The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on NYC attack | Trump, Schumer feud over immigration | GOP scrambles to wrap up tax bill | Why tax push is Ryan's moment of truth | Meet the young Trump aide at center of Russia probe | Tech execs grilled on Russian interference | ObamaCare enrollment starts | ​Best Capitol Hill Halloween costumes | 'Mean Girls' musical opens in DC



It can never be too early to play the blame game -- said no one, ever: President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE went after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFox News host Watters says spending bill was 'huge defeat' for Trump Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard MORE (D-N.Y.) on Twitter this morning, blaming Schumer for his role in an immigration program that the suspect in Tuesday's New York City terrorist attack used to enter the country. Trump's tweets: "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the 'Diversity Visa Lottery Program,' a Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFox News host Watters says spending bill was 'huge defeat' for Trump Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard MORE beauty." He also tweeted, "'Senator Chuck Schumer helping to import Europe's problems' said Col. Tony Shaffer. We will stop this craziness!" Oh and: Trump tweeted at "Fox & Friends," a show he frequently watches.

THEN SCHUMER OBVIOUSLY RESPONDED: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) fired back tweeting, "I guess it's not too soon to politicize a tragedy."

It's Wednesday -- Happy November! We have officially entered the month of copious amounts of turkey and stuffing --> I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and Thanksgiving recipes to and on Facebook.



New info on the New York terrorist attack: At a news conference late this morning, police officials said the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, had planned the attack for weeks. He also had connections to people who are the subject of terrorism investigations.


Injuries: Eight people have been killed; at least 11 people have been injured.

The suspect: Sayfullo Saipov. "He's from Uzbekistan in Central Asia but had been living in the US since 2010, sources said." Witnesses have said they heard the suspect was yelling "Allahu Akbar." 

A note was found: Via CNN, "Authorities found a note claiming the attack was made in the name of ISIS near the truck used in the attack, a senior law enforcement official said." 

Ughhhh: "NYC attacker bragging about attack in hospital; pleased with his 'success,' says crashing into school bus an accident--meant to run over more people. Knives recovered from vehicle along w/ 10-15 pieces of paper where he wrote that ISIS will live forever." (From CBS News)

Duration of the attack: It began at 3:05 p.m. and extended for 17 blocks.

More updates from CNN

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REACTION: Yesterday, he tweeted, "I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!"



Happening today, naaaahhht -- the tax bill release is delayed: House Republicans rushing to finish a far-reaching tax-reform package by Thanksgiving conceded last night that they would have to delay the release of their legislation by a day. The GOP now says the bill will be released Thursday as lawmakers scramble to reach a consensus on how to restructure the nation's tax laws.

WHY Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanYou just can't keep good health policy down Trump blasts Congress for sending him omnibus bill that 'nobody read' Students bash Congress for inaction on gun control MORE NEEDS THIS WIN: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, tax reform has been Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) true passion and life's work on Capitol Hill. The 47-year-old Speaker of the House has been preparing for it ever since he won his first election to Congress nearly two decades ago. I.e.: This is Ryan's moment of truth. Ryan's role in this:

INTERESTING READ:  The stakes for Republicans couldn't be higher. Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here's how the GOP is looking to get back on track with tax reform.

Happening today -- ObamaCare open enrollment begins: ObamaCare open enrollment starts today and runs through Dec. 15 for 2018 coverage. Five changes to open enrollment for 2018:

A.M. tweet from the former big guy: Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaYou just can't keep good health policy down Obama Foundation announces new job training program for Chicago students Biden praises Parkland students fighting for gun reform: ‘They’re going to win’ MORE promoted ObamaCare this morning, tweeting, "Starting today, you can sign up for 2018 health coverage. Head on over to and find a plan that meets your needs." Obama also posted a video:

How Papadopoulos goosed his resume and stumbled into the Carson campaign: Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant and Jonathan Easley, Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHouse Oversight chairman requests details on Zinke's 9K door Candy Carson pushes back after K dining set criticism White House aides planned to announce McMaster with other departures: report MORE's campaign manager, Barry Bennett, was desperate to add to his list of foreign policy advisers in November 2015. One name jumped out: George Papadopoulos, whose resume was thin. As it turns out, Papadopoulos was exaggerating even the meager experience listed on his resume. How that led to the Russia investigation:

BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF DISCUSSIONS TRUMP, PUTIN MEETING: Via CNN's Manu Raju and Jim Acosta, when George Papadopoulos suggested an idea of arranging a meeting between candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump did not rule it out. Who did rule it out for Trump: "The chairman of Trump's national security team, then Alabama senator and now attorney general Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe defends himself against firing in Washington Post op-ed Attorney: Roy Moore supporters offered K, Bannon meeting to drop accuser as client Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ MORE, shut down the idea of a Putin meeting at the March 31, 2016, gathering." The full story:

I JUST WANT TO BE WANTED: "Fmr Trump camp adv Michael Caputo repeatedly calls Papadopolous a 'coffee boy.' 'Never heard of him until his name came up in the media.'"

New poll -- sadly, this isn't far off: According to a new American Psychological Association poll, a majority of people say this is the lowest point in U.S. history. Numbers: 59 percent of Americans surveyed think this is the lowest point in the nation's history that they can remember. A slightly larger percentage, 63 percent, say they are stressed about the nation's future, according to the poll.

This a.m. -- I think Facebook may want to change its relationship status with Russia to 'single': Executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified in a House hearing this morning. Here are some of the highlights...

That's a lot of ads: Facebook revealed on Wednesday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans invest nearly 0,000 in red Arizona district Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ Papadopoulos encouraged by Trump campaign staffer to make contact with Russians: report MORE and Donald Trump's campaigns spent a combined $81 million on election ads during last year's presidential race.

Russia reach on Facebook: Content linked to Russia may have reached as many as 146 million people on Facebook and Instagram before the 2016 election, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch testified. Why it's newsy: The figure is an increase of 20 million over the company's previous estimate.



Jokes, jokes:



The House and Senate are in.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a Cabinet meeting.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the National Veterans and Military Families Month proclamation.

12:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump rattles White House with Bolton shake-up Kellyanne Conway on White House departures: 'Get with the program or get out' Petraeus: Watch how Pompeo tackles lagging State Department appointments MORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump rattles White House with Bolton shake-up MORE.

1:15 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. Their schedule today:

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a series of briefings at the CIA.

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs H.J. Res. 111 – Disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Arbitration Agreements Rule. It repeals a rule that would have made it easier for consumers to take banks to court.

5:15 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.



1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis meets. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Russian election interference. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream:

Released today: Snapchat's Peter Hamby speaks with former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, for an episode of "Good Luck America." They will discuss whether Democrats should support anti-abortion candidates. Preview: How to watch the full interview:

8:20 p.m. EDT: World Series Game 7 between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Preview:



Today is Calzone Day. It's also National Deep Fried Clams Day.

This girl objectively won Halloween two years in a row: Last year, a little girl dressed up as No-Face from the film "Spirited Away." Her costume was so accurate that it made one of her classmates cry. She even became a meme. Well this year, she one-upped her costume and dressed as Ryuk from "Death Note." The photos are incredible:

Now open in Washington, D.C. -- 'Raise your hand if you have been personally victimized by Regina George' --> "Mean Girls" musical has officially opened in Washington, D.C., until Dec. 3, before it moves to Broadway. Tickets:

And because you read this far, here are the two things getting me through the day:

First, here's a Halloween party on Capitol Hill of dogs dressed up in Halloween costumes. I'm looking at you, Doggie Donald Trump and the golden retriever dressed as a kissing booth:

And second, here's what lawmakers' children wore for the holiday. So. Cute.


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