The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Smooth lift off for GOP tax plan | Trump heads to Asia | Trump calls on FBI to investigate Clinton-DNC deal | Trump doesn't 'remember much' about Papadopoulos meeting | Judge rules no jail time for Bergdahl | Strong October jobs report | National Sandwich Day deals



Come for the sushi! Stay for the East Asia Summit.: President Trump has decided to extend his first Asia trip by one day to attend the East Asia Summit, a major international meeting in the Philippines. Why this is newsy: Trump had faced criticism over his initial decision to skip the summit, an annual gathering of Asian nations and other partner countries, including the U.S. and Russia.

He tweeted a little while ago: "Just took off for ceremony @ Pearl Harbor. Will then be heading to Japan, SKorea, China, Vietnam & the Philippines. Will never let you down!"


Happy Friday! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.



No prison time for Bergdahl: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not serve any jail time for walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge just ruled. What he was sentenced to: A reduction in rank, a payment of $1,000 per month for 10 months and a dishonorable discharge. Context for his sentence: Bergdahl pleaded guilty for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He could have faced life in prison, but prosecutors recommended a sentence of 14 years in prison.

Back story: Bergdahl walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban until 2014 when then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Trump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ MORE made a controversial prisoner swap.



Announced this a.m. -- 'Give me a J, O, B, S -- what does that spell? '¡Arriba!': U.S. jobs posted a big rebound in October after the effects of severe weather that battered the economy in the late summer faded. Added jobs: Employers added 261,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate: It fell to 4.1 percent, the lowest level since August 2001. That jobs number is high, but lower than expected: While robust, job growth fell short of economists' expectations of about 315,000 new jobs. Why: Economists have cautioned that the jobs number could be heavily skewed because of the hurricanes and wildfires.

Can't wait to find out how strong the Twitter connection is throughout the flight on Air Force One: President Trump has tweeted eight times this morning before he left for his Asia trip. Here's what to know:

AN ISIS WARNING: "ISIS just claimed the Degenerate Animal who killed, and so badly wounded, the wonderful people on the West Side, was 'their soldier.' Based on that, the Military has hit ISIS 'much harder' over the last two days. They will pay a big price for every attack on us!"

HE CALLED ON THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE DEMS: Trump called on the Justice Department to launch an investigation of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE and the Democratic National Committee over their political activities in 2016.

Where this came from: Former interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile acknowledged the party tipped the scales in Hilary Clinton's favor during last year's primary, reopening the party's wounds and reviving the debate over the bitter 2016 fight.

Trump later told reporters: He is "disappointed" in the Justice Department for not investigating Clinton.

And included a reference to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE (D-Mass.) as 'Pocahontas': He tweeted, "Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept."

Then Warren responded: "You might think your tweets are cute ... but they won't stop Mueller's investigation or keep your people out of jail," Warren tweeted.

BRINGING THE BERN INTO THIS: Trump continued his attacks against Hillary Clinton. "Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Bernie Sanders tells Kansas crowd: This 'sure doesn’t look' like a GOP state The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE supporters have every right to be apoplectic of the complete theft of the Dem primary by Crooked Hillary! I always felt I would be running and winning against Bernie Sanders, not Crooked H, without cheating. I was right."

Live footage of a Twitter employee quitting in style --> President Trump's Twitter account was briefly shut down last night. For how long: 11 minutes. What happened: Twitter said that the employee who briefly deactivated President Trump's Twitter account did it on their last day of work.

Screenshot of what it looked like when Trump's Twitter was shut down:

From Politico's Blake Hounshell: "It is shocking that some random Twitter employee could shut down the president's account. What if they instead had tweeted fake messages?"

Lol, this New York Post cover:

TRUMP TOLD REPORTERS THIS MORNING: President Trump said he does not "remember much" about a March 2016 meeting with George Papadopoulos. In his words: "I don't remember much about that meeting, it was an unimportant meeting. Took place a long time — don’t remember much about it."



Ya gotcha winnuhs and ya gotcha losers: From The Hill, here's a list of winners and losers in the Republican tax bill:

HOW THE TAX PLAN ROLLOUT WENT: Pretty smoothly! The Hill's Niall Stanage explains how Republicans got off to a solid start, though they have plenty of hurdles to clear.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE GOP TAX BILL: Here's a list of the major changes proposed in the bill, which could be marked up in a House committee as early as Nov. 6.

HOW DEMS ARE REACTING: In short: not good. Democrats are calling the GOP tax bill and its ambitious timeline a "disgrace."

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, the American Legislative Exchange Council's Erica York argues why she thinks the GOP tax bill will bring welcome changes for state finances.





This is great!:

More on her recovery:


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Yes, I'm with you on all of this:



The House is in today. The Senate will be back Monday.

8:40 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave for the Asia trip. What to expect at each stop:

7:10 p.m. EDT: The Trumps arrive in Hickam, Hawaii, and participate in a U.S. Pacific Command briefing and a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial.







Today is Sandwich Day! Here's a list of sandwich deals today:

Aren't we better than this, America?: McDonalds announced they are bringing back the McRib for a limited time -- yes, that boneless pork sandwich that looks like it has bones, smothered in barbeque sauce. Fun fact: It debuted 35 years ago (!) Photo (if you need a refresher) and more details:

It's a Reese's world. We're all just living in it: Via FiveThirtyEight, here's the ultimate Halloween candy power ranking. Twizzlers were robbed in this list. ROBBED, I tell you.

And because you read this far, here are adorable puppies battling the snow:


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