The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - CBS fires Charlie Rose | Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements, knowledge of accusations | Ryan calls allegations 'extremely troubling' | Happening at 1 p.m.: White House turkey pardon | Trump, Putin speak | GOP conflicted over possible Moore win | New trend: Flamin' Hot Cheetos turkeys | What's leaving Netflix in 2017


Rep. Conyers denies sexual harassment settlements: Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersAP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Portland activist stages ‘reparations happy hour’ Conyers III won't appear on primary ballot in race to replace his father MORE (D-Mich.) says that he has not made any settlements in regards to alleged sexual misconduct claims from staff members. "Conyers, who answered the door at his Detroit home, told The Associated Press that he knows nothing about any claims of inappropriate touching and learned of the story from television just hours earlier. 'I have been looking at these things in amazement,' he said, referring to allegations of sexual harassment and assault being made against politicians and others."

Back story -- new sexual harassment allegations against the longest-serving current House member: Last night, Buzzfeed's Paul McLeod and Lissandra Villa reported that Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after a former employee accused him of firing her for resisting his "sexual advances." But it didn't stop at just one employee: Four former staffers signed affidavits, three of which were notarized, saying that Conyers repeatedly engaged in unwanted sexual behavior with his female staff. Keep in mind: In one of the cases, the settlement came from "Conyers' taxpayer-funded office budget." Full story:

Oh and...: "Two staffers alleged in their signed affidavits that Conyers used congressional resources to fly in women they believed he was having affairs with. Another said she was tasked with driving women to and from Conyers' apartment and hotel rooms."

Tidbit on how the claims were reportedly filed: "This is how Congress hides sexual harassment settlements, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed. They get paid out as salary, looks like nothing out of the ordinary on paper." Screenshot:

What a throwback: "In 2010, Conyers was spotted on a plane reading playboy." (Via Politico's Jake Sherman)

THIS MORNING -- 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 REACTS: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that allegations against Conyers are "extremely troubling." He also said: "Additional reforms to the system are under consideration as the committee continues its review. People who work in the House deserve and are entitled to a workplace without harassment or discrimination."

It's Tuesday, though it's the Thursday of the work week! 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



Breaking -- Charlie Rose is fired: CBS News has fired longtime host Charlie Rose amid sexual harassment allegations. Screenshot of the announcement from CBS:

What sparked this -- allegations that came out yesterday: "Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas."



Spotted -- Paul Manafort sneaking into the White House pardoning ceremony dressed as a turkey: Today is the big day. 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 will perform his first turkey pardon as president. Don't worry: Whichever lovable gobbler doesn't receive the pardon is the alternate. Both turkeys will then live at "Gobbler's Rest" at Virginia Tech.

Because these jokes should not be forgotten: Via The Washington Examiner, here's a list of the nine corniest dad jokes from the presidential turkey pardon:

Why we even do this: Here's a brief recap on the history of turkey pardons:

Livestream at 1 p.m. EST:

Let's meet our two dashing studs:

Do your civic duty and vote for one of these birds -->

Omg, omg. Wishbone is in the White House briefing room. I repeat: Wishbone is in the White House briefing room.: 



'Yay, the United States notices me!': Via The Associated Press's Matthew Pennington, "The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday new sanctions on North Korea, after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism. ... As part of its 'maximum pressure' campaign, President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department would impose more sanctions on North Korea and 'related persons' starting Tuesday, without hinting who or what would be targeted."

This morning -- so, do you think the two spoke English or Russian today? ;) Russian President Vladimir Putin just spoke with President Trump as Moscow tries to jump-start diplomatic efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war. What sparked this: The call comes after a rare meeting between Putin and Syrian leader Bashar Assad in the Russian resort town of Sochi.

2018 watch -- it's only about a month away and I haven't even BEGUN my 2017 New Year's resolution: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, the Democratic National Committee raised just $3.9 million in October, falling further behind the Republican Party. The party has raised about $55 million this year and sits with $3.2 million in debt. The DNC also has $5 million banked away in cash on hand. By comparison: The Republican National Committee raised about $9.2 million in October -- bringing its total to $113 million so far this year -- and has $42.5 million in cash on hand, according to an early glimpse of the party's monthly finance report provided to The Hill.

Latest with Roy Moore -- an increasingly conflicted GOP: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, establishment Republicans are conflicted about what to do about Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. Kellyanne Conway summed up the dilemma: The senior White House advisor told "Fox & Friends" that "no Senate seat is worth more than a child," alluding to allegations of Moore's sexual misconduct involving a 14-year-old girl. In the same interview, though, Conway said, "We want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through."

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, former assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Wehle argues why Hollywood is better at purging alleged sexual predators than politics.



It doesn't matter if you've already watched the Georgia Dome implosion. This video is incredible:

The entire thread of follow-up tweets is great. The stock photo couple has had quite the life together:

Full thread of tweets:



Congress is out.

12:55 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with the president of the National Turkey Federation.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump and the first lady leave for West Palm Beach, Fla.

6 p.m. EST: Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks at a New York University event. Details:



1 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the National Thanksgiving Pardoning Ceremony. Livestream:

Nov. 29: The Hill is hosting Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV Press shuts out lawmakers to win congressional softball game MORE (R-Utah) for an event in its Newsmaker Series. Details and how to RSVP:



Today is National Stuffing Day! --> ;)

How to productively be unproductive for days: Via Slate's Marissa Martinelli, here's a list of the best TV shows and movies on Netflix that you expire in December:

Trends, mannnn: Via Buzzfeed's Farrah Penn, a new trend this Thanksgiving is covering the turkey in crushed Flamin' Hot Cheetos. Why yes, that turkey is neon red:

And because you read this far, here's a baby that is TOO READY for Thanksgiving. Her reaction when she doesn't get another bite of mashed potatoes is incredible:


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