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Federal judge rules American Samoans are entitled to US citizenship

A federal judge in Utah ruled that people born in American Samoa, a US territory, are entitled to citizenship. American Samoans have been categorized as non-citizen nationals who aren’t allowed to vote or serve on juries. They can apply for full citizenship but have to leave American Samoa for months or more in order to do so.

Today, a judge ruled that American Samoans should be recognized as citizens in part because people in the territory are subjected to US taxes, laws and rights.

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Republicans have been arguing that it’s the Democrats, not Trump, who have obstructed justice by refusing to grant the Republicans a minority hearing or allow the president to call his own witnesses.

Rep. Steve Chabot(@ RepSteveChabot)

The majority really should hold themselves in contempt for conducting this one-sided biased impeachment investigation, and then attacking the White House for refusing to participate in such a patently unfair process.

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Democrats did invite Trump’s lawyers to attend the judiciary hearing, present their case , request additional testimony and evidence and cross-examine witnesses. But the White House declined to participate.

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The phrase of the day has been “strike the last word” – if you’ve been following the last 8 hours of impeachment debate, you’re likely to have heard this sentence repeated (a lot******************. AsNBC suggests, “if ‘strike the last word’ were an impeachment drinking game, no one would survive.”

But what does it mean?

It’s basically a parliamentary convention that allows lawmakers to speak a bit longer.

Technically, each amendment is meant to be debated for 10 minutes – five minutes of discussion for the amendment and five minutes against. But other members who want to talk more can offer a “pro forma” amendment.

Here’s anexplanation from the Congressional Research Service:

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after the proponent and the opponent of an amendment have spoken for their allotted five minutes, another Member who wishes to speak may rise and state: I move to strike the last word. The chair then recognizes that Member for five minutes, technically to speak on the pro forma amendment, but in fact to continue debate on the pending substantive amendment.

Seriously though, please don’t turn this into a drinking game.

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Third GOP amendment is voted down, fourth is under consideration

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It’s been more than eight hours since the judiciary committee began debating the articles of impeachment againstDonald Trump.

An amendment introduced by the Republican Andy Biggs, which would have added to the articles that US aid was released to Ukraine, was voted down along party line.

The committee is now considering yet another Republican amendment to strike the obstruction of congress article altogether.

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As lawmakers in the US continue their marathon debate over impeaching the president, the polls have closed int he UK, and exit polls suggest a massive conservative victory.

Our colleagues across the pond have live coverage. Follow along here:

Democrat Cedric L Richmond compares Republicans to Judas:

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Today I’m reminded of Judas – because Judas for pieces of silver betrayed Jesus; for positive tweets for easy reelection, the other side is willing to betray the American people.

Democrat

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell compares Republican rhetoric to yoga:

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It is incredible to me to see some of my colleagues bend over backward to cover up for the president. My sister is a yoga teacher. She doesn’t contort, the way some of my Republican colleagues distort the facts all to protect this president.

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Afternoon summary

I’m about to hand over this blog to my colleague Maanvi Singh in Oakland.

Here’s a summary of where we’re at today.

(**************************************************************************************** Republicans have entered two failed amendments to the articles of impeachment being debated in the House Judiciary committee. Both have failed on party lines, but have allowed Republicans the opportunity to unleash extended diatribes.

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This hearing began almost six and a half hours ago and we’ve yet to have a meaningful vote.

We’re now on the third amendment, entered by Republican Andy Biggs (Gaetz’s amendment predictably failed on party lines).

Here’s the latest:

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Biggs amendment up nexf pic.twitter.com/2z8vtYL066 N (December) ,

Of course, this amendment will fail as well. But we’re likely to see more drawn out polemics from both sides.

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Trump’s re-election campaign is circulating a video suggesting that Judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler dozed off during the hearings.

A quick look at the video reveals though … that’s not true.

NOT AGAIN!

Democrat impeachment “manager” (# SleepyJerry) ************* Nadler snoozes through evidence exonerating President Trump 😴💤 # JerryRigged********************************************************************************************* # SchiffShow pic.twitter.com/3c0PaVA8p6(*************

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Saudi Arabia has sent its US ambassador to the US naval base in Florida following a mass shooting there last week at the hands of a Saudi national.

More from Reuters:

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The Saudi ambassador to the United States visited a U.S. naval air station in Florida on Thursday to extend her condolences for a shooting attack by a Saudi Air Force officer that killed three people last week, the Saudi embassy said.

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud met with members of the Pensacola Naval Air Station command “and reiterated her condemnation for this horrific attack,” the statement said.

She pledged to provide “any assistance possible to accelerate the investigation.”

US close to new trade deal with China

The Trump administration has reached a trade deal in principle with China, with reports indicating US negotiations to have offered to slash existing tariffs by as much as half on the $ billion of Chinese products and cancel a new round of charges set to take effect by the end of the week.

Reporting by Bloombergindicates the deal is awaiting final approval by Trump and could be announced as early as this afternoon.

Trump tweeted earlier in the day, alluding to the potential deal:

Donald J. Trump(@ realDonaldTrump)

Getting VERY close to a BIG DEAL with China. They want it, and so do we! (December) ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************,The Wall Street Journalreportsthe deal was negotiated roughly within the past five days. The reporting suggest the US has demanded China purchase large quantities of US agricultural products and make steps to better protect intellectual property rights.

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Things are about to get started again back at the Judiciary committee hearing. It’s really just a matter of time before the meaningful vote occurs, so we’ll just have to see how many amendments the Republicans attempt to introduce.

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The House has passed a major piece on healthcare legislation during the Judiciary committee impeachment hearing break.

The bill, HR 3, passed by (votes to********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** mostly along party lines. It would lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing government to negotiate prices with manufacturers. It makes major changes to the US government Medicare program by capping out of pocket drug cost expenses under to the program to $ 2, and creates new dental and vision benefits.

The bill has little to no chance of passing the Republican controlled senate so is unlikely to become law.

Here’s some more from the AP:

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill would cap Medicare recipients’ out-of-pocket costs for medicines at $ 2, a year. It would use about $ 391 billion of its projected – – year savings from lower drug costs to establish Medicare coverage for dental care, hearing, and vision, filling major gaps for seniors. (********************************************************************************************************************** ()

But the legislation has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House has issued a veto threat. Still, Democrats saw a victory in the message their bill sends to voters.

I think that it is going to be too hot to handle for the Republicans, ”said Pelosi, D-Calif.

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For months, Pelosi’s office and the White House had talked privately about Medicare negotiations. But the sides went their own ways partly because administration officials connected her approach could never win support among congressional Republicans. Trump now favors a bipartisan compromise in the Senate that would limit drug price increases and cap what seniors pay out-of-pocket, but would not authorize Medicare negotiations.

Negotiations are “the heart of the matter,” Pelosi insisted.

High prescription drug prices consistently register as the public’s top health care concern. But it’s unclear in a capital divided over Trump’s impeachment that any major legislation will pass before next year’s elections.

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Warren changes tack, taking aim at rivals with big money fund

Democratic****************************** (presidential candidate) ******************************* Elizabeth Warren on Thursday accused her more moderate rivals of failing to stand up to the rich and pledged to fix a “rigged” US economy, as she sought to re-energize her stalled campaign.

earlier earlier this week, with the bar for qualification ramping up with each month’s debate.

At this moment, the December debate candidates joining Yang on stage are,******************************,************** and, um,

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