Winter storm expected to dump several inches of snow on Southeastern U.S.

A motorist navigates slippery conditions as snow falls in Mebane, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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A winter storm is expected to dump several inches of rain and snow on the Southeastern United States this week. Thursday reports said the storm will stretch from Georgia up to Tennessee, where it could drop up to six inches of snow.

Temperatures were projected to fall to 10 to 25 degrees during the event. Much of the snowfall will end by early Friday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to be prepared for the winter blast.

“This is a statewide event, so we’re keeping our resources deployed across the state to make sure that they can respond anywhere,” he said. “Every part of our state is either under a winter weather advisory or a winter weather warning.”

Snow falls on McCorkle Place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Snow began falling in central North Carolina in the afternoon as temperatures dropped quickly. Accumulations of 2-3 inches are expected. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

Roughly 12 million people are under winter weather warnings, while more than 4 million are under flash flood warnings in Mississippi and Georgia. Coastal regions in the South may see powerful wind gusts as well.

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Democrats expected to slam Bloomberg in debate

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg gives his thumbs-up after speaking during a campaign event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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A Democrat presidential candidate will be stepping into the debate ring for the first time in more than a decade. On Tuesday, Mike Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democrat debate in Las Vegas. However, the former New York City mayor is expected to face serious heat from his fellow candidates.

Bloomberg’s Democrat opponents have a number of debates under their belt and a person working on his campaign recently said their team is concerned with the billionaire’s lack of experience in that arena. His campaign said it’s expecting to receive a lot of negative attention from other candidates.

For instance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Miss.) took to social media Tuesday to blast Bloomberg for being an “egomaniac billionaire,” who allegedly bought his way into the debate.

However, Bloomberg’s senior campaign adviser suggested this is not the case. In a recent interview, Timothy O’Brien promised the former New York City mayor would release his tax returns and sell his company if he’s elected.

“There will be no confusion about any of his financial holdings, blurring the line between public service and personal profiteering,” he stated. “We will be 180 degrees where Donald Trump is on these issues.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s biggest rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), could potentially benefit from his late entrance in the debate. According to Business Insider, candidates are expected to shift their attention off Sanders and onto Bloomberg.

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to hundreds of people on the campus of the University on Nevada, Reno, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, before leading several dozen on a two-block march to the student union to cast their ballot on the final day of early voting ahead of Saturday’s presidential caucuses. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Bloomberg will not be on the ballots for Nevada’s caucuses, which are set to be held this Saturday. He will prepare for Wednesday’s debate for now, which will be a crucial battle ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3rd.

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President Trump expected to veto War Powers Resolution if passed in Senate

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President Trump is expected to veto a War Powers Resolution, which would limit his ability to take military action against Iran, if the measure is passed in the Senate. This comes after eight Senate Republicans and 43 Democrats voted Wednesday to bring the measure to the Senate floor for a final vote Thursday.

The president has criticized the Democrat proposal and said it’s very important for the country’s security that the Senate not vote in favor of the resolution. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also urged senators to reject it. The Kentucky lawmaker said it would limit the U.S. military’s ability to defend itself against Iranian threats.

The War Powers resolution was drafted after President Trump green-lit the killing of a top Iranian general last month. The bill would require the president to remove U.S. troops engaged in hostilities against Iran unless Congress signs off on a Declaration of War.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president criticized the resolution and said the motion would greatly embolden Iranian aggression in the Middle East.

However, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). has said the resolution is about Congress, not the president.

“Some view this as an effort to tie President Trump’s hands, it’s not really about President Trump,” he stated. “It’s about Congress fully inhabiting our Article One role to declare war and taking that deliberation seriously.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) echoed Kaine’s sentiments and claimed the resolution does not make the U.S. appear weak.

“There is abundance support for the United States taking tough positions with regard to Iran and, as part of that, we want to make sure that any military action that needs to be authorized is, in fact, properly authorized by Congress,” he explained. “That doesn’t show weakness, that shows strength and I think that’s the strength that’s going to unfold as we debate this.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, craft an amendment as the Senate advanced a bipartisan resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action against Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Seven fellow GOP senators have joined Sen. Lee in supporting the resolution, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Despite reaching across the aisle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans to reject the resolution.

“It is dangerously overbroad , an overbroad resolution that should not pass Congress, that is certain to be vetoed if it does,” he stated. “If my colleagues want to make a real difference, this is not the way to go.”

It’s not clear if there will be enough support to override a possible presidential veto.

RELATED: Sen. McConnell Urges Senate Against Passing War Powers Resolution

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Rep. Van Drew, ahead of expected party switch, compares impeachment to how ‘third-world countries operate’

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Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew hasn’t officially switched parties yet, but the New Jersey congressman said he moved over to stand on the GOP side of the aisle Wednesday for the historic impeachment votes because it was “appropriate.”

The freshman Democrat opposes impeachment and is expected to jump to the Republican Party for political survival in a district President Trump carried in 2016.

“As I’ve said all along, I’m going to vote ‘no,’” Van Drew told reporters at the Capitol. “So I think they [Republicans] are all going to vote ‘no’ so it’s certainly appropriate in this case regardless of any other discussions we might be having.”

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Van Drew, still officially a Democrat, sat with Republicans when impeachment debate kicked off and said he was welcomed warmly. He even got a pep talk from Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who was condemned on the House floor in January for white supremacist comments.

“Jeff right now today is the loneliest man in Congress,” King told Fox News. “I’ve got sympathy and empathy for that circumstance. And I just expressed that to him. Let him know [to] follow your conscience and follow your heart in what you do today. Let it be something that fits within who you are and it’ll be OK.”

Van Drew confirmed that King had kind words for him and all the Republicans were “very, very nice.” But he denied feeling lonely: “I have a lot friends,” he told Fox News.

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News of Van Drew’s planned party switch broke over the weekend, followed by an exodus of his Democratic staff, who resigned in protest.

Van Drew and Rep. Colin Peterson, D-Minn, were the only Democrats to vote "no" against the launch of the impeachment inquiry on Halloween. And the pair again were the lone dissenters on an earlier vote Wednesday on the rule to kick off the impeachment debate.

“I’ve always felt this impeachment is going to do a tremendous amount of harm to the country,” Van Drew said. “It’s really going to create more division, more hardship, more hate, more civil unrest. It’s going to disfranchise thousands and thousands of people who voted.”

Van Drew doesn’t believe Trump’s conduct amounts to removal from office and compared impeachment to erasing the 2016 election vote result.

“I sometimes believe that not everyone understands the severe seriousness of impeachment. It is how an oligarchy operates. It is how third-world countries operate…the vote is what counts,” he said.

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Van Drew is among the 31 Democrats who won in districts Trump won in 2016. These swing-district Democrats are feeling the heat from an onslaught of attack ads from GOP-aligned groups, and some have acknowledged their vote for impeachment could cost them their seat.

Van Drew was coy when asked if he’d making is party switch official at the White House ceremony, saying “we’ll see.” He said an announcement will come “very shortly” but not on Wednesday.

“Today is all about impeachment,” he said.

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Some moderate Democrats expected to defect when full House votes on impeachment: reports

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House leaders reportedly expect to lose as many as a half-dozen votes from moderate Democrats representing swing districts or those that backed President Trump in 2016 when the full House votes on impeachment next week.

Two Democrats — Reps. Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey — opposed the impeachment rules package in September but multiple officials told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity that they expect more.

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Despite the anticipated defections, Democrats should have more than enough votes when impeachment comes to a full House vote following this week's Judiciary Committee hearings. Including the independent vote of former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Democrats can afford to lose 17 votes from their side of the aisle.

No Republicans are expected to vote for impeachment.

Van Drew has already said he plans to vote against impeachment.

"I don't see anything there worthy of actually taking a president out of office," he said, according to USA Today. "I'm concerned about splitting our nation apart."

"I don't see anything there worthy of actually taking a president out of office. I'm concerned about splitting our nation apart."

— U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., said she plans to take the weekend to think over her vote.

"I just need to like, get a breath. Take a breath. It’s a serious decision for me," she said, according to Reuters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she won’t pressure moderates to vote for impeachment.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to attend a health care event at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 11, 2019. (Associated Press)

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"I have no message to them. We are not whipping this legislation, nor would we ever with something like this," Pelosi told reporters, according to The Hill. "They'll make their own decisions. I don't say anything to them."

Democrats' two articles of impeachment against Trump are for abuse of power and obstructing Congress.

After a marathon session Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., delayed a vote on the articles until Friday morning.

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Dems expected to announce at least 2 articles of impeachment against Trump on Tuesday

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House Democrats are preparing to announce at least two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, Fox News has learned.

The articles of impeachment will focus on obstruction of Congress and abuse of power, but all details aren’t settled yet, Fox News is told. A markup session by the Judiciary Committee to prepare the articles would come either Wednesday or Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., convened the House chairmen leading the impeachment inquiry in her office after a daylong Judiciary Committee hearing that laid out the case against Trump as Democrats warned of the risk his actions toward Ukraine have posed to U.S. elections and national security

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The chairmen left the meeting late Monday at the Capitol with some saying an announcement would come in the morning.

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“I think there's a lot of agreement,” Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told reporters. "You’ll hear about some of it tomorrow.”

What remained uncertain was whether Pelosi would reach beyond the Ukraine probe to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings of Trump's actions in his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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“A lot of us believe that what happened with Ukraine especially is not something we can just close our eyes to,” Engel said. “'This is not a happy day. I don’t get any glee at this, but I think we’re doing what we have to do. We’re doing what the Constitution mandates that we do.”

In drafting the articles of impeachment, Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution's ostensibly high bar of "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Democrats are racing to jam impeachment through on a “clock and a calendar” ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

“They can't get over the fact that Donald Trump is the president of the United States, and they don’t have a candidate that can beat him," Collins said.

Republicans also revived criticism of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's decision to expose phone records of members of Congress. The inquiry showed that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was in frequent contact with California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

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Collins accused Democrats of engaging in a “smear” campaign against lawmakers by disclosing phone records.

As the House pushes ahead toward votes, Giuliani said Monday he'll soon be releasing findings from his own recent visit to Ukraine.

Fox News' Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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