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

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking — Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles next week | Dems prep for new fight over trial witnesses | Trump hits Iran with new sanctions | Graham, Paul feud over Trump war powers | Economy adds 145K jobs, meeting expectations | Bloomberg vows to help fund eventual Dem nominee | Larry David, Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Puerto Rico primary In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Biden wins Louisiana primary MORE catch up on 'Today' show | National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

 

BREAKING

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

Three weeks after the House passed two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORESpeaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools 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 NadlerNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November 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

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

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 PompeoHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Amazon backtracks, says email asking employees to delete TikTok was sent in error Amazon asks employees to delete TikTok from mobile devices: report 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

 

INTERESTING READ -- 'HOW POMPEO CONVINCED TRUMP TO KILL SOLEIMANI AND FULFILLED A DECADE-LONG GOAL': 

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

 

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NEWS THIS MORNING

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."

 

LATEST WITH IRAN

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."

 

WHO VOTED AGAINST THEIR PARTY:

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

Republicans: Reps. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieBiggs, Massie call on Trump to remove troops from Afghanistan Massie wins House GOP primary despite Trump call to be ousted from party Rep. Massie called out by primary opponent for previous display of Confederate flag MORE (Ky.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyBipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to limit further expansion of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Republicans boot Francis Rooney from GOP Steering Committee Pelosi extends proxy voting into mid-August MORE (Fla.) and most notably Trump ally Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Some in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (Fla.) voted with Democrats.

Democrats: Reps. Ben McAdams (Utah), Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Harrison goes on the attack against Graham in new South Carolina Senate ad Club for Growth unleashes financial juggernaut for 2020 races MORE (S.C.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornModerate House Democrats introduce bill aimed at stopping China from exploiting coronavirus pandemic House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate Terry Neese, Stephanie Bice head to Oklahoma GOP runoff MORE (Okla.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Moderate House Democrats introduce bill aimed at stopping China from exploiting coronavirus pandemic Encouraging a safe business environment can help drive America's recovery MORE (Fla.), Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida's coronavirus surge raises questions about GOP convention New Jersey Rep. Gottheimer wins House primary New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries MORE (N.J.) and Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaHouse panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch National Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus 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 GrahamGraham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-S.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard Paul'Live with it' is the new GOP response to COVID — but no, we can't do that Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide 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 LeeKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases 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."

 

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT

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 SchumerDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' A renewed emphasis on research and development funding is needed from the government Data shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs MORE (D-N.Y.) is seeking to shift the focus from [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Congress under pressure to provide billions for school openings Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok 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

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

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 ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE. 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." 

 

INTERESTING READ

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." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Long-lost twin, you mean!:

  

ON TAP

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

 

WHAT TO WATCH

10:45 a.m. EST: Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Supreme Court upholds NY prosecutors' access to Trump's tax returns, rebuffs Congress | Trump complains of 'political prosecution' | Biden rebukes Trump, rolls out jobs plan Mnuchin: Next stimulus bill must cap jobless benefits at 100 percent of previous income Why Trump can't make up his mind on China MORE held a press briefing in the White House on new Iran sanctions. Livestream: http://bit.ly/36FSktP

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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

 

And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here's a kitten who hates technology. And I mean, HATES technology: http://bit.ly/2QDXFwd