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The Trump administration's trade deals combined with provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act will make for a “boom year” for America, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”

“It's going to be a boom year in 2020 for the American economy,” Navarro, director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, said on Tuesday.

“I'm looking at growth closer to 3 percent than 2 percent, I'm looking at the Dow well over 30,000. I predicted that several months ago that if we got [United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement] USMCA and interest rates down that we would get over 30,000. It's going to be a great year for America.”

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“There’s a segment in this great phase one deal that details $200 billion worth of incremental buys from the Chinese including a lot of farm products,” Navarro said. “What the Chinese do in preparation for that is simply lower their tariffs so when they buy the stuff they don't have to put an added cost on their consumers.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday formally invited President Trump to give his 2020 State of the Union address before the U.S. House, just two days after the majority of Congress voted to impeach him.

In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited the constitutional obligation to invite the president to speak “from time to time.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump has signed two spending bills that fund the federal government through September, averting a government shutdown that was set to take effect Friday.

The spending bills total $1.4 trillion and include a 3.1-percent pay raise for civilian government workers.

With the signing of the $738 billion defense policy bill, Trump authorized the creation of a space force, a 3.1-percent pay increase for military service members and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers.

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FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, Dec. 19, 2019.

You know the feeling you have after some momentous life-changing event? The birth of a child or a funeral or some unexpected medical diagnosis -- those are the moments that define your life, of course. And so, you wake up the next morning, and you realize... nothing will ever be the same.

Well, that was definitely not the feeling you had Thursday morning. They impeached the president Wednesday night, and if we’re being honest, it didn’t really make any difference.

Despite weeks of loud and urgent noises gleefully amplified by the mouth breathers on cable television, the votes last night came and went, and then -- drumroll please -- nothing changed.

We didn’t learn anything. Nobody grew. Democrats seemed almost theatrically insincere when they began this process some weeks ago.

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Impeachment was never about removing the president. No. It was always just a prank. It was the political equivalent of a flaming bag of dog bombs on the country’s front steps.  “We made our point,” Democrats are saying. “We don’t need to continue.”


Consider it a twist on the old question about a tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it: If the House adopts articles of impeachment but never sends them to the Senate, is a president truly impeached?

A Harvard law professor, who also served as a Democrat-called impeachment witness, answered with a resounding “no” in a column that speaks to the deep dilemma House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces as she sits on two articles of impeachment against President Trump.

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“Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution: The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial,” Feldman wrote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set the stage Thursday for a potentially bruising fight between the leadership of the two chambers over impeachment, as he tore into Nancy Pelosi for “shoddy work” and said Democrats may be “too afraid” to send the articles to the Senate after the House speaker abruptly held off on transmitting them.

“This particular House of Representatives has let its partisan rage at this particular president create a toxic new precedent that will echo well into the future,” McConnell said on the floor, accusing Democrats of giving in to "temptation" with their impeachment vote while challenging their handling of the articles in the aftermath.

"Looks like the prosecutors are getting cold feet," the Senate GOP leader mused.

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McConnell accused Pelosi of suggesting “that House Democrats may be too afraid ... to even transmit their shoddy work product to the Senate.”

While the votes to impeach President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress fell mostly along party lines, three Democrats bucked their party on Wednesday evening to vote against impeaching the president on at least one of the articles.

Reps. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., voted against both articles of impeachment. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, voted in favor of impeaching Trump on abuse of power, but not on obstruction of Congress.

Another Democrat, presidential candidate and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, voted "present" on both impeachment resolutions.

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“I’ve always felt this impeachment is going to do a tremendous amount of harm to the country,” Van Drew said. “It’s really going to create more division, more hardship, more hate, more civil unrest.”

A new poll released hours before the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives was poised to impeach President Trump indicates that by a slight 51-45 percent majority, Americans oppose removing the president from office.

The survey – released Wednesday morning by Gallup – also points to a drop in support for impeachment from October, when the inquiry into Trump got underway. At that time, according to Gallup, Americans supported impeachment by a 52-46 margin. And the poll, which was conducted Dec. 2-15, indicates that the Republican incumbent’s approval rating has edged up the past two months – from 39 percent in October to 45 percent now – as the House held blockbuster public hearings.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Dec. 17, 2019. VOA

The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, handing President Donald Trump a victory on his U.S.-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs.

The hard-fought legislation also funds a record Pentagon budget and is serving as a must-pass legislative locomotive to tow an unusually large haul of unrelated provisions into law, including an expensive repeal of Obama-era taxes on high-cost health plans, help for retired coal miners, and an increase from 18 to 21 in nationwide legal age to buy tobacco products.

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FILE - An American flag flies on the Capitol building in Washington, July 16, 2019.

Hours before the official result was complete for Britain’s general election, U.S. Democrats on the other side of the Atlantic were taking to social-media sites to draw quick conclusions on what Labour’s catastrophic defeat might mean for them and the electoral challenge they face with the 2020 White House contest.

Forewarned by an exit poll, which suggested Britain’s storied Labour Party was heading for its worst election rebuff since 1935, one of the first Democrats to hit the send button was Ben Rhodes, a former deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement at Downing Street after winning the general election, in London, Britain, Dec. 13, 2019.