The Hill's 12:30 Report: House moves toward second impeachment

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Happening now — House debates impeachment | Trump poised to become first president impeached twice | National Guard camped out in Capitol | Napping on the floor | Pence’s residence barricaded | AOC says she thought she ‘was going to die’ | Couldn’t reveal details ‘due to security concerns’ | Pence rejects 25th Amendment calls | Biden nominates Samantha PowerSamantha PowerBiden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? Overnight Defense: Trump impeached for second time | National Guard at Capitol now armed, swelling to 20K troops for inauguration | Alabama chosen for Space Command home MORE for USAID | Several House Republicans cause stir over new metal detectors | What inauguration will look like



Just another one of many times I've written: ‘It’s a historic day in America’:



One week after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, the House is set to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE for his role in inciting his supporters. 

The chances Trump is impeached today: Basically 100 percent. Every Democrat — plus a few Republicans — are expected to vote to impeach. https://bit.ly/3oKtFO2

Keep in mind: Trump is poised to become the first president to be impeached twice.


Livestream of the House impeachment proceedingshttps://bit.ly/39v0JTA 

Live blog of impeachment debate updateshttps://bit.ly/3oF9bpS


House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE (D-Md.) predicts 10-20 Republican votes to impeach: "I would be surprised if there weren't somewhere between 10 and 20," Hoyer told reporters. (Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis)  

From Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedGOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech The Hill's 12:30 Report: House moves toward second impeachment LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to impeach Trump after Capitol insurrection MORE (R-N.Y.), the GOP leader of the Problem Solvers Caucus: "I look at snap-impeachment as a very dangerous precedent," Reed said Wednesday morning as he entered the Capitol. "Everyone in America has a right to due process. Everybody has a right to defend themselves. I think, when we're talking about a constitutional magnitude of impeachment, people should respect that we need investigations." (Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis

The morning began with a prayer: “Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, the House chaplain, opens the session with a prayer: ‘We found ourselves seizing the scales of justice from the jaws of mobocracy.’" https://bit.ly/35CK67s


Vice President Pence rejected calls to invoke the 25th Amendment. https://bit.ly/3snwS87

Pence wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) last night: "I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution.”

It’s Wednesday — a week ago today, the Capitol was under siege. A week from today, Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE will be inaugurated as president. 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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Bless these people: Politico’s Sarah Ferris tweeted this morning, “Another *busload* of National guardsmen just passed by me, with a whole police escort” https://bit.ly/3qgOMI6 

1) I am so thankful they are here. 2) PLEASE GET THEM COTS — or at least a pillow.:



^ The full size photoshttps://bit.ly/2KagDds 

Notice that these National Guard members are napping on a hard floor, while wearing masks!: Here’s a photo:  https://bit.ly/3i7UskA

And a group in the Rotundahttps://bit.ly/3qirKR6 

Wow, this is pretty striking



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/39oMAHA 

Wow: “Taking a photo with the statue of Rosa Parks in Statuary Hall.” Photo from The New York Times’s Emily Cochranehttps://bit.ly/38CX2w2 

Outside the Capitol — here’s a National Guard checkpointhttps://bit.ly/3slnnGx 

The police presence in D.C.: “Walking from 13 & U - 12th & G, I noticed lots of new barricades this morning. Heavier military and police presence than yesterday.” (Tweet from SourceStream Media’s Blake Rutherfordhttps://bit.ly/3sfvZP0 

Several House Republicans caused quite the stir over the new metal detectors outside the House chamberhttps://bit.ly/2Lk8SCv 

At Vice President Pence’s residence: 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3qdZoaw


The world is nervously bracing for the next week:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Morgan Chalfant, “Concerns are growing over security threats surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week after the attack on the Capitol rattled the country's confidence and put scrutiny on law enforcement and safety in Washington.” https://bit.ly/2N0sJXM

The security measures now in place: “Federal and state officials are beefing up law enforcement and the National Guard presence around Washington, with thousands expected to be deployed in D.C. in the coming days; Trump has declared a state of emergency; and the Secret Service will begin special protections for inaugural events on Wednesday, a week earlier than initially planned.” 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/2N0sJXM



This oral history of the day is chilling:

A team of reporters from The Hill spoke “with more than a dozen members of Congress, congressional and White House staff, reporters who covered the assault and a governor who deployed law enforcement to retake the building.” https://bit.ly/39tY50n

“[This oral history] is based on detailed reviews of video and audio recordings taken throughout the day, retrospective interviews and contemporaneous text messages shared between lawmakers.” 

Where Greg Nash, The Hill’s staff photographer, was: “[Nash] had ducked out of the Senate to upload images for the press pool. As he snapped some new shots from the window, a gallery director warned him to be careful standing next to windows in case of blasts. As the rioters poured into the building, some made clear they had journalists in their sights.” 

From Nash: “I stopped near a window outside of Sen. [Charles] Schumer's office and saw protesters rushing the Capitol. One rioter saw me as I was taking pictures and threw a water bottle towards the window which thankfully missed.” 

More from that dayhttps://bit.ly/39tY50n


In an Instagram video, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez spent inauguration evening supporting striking workers in New York Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation MORE (D-N.Y.) described last Wednesday’s attack, revealing that she feared her life. https://bit.ly/3bBxxwQ 

"I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive. Not just in a general sense, but in a very, very specific sense."

Ocasio-Cortez said she could not give details: "due to security concerns," but that she thought she “was going to die.”

Watch her descriptionhttps://bit.ly/2MSmLrI


The Obama administration 2.0:

“President-elect Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is nominating Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).” https://bit.ly/35F3zEm 

“Power’s nomination is the latest example of Biden leaning on officials who served in the Obama administration to fill key roles. Power served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. from 2013 to 2017.”


International travelers need to prove they tested negative:

Via The Washington Post’s Lori Aratani, “Federal officials will require all international travelers flying to the United States to show proof they have tested negative for the coronavirus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials announced Tuesday.” https://wapo.st/35B0ZPZ 

When the new policy takes effect: Jan. 26


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 22,860,032 

U.S. death toll: 381,130 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


This video from last Wednesday is chilling — I have a hard time watching this:




At a DCA checkpoint last week:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3sjyOyx


The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE are in Wilmington, Del.

Vice President Pence has no public events scheduled.

President Trump will work from early in the morning until late in the evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings.” 

President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris receive the President’s Daily Brief and meet with transition advisers.

Vice President-elect Harris participates in a virtual finance event for the Presidential Inaugural Committee. 

10 a.m. EST: First votes in the House. 

3 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2LwXAKW


10:30 a.m. EST: Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserInauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 Biden's inauguration unprecedented in US history Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration MORE held a press conference on Inauguration Day and the district’s COVID-19 response. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3sl5esC 

Today: The NHL season begins today. Season predictions from ESPNhttps://es.pn/2Kbr6Fv


Today is National Peach Melba Day.

Not your father’s inauguration:

Via Washingtonian’s Daniella Byck, “All inaugurations are historic events, but Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ induction ceremony on January 20 is shaping up to be an event unlike any precedent or President.” Here’s what to expect on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C.https://bit.ly/3nFqB4q

And to get you through the afternoon, here’s a dog meeting his new, small, puppy friend: https://bit.ly/38BRDFs