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Democrats take the stage for a seventh debate; impeachment articles will head to the Senate.


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6 Democrats make their case in Des Moines
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  • On Tuesday, the seventh Democratic debate in the 2020 presidential election will get underway at 9 pm ET in Des Moines, Iowa. Six candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar; former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and billionaire Tom Steyer — have qualified for the debate. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
  • The debate will be the last before voting begins in the Iowa caucuses early next month. No clear frontrunner has emerged in the state, and the debate will be a chance for a final pitch to voters. [Des Moines Register / Robin Opsahl]
  • The debate will be hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register. You can watch it live on the CNN website and app, as well as the Des Moines Register site. [CNN / Kate Sullivan]
  • The debate stage will consist solely of white candidates for the first time in the 2020 race, despite a historically diverse field that has narrowed in recent months. Sen. Cory Booker dropped out of the race on Monday after failing to make the debate stage for a second time. [Vox / Li Zhou]
  • As candidates vie for an edge heading into Iowa, the debate is also expected to be more combative. “We’re in a stage where ... they’re highlighting contrast, which is a polite way of saying attacking the stuffing out of each other,” former Hillary Clinton adviser Philippe Reines told Politico. [Politico / David Siders]
  • Another storyline to watch on stage will be the recent schism that has emerged between progressive Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Warren confirmed Monday that Sanders told her in a 2018 meeting that he believed a woman could not win against Trump. [NYT / Astead W. Herndon and Jonathan Martin]
  • For how to watch, breaking news, analysis, and more, you can follow Vox’s debate coverage here.
What's next for impeachment?
  • The impeachment of President Donald Trump is about to move into its next phase. On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, setting up a trial that could begin next week. [WSJ / Natalie Andrews and Lindsay Wise]
  • The House will retain a prosecutorial role in the trial; four to 10 members of the House are expected to serve as impeachment managers, and Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler are both considered likely choices. [NYT / Emily Cochrane]
  • A Senate resolution will be required to kick off the trial, and could come to a vote as soon as Thursday. It’s expected to mirror the rules set for the Clinton impeachment trial in 1999. And despite the president’s insistence, there likely won’t be a vote on allowing the Senate to immediately dismiss impeachment charges. [Washington Post / Seung Min Kim, Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck]
  • While the initial rules are not expected to allow for witnesses, it’s possible that a handful of Senate Republicans could defect and vote to call witnesses as the trial proceeds. Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has indicated that he would be willing to testify under subpoena. [CBS News / Ben Tracy and Kathryn Watson]
  • White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow are expected to lead the president’s defense in the Senate, where a Republican majority will likely acquit Trump. [Politico / Nancy Cook and Meridith McGraw]
Joe Burrow just won a national football championship in Louisiana, but he hasn’t forgotten his Ohio hometown.

[NYT / Billy Witz]

“I can tell you: Any woman in politics right now, when you get to these highest levels, you have to be resilient, and you have to be tough, and you have to be so tough that you are definitely tough enough to beat Donald Trump.”

[Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar on what it’s like to be a woman in politics / Politico Magazine]

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