House to vote on formalizing Trump impeachment inquiry; Pelosi hit with ethics complaint

House to vote on formalizing Trump impeachment inquiry; Pelosi hit with ethics complaint

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House of Representatives expected to vote on resolution formalizing Trump impeachment inquiry
The House of Representatives is set to debate and vote Thursday on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. It is not a vote on articles of impeachment but to set the ground rules and parameters for the impeachment process. Click here for a guide on everything you need to know about Thursday’s vote. 

House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., presides over a markup of the resolution that will formalize the next steps in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., presides over a markup of the resolution that will formalize the next steps in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As expected, the debate leading up to Thursday’s impeachment inquiry vote has been heated. In a contentious House Rules Committee meeting Wednesday that lasted into the night, Democrats systematically rejected GOP attempts to alter the ground rules that lawmakers will use as they consider impeaching Trump, even as Republicans argued that the Dems’ proposed procedures were fundamentally unfair.

Several moderate Democrats in swing districts, meanwhile, signaled that they were concerned about the impeachment procedures, ahead of Thursday morning’s vote on the rules by the full House floor. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, one of five Democrats who hasn’t committed to supporting the party’s resolution on impeachment procedures, told Fox News on Wednesday evening, “I’ll figure it out.”

Still, there was little doubt that the Democratic-controlled chamber would approve the eight pages of rules on Thursday. But it was unclear exactly how many defectors each party would suffer, and how long the vote would take. The House meets at 9 a.m. ET Thursday, and debate on the impeachment rules resolution is expected to take one hour. Click here for more on our top story.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures while speakings during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., gestures while speakings during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Nancy Pelosi targeted in ethics complaint filed by 40 conservative groups
A coalition of conservative groups has filed an ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., alleging she has “hypocritically usurped” the authority of the president and “weaponized” impeachment proceedings. “In launching her ‘official’ impeachment inquiry without benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” reads the complaint, led by Tea Party Patriots Action’s Jenny Beth Martin and signed by 40 different groups.

The complaint adds that Thursday’s scheduled vote on a resolution codifying the impeachment inquiry is “inadequate at this stage” and says Pelosi’s “one-person decision” is in violation of historical precedent. Click here for more.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens to a question during the question and answer part of her campaign event Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens to a question during the question and answer part of her campaign event Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)

Warren agrees Medicare-for-All could result in two million jobs lost: ‘This is part of the cost issue’
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Wednesday that she agrees with a University of Massachusetts-Amherst economist who concluded a Medicare-for-all health care plan could result in substantial job losses, calling it “part of the cost issue. Robert Pollin of UMass’ Political Economy Research Institute told Kaiser Health News earlier this year that most of the job losses would hit administrative positions — about half among insurers and half in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Warren was made aware of Pollin’s conclusions during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio. Medicare-for-all has become a point of contention among Democrats vying for the White House. Warren, now considered a co-frontrunner, has come under pressure from her presidential rivals to explain how she would raise the necessary $30 trillion over 10 years to fund the plan.

Pentagon releases video of raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The Pentagon on Wednesday released video footage of the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, gave a play-by-play of the special operations forces raid on an ISIS compound in northern Syria last Saturday that ended with Baghdadi killing himself with an explosive vest.

Overall, U.S. forces killed six ISIS members – four women and another man aside from Baghdadi – in the raid. McKenzie also clarified that Baghdadi’s explosive vest also killed two children he had brought with him into a tunnel when U.S. troops pursued him.

Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes celebrates the the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Washington Nationals catcher Yan Gomes celebrates the the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Nationals top Astros 6-2 to claim first World Series title in franchise history
For a seventh straight game, the road team emerged victorious in the 2019 World Series. The Washington Nationals claimed the first world championship in franchise history, defeating the Houston Astros, 6-2.

Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Washington Nationals’ Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Washington won the first two games in Houston, then Houston returned the favor by taking three straight in D.C. With Wednesday night’s victory, the Nats took two more in Texas. Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, with a pair of wins, including Game 6, was named Series MVP.

Somewhere in heaven, our friend Charles Krauthammer is cheering.

Josh Hamilton, a five-time MLB All Star and 2010 American League MVP, was charged Wednesday with injury to a child after his 14-year-old daughter told his ex-wife he had struck her at his Keller, Texas home. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Josh Hamilton, a five-time MLB All Star and 2010 American League MVP, was charged Wednesday with injury to a child after his 14-year-old daughter told his ex-wife he had struck her at his Keller, Texas home. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Ex-MLB All-Star Josh Hamilton charged with injuring teen daughter
Josh Hamilton, a five-time MLB All-Star and 2010 American League MVP, was charged Wednesday with injury to a child after his 14-year-old daughter told his ex-wife he had struck the girl at his Keller, Texas, home. Hamilton, 38, surrendered Wednesday to the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth and was released in lieu of $35,000 bond. If convicted, he could face a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

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Laura Ingraham warns Republicans, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, that they must stand up against House Democrats’ formal impeachment inquiry because there is no Republican Party in 2020 without President Trump.

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