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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: First public impeachment hearings set for next week | Senior State official bucks White House to testify | White House says Mulvaney won’t testify | GOP struggles to unify on impeachment defense | Election Day fallout | Good night for Dems in Virginia, Kentucky | Republicans downplay Kentucky loss | Warning signs for GOP in suburbs | Trump holding Louisiana rally tonight | Starbucks holiday cups are back
The first public impeachment hearings have been announced:
House Democrats are holding their first public impeachment hearings next week. http://bit.ly/2NHgj3G
Testifying next Wednesday:
– William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine
– George Kent, a top State Department official
Testifying a week from Friday:
– Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
It’s Wednesday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY
Happening today – Let’s chat in the Capitol basement:
Bucking the White House, Senior State Department official David Hale arrived on Capitol Hill this morning to testify in the Democrats’ impeachment probe. http://bit.ly/32iz3Mh
Why he is testifying: “David Hale, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, is expected to provide insights into the campaign by President Trump and some of his allies to remove Marie Yovanovitch from her post as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine — a move that infuriated many department veterans, who have expressed concerns that the agency’s top brass did too little to protect a career diplomat from White House interference.”
Who else was invited to testify today: Energy Secretary Rick Perry; State Department counselor Ulrich Brechbuhl, a top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; and Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
^Eh, but: None of those three are expected to show up.
Not happening on Friday:
Senate GOP: ‘TEAM MEETING!’:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Republicans are struggling to agree on a unified strategy to defend President Trump from the articles of impeachment. http://bit.ly/2JX8ZQe
The big, controversial question: How much to focus attacks on the anonymous whistleblower.
Yeah, but: Many Republicans say the whistleblower’s identity should be protected. Like: Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.), Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.).
ELECTION DAY RESULTS
Democrats won control of Virginia’s legislature:
This gives the party total control of the state for the first time since 1994. http://bit.ly/2POjdGy
The live Virginia election results from The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2pDev3S
A Democrat ~is poised~ to win Kentucky governor race:
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) declared last night that he won as the governor of Kentucky. http://bit.ly/2pMgpiv
Why I’m being careful about how I worded that: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has not conceded the race.
The numbers: With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Beshear beat Bevin by a 49.2 to 48.8 percent margin. During an appearance on CNN last night, Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) called the race for Beshear.
The live Kentucky election results from The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2pQBlF9
REACTION FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP — SLOWING BACKING AWAY:
Republicans immediately went on defense to prove Bevin’s loss had nothing to do with President Trump‘s support. http://bit.ly/2rjDh9z
Trump immediately pointed out GOP wins in the state: “Won 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night. @MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!). Winning in Mississippi Governor race!” http://bit.ly/36D1Dv3
A Republican wins Mississippi governor race:
After a highly competitive race for governor in one of the most conservative states in the country, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) beat Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood last night. http://bit.ly/2NpdBB4
The numbers: With 93 percent reporting, Reeves led Hood, 53 to 46 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Reeves.
The live Mississippi results from The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2WUjIQP
What these results mean for the GOP:
Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “the results should serve as a wake-up call for Republicans, who tried to nationalize races across the country in an effort to capitalize on Trump’s popularity — and the unpopularity of Democrats’ drive to impeach him.” http://bit.ly/33nUYmu
Keep in mind — Trump and Pence were involved in Virginia and Kentucky: “Trump held a rally seeking to boost Bevin and other Republicans in Kentucky on Monday night on the eve of the election, and Vice President Pence appeared in both Kentucky and Virginia in the race’s closing days.”
ON THE 2020 CAMPAIGN TRAIL
To quote the Black Eyed Peas, where is the love?:
Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “Senate Democrats are distancing themselves from Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-Mass.) ‘Medicare for All’ plan, casting doubt on whether it could pass even if she does win the presidency.” http://bit.ly/33on554
How so: “Even if Warren wins the presidency and Democrats take back the Senate next year, her proposal would still face long odds of actually being enacted given objections among many senators of her own party. Some Democratic senators on Tuesday said flatly that they would not vote for Warren’s plan if she were president in 2021.”
Tidbit from the DNC chair:
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez told The Hill’s Rafael Bernal that the key to winning the presidential election in 2020 is the Latino vote — and not just in states with large Hispanic populations. His reasoning: http://bit.ly/32sOvpe
This is pretty funny:
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) November 5, 2019
The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Monroe, La. this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.
Noon: The Senate held two votes. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2NiNKKW
4 p.m. EST: The Senate votes.
4:10 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves the White House and heads to Monroe, La. on Air Force One.
4:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence swears in the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
6 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Charlotte Host 2020 Thank You Reception in Washington, D.C.
7:25 p.m. EST: President Trump lands in Monroe, La.
12:25 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.
Nov. 13: The Hill is hosting an event, “Aspirations: Arab Youth & the Modern Dream.” Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/34LmWJl
WHAT TO WATCH
3 p.m. EST: President Trump gives remarks on federal judicial confirmations. Livestream: http://bit.ly/34BXHc9
8 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Monroe, La. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Chx1Bn
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Nachos Day.
The kickoff of the holiday season:
The holiday cups are returning to Starbucks tomorrow. https://cnn.it/33mMY5l
This year’s holiday drinks: “the peppermint mocha, toasted white chocolate mocha, caramel brulee latte, chestnut praline latte and eggnog latte, in addition to its Christmas coffee blend.”
Photo of the decorative cups: https://cnn.it/33mMY5l
AND TO CELEBRATE — STARBUCKS IS GIVING OUT FREE REUSABLE HOLIDAY CUPS:
Order a holiday drink at Starbucks tomorrow and it will come in a reusable decorative cup. Keep in mind: This offer starts when they open, so get there early before they run out. http://bit.ly/32nVRKy
And because you made it this far, here is an innovative Christmas tree that is cat-safe. The cats do not look happy about this!: http://bit.ly/2NOVW4r