Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• The House on Wednesday killed an attempt to impeach President Trump for statements that the chamber condemned this week as racist, turning aside an accusation that he had brought “ridicule, disgrace and disrepute” to his office. Ninety-five Democrats signaled their support for impeachment, while 137 opposed it — a dramatic split signaling trouble ahead for a divided party.
• On Wednesday evening Mr. Trump took his ongoing attacks on four minority congresswomen on the road, telling a crowd in North Carolina that they were “hate-filled extremists.” When he singled out one, Representative Ilhan Omar, his supporters chanted, “Send her back.”
• The House voted to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
• The breakup between Dr. Leana Wen and Planned Parenthood underlined one of the group’s central tensions: Is it a political organization or a health organization first?
• In a speech in Washington, Senator Bernie Sanders laid out his vision for “Medicare for all” and asked fellow Democrats to join him in refusing money from health care PACs, lobbyists and executives.
• A key piece of the Affordable Care Act, known as the Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans, has found an unlikely foe: House Democrats.
• After almost a decade of negotiations, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve updates to international tax treaties — some of which were introduced in the early years of the Obama administration — in a victory for multinational companies.
• The House gave final passage to measures that would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the second time in recent months that Congress has passed bipartisan legislation condemning the administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
• The National Republican Congressional Committee has adopted a no-holds-barred strategy to win back the House majority next year, borrowing heavily from Mr. Trump’s playbook in deploying taunts and name-calling.
• The Pentagon will send an additional 1,100 active duty troops and 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to assist in securing the United States border with Mexico, significantly expanding the American military presence there.
• Do politicians care what voters want? New evidence may suggest they don’t — and many voters are skeptical, too.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.
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