I had so much fun putting a smile on all of these little faces from Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington, D.C. Thanks to the @TheEllenShow for letting me be a part of #EllensGreatestNight!pic.twitter.com/3lOWaUAqQY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 11, 2019
And too also:
Pelosi says during the speaker's press holiday reception that Congress is planning on leaving next Friday. "One way or another," they will get everything done in time, she says. pic.twitter.com/4QpfsfWnzz
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) December 10, 2019
“Wanna find out if I still have those ball bats in my office, boys?”
Today was a tale of two press conferences for Pelosi, as she hopscotched from an announcement of articles of impeachment to take a victory lap over a deal on USMCA.
My rundown of a particularly weird morning on Capitol Hill:https://t.co/Idi6QYkkEV
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) December 11, 2019
… At the first appearance in the Capitol’s stately Rayburn Room shortly after 9 a.m., Pelosi spoke of Congress’s “solemn” duty to act as a check on the president before ceding the floor to the Judiciary Committee chairman to announce impeachment articles accusing the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. At the second press conference, Pelosi was flanked by about two dozen Democratic lawmakers, the atmosphere joyful as she touted the newly forged deal on USMCA.
If she experienced any cognitive dissonance over slapping the president with impeachment articles before handing him a bipartisan legislative victory, Pelosi did not betray it to reporters. When asked by CBS News’ Nancy Cordes if it was a “coincidence” that the two announcements were made on the same day, Pelosi swiftly responded that it was not. Congress only has one more week before a long recess, and that means multitasking, she said…
Speaking at a conference hosted by Politico later on Tuesday, Pelosi said the USMCA deal “isn’t about politics or giving the president a win,” and that Congress shouldn’t walk away from a deal that benefits Americans because the president is involved.
But the deal also holds undeniable political benefits for the 40-odd freshmen Democratic lawmakers who flipped Republican seats in 2018, many of whom promised to work with Mr. Trump when necessary and were wary of impeachment before the Ukraine scandal. Several of these members were at the podium with Pelosi as she made her announcement, including Congressman Colin Allred of Texas, Congresswoman Lucy McBath of Georgia and Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Iowa…
The House is expected to vote to impeach the president and to approve USMCA next week before leaving for the Christmas holiday, setting up the prospect of the House approving both on the same day. Congress must also approve the National Defense Authorization Act and 12 spending bills to fund the government ahead of its scheduled departure on December 20.
Despite the news cycle accelerating at breakneck speed, Pelosi appears to be unfazed…
In case you weren’t keeping score, Pelosi’s strategy turned out to be correct mere hours later when McTurtle announced that the Senate wouldn’t vote on the trade deal until after it dealt with the impeachment, cutting off the Republican talking points about Dems off at the knees.
— Gay and Bad ???????? (@SJGrunewald) December 11, 2019
"Part of my success is that I don't care. I know my purpose, I know what I'm there to do, and if that's the caliber of question someone wants to drum up, that's their problem."
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on ageist and sexist critiques of her leadership#RuleWithUs
— Charlotte Clymer?????? (@cmclymer) December 10, 2019