Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, the impeachment process is moving forward. From NPR: House Judiciary Committee Approves 2 Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump. “In contrast to Thursday’s contentious back-and-forth between the two parties, Friday’s session was devoid of rancor, or even any debate. Immediately after calling the session to order, Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., ordered two votes, one for each article. Both were approved 23-17 along party lines.”

+ The full House vote will take place next week, with the Senate trial starting after the new year. What can we expect there? Mitch McConnell has already announced there is “no chance” Trump will be removed from office and that he’s “going to take my cues from the president’s lawyers.” (Every defendant has a right to a jury of their lawyers…) Here’s the latest from the impeach pit from WaPo.

+ Next week will be a busy political week even by our new standards. And now, the U.S. and China Have Reached an Initial Trade Deal. (Any final China/US trade deal must be compared to what was in the The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that Trump pulled out of before all the tariffs started.)