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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Americans "should be totally appalled" about President Trump's comments on Wednesday that he'd accept foreign intelligence on political opponents, but she again swatted away the question of impeachment — telling reporters that "not any one issue is going to trigger" the process.

"Everybody in the country should be totally appalled by what the president said last night. Should be totally appalled. He has a habit of making appalling statements. This one borders on so totally unethical but he doesn’t even realize it. However, what we want to do is have a methodical approach to the path we're on and this will be included in that. But not any one issue is going to trigger, oh now we're going to go do this."

The big picture: Pelosi said that Democrats plan to propose a package of legislation strengthening campaigns' "duty to report" foreign offers of assistance, in addition to other election security measures. She also called into question Republicans' continued loyalty to the president in the face of "totally unethical" behavior.

"What is it about the Republicans in Congress? How much more can they bear of the president's unethical behavior, that they think they're honoring their oath of office. I believe these are all connected. I think it's all about money. Connect the dots in all of this. It's all about money."

The bottom line: Democrats across the board have expressed shock and fury at Trump's latest explosive interview, arguing that he is effectively inviting foreign adversaries to continue to involve themselves in U.S. elections. But even so, Pelosi and Democratic leaders remain committed to staying the course and "educating the public" on Trump's alleged malfeasance before launching impeachment proceedings.

Go deeper: Which House Democrats currently support an impeachment inquiry

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

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As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.

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Scoop: Germany urges Congress not to sanction Putin’s pipeline

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The German government has urged members of Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing that doing so will "weaken" U.S. credibility and "ultimately damage transatlantic unity," according to documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: At a time when roughly 100,000 Russian troops are massing at its border, Ukraine views Nord Stream 2 as an existential threat to its security. The pipeline would circumvent Ukrainian transit infrastructure and deliver Russian gas directly to Germany, eliminating one of the last deterrents Ukraine has against an invasion.