The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems win big coast to coast | Five takeaways from Virginia governor's race | Trump slams Gillespie for loss | One year later -- remembering Election Night 2016 | Trump warns North Korea | Pence to visit Texas shooting victims | New CBO numbers on tax plan, ObamaCare mandate | Best bar food in DC



Trump tests out this nifty new 280-character tweet feature: Shortly after Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie lost last night, President Trump slammed him in an effort to quickly distance himself. He tweeted: "Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don't forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!"

REACTION TO THE TRUMP TWEET: Fox News analyst Brit Hume said President Trump's reaction to Gillespie showed him "at his worst. Everything is always about him."

It's Wednesday. Twitter rolled out the 280-character tweet limit to all its users, and people are not pleased. 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.



New Congressional Budget Office scores:

ON THE GOP TAX BILL: Via The Hill's Niv Elis, the GOP's tax bill would add $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the course of a decade and increase the country's debt-to-GDP ratio by 5.9 percentage points, according to the CBO. What that means:

ON THE OBAMACARE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, repealing ObamaCare's individual mandate will save $338 billion over 10 years, according to a new CBO analysis. Why we're talking about this now: Some Republicans are pushing for repealing the mandate within tax reform as a way to help pay for tax cuts. Republican leadership is hesitant to mix health care into the tax reform debate.


cc Kim Jong Un -- I hope your TV is working over there: Via The Washington Post's Anna FifeldPresident Trump delivered a scathing message to North Korea last night while speaking to South Korea's National Assembly. The gist: Trump didn't call North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Little Rocket Man," but he did get personal. "North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned," Trump said. "It is a hell that no person deserves."

The line that's getting traction: Trump threatens North Korea: "Don't try us."



It was a blue, blue day: Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, a year after suffering perhaps the most demoralizing defeat in modern political history, Democrats roared back on Tuesday, claiming big victories in races up and down the ballot and across the country.

Virginia: Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) won the Virginia governorship by a wider-than-expected margin against Republican Ed Gillespie, even with Democrats fretting about his late campaign strategy. Five takeaways:

New Jersey: Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy (D) easily won the right to replace deeply unpopular Gov. Chris Christie (R), cementing Democratic control in the state. Democrats added to their majority in the state Senate and picked up two additional state Assembly seats.

Washington: Democrat Manka Dhingra appeared headed for victory in a special election to fill an open state Senate seat. Dhingra's win in a formerly Republican district would give Democrats control of all levers of government in the state.

Georgia: Democrats won two deep-red districts in special state House elections.

New Hampshire: Democrats won a GOP-held seat in the state Senate. In Manchester, Democrat Joyce Craig became the first Democrat to win the city since 2003 -- and the first woman ever to do so -- after she ousted four-term incumbent Ted Gatsas (R).

Maine: The state voted to back Medicaid expansion.


Turnout in Virginia: "Turnout in yesterday's Virginia election was 47%. That's the highest for any gubernatorial election since 1997, when it was 49.5%." (From WAMU's Martin Austermuhle

This is a little ironic: A Republican New Jersey official who mocked the Women's March was defeated in an election last night by a woman who was inspired by his remarks to run for office.

Both parties have the same message about last night: "Every single person I've talked to, R or D, in last 12 hours has one answer about the Dem tsunami last night: Trump" (From The New York Times's Jonathan Martin

Sorry, Bannon. It's not you, it's them: Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon offered to hold a campaign rally for Republican candidate for Virginia governor Ed Gillespie, but his campaign reportedly declined. Bannon's camp was "fuming" about the decision. (Via ABC's Tara Palmeri

Why last night was historic: Last night's election results showed historic wins for minority and LGBT candidates. Breakdown from CNN's Madison Park

Trending op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, Evan McMullin, former CIA operative, former chief policy director for House Republicans and 2016 independent presidential candidate, explains why he thinks Ed Gillespie transformed for the worse in Virginia race. Excerpt: "Given Gillespie's fearmongering, imitation-Trump campaign, this was a good outcome for Virginia, the nation and, in the long-run, the GOP."

Another perspective: In an op-ed for The Hill, Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel argues that President Trump has given the people what they want.

Interesting perspectives -- it's only ... been ... one ... year...?: Over the past few weeks, The Hill asked Republicans, Democrats, celebrities and members of the media to recount where they were on that historic night and to describe the roller-coaster-like emotions of electing the nation's 45th president. Video and stories:



Hope Hicks is the White House communications director:

Back story on the tux:


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The House and Senate are in.

Today: Vice President Pence, second lady Karen Pence, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE and Texas Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Obama failed on Russia; Trump must get it right House Dems rebuff Trump’s four-tier DACA approach MORE (R) and Henry Cuellar (D) join Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in San Antonio to visit the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting.

Happening again today: The House Ways and Means Committee presses ahead on its marathon markup of the Republican tax bill for the third day. Livestream and live blog:

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. Their schedule today:

4:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

6 p.m. EDT: Anheuser-Busch is hosting the first annual Congressional Brewing Competition. Members of Congress, their staff, members of the media and other D.C. leaders will sample and judge original-style beers brewed with the help of members of Congress. Where: Eastern Market, Washington, D.C.

8:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a welcome ceremony in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan.

8:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping participate in a series of meetings.



8 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence lead a prayer vigil for the victims of the Texas church shooting. Livestream:

11:30 p.m. EDTPresident Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver a joint statement in Beijing.



Today is Cappuccino Day!

Just released -- I need all of these things: Washingtonian published a package on the best bar snacks in D.C., organized by category: I'm lookin' at you, lobster quesadillas.

And because you made it this far, here's a grandmother attempting to record a football halftime show. The result went viral: This woman is all of us.


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