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With a near party-line vote on impeachment rules expected in the House Thursday morning, Democrats are confident, while Republicans are focusing on swing states to shore up support.

Why it matters: Democrats say the vote will accelerate the inquiry, and will give them more tools to conduct their investigation. 

  • The mid-morning vote is scheduled in the middle of testimony by Tim Morrison, a National Security Council official who has decided to leave the administration "to pursue other opportunities."

Democrats are going for a jackpot by asking former Trump national security adviser John Bolton to appear behind closed doors next week.

  • A source close to Bolton tells Axios' Margaret Talev that Bolton won’t testify unless compelled — via subpoena.
  • But if Bolton is compelled, look out: He knows a lot, and won’t be demure or hold back.

The Trump re-election campaign is looking at impeachment largely through the lens of the swing states the president needs to win in 2020.

  • Aides cite polls showing that his support has held in battlegrounds.
  • "Once you get outside Washington, D.C.," a Trump campaign official said, "the issue of impeaching a duly elected president plays a lot differently."

The campaign says it plans a massive, data-driven ground game, to hold Democrats in tough districts "accountable for their positions on impeachment."

  • A N.Y. Times Upshot/Siena College poll released yesterday found a majority of voters in each of six battleground states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) oppose impeaching and removing Trump.
  • The campaign says those findings reflect its internal polling.

Go deeper: Trump's speedy impeachment process

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.

Financial fallout from the Texas deep freeze

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas has thawed out after an Arctic freeze last month threw the state into a power crisis. But the financial turmoil from power grid shock is just starting to take shape.

Why it matters: In total, electricity companies are billions of dollars short on the post-storm payments they now owe to the state's grid operator. There's no clear path for how they will pay — something being watched closely across the country as extreme weather events become more common.

U.S. Chamber decides against political ban for Capitol insurrection

A pedestrian passes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters as it undergoes renovation. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed Friday it won't withhold political donations from lawmakers who simply voted against certifying the presidential election results and instead decide on a case-by-case basis.

Why it matters: The Chamber is the marquee entity representing businesses and their interests in Washington. Its memo, obtained exclusively by Axios, could set the tone for businesses debating how to handle their candidate and PAC spending following the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.