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At a focus group in Saginaw, Mich., swing voters who went for President Obama and then flipped to Donald Trump are firmly in Trump’s camp now — and said they're sick of impeachment, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
Why Saginaw matters: Trump won Saginaw County by just over 1% in 2016, and Obama won by nearly 12% in 2012.
What we found:
Between the lines: These voters aren’t sick of Trump's antics, like other swing voters we've talked with for this series. And they don’t feel a sense that things need to get back to "normal" — Trump is their new normal.
Their responses were strikingly at odds with several other groups of Obama/Trump voters we've spoken with this year.
While only two participants said they are definitely voting to re-elect Trump next year, all the voters said they're not excited by any 2020 Democrats.
Early this morning, ahead of an impeachment vote this week by the full House, the Judiciary Committee published a 658-page report laying out its case:
That Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate ...
Article I: Abuse of Power ... Article II: Obstruction of Congress.
Senate leaders began jockeying over the rules for the January trial:
Chinese TV pulled coverage of Arsenal's Premier League match against Manchester City after Mesut Ozil, a forward for the London club, criticized Beijing's brutal mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims, AP's Rob Harris reports.
A social media post by Ozil on Friday denounced China for burning Korans, closing mosques and killing religious scholars.
Royalty, U.S. and European officials are attending ceremonies today to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the most important battles in military history — the Battle of the Bulge, which began at dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, and stopped Adolf Hitler's last-ditch offensive to turn the tide of World War II. (AP)
The Hallmark Channel ran an ad featuring a same-sex couple, then pulled it after criticism from a conservative group. Then, after even more criticism online, Hallmark reversed and tweeted last night that it would reinstate ads by Zola, a wedding-planning site:
Why it matters: This is the 10th anniversary of the Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" marathons, which aim to be as bland as possible.
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Operators of up to 20% of America’s nuclear reactors are seeking federal approval to run reactors for an unprecedented 80 years, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
Earlier this month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the first application seeking such an extension, renewing the operating licenses of two reactors near Miami from 60 years to 80.
I hadn't heard about this, until I saw it as the lead story of the Des Moines Sunday Register ... New Iowa caucus "rules adopted this year open the possibility — some insiders call it a probability — that multiple candidates could 'win,'" chief politics reporter Brianne Pfannenstiel writes.
Why it matters: "[O]ne candidate could win one or both of the delegate counts but lose the popular vote."
BuzzFeed's Ruby Cramer writes that in 2016, the Bernie Sanders show was rallies and arenas and "Bernie Sanders, talking." This time, he's listening. He believes his presidential campaign can "help people 'feel less alone'":
He is trying to change the way people interact with private hardship in this country, which is to say, silently and with self-loathing. He is trying, in as literal a sense as you could imagine, to excise "shame" and "guilt" from the American people.
These are not words you hear often in politics, but in interviews this year with the candidate, his wife, and his top advisers, they are central to his strategy to win.
Newtown, Conn., marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a moment of joy when the high school football team — with a shooting victim's brother as linebacker — won the state championship Saturday in a last-minute thrill, AP reports.
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