Here Comes A Senate Trial, And Other News: Your Prime Week-in-Review

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) answers questions during a press conference following a weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol on December 03, 2019.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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January 11, 2020 11:17 a.m.

Hello TPM members,

This week saw the House vote to constrain the President under the War Powers Act, and the Senate move toward a similar vote if Sen. Tim Kaine can recruit enough foreign intervention-adverse Republicans to support for his bill. And, after a three-week pause, impeachment is moving forward. Tierney Sneed has a good rundown of what to expect now.

Here’s what happened in Prime this week.

  • Josh Marshall explains why we should stop obsessing over the statements made by “canonical ‘moderates'” Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins as the Senate preps for an impeachment trial.
  • Three Republicans and two Democrats bucked their parties on the war powers resolution. Kate Riga gives a rundown on what they said about their motives.
  • Tierney Sneed gives us an update on key voter suppression battles around the U.S., including the mass voter purge in Wisconsin.
  • Josh Marshall offers some theories on John Bolton’s sudden decision to comply with congressional subpoenas on impeachment.
  • Josh Kovensky gives his take on the consequences of tying the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force to the strike on Qasem Soleimani.
  • Josh Marshall dissects the confusing behind-the-scenes reporting on why Trump decided to assassinate Soleimani.
  • Where did the Trump inaugural’s $106 million come from? Good question. Josh Kovensky notes that prosecutors are giving us more indication about their suspicions of what was going on at the record-setting $106 million inaugural party.
  • Nicole Lafond notes that Trump and his Fox News friends suddenly trust the intelligence community.
  • The Trumps want their D.C. hotel sold — soon.
  • Does the War Powers Act resolution passed in the House this week have any actual bite? Josh Kovensky explains. 
  • Josh Marshall goes there: Of course the Soleimani assassination is about impeachment
  • Nicole Lafond gives us a summary of what you might have missed in the murky world of Trump investigations this week.
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