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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump looks highly likely to head into Christmas impeached but riding high with record low unemployment, a surging stock market and a bipartisan trade deal to replace NAFTA.

Why it matters: This will fittingly stuff every partisan’s stockings with reasons to tell family he’s the greatest or worst president in American history.

Tuesday's remarkable split screen:

  • 9:13 a.m.: Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment.
  • 10:09 a.m.: Democrats announced they'll back the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaces NAFTA.

Between the lines: It's no coincidence that House Speaker Pelosi's concerns with USMCA have been satisfied at the same time as the articles of impeachment are presented and prepared for votes, Axios' Margaret Talev notes.

  • For the 30-odd House Democrats in Trump districts for whom impeachment is a potentially perilous vote, this gives them a way to show that impeachment did not interfere with their ability to get stuff done — and gives them a vote to take home that will be important to a lot of their constituents. 

House Republicans are resigned to the fact that they are powerless to the eventual outcome that Trump will become the third U.S. president to be impeached, Rep. Mark Meadows told Axios' Alayna Treene.

  • “Elections have consequences. We're in the minority."
  • “Strategically, there's nothing that will affect the outcome, ultimately. There are lots of things we can do to highlight things. But, not, not to stop it.”

The bottom line: There's a real chance America re-elects an impeached president next year, and a chance he gets impeached again.

Go deeper: Read the articles of impeachment against Trump

Go deeper

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
5 hours ago - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.

Updated 14 hours ago - World

U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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