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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday on a resolution that outlines the panel’s authority and scope in an expanding impeachment probe into President Trump, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Though House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has previously said the committee is engaged in "formal impeachment proceedings," the resolution marks the committee's first official acknowledgement that it is considering articles of impeachment. Up until now, the committee had been claiming in court filings that it requires certain materials for the purposes of impeachment, but had not defined the investigation in Congress.

Details: If approved, the resolution would allow Nadler to designate hearings related to the probe to either the full committee or a subcommittee.

  • The resolution would also give committee staff an additional hour to question witnesses and deem all information gathered in the probe private until Nadler says otherwise.
  • It also allows Trump's legal counsel to review and respond in writing to impeachment-related evidence on Nadler's invitation.

Yes, but: While the resolution would formalize the impeachment investigation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet publicly endorsed impeachment, creating some confusion about how leadership will proceed. More than 130 House Democrats — a majority of the caucus — currently support an impeachment inquiry.

The other side: House Republicans on Monday accused Democrats of attempting to circumvent House rules and called for a full vote on an impeachment inquiry on the House floor.

  • House Judiciary Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) told Fox News on Sunday: "If they really want to do this, they have to bring impeachment to the floor. This is simply a show. It is a travesty. And, frankly, they should be ashamed.”

Context: The resolution comes a month after Nadler claimed on CNN that his panel had opened an impeachment inquiry.

  • During Congress's 6-week recess, the committee expanded its probe to include Trump's potential violations of the emoluments clause and hush money payments used to cover up alleged affairs during the 2016 presidential campaign.
  • Previously, the probe included only the allegations that Trump attempted to obstruct justice in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Read the full resolution:

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City Council member Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayoral race

Andre Dickens during a rally at Center Stage on November 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta's next mayor, soundly beating the council's president Felicia Moore.

The big picture: Dickens was just a few months ago considered to have an outside chance of replacing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced in May that she wouldn't seek a second term.

UN report: Pandemic set to cost global tourism $2 trillion in 2021

A tourist in front of the Eiffel Tower on November 25, 2021 in Paris. Photo:Chesnot/Getty Images

A new United Nations report warns that global tourism will see only modest revenue gains in 2021 after last year's historic losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why it matters: Tourism revenues in 2020 fell by more than half from the previous year — a significant blow to the global economy, according to analysis by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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2 federal judges temporarily block Biden vaccine mandates

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant at the White House on Nov. 29. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

The Biden administration was temporarily blocked from enforcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for millions of workers by federal judges in two states on Tuesday.

The big picture: The orders, by federal judges in Kentucky and Louisiana, come one day after a federal judge in Missouri halted the mandate, which has a Jan. 4 deadline, in 10 states.

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