Updated Feb 21, 2018

Two Americas: immigration politics in the Senate

Senate Democrats are generally from states with higher immigrant populations than Senate Republicans, partially explaining why the effort to pass an immigration bill tanked last week. The exception, however, are the handful of Democrats from red states — who are almost all up for re-election this year.

Why this matters: Immigrant populations almost perfectly sort the two parties, and it showed over the last week as the Senate failed to come up with a compromise to protect immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. But these politics are especially tricky for red-state Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, who joined Republicans to vote for a Trump-backed proposal.

The other chamber: House seats held by Republicans generally have significantly lower foreign-born populations than those held by Democrats.

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Pelosi downplays delaying delivery of impeachment articles to Senate

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she plans to name House managers for President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate after that chamber's leaders set the parameters for what the trial will look like, suggesting that the newly passed articles of impeachment will be transmitted to the Senate soon after.

Why it matters: Some House Democrats floated delaying the delivery of the articles in an effort to buy more time and potentially more favorable terms for the Senate trial. However, Pelosi signaled that she doesn't plan for there to be a long standoff with the Senate.

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The highest drama comes home

Trump departs the White House for a “Merry Christmas” campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Here's a split screen for the ages: While House Democrats are impeaching President Trump, he'll be firing up supporters at an election rally in Michigan.

Why it matters: This is the perfect encapsulation of the impeachment process.

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Inside Trump's split-screen impeachment

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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!"

It was very real. 151 years after President Andrew Johnson, and 21 years after President Bill Clinton, Trump became the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

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