The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House Dems introduce Trump articles of impeachment | What Senate could do if Moore wins | GOP hopes Trump will save seat | Hannity's ultimatum | Consumer chief resigning | Senate unveils modified tax bill | New bill targets sexual harassment in Congress | Cards Against Humanity fights border wall



The 'I' word that really gets everyone's attention: Six House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment targeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE on Wednesday, asserting that the president has violated the Constitution. What the articles of impeachment target: Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey and perceived violations of the Emoluments Clause that bars public officials from accepting gifts from foreign governments, as well as actions "undermining" the judiciary and freedom of the press.

WHAT THIS MEANS: "For now, the move is unlikely to pick up much steam, as Republicans control both the House, where a majority would need to vote in favor of impeachment, and the Senate, where a two-thirds majority would be needed to convict. ... This is evidence, though, of an escalation of efforts on the Democratic side. To date, two Democrats have filed articles of impeachment, but they have done so without widespread support."


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What would happen if Roy Moore wins the Senate seat?: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, Republican lawmakers' push to expel Roy Moore if he wins Alabama's Senate race next month could soon move the Senate into uncharted territory. What to know: The Constitution gives the Senate the authority to expel a member with a two-thirds majority, but that power hasn't been used in more than 150 years. How it could go down:

RNC says 'It's not you, it's me': The Republican National Committee has cut fundraising ties with Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy MooreKeep in mind: The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced last week it would no longer fundraise for Moore. So, who's left?: The two parties now listed on the documents include Moore's campaign committee and the fundraising vehicle for the Alabama Republican Party. What sparked this: In the past week, five women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Four were from The Washington Post story last week; a fifth came forward Monday.

Help, Mr. President. Heeeelp!: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Republicans are looking for President Trump to get them out of a jam and convince Roy Moore to drop out of the Senate race in Alabama. It's not clear whether Trump will pressure Moore to drop out, or if he has any interest in getting involved in a fight that pits Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.) against his former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon. But Senate Republicans think Trump may be their best hope for stopping Moore, who is alleged to have initiated a sexual enoucnter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32.

Wow, this clip: Fox News host Sean Hannity has given up defending Roy Moore. On air last night, Hannity gave Moore 24 hours to explain why the allegations are not true. Watch:

I laughed out loud at this: Trenton Garmon, an attorney for Senate candidate Roy Moore, appeared on MSNBC this morning to talk about Moore's allegations. His response to the allegations made for an awkward moment for host Ali Velshi. It's worth watching:



I hope you didn't get too attached to the Senate's tax-reform bill: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOn The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment Hatch threatens legislative action to rein in Trump tariffs GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki MORE (R-Utah) released a modified version of the Senate tax bill late last night. The two key changes: Elimination of the ObamaCare individual insurance mandate and a sunsetting of individual tax rates in 2025. What the sunset clause means: All of the individual tax cuts in the Senate bill would end after 2025, preventing the overall bill from increasing the deficit after 10 years. Changes to the corporate rate would not be affected.

HELPFUL READ: Via Bloomberg, "here's where the GOP tax plan stands right now":

Changes in anti-sexual harassment training: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) announced Tuesday that the House will introduce mandatory anti-sexual harassment training after multiple female lawmakers went public with accusations against unnamed colleagues.

Happening today -- at noon: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women ‘Abolish ICE’ is going to hurt Democrats in the midterms 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) are introducing new legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress.

Well done, whoever came up with this name: The legislation is called The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act.

He's back in the homeland: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, President Trump finished his 12-day trip to Asia, the longest foreign trip for any sitting president since George H.W. Bush. The trip forced the president to confront some of the most pressing issues in the United States: North Korea and trade imbalances. Here are five takeaways:

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton argues that the coming U.S. decision on how to handle the threat from North Korea will hinge on the success of Trump's Asia trip.

Just now -- a little policy teaser and a little media insulting. You know, standard Wednesday.: President Trump  appeared to tease a new announcement on trade as he assailed The New York Times for its coverage of his marathon trip to Asia. His tweets: "The failing @nytimes hates the fact that I have developed a great relationship with World leaders like Xi Jinping, President of China. They should realize that these relationships are a good thing, not a bad thing. The U.S. is being respected again. Watch Trade!... " Full tweets:

Just now -- Consumer bureau chief resigning: Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has told his agency's employees he is resigning. When: Before the end of the month. What to know: Cordray has led the CFPB since it opened in 2011. His actions in the role have drawn praise from Democrats but heavy criticism from Republicans who say he has abused his power. Was this a surprise?: Cordray's term ends in July, but he was long expected to be leaving the CFPB early.



Cards Against Humanity -- that's an interesting strategy for the Mexican border: The company that makes Cards Against Humanity is trying to prevent President Trump's proposed border wall from being built by purchasing a plot of vacant land along the country's border. Their reasoning -- you won't be surprised to hear their insults use clever phrasing: "Donald Trump is a preposterous golem who is afraid of Mexicans. He is so afraid that he wants to build a twenty-billion dollar wall that everyone knows will accomplish nothing. So we've purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built."



Hmm, it does appear that way:



The House and Senate are in.

President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

This morning: A group of House Democrats introduced new articles of impeachment against President Trump. Keep in mind: This is the broadest effort yet to try and oust him as commander in chief. Details:

Noon: The Senate votes. Their schedule today:

1 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence arrive in Austin, Texas.

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

1:40 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence, joined by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryDon’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Overnight Energy: Pruitt gone, but investigations remain | Interim EPA chief called Trump a 'bully' in 2016 | Court rules for greens in air pollution case Trump coal plan could lead to 1 pollution-related death for every 2 jobs: study MORE and FEMA Administrator Brock Long, participates in a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief.

3:30 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

4:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the 2017 Republican Governors Association Annual Conference in Austin.

10:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence arrives back in Washington, D.C.

7 p.m. EST Thursday: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks at a Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention dinner in Washington, D.C. Details:



8 a.m. EST Thursday: The Hill is hosting an event on managing and delivering an Alzheimer's breakthrough. How to RSVP: Livestream:

9:30 a.m. EST Thursday: The Brookings Institution is holding an event titled "Strengthening military readiness: The role of military families in 21st century defense." Details and how to RSVP:



Today is National Raisin Bran Cereal Day. It's also National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day.

I mean, I'm not saying I'm not supportive of this. I just have questions...: Spaghetti burritos are now a thing. "She actually mixes some spaghetti with some sauce and cheese and puts that inside a burrito, which she then sears and bastes with a garlic-butter glaze, resembling garlic (tortilla) bread.

And because you made it to the end, here's a dog dressed as a giraffe. I'd believe it...


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