Impeached — again.

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Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY
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I legitimately can't believe I'm saying this twice in just over a year: President Donald Trump has officially been impeached by the House. That's right.

It's Ashley, and that's probably the only news you care about today, but we've got more in here. Let's do it.

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It's official: House impeaches Trump for ‘incitement’ of attack on Capitol

I said it before, but this is worth repeating: The House voted to officially impeach Trump today for the “incitement of insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol, a stinging rebuke of the nation’s 45th president as he prepares to depart the White House after four tumultuous years. Trump will leave power as the first president in the nation’s 245-year history to be impeached twice.

What went down: A handful of Republicans broke from their party – and their president – to join Democrats in approving the single article of impeachment. Rep. Liz Cheney, the highest-ranking Republican to back Trump's removal, noted that the attack caused "injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic." The Republican support was unprecedented for lawmakers voting to impeach a president of the same party, doubling the five Democratic votes against President Bill Clinton in 1998.

So, what now? We wait: The Senate impeachment trial of Trump likely won't begin until after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The Senate is on a recess break and set to reconvene Jan. 19 – one day before Biden’s inauguration. While Democrats have been hoping to immediately move forward on a Senate impeachment trial, officials have indicated that a trial would not occur until the Senate is back in session. The timeline means Trump’s impeachment trial may coincide with Biden’s first days in office.

Here are the Republicans who are supporting Donald Trump's second impeachment.
Here are the Republicans who are supporting Donald Trump's second impeachment.

What everyone’s talking about

Riot shields, rifles ... and naps?

Ahead of the impeachment vote, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday looked a lot like a military barrack. Replacing the usual hustle and bustle were sleeping National Guardsmen, including some audibly snoring, Christal Hayes and Nicholas Wu reported. Groups of troops made a home in the massive rotunda and near two entrances of the building, including the entrance typically used by the president-elect on Inauguration Day.

Members of the National Guard rest in the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Members of the National Guard rest in the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Airbnb, HotelTonight cancel all DC reservations next week

You don’t have to go home, but you’ve got to get out of here. That's the gist of what Airbnb and HotelTonight told its guests who booked reservations in the Washington, D.C., metro area during Biden's inauguration. All reservations during inauguration week will be canceled, Morgan Hines reported. The decision comes as the company has been made aware of emerging reports that armed militias and hate groups are attempting to travel to disrupt the inauguration.

Real quick

Lisa Montgomery has been executed, the first woman to be put to death in nearly 70 years

After a flurry of last-minute court orders, hours of uncertainty and one final plea to reconsider her competency, Lisa Montgomery became the first woman executed by the federal government in 67 years early Wednesday. The story is harrowing: Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, in Missouri in 2004. Authorities say she cut the baby from Stinnett's womb before attempting to pass the girl off as her own. On Monday, a U.S. District Court granted a stay to halt her execution, citing the need to determine her mental competence, but the Supreme Court cleared the way just before midnight.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was executed by lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.
Lisa Montgomery, 52, was executed by lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

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