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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (center) and ranking member Doug Collins (right) during a committee markup hearing on articles of impeachment against President Trump. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Getty Images

After a grueling 14-plus-hour day debating the two articles of impeachment against President Trump with no meaningful outcome, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler abruptly called a recess at 11:12 p.m. ET Thursday.

What's next: Members of the committee, their staffs and congressional reporters will return to the Hill at 10 a.m. Friday for a final committee vote to determine whether Trump abused his power and obstructed congressional authority.

Behind the scenes: Republicans were not originally planning to drag the hearing on until nearly midnight. But once they realized they were going to miss Thursday's White House Congressional Ball, they powered on and reframed their messaging to convey they were willing to work overtime to defend the president, sources familiar with their strategy tell Axios.

  • GOP members were infuriated when, seemingly approaching the end of the hearing, Nadler announced he was recessing the committee until Friday morning.
  • Ranking member Doug Collins shot out of his chair and accused Nadler of postponing the vote so it would receive better media coverage.
  • "The chairman just ambushed the entire committee," Collins yelled. "Crap like this, this is why people have such a terrible view of Congress."
  • Nadler, however, said he was calling the break because it had been "a long two days of consideration of these articles, and it is now very late at night." His staff told reporters that he had no idea how many more amendments Republicans were planning to call.

Amendments to the articles: After several hours of debate about altering the articles, each of the five amendments introduced by Republicans was voted down by the committee.

  • The only change that passed via a verbal vote in the committee was the substitution of "Donald John Trump" instead of "Donald J. Trump."

Inside the hearing room: Members began the day energized and ready for battle. But as the hours wore on, and evening holiday parties passed, their patience wore thinner and their exhaustion became visibly overwhelming.

  • At 9 p.m. ET Thursday, more than 12 hours after the chairman gaveled in the second day of the impeachment markup, Nadler finally called a 30-minute recess, the first break in the day apart from a midday pause for House votes.
  • Tired members and staff flowed out of the room to quickly scarf down pizza (for the GOP members) and BBQ (for the Democrats), while reporters huddled in the halls eating late-night snacks (tacos for the TV reporters).

Go deeper: Read the articles of impeachment against Trump

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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