.C.: http://bit.ly/39XXgMQ


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