The Morning Dispatch: Breaking Down Senate Republicans’ Impeachment Votes
Happy Thursday! Your Morning Dispatchers swapped roles today, with Andrew newly back from Iowa and Declan taking off for New Hampshire. Look forward to hearing reports from him in the days ahead.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The Senate voted to acquit President Trump, 52-48 and 53-47, on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his pressuring the Ukrainian government to announce investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden and the Democratic National Committee.
Nevertheless, the Ukraine saga is far from played out, as both Republicans and Democrats signaled Wednesday they plan to soldier on investigating alleged misconduct: House Democrats by continuing to seek testimony from former National Security Adviser John Bolton, Senate Republicans by continuing to investigate Hunter Biden.
The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the ongoing trade war with China has shrunk our trade deficit with the country by nearly $75 billion since 2018—but that the total international trade deficit for goods and services has remained steady at just north of $1 trillion, showing that U.S. importers have simply moved from buying from China to buying from other markets, notably Europe.