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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Judiciary approves new powers for impeachment hearings | Third DNC debate | What to watch | Biden flanked by Sanders, Warren | House GOP retreat in Baltimore | Washington Post Express shuts down | Water found on another planet
NEWS THIS MORNING It is the saga that doesn’t end. Yes, it goes on and on, my friends:
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Democrat: ‘Obstruction of justice’ is ‘too clear not to include’ in impeachment probe Former US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted ‘-1’ number MORE as Democrats decide whether to pursue impeachment proceedings. http://bit.ly/2I40wKe
What this means: “The move does not launch a formal impeachment process, but marks the first time a Democratic panel has voted on language that explicitly lays out how the party’s ongoing investigations into alleged presidential misconduct could lead to drafting — and eventual votes on — impeachment articles.”
The vote: 24-17 along party lines.
From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerImpeachment puts spotlight on Georgia Republican eyeing Senate House Judiciary announces impeachment witnesses Five things to watch for at Trump’s NATO meetings MORE (D-N.Y.): “This committee is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Trump. Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature.”
From Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse Republicans on Judiciary strategize ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump, Macron clash at NATO summit Gaetz: ‘Governor Kemp announces the funeral time & location for his political career’ MORE (Ga.), the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee: “Democrats followed the yellow brick road, and now they’re fully lost in impeachment Oz. Try as they might, they can’t find their way out of the mess they’ve made because they think words don’t matter.”
It’s Thursday. 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 [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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HAPPENING TONIGHT The good news: There is only one debate this time. The bad news: The debate is three hours long.:
The 10 top Democratic presidential candidates are debating tonight in Houston, Texas.
What time: 8 – 11 p.m. EDT
How to watch: On ABC News and streaming online. Here’s a livestream link: https://abcn.ws/30d6Ghe
Who is debating tonight: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWarren hits Bloomberg, Steyer: They have ‘been allowed to buy their way’ into 2020 race Klobuchar campaign plans to double field offices in Iowa 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out MORE (D-Minn.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro slams media for holding Harris to ‘different standard’ 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out Kamala Harris’s husband tweets photo of couple after she drops White House bid: ‘I’ve got you’ MORE (D-N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegMellman: The ‘lane theory’ is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Senate panel approves Trump FDA pick | Biden downplays Dem enthusiasm around ‘Medicare for All’ | Trump officials unveil program for free HIV prevention drugs for uninsured Buttigieg unveils plan to close health care disparities MORE (D), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMellman: The ‘lane theory’ is the wrong lane to be in Webb: Billionaires for office Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Senate panel approves Trump FDA pick | Biden downplays Dem enthusiasm around ‘Medicare for All’ | Trump officials unveil program for free HIV prevention drugs for uninsured MORE (I-Vt.), Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop Democrat: ‘Obstruction of justice’ is ‘too clear not to include’ in impeachment probe Yang campaign contacts FBI over death threats in New Hampshire Overnight Defense: Trump clashes with Macron at NATO summit | House impeachment report says Trump abused power | Top Dem scolds military leaders on Trump intervention in war crimes cases MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren hits Bloomberg, Steyer: They have ‘been allowed to buy their way’ into 2020 race Mellman: The ‘lane theory’ is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Senate panel approves Trump FDA pick | Biden downplays Dem enthusiasm around ‘Medicare for All’ | Trump officials unveil program for free HIV prevention drugs for uninsured MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisYang campaign contacts FBI over death threats in New Hampshire Warren hits Bloomberg, Steyer: They have ‘been allowed to buy their way’ into 2020 race Harris to Trump: ‘I’ll see you at your trial’ MORE (D-Calif.), Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang campaign contacts FBI over death threats in New Hampshire Yang celebrates opening of new campaign office with shots of whipped cream 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out MORE, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
^They will stand on stage in this order.
Why only 10 candidates?: Only 10 candidates have met the Democratic National Committee’s requirements for the third debate.
Who did not make the debate stage: Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out Bennet shares video of him in Iowa: ‘I’m just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids’ Bloomberg can’t win, but he could help reelect Trump MORE (D-Colo.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTrump campaign congratulates Gabbard on Harris dropping out Gabbard on Harris leaving race: ‘I respect her sincere desire to serve the American people’ 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out MORE (D-Hawaii), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockTrump on Harris dropping out of race: ‘We will miss you Kamala!’ Kamala Harris drops out of presidential race Bloomberg overtakes Harris in new poll MORE (D), Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin Delaney2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out Democrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D-Md.), New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York’s homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE (D), billionaire Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerWarren hits Bloomberg, Steyer: They have ‘been allowed to buy their way’ into 2020 race Webb: Billionaires for office 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out MORE, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMore than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Debate crowd erupts in laughs as Sanders chimes in ‘I wrote the damn bill’ on Medicare for All The Hill’s Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonDemocrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges Chicago suburb to use recreational marijuana sales tax to fund reparations program: report The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Witness dismisses ‘fictional’ GOP claims of Ukraine meddling MORE and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamWayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum The Memo: What the leading 2020 Dems need to do MORE (D).
Who is moderating tonight’s debate: ABC News chief anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden reverses, says marijuana isn’t a gateway drug Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Klobuchar says subpoenaing the whistleblower ‘would be a serious, serious mistake’ MORE, “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.
More logistics for tonight’s debate from The Hill’s Julia Manchester: http://bit.ly/305JnWT
WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING DURING THE DEBATE:
“Former Vice President Joe Biden will be flanked by progressive heavyweights Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the next Democratic debate Thursday in Houston, marking the first time the sharp ideological divide among the top Democratic contenders will be on full display.” http://bit.ly/30bngy3
TIDBIT FROM ANDREW YANG’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein tweeted, “Andrew Yang’s campaign manager just called to tell me that at tomorrow night’s debate, Yang will be doing ‘something no presidential candidate has ever done before in history.’ He declined to go further than that.” http://bit.ly/30gUyMw
IN CONGRESS It’s all fair in love and war:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Democrats are using President Trump’s sinking poll numbers as leverage on the spending debate and gun legislation. http://bit.ly/30ccc3Q
How so on the budget: “Republicans say a budget deal reached before the recess now appears in doubt after Senate Democrats on Tuesday insisted on an amendment to block Trump’s Title X rule, which prohibits funds for health care providers who share information about abortion.”
How so on gun legislation: “Democrats are [also] gearing up to reject a gun violence proposal expected from the White House as soon as Thursday if it falls short of the proposal sponsored in 2013 by Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinNo one wins with pro-abortion litmus test Senate confirms Brouillette to replace Perry as Energy secretary Political purity tests are for losers MORE (D-W.Va.) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump’s ‘due process’ remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.), which garnered only four Republican votes at the time.”
What’s it gonna be, Liz?:
Via The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (R-Wyo.) is under political pressure to make a decision on her political future. http://bit.ly/30bbEer
Her options: Run for an open Senate seat or remain in the House where she could one day be the first female Republican Speaker of the House.
Cheney’s deadline for running for Senate: May 2020, but a number of Republicans say she will make a decision in the next few months so other lawmakers can plan around her.
What Cheney running for Senate could mean for the House: “If Cheney runs for the Senate, she will have to vacate her leadership position, potentially leaving the House GOP without a woman in leadership. Her departure also would cut into the already dwindling number of Republican women in the House, with two incumbents — Reps. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Here are the lawmakers who aren’t seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they’ll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House MORE (R-Ala.) and Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksOregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won’t seek reelection Here are the lawmakers who aren’t seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they’ll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House MORE (R-Ind.) — having announced their retirement plans earlier this year.”
Tidbit — Cups is reopening soon:
Politico’s Anthony Adragna tweeted that he ran into the owner of Cups. “He said they’ll reopen on Sept. 20.” http://bit.ly/30cOlkx
IN THE WHITE HOUSE The Trump administration is repealing waterway protections:
Via The Hill’s Miranda Green, “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday will announce final plans to redefine and thus shrink the waterways that must be protected under the law, a move likely to be swiftly challenged legally by environmentalists.” http://bit.ly/2I6djMd
What will be repealed: The 2015 Obama-era Waters of the United States rule
IN LOCAL NEWS Today is the last day of the Post Express:
The Washington Post is discontinuing the Express, its free daily commuter newspaper that has published for 16 years. http://bit.ly/30bc6JF
Timing: The announcement was made yesterday and today is the final edition of the Express.
Reasoning: “More and more readers are consuming The Post’s content digitally, and The Post will continue to serve those who commute via Metro with digital products, including its mobile site, apps, newsletters, and podcasts.”
Aw, check out the cover of the last edition today: Here’s a photo: http://bit.ly/30bcaZV
NOTABLE TWEETS: Well, that’s a ‘snap in a Z formation’ tweet if I’ve ever seen one:
The Senate is in. The House voted this morning.
President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to Baltimore this evening. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C., today.
Today – Sunday: The 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. http://bit.ly/2ZVAB1t
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2ZP0W1j
12:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate voted on two confirmations. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2ZUqQk2
12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHouse leaders: Trump administration asking South Korea to pay more for US troops ‘a needless wedge’ Trump clarifies US support for Iranian protesters after confusion over previous comment What Congress can’t get, the people can: Trump documents are damning and there are more to come MORE.
1:45 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on another confirmation. Details: http://bit.ly/2ZUqQk2
5:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House and heads to Baltimore.
6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a joint fundraising committee reception at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
8:55 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.
Sept. 26: The Hill is hosting “The Future of Mobility Summit” in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2ZXafvW
WHAT TO WATCH:
7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Concerned Women for America’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Trump International Hotel. Livestream: http://bit.ly/309IIDQ
7:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat Dinner in Baltimore. Livestream: http://bit.ly/30eXSHD
8 – 11 p.m. EDT: The third Democratic presidential primary debate.
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.
One step closer to finding other life:
Via National Geographic, scientists have discovered a planet outside of our solar system that has water and temperatures that could sustain life. Details: https://on.natgeo.com/2ZZwRMi
And because you made it this far, here’s a dog living his best life: http://bit.ly/2ZRXbIp
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