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Yahoo PoliticsDec 12, 2019
House impeachment hearing grinds toward final vote
The 10th and final public impeachment hearing in the House lurched forward Thursday, as the House Judiciary Committee moved toward a vote that would send articles of impeachment to the full House floor for a final vote next week.

Drudge ReportDec 12, 2019
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The Daily BeastDec 12, 2019
Meghan McCain Wishes She Could ‘Attack' 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg
Meghan McCain wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, she "disagrees" with Time magazine's decision to put 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on its Person of the Year cover. On the other, she doesn't want to look like a hypocrite by "attacking" a child when she has previously said it's not appropriate to drag 13-year-old Barron Trump into critiques of his father.

"I don't put a lot of clout into the Time Person of the Year," McCain said when the topic came up on The View Thursday morning. "Keep in mind, Hitler and the Ayatollah were also the Person of the Year."

She went on to explain that she thinks the Ukraine whistleblower, who was named among the Guardians of the Year, would have been a "more salient and timely choice." 

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Trump again mocks teen climate activist Greta Thunberg (CNN Politics)

New York Times PoliticsDec 12, 2019
Impeachment Hearing Live Updates: Republicans Seek to Kill the Abuse of Power Charge vs. Trump
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee offered an amendment to the impeachment articles, spelling out the "John" in Donald J. Trump, which allows him to more tightly control the debate on charges that Mr. Trump abused the power of his office and obstructed Congress.

Washington Post PoliticsDec 12, 2019
The GOP's ‘there is no crime' argument against impeachment
Democrats opted not to directly accused Trump of a crime. Now Republicans have used that as their central argument against impeachment.

Drudge ReportDec 12, 2019
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Washington Post PoliticsDec 12, 2019
The 27 defenses Trump's allies have floated on Ukraine and impeachment
Over the past three months, congressional Republicans and President Trump's other allies have floated no fewer than 27 defenses of Trump's actions on Ukraine.

The Daily BeastDec 12, 2019
Trade Deal a Win for Pence—And His Lobbyist Pals
Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty ImagesCongress and the White House appear to have reached a deal on a landmark North American free-trade agreement (not to be confused with the North American Free Trade Agreement), and few people in Washington are more pleased about it than Mike Pence.

Since President Donald Trump took it upon his administration to remake North American trade policy, upending a 20-year tenure of mostly free-flowing goods on the continent, it has largely fallen to the vice president to whip up support for the plan in Congress, among the president's supporters, and in the public more generally.

In a statement Tuesday, Pence was characteristically deferential to his boss. "Thanks to the strong leadership of President [Trump] and the efforts of our Administration over the last year, Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Democrats have finally acquiesced to the voice of the American people have agreed to allow a vote on the USMCA in the House," he tweeted. But the deal was undoubtedly a win for Pence personally.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Washington Post PoliticsDec 11, 2019
Senate Republicans look to hold short impeachment trial despite Trump's desire for an aggressive defense
Several GOP senators on Wednesday said it would be better to limit the trial and quickly vote to dismiss the House charges against Trump than engage in what could become a political circus.

Senate Republicans come around to idea of not having witnesses in impeachment trial (CNN Politics)

New York Times PoliticsDec 11, 2019
Horowitz Hearing Highlights: Watchdog Warns Against Exonerating F.B.I. in Russia Inquiry, Pointing to Flaws
Senators and the inspector general painted a scathing portrait of the F.B.I., with Republicans accusing agents of exploiting rules and joining Democrats in demanding a surveillance overhaul.
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