Updated Dec 20, 2019

Trump accepts Pelosi's invite to deliver State of the Union

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The White House accepted Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Friday invitation to deliver the State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 4.

Why it matters: President Trump will be speaking before the jurors of his Senate trial — as well as multiple potential 2020 general election opponents — in the chamber where he was impeached earlier this week.

  • Of note: The speech will take place one day after the Iowa caucuses.

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House Democrats delay delivery of Trump articles of impeachment to Senate

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It'll be weeks before there's a Senate impeachment trial, after Congress left for Christmas without the House sending the articles of impeachment across the Capitol to trigger a trial.

The state of play: Speaker Nancy Pelosi still hasn't named House managers, which means the articles likely won't be sent to the Senate until after Congress returns from recess on Jan. 7.

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Pelosi confirms House will vote to send impeachment articles on Wednesday

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the House will vote Wednesday on a resolution that would name impeachment managers and transmit the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate.

Why it matters: The vote would end Pelosi's pressure campaign against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow additional documents and witnesses in the Senate's impeachment trial. McConnell said at a press conference that the trial will likely begin next Tuesday, with "housekeeping" measures like the swearing-in of senators taking place this week.

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The year of the speaker

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2019 started as the year of The Squad, and is ending as the year of the speaker.

The big picture: House Speaker Pelosi ushered in 2019 with a new Democratic majority that is the most diverse in the history of Congress, Axios' Alayna Treene notes.

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