The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fight for control of consumer agency | Trump pick Mulvaney shows up with doughnuts | Rival director files suit | Lawmakers return to nightmare December | Conyers steps down as top Dem on Judiciary Committee | Prince Harry, actress Meghan Markle engaged | Senate GOP heads to tax vote |'s word of the year



This reminds me of when Michael Scott tried firing employees and they just simply told him 'no'

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWho watches the ‘watchdog?’ It's time for accountability for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump suggests China is easing pressure on North Korea because of trade fight | Mulvaney taps top aide as No. 2 at consumer bureau | House Republican to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers MORE, who President Trump says is now in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, showed up for work with donuts and ordered CFPB employees to ignore all directives from Deputy Director Leandra English and report them to the agency's legal department, according to Reuters. The doughnuts are not a bad idea, tbh. The White House told CNBC that Mulvaney was given access to the director's office with full support from the bureau's staff, despite the lawsuit filed against him and Trump by English.

Wait, so what's the CFPB and what's this fight?:

BACK STORY -- TWO COMPETING REPLACEMENTS FOR THE SAME JOB: The outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayLiberals view Kavanaugh as existential threat to consumer bureau Mulvaney appoints top aide as consumer bureau acting No. 2 On The Money: Strong June as economy adds 213K jobs | China blames Trump for 'biggest trade war' in history | Consumer bureau deputy to resign, end legal fight with Trump MORE, recently announced he would be leaving his post. Why things got sticky: Cordray, an Obama nominee who has been "often criticized as being too aggressive by banks and Congressional Republicans," named Leandra English as interim leader. Meanwhile, President Trump named current Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for the same post. The result: Total chaos.

SO, CORDRAY'S REPLACEMENT IS SUING: English sued Trump in order to block Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency.

Full lawsuit, if you're into that kinda thing: Here's the CFPB deputy director's suit saying Trump can't fill consumer agency post:

Tidbit: "CFPB is conveniently located across the street from Mick Mulvaney's other office at [Eisenhower Executive Office Building]."

Lol, wow -- today's timeline: 
"7:56am: Mulvaney spox tweets photo of him 'hard at work'
7:57am: English sends email signed 'acting director'
10am: Mulvaney memo offers donuts, tells staff to 'disregard' English's instructions & report her."

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Why lawmakers are kicking their legs and yelling at their spouses, 'You can't make me go back today!!': Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, lawmakers are bracing for chaos in December as they plunge into several high-stakes legislative fights. How long Congress has this year: Both chambers are expected to be in session for roughly 15 days before leaving town, but the looming battles could push their exit date closer to Christmas.

The major battles: Republicans want to get tax reform to President Trump's desk by the end of the year. Republicans are also facing a Dec. 8 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, with fights over immigration and health care also crowding the agenda. Here's a quick primer on each of the December legislative issues:

Actual footage of Republicans returning to work on tax reform -->

INTERESTING READ -- IT'S NOT ALL RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES FOR REPUBLICANS: Via The Hill's Melania Zanona, the GOP's tax plan could deliver a much-needed win for the White House, but it could also kill one of Trump's other top priorities: legislation to rebuild U.S. infrastructure. How so:

WHIP LIST -- BOOKMARK THIS IF YOU'RE FOLLOWING THE SENATE TAX BILL: Senators are aiming for a vote this week on a Republican tax reform plan. If all members of the Democratic caucus vote no, Republicans can only afford two no votes, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. So far, there's one clear Republican no vote, with six Republicans who are unsure. Where each senator stands:



How did 'dumpster fire' not win a decisive victory?!: has named 'complicit' its 2017 word of the year. Why: "Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word." Increase in searches: People looked up the word 300 percent more this year. Here's a list of other words that saw a spike:



If this is the first you're hearing about this, I'm legitimately impressed: Britain's Prince Harry is now engaged to American actor Meghan MarkleUm, I thought we were all family here...?: The prince and Markle got engaged earlier this month, but kept it quiet until today's announcement. When to mark your calendar -- I assume we're invited: Spring 2018. What would I know Meghan Markle from?: She's best known for her role in "Suits." What to know about Markle:



The Ethics Committee has quite the busy laundry list these days: 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 Jr. (D-Mich.) announced he is stepping aside as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. From his statement: "I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics."

Back story: Last week, BuzzFeed News reported that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances." Other staffers alleged that he made requests for sexual favors, inappropriately touched staffers and used congressional resources to transport women that they believed he was having sexual relationships with at the time. Shortly after the report was published, another woman came forward with allegations.

Throwback: "CONYERS AND NADLER: A Sept. 22, 1993, press conference urging single-payer health care -- the 'McDermott Bill' (Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Rasmussen poll: Nearly three-quarters of Dems want 'fresh face' as nominee in 2020 MORE there, too)" (From C-SPAN's Howard MortmanPhotos and video:




This tweet caused a stir with White House correspondent April Ryan:

Here's the full back and forth:




The House is out until tomorrow. The Senate returns later today.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and members of the Senate Finance Committee.

2 p.m. EST: President Trump holds an event honoring the Native American code talkers.

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Mattis open to meeting with Russian defense chief: report Overnight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet MORE.

2:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with the leadership of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

4 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. Their schedule today:

Today: Cyber Monday.

3 p.m. EST Tuesday: President Trump is meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss their legislative agenda.



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

6 p.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) for an event in its Newsmaker Series. Details and how to RSVP:



Today is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day.

If your heart says 'yes' to winter, but your extremities say 'no thanks': Via Washingtonian, you can rent a heated, clear igloo on the roof of the Watergate Hotel. Food and drinks are served inside.

And because you read this far, here's a chicken sporting some stylish sneakers:


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