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The seven House managers walk through the Capitol Rotunda to the Senate. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The seven House managers representing Democrats' case for the impeachment of President Trump will work through the weekend in their home districts refining their case, then will return to Washington on Sunday, where they will meet as a team at the Capitol, a Democratic aide working on the Senate trial told reporters Friday.

The bottom line: In their opening arguments this week, the managers will drive home their core message: That Trump undermined U.S. democracy by inviting a foreign government to interfere in U.S. elections on his behalf.

  • “He should be called the commander-in-cheat!” the Democratic aide said.

Other key arguments:

  • Obstruction of Congress article: They'll say Trump's efforts to block witnesses and documents is unprecedented, and point to how Trump blocked all document requests and 12 key witnesses from complying with the House investigation. Meanwhile, President Clinton's trial included extensive public debate over his alleged crimes and three witness depositions.
  • "If you don’t believe me, ask Ken Starr. … Ask him how many documents Clinton provided? 90,000. 0 were provided here," the aide said.
  • Witnesses: They'll roll back the game tape from Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial, and point to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham’s comments in which they pushed to hear from witnesses.
  • "They'll also argue that delaying the vote over whether to include witnesses provides unnecessary hurdles for everyone involved, and robs them of any chance to plan in advance: It speaks to the fundamental fairness of the trial, and it is out of sync with precedent, with law, and what the American people want," the aide said.

Potential rebuttals:

  • The managers will be watching closely to ensure they are given the same privileges that House managers received in 1999, congruent with McConnell's push to follow the Clinton precedent.
  • The aide noted that during the Clinton trial, each side was given 24 hours to make its case, which they expect they'll be given.
  • When discussing evidence, they will point to Senate resolution 16, which provided that publicly submitted materials produced by the House Judiciary Committee, even after the House's impeachment vote, can be submitted for the record.

What's next:

  • The House managers' briefs are due 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Trump's briefs are due 12 p.m. Monday.
  • The House managers' reply is due 12 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Opening arguments begin 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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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.