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Published 3: 02 a.m. ET Dec. 18, 2019 | Updated 7: 20 a.m. ET Dec. 18, 2019
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.
- What’s next: Full House vote on charges against Trump, Senate trial likely
- Explainer: How it impeachment works, where we are in the process
- ‘What is Trump hiding?’: Republican billboard aims at Trump’s impeachment defiance
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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.
- ‘It’s a weird technology, man’: Bill Hader has NOT seen those deepfake videos he’s in
- Deepfake 2020: New artificial intelligence is battling altered videos before elections
- What is a deepfake?This video technology is spooking some politicians
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.
- Holiday deliveries challenge: Here’s why your deliveries might be delayed
- Keep the holiday magic alive: Hide Christmas gifts from porch pirates
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.
- Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields leadearly 2020 Heisman Trophy favorites
- Sam Howell, Derek Stingley headline USA TODAY Sports freshman All-America team
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!”
- Star power: Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg and Justina Machado join “Family” reboot
- Instant hit: Famous cast sticks live-TV landing in Lear’s ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons’
- Star-studded cast: How Kimmel enlisted A-list pals for live ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Jeffersons’ remakes
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