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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi names impeachment managers as focus shifts to Senate

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi names seven impeachment managers | Schiff tapped to lead team | What impeachment managers do | House managers to walk articles over to Senate at 5 p.m. | Trump slams impeachment as 'Con Job' | Senate to move trade pact before trial | Sights and sounds from Dem debate in Des Moines | Key takeaways | Tense moment between Sanders, Warren | Steyer's red tie trends | National Bagel Day

 

BREAKING THIS MORNING

Start your engines:


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSpending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) announced seven impeachment managers who will be in the spotlight of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE’s impeachment trial in the Senate. http://bit.ly/2ToaBIi

 

The seven:

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Trump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract MORE (D-Calif.) — Schiff will serve as the “lead” manager

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats accuse GSA of undermining national security by not certifying Biden win Barr sparks DOJ firestorm with election probes memo Marijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments MORE (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenHillicon Valley: Four major tech issues facing the Biden administration | Pressure grows to reinstate White House cyber czar | Facebook, Google to extend political ad bans House report says lawmakers could securely cast remote votes amid pandemic Why prevailing wage reform matters for H-1B visas MORE (D-Calif.)

Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet Sunday shows preview: The final push to Election Day MORE (D-Fla.)

Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaKatherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Texas social workers drop nondiscrimination rules for LGBTQ, disabilities MORE (D-Texas)

Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowGiffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA House approves .2T COVID-19 relief bill as White House talks stall Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown MORE (D-Colo.)

What happens next: http://bit.ly/2NpXwuk

Keep in mind about the managers: “The group could hardly look more different from the 13 white men who prosecuted former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up Trump's remaking of the judicial system Voters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen MORE in 1999. Pelosi’s team includes three women and four men, as well as two members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.” (Via Politico’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferrishttps://politi.co/2QZrmYZ 

Livestream of Pelosi’s announcement: http://bit.ly/2QUdXBa

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED SHORTLY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT:

“Here we go again, another Con Job by the Do Nothing Democrats. All of this work was supposed to be done by the House, not the Senate!” http://bit.ly/3ac9phk

 

HELPFUL READ — WHAT AN IMPEACHMENT MANAGER ACTUALLY DOES: 

Via USA Today’s Nicholas Wu: http://bit.ly/35WbQkw

  

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HAPPENING TODAY

Transmitting impeachment articles like it’s 1999:

Via The New York Times’s Nicholas Fandos, “Ms. Pelosi plans to convene her newly appointed managers at 5 p.m. Wednesday to complete necessary paperwork to transmit the articles. Immediately after, the House managers will ceremonially walk the articles of impeachment from the House, through the Rotunda, to the Senate. When they do, they will formally present the articles.” https://nyti.ms/30mHFSF

I.e.: The House managers will physically walk the impeachment articles over to the Senate later today.

  

HOW THE SENATE IS BRACING FOR THE TRIAL:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: http://bit.ly/2snYfou

 

TRUMP’S TEAM OF LAWYERS HAS BEEN READY FOR THIS SINCE DECEMBER:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, the president’s legal team has been tight-lipped about its legal strategy, but here is what we know: http://bit.ly/2TmGBNb

 

THE CAPITOL PRESS CORPS WILL HAVE VERY LIMITED ACCESS: 

Via Roll Call’s Katherine Tully-McManus, “The Senate sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police are launching an unprecedented crackdown on the Capitol press corps for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, following a standoff between the Capitol’s chief security officials, Senate Rules Chairman Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMcConnell wants deal this week on fiscal 2021 spending figures Graham becomes center of Georgia storm Republicans start turning the page on Trump era MORE and the standing committees of correspondents.” http://bit.ly/2QTlkJ8

  

Meanwhile — surprise!:

The chairs of the four House committees at the center of the impeachment inquiry released more evidence against President Trumphttp://bit.ly/3aawJvP

The new evidence: “Among the pieces of evidence from [Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiJake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election Pioneering New York City Mayor David Dinkins dies at 93 Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism MORE] are phone records, documents and other materials regarding his role in efforts to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE, one of Trump's chief political rivals.” 

Read the House documents: http://bit.ly/2RnMXsQ

  

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS

Housekeeping before the impeachment trial starts:

The Senate is considering moving forward with President Trump’s trade deal with Mexico and Canada before the upper chamber moves to the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2tY4PTk

How we know: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellImmigration, executive action top Biden preview of first 100 days Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight McConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report MORE (R-Ky.) said from the Senate floor: "Before the Senate shifts into the trial, we hope to complete an enormous accomplishment for this administration, and most importantly for American families.”  

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

To your corners, everyone!:

Six Democratic candidates sparred in Des Moines,Iowa, last night for the last debate before the Iowa caucuses.

 

FIVE TAKEAWAYS:

  1. A strong night for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus MORE(D-Mass.)
  2. No disaster for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (I-Vt.) 
  3. Former Vice President Joe Bidenpresses his case for electability
  4. Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MOREfades into the background
  5. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE(D-Minn.) fails to find a game-changer

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2QZ83yZ

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Lapel pins for all!: Tom SteyerTom SteyerLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls Trump leads Biden in Texas by 4 points: poll MORE’s signature plaid tie has inspired a new lapel pin. Photo from Steyer’s press secretary: http://bit.ly/387xGTS   

Steyer’s tie became a trending Google search: http://bit.ly/2RdbLne

The moderators posed for a photo: http://bit.ly/2u2Kig6

I am so confused about this: Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE’s campaign tweeted a few interesting nuggets during the debate. For example: “Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE.” The meatball photo: http://bit.ly/389LrkO

^ Um…: More tweets from @TeamBloomberg: http://bit.ly/2Tta342

Lol — Bernie’s reaction to Klobuchar. Watch: http://bit.ly/3aczRre  

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/3afq3fO

  

THE TALK OF THE NIGHT HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THE DEBATE — HANDSHAKES WERE DENIED:

Sens. Warren and Sanders had a tense exchange as candidates shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. http://bit.ly/2tjLsnD

Watch the interaction: http://bit.ly/2G464mN  

My favorite caption: “Tom Steyer is the waiter walking over with mozzarella sticks 30 seconds after the couple starts the breakup convo.” (Tweet from NBC’s Ben Collins) http://bit.ly/2u5qI2N

YES! This!: CBA’s Michael Schwab turned the post-debate Warren, Sanders, Steyer interaction into a scene from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Amazing — watch: http://bit.ly/35RFJ5P

Come on, Tom! Give us the tea!: Steyer, who was in the crosshairs of the exchange, said he didn’t hear what Sanders and Warren said. 

Steyer said on CNN: “I didn't really hear anything. I just said my good nights as fast as I could.”

  

MEANWHILE ON AIR FORCE ONE LAST NIGHT:

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Exclusive -- Uber's new hire:

Uber has hired Leah Harrelson Graham as a senior manager of federal affairs in the Washington, D.C. office.

"Prior to her work at Yahoo [on the public policy team], Leah served in the White House Legislative Affairs office and the Department of Commerce during the George W. Bush administration. She is also an alumna of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay's office and a graduate of Baylor University."

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Getting traction — Ohhh myyyy:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2t8rLPL

A few of the reactions: http://bit.ly/2uQLtzV

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11:15 a.m. EST: President Trump met with the Vice Premier of China.

12:15 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with the Vice Premier of China. Vice President Pence also attends.

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Trump loyalist to lead Pentagon transition | Democrats ask VA for vaccine distribution plan | Biden to get classified intel reports Ex-Nunes aide linked to Biden conspiracy theories will lead Pentagon transition Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' MORE and Vice President Pence.

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WHAT TO WATCH

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump held a signing ceremony for "phase one" of a trade deal with China. Livestream: http://bit.ly/30po4B2

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Bagel Day!!

 

And to lighten your afternoon a bit, I bet you didn’t know how tornadoes ~actually~ start ;) http://bit.ly/38fyMNz