⚡ Breaking: Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that President Trump's impeachment is far-fetched and that the Senate will acquit him: "The party that lost the election is continuing the fight by other means." (AP)
With the House impeachment roll call underway at the Capitol last night, President Trump said at the "Merry Christmas Rally" thrown by his campaign in Battle Creek, Mich.: "By the way, it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached!"
Axios' Jonathan Swan was in the arena for the surreal moment:
The Battle Creek crowd was composed of true Trump die-hards: Many of them lined up for hours outside the stadium in the ice and snow.
At the Capitol, members leaped out of their seats when it was time to vote, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Several Democratic members wore black as a signal, they said, that it was "a sad and solemn day."
Some House Democrats are pushing to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate — a potentially powerful weapon that could delay President Trump's trial, Axios' Margaret Talev explains.
There are risks, including a backlash by undecided voters in swing states.
After last night's votes, reporters sprinted from the floor to the Rayburn Room for a press conference where Speaker Pelosi did not commit to a timeline, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
The trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Trump is expected to be acquitted (as President Clinton was after his impeachment), is expected to begin in January, and could be as short as two weeks.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The U.S. economy is besting expectations for job growth, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest in several decades — but the other side of the story is that millions of jobs out there just aren't good enough, writes Axios' Erica Pandey.
Justin Sink, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, tweeted this incredible photo for the history books, taken as the White House staff and press pool boarded Air Force One last night:
The vote, via AP:
President Trump used his Michigan rally to mock the state's Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell for her impeachment vote, suggesting onstage that her late husband, former Rep. John Dingell, could be in hell.
Household income grew more in Democratic districts than Republican ones over the past five years, according to an AP analysis of census data out today:
In Speaker Pelosi's district, in San Francisco, household income jumped by a third — from almost $110,500 to more than $150,000.
Image: NBC News
NBC News has created a new editorial team to report on issues related to U.S. election security and voting, reports Axios' Sara Fischer.
Disclosure: NBC is an investor in Axios.
Naomi Ackie as Jannah in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Photo: Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. via AP
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," out tomorrow, is on track to be one of the worst-reviewed films in the nine-picture saga, Bloomberg's Nick Turner writes.
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