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House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.

What's next: The House Judiciary Committee will mark up and vote on the two articles this week, before sending them to the House for a full floor vote before Christmas.

Between the lines: Much has been made about the Democrats' decision not to draft an article of impeachment for obstruction of justice related to Trump's conduct during the Mueller investigation.

  • However, the obstruction of Congress article notes that Trump's refusal to allow executive branch officials to testify in the impeachment inquiry is "consistent with President Trump's previous efforts to undermine United States Government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections."

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Go deeper: Highlights from the Democratic press conference announcing the articles

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CEO confidence rises for the first time in over 2 years

Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

Official says White House political appointees "commandeered" Bolton book review

John Bolton's book "The Room Where it Happened." Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

A former career official at the National Security Council claims her pre-publication review of former national security adviser John Bolton's explosive book on President Trump was "commandeered by political appointees for a seemingly political purpose," according to a letter from her lawyers filed in court on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The White House fought against the publication of Bolton's book for most of the year on the grounds that it contained harmful and "significant amounts of classified information."

House Democrats unveil sweeping reforms package to curtail presidential abuses

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled sweeping legislation aimed at preventing presidential abuse and corruption, strengthening transparency and accountability, and protecting elections from foreign interference.

Why it matters: While the bill has practically no chance of becoming law while Trump is in office and Republicans hold the Senate, it's a pre-election message from Democrats on how they plan to govern should Trump lose in November. It also gives Democratic members an anti-corruption platform to run on in the weeks before the election.

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