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Need to Know
House Impeaches Trump
Following more than 12 hours of debate, President Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached, after the House of Representatives voted in favor of two articles of impeachment. It was a historic but nearly party-line vote; Reps. Collin Peterson (D, MN-7), Jeff Van Drew (D, NJ-2), and Jared Golden (D, ME-2) voted no on one or both articles, while no Republican representatives voted yes on either. The Senate must now hold a trial - impeachment itself does not mean removal from office - with general rules that the Senate can modify as they see fit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has signaled he may call no witnesses; the trial itself is not held to the same standard as a criminal proceeding (see differences) and would require 67 senators to support removal. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were the other two presidents formally impeached - Nixon resigned before articles were brought - but neither was removed from office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) said she would delay sending the articles to the Senate until the format for a trial is decided.
Skywalker Rises (No Spoilers!)
Disney's hotly anticipated "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters nationwide tonight, capping one of the most well-known storylines in American film while eyeing a blockbuster opening weekend at the box office. The film is the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, a trilogy of trilogies that began in 1977 with George Lucas' iconic "Star Wars: A New Hope." It follows the culmination of the battle between The Resistance and the First Order, led respectively by Luke Skywalker protégé Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The latest and last installment is set about 35 years after the original trilogy. Mixed reviews from critics haven't appeared to slow down fans - analysts expect a $450M global opening, with $200M coming from US box offices. That haul would be one of the 10 biggest openings of all time, matching 2017's "The Last Jedi," and could be the largest until "Avatar 2" in 2021. Watch the final trailer here.

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Dem Debates (Round 6)
The sixth and final Democratic primary debate of 2019 will be held tonight live from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (8pm ET) with just seven candidates taking the stage after tighter qualifications left a number of big names on the outside looking in. Meeting the new thresholds - 4% polling in at least four polls and 200,000 unique donors - are Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer (listed in order of podium). The group has drawn criticism for lacking diversity, prompting a letter from candidates Cory Booker and Julian Castro urging the Democratic National Committee to alter qualifications for upcoming January and February debates, a request the DNC declined. Analysts expect candidates to target Buttigieg, who has been surging in polls lately, particularly in Iowa.

Speaking of Iowa, the race's first primary vote is just six weeks away.

Also, read how a labor dispute almost derailed tonight's debate.
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Business & Markets
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Politics & World Affairs
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> Federal appeals court strikes down Obamacare health insurance mandate, instructs lower court to determine what parts of the rest of the law can stand (More) | White House proposes rule allowing states to import prescription drugs from Canada in effort to lower drug prices; rule now undergoes 75-day public comment period (More)
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"The World is Really Crazy"
The Verge | Casey Newton. Known as "the terror queue," sifting through content on Google and YouTube that may violate policies on violent extremism is one of the grimmest jobs in the tech world. Now some workers, who say the job has caused long-term mental health issues, are speaking out. (Read)
When Does a Boyfriend or Girlfriend Become Part of the Family? 
The Atlantic | Ashley Fetters. With the holiday season approaching, many are beginning to wonder whether it's time to bring their significant other home to meet the family. But in a world of rapidly changing dating norms, the topic can be a sore one - particularly for their families. (Read)
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The 99 good news stories you didn't hear about this year.
New analysis says more than 40% of US jobs are low wage.
Athletes' brains are trained to tune out extraneous noise ($$, NYT).
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Historybook: First edition of The American Crisis published by Thomas Paine (1776); French entertainer Édith Piaf born (1915); HBD NHL (1917); President Eisenhower’s Christmas message is first radio broadcast from space (1958); President Clinton is impeached (1998).
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