Trump impeachment vote fails in the House. Mormons, elected officials blast Bannon’s attacks on Romney. Hatch backtracks on Roy Moore.
Happy Thursday. House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. But 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress. Four Democrats voted “present” instead of choosing. [Politico]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch said President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Alabama’s Roy Moore was necessary but then backtracked his comments and said he’s “deeply disturbed” by Moore’s alleged actions. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @chrislhayes: “I am chuckling at grave accusations that United States senators are being political.”
-> From @byrdinator: “Imagine being a fly on the wall in Amy Klobuchar’s office right now”
-> From @StephenAtHome: “Sorry you didn’t get TIME’s “Person of the Year”, @realDonaldTrump, but at least some of your accusers did!”
In other news: U.S. Census Bureau says that Park City is the second-most wealthy “micropolitan area” in the country. [Trib]
-> San Juan County’s lawyer argues that newly proposed voting district boundaries in the county would discriminate against white voters. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley illustrates how Bannon treats Romney, as a “Book of Mormon boy.” [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke responds to Bannon’s comments about Romney and examines how they could influence evangelical Alamaban’s view of Mormons. [Trib]
-> Michelle Quist explains why “Utah doesn’t deserve Hatch.” [Trib]
Nationally: Multiple lawmakers have called for Sen. Al Franken’s resignation, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. [NYTimes]
-> President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday and promised to move the embassy, a decision that’s been in the works for months. [WaPost]
-> Despite unhappy GOP leaders, House Republicans believe they can avoid a government shutdown. [Politico]
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