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Congress: House impeachment vote, college football early signing period: 5 things to know Wednesday

Congress: House impeachment vote, college football early signing period: 5 things to know Wednesday

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Published 3: 02 a.m. ET Dec. 18, 2019 | Updated 7: 20 a.m. ET Dec. 18, 2019

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Trump lashes out ahead of historic House impeachment vote

A House debate on President Donald Trump’s impeachment is expected to begin Wednesday morning. It will be only the third time in history that the chamber debates impeachment recommendations from the Judiciary Committee. On Tuesday, the House Rules Committee voted along party lines to pass rules governing the floor debate about whether to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., introduced the rules, which allow for six hours of debate on the articles of impeachment, which will be voted on and argued separately. Meanwhile, Trump sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter expressing his “most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade” and urging her not to hold a vote on charges against him.

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Snapchat introduces deepfake tech with Cameo

Snapchat is rolling out a new feature Wednesday that allows you to deepfake yourself into a video or GIF. Based on screen captures posted by people on Twitter, the new tool — called Cameo — uses your selfie to plaster your face on a digitized body. The feature has a similar look and application to Bitmoji, except more realistic. Deepfake technology would be a relatively new frontier for the app, though it would further differentiate Snapchat from its rivals Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. Deepfake technology, which has been used to transpose celebrities into pornographic videos, has come under criticism because it could be used to maliciously produce fake political videos. Snapchat is launching Cameo globally on Wednesday with over 150 variations to choose from.

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Christmas is one week away from today. Have you shipped your gifts yet?

If the answer is no, you might want to act fast. FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service all expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season. To help them make sure your gifts get to their final destination on time — and save a little money — pay close attention to deadline dates. Wednesday marks the last day to order items eligible for standard shipping on Amazon, which is free for Prime members. Planning to order gifts from another retailer? You’re still facing a huge risk: many delivery and warehouse companies fell short of their hiring goals for the holidays, meaning there’s a prospect of shipping delays, according to staffing firms. 

College Football’s Early Signing Period begins

The rich get richer. When this year’s three-day signing period begins Wednesday, more than 22 players are expected to sign National Letters of Intent to join a Clemson program that has won two of the last three national championships and will open a bid for a third in four years against Ohio State in a national semifinal Dec. 28. Clemson’s class is rated No. 1 in the country by most recruiting analysts heading into Wednesday. By all measures, Early Signing Day is the new National Signing Day. This week, up to 80% of the players headed to major programs will sign, making the traditional February period almost an afterthought. Last year, 77% signed and the year before that 65 percent, according to 247Sports.

Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear return with ’70s sitcom classics

Jimmy Kimmel and legendary TV producer Norman Lear created a sensation in May when they presented live re-creations of episodes from the groundbreaking ’70s sitcoms “All in the Family and “The Jeffersons.” The pair are back Wednesday with a holiday-themed edition of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times'” (ABC, 8 EST/delayed PST). Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei return as Archie and Edith Bunker in “Family” along with guest star Kevin Bacon. “Good Times” includes Viola Davis as Florida Evans and Andre Braugher as her husband, James, with Tiffany Haddish as friend Willona and Jay Pharoah as son J.J., a role Jimmie Walker made famous in the original with his catchphrase, “Dy-No-Mite!”

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