The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans brace for what's next amid Trump feuds | Inside Trump-Senate GOP meeting | Trump mocks Flake | CBO says bipartisan health bill would reduce deficit by $4B | House GOP launches Clinton probes | Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonDems expand 2018 message to ‘draining the swamp’ This is how Republicans should shape message to win elections Dems to target GOP corruption in midterms: report MORE: People of Puerto Rico suffered 'tremendously' | Senate votes to nix Obama consumer rule


Well, yesterday was a doozy: Yesterday began with outgoing Republican Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerHillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Senate GOP sounds alarm over Trump's floated auto tariffs Biden, Corker honored with Freedom House human rights awards MORE (Tenn.) openly criticizing the president and ended with another Republican, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOvernight Energy: Reporters barred from Day 2 of EPA summit | Dems blame Trump for gas price increases | Massachusetts to get new offshore wind farm Jeff Flake: Trump has 'debased' the presidency Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices MORE (Ariz.), announcing he will no longer seek reelection, saying he can no longer be "complicit" in President Trump's transformation of the Republican Party. Oh and don't forget: Yesterday Trump and senators held a unity lunch. The mood on Capitol Hill: Shell shock. How the GOP is bracing for what's next:

BEHIND THE SCENES -- LOTS OF INTERESTING TIDBITSThe Hill's Alexander Bolton has a fascinating piece looking behind the scenes of Trump's lunch with Senate Republicans. How it went down: "Unlike past presidents who have addressed Senate conferences, Trump actually sat down to eat with his fellow Republicans, digging into a meal of meatloaf followed by cherry pie." Lol: Senators were prepared for a showdown with the president and Sen. Corker. "Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Overnight Defense: Over 500 amendments proposed for defense bill | Measures address transgender troops, Yemen war | Trump taps acting VA chief as permanent secretary Trump to nominate acting VA secretary to lead department MORE (R-N.C.) even brought popcorn."

IT WAS A DOOZY, AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN TALKED ABOUT THIS YET: A protester threw Russian flags at President Trump as he entered the GOP policy lunch. The protester was heard shouting "Trump is treason" before being arrested. Watch -- it was pretty stunning:

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Bipartisan AND deficit reduction in one sentence?!: The bipartisan deal from Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Abortion rights group plans M campaign to flip the House Senate health committee to hold hearing on Trump drug pricing plan Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — VA reform bill heads to Trump's desk MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Dems warn against changes to federal family planning program Overnight Health Care: Drug company under scrutiny for Michael Cohen payments | New Ebola outbreak | FDA addresses EpiPen shortage MORE (D-Wash.) to shore up ObamaCare's insurance markets will reduce the deficit by $4 billion over 10 years, according to a new CBO score. Contrast: The CBO in August concluded not funding the insurer payments would increase the deficit by $194 billion. Keep in mind: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper.


This morning -- tell me more, tell me more, did you get very far (in the debate)

TRUMP'S READOUT: President Trump mocked Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and praised the response he got at yesterday's lunch. Trumps' tweet: "Jeff Flake, with an 18% approval rating in Arizona, said 'a lot of my colleagues have spoken out.' Really, they just gave me a standing O!"

AND ON THE DEM SIDE THIS MORNING -- POKING AND PRODDING: "[Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer is on the Senate floor praising Corker and Flake, which is going to only fuel Trump and Bannon's criticisms of them so there's that." (From Journalist Matt Laslo

TIDBIT ABOUT THE SENATE CHAPLAIN -- WHAT TIMING: Senate Chaplain Barry Black in a morning prayer today called for more lawmakers who will stand up for what is right. In his words: "Give us more senators who are true to duty as the needle to the pole," Black, a retired Navy rear admiral, said. "Give us more legislators who are not afraid to call sin by its right name. Lord, provide us with more patriots who will stand for right, regardless of the consequences."


They were having too much fun with investigations to leave out Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Clapper: Trump distorting my comments is Orwellian Mueller probing Roger Stone's finances: report MOREIt's almost been a year since the 2016 presidential election, but Republicans are putting the spotlight back on a familiar political foil: Hillary ClintonHow: Top Republicans launched two seemingly coordinated investigations. The first: Investigating the FBI's probe into Clinton’s handling of classified documents. The second: Probing the sale of a uranium company to a Russian firm when Clinton was secretary of State.


This a.m. -- Ben Carson speaks about Puerto Rico: During an event Wednesday morning hosted by The Hill, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said "the people in Puerto Rico have suffered just tremendously," as he detailed his department's efforts to help newly homeless American citizens rebuild their lives. He added jokingly that restoring housing, power and basic essentials to the whole island could take between "one and 100" years.

CARSON ALSO COMMENTED ON FLAKE, CORKER: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson criticized retiring GOP Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), calling their forceful attacks against President Trump "wasted energy" that could be put toward solving major problems.

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, Larry Willis of the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department, argues why "gutting the Jones Act is a misguided proposal being fueled by misinformation. Repealing this law will not solve Puerto Rico's immediate humanitarian crisis, nor will it fix the country's long-term financial problems."

A little under the radar with all the Flake/Corker news, but this was huge: Vice President Pence joined with Senate Republicans to nix a controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule banning companies from using forced settlements to resolve disputes with customers. Keep in mind: This is one of the GOP's biggest legislative accomplishments so far. The vote: 51-50; GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse GOP sets three FBI interviews in Clinton probe Trump on collision course with Congress on ZTE The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote MORE (S.C.) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) voted with Democrats. What the rule did: It banned banks and credit card companies from using clauses in customer contracts that protect them from class-action lawsuits. 

PHOTO OF PENCE ARRIVING: The press was kept far back (photo from CQ's K Tully-McManus



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The House and Senate are in.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House for Dallas.

1:30 p.m. EDTL: First votes in the House.

3:20 p.m. EDT: Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzNASA head: ‘No reason to doubt’ climate change science Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk MORE (D-Hawaii) speaks at a Bloomberg event on digital infrastructure. Details:

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives a briefing on the hurricane relief efforts.

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a Republican National Committee roundtable in Dallas.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

6:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a Dallas Trump Victory Reception.

10:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives back at the White House.

Next month: During President Trump's Asia trip, the president will skip a key gathering of world leaders. More from The Washington Post's Josh Rogin:



6:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at "In Defense of Christians' annual Solidarity Dinner for Christians in the Middle East" at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is Greasy Food Day.

That wouldn't be confusing or anything: Via The Wall Street Journal's Jon Kamp, a Massachusetts commission is considering whether to switch the state to Atlantic Time instead of switching back and forth for daylight savings. How it would work:

Being a princess is a tough job, you know: According to the book "Ma'am Darling" by Craig Brown, Princess Margaret's daily routine is absolutely insane. She reportedly started her day with "two hours in bed listening to the radio, reading the newspapers ... and chain-smoking." Then at 12:30 p.m.: She'd make her way downstairs for a "vodka pick-me-up." Because that's normal... Oh and then: It was time for her four-course lunch with half a bottle of wine. Her full schedule is insane:

And because you read this far, here's what happens when you leave a bubble outside in the snow. It's so mesmerizing:


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