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>> the live special will be seen in its entirety after this debate and vote. >> join with us in rejecting this baseless impeachment. that's what's wonderful about this system of ours. we are a government of, by and for the people. always remember, we work for you, not the other way around now i will say this stronger and with more conviction than i have ever said it before. in this time of great trial and tribulation may god bless america. i yield back. [ applause ]
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>> we're going to return to our regular programming. we'll be back with the votes. >> white house.
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that is why today, as speaker of the house, i solemnly and sadly open the debate on the president since the day he took his oath of office. from the start, this has been a baseless attempt to undo the commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] systematical due process and they und.
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we're really sorry that this had to become a divisive issue for the community and now we'd just like to go forward with a more unified approach. >> if all goes as planned, the svic hopes to break ground in late 2020. in san martin, chris nguyen, abc 7 news. >> back now to washington and breaking news as the vote in the house on whether to impeach president trump. >> yeah, they are voting now on the first article, which of course accuses the president of abusing the power of his office. right now the yeas at 149 and
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the nays at 91 with many more still to go and we are keeping our eye on it for you. >> that's the first article of impeachment, abuse of power. the second that they'll vote on is obstruction of justice. we are watching, of course, what is happening on this historic night in washington but stay you work hard. you play hard. a drink with friends can turn into two. and a prescription can be stronger than you thought. stop! there are a lot of ways to get a dui. and a lot of ways to go. text a friend. call a cab. share a ride. whatever you choose to do, go safely, california.
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a drink with friends can turn into two.. and a prescription can be stronger than you thought. stop! there are a lot of ways to get a dui. and a lot of ways to go. text a friend. call a cab. share a ride. whatever you choose to do, go safely, california. you're looking at some pretty incredible moments today in oakland. familying with children in the hospital getting free cars. >> while a lot of building a better area is solutions to tough topics, it's also about highlighting hope and positivity. laura anthony has this heart-warming story. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . >> reporter: this is a moment these families never imagined, the moment they saw at least
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part of their tremendous burden lifted. >> thank you, guys, so much. >> reporter: monique walker is a foster mom caring for three young children who all need regular treatment at children's hospital. she's been shuttling them from her home in pittsburg to oakland without a car. >> i love it. it's beautiful. it's a blessing. i am truly grateful. >> reporter: four families received refurbished cars from geico. caliber collision did the car makeovers. >> thank you. >> a lot of our patients and families have difficulties commuting to their medical appointments and this is one way we're able to give back to them in a meaningful way. > reporter: for these families already going through so much, this gift of reliable transportation can go a long way in easing at least part of their burden. >> oh, my god, i love it. i love it. >> reporter: anna cornelius has been renting a car at least once a month to get her young daughter from sacramento to oakland for blood transfusions.
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>> now i can come to the hospital without worrying and without the expense that's been way too much. >> thanks, everyone, for giving us this car and all of this. merry christmas to all. >> reporter: in oakland, laura anthony, abc 7 news. >> yeah, it is really nice. that makes a huge difference obviously, the gift of transportation and freedom. now to consumer news and how americans can import prescription drugs from canada and other foreign countries. >> 7 on your side's michael finney is here with more on that. >> i've got to tell you, it is a game-changer and i hate that phrase because we say it about everything. but this has a possibility. the trump administration approved a plan to allow americans to safely and legally purchase low cost prescription drugs from canada. the fda proposed a legal framework for patients to gain access to medicines that follow
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u.s. regulations. political pressure has been growing on the cost of prescription drugs. presidential candidate bernie sanders recently took supporters to a canadian pharmacy where they purchased insulin at about 1/10 of the price that we pay here in the united states. the trump administration is hoping to roll out the program, of course, before the 2020 election. hillsdale furniture is recalling 31,000 chests of drawers due to safety concerns. the five-door chadwick and bailey chests were found to be unstable and could potentially tip over and lead to injury or death, especially with small children. the chests were sold at bob's discount furniture in hillsdale furniture stores nationwide. they cost about $280. owners can contact hillsdale furniture, which is providing kits to install anchors or will show up and take the chest away for free. amazon is revamping its
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return system just in case santa left the wrong gift under the tree. amazon will allow shoppers to return any of the millions of products sold and fulfilled by amazon for free. now, previously the online retailer only accepted free returns for clothes, shoes and bedding, but that list has expanded to virtually everything. amazon says it's all possible because of its growing logistics network. the company is much less reliant on shipping partners. there is recently some amazing statistics that said more than 50% of all clothing gifts are returned. and about 30% of all gifts. so this is kind of a major deal you know when you're at ross and you realize it's time your sister stopped borrowing your sweaters? yeah! that's yes for less. stop stealing mine... never. holiday gifts everyone's sure to love at 20 to 60 percent off department store prices. at ross. yes for less.
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keep the umbrellas handy. we are tracking some showers right now in the south bay around allen rock, story road, also into milpitas, yosemite drive into dublin, 680 santos ranch road. rainfall totals over an inch in mill valley, three-quarters of an inch in san francisco, oakland a third, santa rosa just over half an inch, but only .500 in livermore. conkoe concord got.22 of an inch. there's no chain controls but there is a winter weather advisory until 10:00 p.m. tonight above 4500 feet, expecting a couple more inches of snow, up to 8 inches in the highest peaks. low visibility in that area. temperatures right now in the 40s, 50s, as we look at our emeryville camera. it is going to be gray out there as we head towards tomorrow morning. light level one system for tonight, scattered showers, wet
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spots on the roadways, definitely be careful. less than .2 of an inch is expected. 6:00 tonight very scattered around the region. as we head into 10:00 p.m. you'll see spotty returns and those showers go on into the late night before tomorrow morning you see fog and a little drizzle perhaps at 5:00 a.m. now, our next opportunity for showers with a warm front will be in the north bay and that's mainly tomorrow afternoon. for the rest of you, it's just a mix of sun and clouds. so first thing in the morning, allow yourself that extra time. poor visibility with the fog around, temperatures in the 30s, 40s. tomorrow afternoon you're looking at readings in the 50s and 60s, also you're at lake port. the best chance of a few showers will be in the north bay. accuweather seven-day forecast looks like this. morning fog tomorrow giving way to a chance of a few showers in the afternoon. mostly cloudy friday. and saturday we have bumped this up to a level 2 storm. that next storm arrives bringing us windy weather on saturday. sunday is a 1, we go to showers.
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a slight chance monday before we introduce some more wet weather on tuesday level 1. wednesday, christmas day, looking rainy and the snow level will be down to 4,000 feet so possibly the highest peaks will see some snow. santa is used to that. >> of course. >> rain, snow, can handle anything. >> deliveries will be fine. let's go back live now to a picture of the house of representatives. members are now voting on the articles of impeachment against president trump. two articles under consideration tonight. >> right. so 49 are still left to vote on this first article, which is the abuse of power. two democrats have broken rank. we believe it's a representative from minnesota and one from new jersey that is voting against impeachment. that is two democrats, but you can see overwhelmingly with 220 democrats already voting yes. >> yeah, this is on the abuse of power article of impeachment. the second one they'll vote on
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next is obstruction of congress. and we expect that to happen immediately following this article of impeachment vote. this comes after a day-long debate and speech making for and against the impeachment process. >> and abc news will have special coverage of this when the vote is finalized on this first article. and we'll be back with more. >> stay with us. ♪the beat goes onp for heart failure look like? it looks like emily cooking dinner for ten. ♪the beat goes on
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report. the house impeachment vote. now reporting, george stephanopoulos. good evening. we want to go straight to the floor of the house, where you see right there, the first article of impeachment against donald j. trump, the 45th president of the united states, does pass, does have the votes to pass, for violating his oath of office, abusing the powers of the presidency. want to go to mary bruce, our senior correspondent there on capitol hill. and for now, at least, a very strict party line vote. you just had the first republican, the first republican now vote for the impeachment articles, you also have an independent former republican, justin amash voting. two democrats voting against, jeff van drew and colin peterson. that republican vote, mary, something of a surprise. it is congressman rooney of florida? can you tell yet? >> george, that is a complete surprise and we are still waiting to figure out who has crossed party lines. because, of course, republicans so far have been completely united in lock step with the
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president, as we saw today. all of the republicans were expected to oppose impeachment. you mentioned there were those two democrats who broke ranks, joining republicans in opposing impeachment, that is congressman van drew of new jersey who has announced plans to actually leave the democratic party entirely and join republicans. and colin peterson of minnesota, a district that donald trump won by 30 points. but as of now, donald trump joins the ranks of history as just the third president ever in american history to be impeached, a stain that will forever be on his legacy, george. >> second article of impeachment voted on next, obstruction of congress. jon karl, the president had been holding his -- his votes in line completely, as we said, with mary bruce there, republican voting against, a bit of a surprise, but congressman rooney, if it is indeed him, is retiring. >> he is. the white house had been expecting that there would be not a single republican
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defection. francis rooney of florida is somebody who has been quite critical of the president, specifically on this issue of his actions towards ukraine. but george, the white house, the president, his people, have known for some time that this was an inevitable cop collusion, that he was going to get impeached in the house. they believe it is just as inevitable that he is going to be -- he is going to prevail in the senate in a senate trial, that he will not be removed from office, it will be overwhelmingly against removal. and you can mark my words on this, the president, who is rallying right now in battle creek, michigan, will look towards that trial in the senate as complete and total vindication, exoneration, is the way the president will look at that, not at the stain that's on his record because of the impeachment vote in the house. >> the house votes on that first article of impeachment, a second article is coming up. we'll be back with that in a
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tonight, a landmark moment in american history. the final arguments before the historic vote tonight whether to impeach president trump. a fiercely divided congress, a divided country. the house voting on articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of congress. speaker nancy pelosi saying the president, quote, gave us no choice. republicans defending the president today, saying there's no evidence of a crime. and accusing the democrats of wanting to do this since the day he was elected. will he be only the third president to be impeached? mary bruce live on the hill tonight. meantime, president trump furious, leaving for a campaign rally in michigan tonight in battle mode. his tweetstorm, calling impeachment an assault on america. jon karl live at the white house, the president's playbook

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