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December 13, 2019

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 455 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: The Supreme Court will take on whether President Trump can block the release of his financial records. (The Washington Post)

1 big thing: Trump's day in history

President Donald John Trump's 1,063rd day in office — Wednesday — won't be his favorite, if the scheduling plays out right.

  • As of now, the impeachment vote is expected to happen on Wednesday, sandwiched between a Tuesday vote on funding the government and a Thursday vote on the USMCA trade deal.
Photo illustration: Alayna Treene/Axios

Trump's reactions in real time to the House Judiciary advancing the articles of impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

  • "I think it's a horrible thing to be using the tool of impeachment which is supposed to be used in an emergency."
  • "It's a scam. It's something that shouldn't be allowed. It's a very bad thing for our country. And you're trivializing impeachment. And I tell you what, someday there will be a Democrat president and there will be a Republican House and I suspect they're going to remember it."
  • "It's a very sad thing for our country. It seems to be very good for me politically."

The big picture: Impeachment is becoming more commonplace, as Axios' Alayna Treene and Margaret Talev reported this morning. It's also becoming solidly partisan.

  • As of now, most Democratic members and committee staffers guess that only four to six moderate Democrats will break ranks.
  • Don't expect a single House Republican to cross the aisle, and members of "the Resistance" shouldn't get their hopes up about Senate Republicans.

Go deeper: House Dems attend Trump's holiday party amid impeachment

Bonus: 2020 Dems threaten to skip DNC debate

All seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for next week's debate are threatening to skip, due to a union dispute, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.

  • A labor union is angry about "stalled contract negotiations for food service" at the venue where the debate will be held.
  • In a letter, the union warned that 2020 Democrats "will be greeted with picket lines."
  • A source familiar with the negotiations told Axios that it was "not made aware of the issue until after the letter was sent" and that the DNC is looking into it.

2. What you missed

  1. Scoop: The World Bank told current and prospective employees of Taiwanese nationality they must present Chinese travel documents in order to maintain or pursue employment. Go deeper.
  2. The U.S. and China agreed to a "phase one" trade deal, which Trump touted in a series of tweets. Go deeper.
  3. Mike Bloomberg would aim to cut total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and implement policies that would make 80% of power generation zero-carbon by 2028. Go deeper.
  4. Ukraine is still working to schedule a White House meeting for President Volodymyr Zelensky. Go deeper.
  5. The personal banking information of about 29,000 Facebook employees was compromised last month after a thief stole hard drives from an employee's car, Bloomberg reports.

3. 1 fun thing

Taylor Swift. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Billboard

Taylor Swift used the Billboard Women in Music stage to address a series of issues including her ongoing beef with Scooter Braun and criticizing his supporters, AP reports.

  • “The definition of the toxic male privilege in our industry is people saying ‘But he’s always been nice to me,’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists owning their rights to own their music,” Swift said.
  • “Of course he’s nice to you. If you’re in this room, he has something that he needs.”