Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie leads with the essential racing form for the festivities:
— HERE’S THE SEQUENCING for next week: As of now, House Democrats are planning to impeach President DONALD TRUMP first — with a floor vote perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday — and then move to government funding and passing the USMCA. This way, impeachment would not be the last thing they would do before leaving town for Christmas. Again, if all goes well, Congress could be done by next Friday night. Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL said Tuesday afternoon that his chamber will begin on impeachment and USMCA in January.
— ABOUT GOVERNMENT FUNDING: All sides, at the moment, are maintaining that they are trying to cobble together a deal to fund the entire government for the entire year. That seems like a tall task. So, there is discussion at the moment about a TWO-MONTH stopgap that would fund government until just before Presidents Day weekend in February.
— THE MARKUP OF THE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES begins at 7 p.m. tonight. The Judiciary Committee is going to start the hearing — give speeches, etc. — and then recess until Thursday morning. Congress is out Thursday afternoon because there’s a congressional delegation trip to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
Also from Tiger Beat’s society pages: Priorities!
The House Judiciary Committee will begin a marathon markup at 7 p.m. tonight, where members are expected to give their opening statements. Then, on Thursday morning starting at 9 a.m., members will debate, amend and vote on articles of impeachment, teeing up a historic vote on the floor for next week. Republicans are expected to offer a number of amendments and could gum things up with procedural maneuvers, but CNN’s Manu Raju points out that there is a White House ball on Thursday night that many GOP members are eager to attend.
I read somewhere that means if everything goes according to schedule, then Comrade Trump will be impeached on ol’ Joe Stalin’s birthday, so those pictures of Putin toasting will be loaded with meaning.