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Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee heard the evidence behind the impeachment inquiry on Monday in a marathon nine-and-a-half hour hearing.

Why it matters: The committee is likely only days away from drafting formal articles of impeachment against President Trump — and this hearing was one of House Democrats' last chances to summarize their case against the president to the public.

The highlights:

  • The hearing saw much more parliamentary wrangling than past impeachment hearings — as Judiciary Republicans have attempted to use House rules during breaks in testimony to delay and stymie the proceedings.
  • The counsel for the House Intelligence Committee's Democrats, Daniel Goldman, laid out a lengthy, fact-based opening statement detailing why Trump should be impeached.
  • The counsel for the House Intelligence Committee's Republicans, Steve Castor, faced a sharp line of questioning over the minority's impeachment report, which argues that Trump did nothing wrong regarding Ukraine, and its representation of witness testimony during the impeachment hearings.
  • House Republicans, especially Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), argued that political donations to Democrats from Goldman and House Judiciary counsel Barry Berke undercut their testimony and cast it in a partisan light.

What's happening: Goldman presented the facts behind Intel Democrats' 300-page report, summarizing the committee's public and closed-door impeachment hearings on the Ukraine investigation.

  • Judiciary has heard from its own counsel, led by Berke.
  • The hearing has given Republicans an equal amount of time for their final public opportunity to rebut Democrats' case.
  • The White House has refused to participate in this hearing, as well as the larger impeachment inquiry.

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How it's playing: Fox News' Chris Wallace said Monday that the Ukraine-linked allegations against President Trump are "far broader than the Clinton impeachment," calling them "an issue of foreign policy, national security."

The bottom line: This hearing is largely just a formality, as there is almost no doubt that Judiciary's Democrats will quickly move toward drafting articles of impeachment.

  • Axios' Alayna Treene reports that there are no other impeachment hearings scheduled for this week, per committee aides.
  • The articles are expected to be marked up in the next few days — with a full committee vote by the end of the week.

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

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CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.

4 hours ago - World

UAE asks U.S. to reinstate Houthi terrorist designation after attack

Secretary of State Tony Blinken (left) listens to United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a joint news conference at the State Department iin October. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asked Secretary of State Tony Blinken in a phone call Monday to re-designate the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization, a senior Emirati official told Axios.

Why it matters: Less than a month after he assumed office, President Biden rolled back the Trump administration’s decision to make the designation. He said it hampered humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. Since then, the Houthis have escalated their attacks against Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region — including an attack Monday in Abu Dhabi.