The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Dems pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweets | Make or break week for Trump | 'Pocahontas' remark distracts from GOP tax push | Hillcast AM View podcast on how Trump is lobbying GOP senators on tax bill | Bernie nominated for Grammy | Inside the botched sting against The Washington Post | Burger King manager flips out on camera



Spotted -- Trump dusting off a few of his finest bottles of Trump wine: 

President Trump will head to Capitol Hill this afternoon to rally Senate Republicans on tax reform, amid a make-or-break week for his policy agenda. After today: Trump will then visit Missouri on Wednesday to plug the tax bill. Keep in mind: This is Trump's best chance for a major legislative victory this year.

WHAT GOT IN TRUMP'S WAY: One day before the Capitol Hill meeting, Trump threw Republicans off message when he referred to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Dems call for hearings on Trump’s CFPB nominee to be put on hold Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women MORE (D-Mass.) as "Pocahontas" during an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers. The insult took attention away from the GOP's tax push and sparked a major backlash from Democrats, who accused him of using a racial slur, a charge the White House denied. 

WHIP LIST: Here's a list of where each Republican senator stands. Keep checking this page as the votes shift:

It's "Giving Tuesday." 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.



The relationship counselors will not be happy with this: President Trump this morning cast doubt on Washington's ability to avoid a government shutdown. He tweeted: "Meeting with 'Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don't see a deal!"

New development -- Dems: *cough cough* we're all *cough* 'sick': Democratic leaders just abruptly pulled out of the planned meeting with President Trump after his tweet. From House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRoby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections Overnight Health Care: Trump officials score a win against Planned Parenthood | Idaho residents to vote on Medicaid expansion | PhRMA, insurers weigh in on Trump drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) in a joint statement: "Given that the President doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead. Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won't result in an agreement, we've asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon. We don't have any time to waste..."



Nothing in politics could surprise me at this point and I'm really hoping 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 gets nominated for a "pop solo performance" next year: Nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards have been announced. Here's a familiar name: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was nominated for the "spoken word album" category. When are the Grammys?: Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Full list of Grammy nominees:



This story is pretty nuts: The Washington Post's Shawn Boburg, Aaron C. Davis and Alice Crites report that a woman approached The Washington Post with a false story about getting impregnated by Roy Moore and having an abortion when she was 15 years old. After some fact-checking by the Post, the reporters discovered this woman was actually part of an undercover operation by Project Veritas, a conservative group that organizes "stings" to target the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The full story and how the Post uncovered her identity is fascinating -- it's worth reading, especially how journalists handle allegations:

REACTION FROM THE PROJECT VERITAS FOUNDER -- NOT DENYING IT: Project Veritas' James O'Keefe declined to talk to the Post about the claims. But shortly after the Post's story was posted, Project Veritas sent out a fundraising email to supporters with the subject line "Our cover is blown!" From the email: "Following months of undercover work within The Washington Post, our investigative journalist within the publication had their cover blown," O'Keefe wrote in the email. "This is how undercover work goes. This isn't the first time that has happened, and it won't be the last time."

Tidbit: "A reminder that Project Veritas paid James O'Keefe $317,000 last year."

THE SIX MOST PUZZLING ASPECTS OF THE BOTCHED STING: The Washington Post's Aaron Blake has a list of the most confusing aspects of the sting. "It's worth recapping just how poorly conceived and executed it was -- and just how embarrassing this is for Project Veritas." Full list



Guys, you need to subscribe to this. It's really helpful and I'm not just saying this because I work here ;) The Hill just launched a series of quick primer podcasts. The "HillCast AM View" is hosted by The Hill's Alexis Simendinger and briefly catches you up on what's coming up in the day. The Hill's Niv Elis then wraps up the day with another show, "HillCast PM View," hosted on Capitol Hill. The series will also include a weekly newsmaker interview -- this week's episode will feature House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Pelosi: 'The Russians have something on the president' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (R-Calif.).

The inaugural 12-minute morning episode -- it's worth checking out:

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Hahaha, oh John DingellJohn DingellFormer Dem Rep. Dingell hits Ty Cobb over White House exit Overnight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization Debbie Dingell has seen opioids tragedy and pain up close MORE. He recently retired after 60 years in the House:



The House and Senate are in today. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., meeting congressional leaders and Vice President Pence is speaking at events in New York.

11:25 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at Israel's Mission to the United Nations event in New York. Audio:

1 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks with the Senate Republican Conference in the Capitol to support the GOP tax plan.

Op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, the Progressive Policy Institute's Paul Bledsoe argues that Democrats should offer a plan of their own.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Republican leadership in the Oval Office.

8 a.m. EST Wednesday: Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash Senate adds members to pro-NATO group McConnell reassures Europe on Russia MORE (R-Fla.) speaks at a Politico event.

10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks at a Joint Economic Committee hearing. Details:



12:30 p.m. EST: The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing on the opioid crisis. Livestream:

2 p.m. EST: Following the Senate's weekly caucus luncheons, 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.) holds a press conference. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: Following McConnell's press conference, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) briefs reporters. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: The Senate Budget Committee meets to consider tax reform legislation. They will also discuss legislation to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Livestream:

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

7:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at The Hudson Institute's 2017 Herman Kahn Dinner in New York. Livestream:

9:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: Alex Azar, nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Health Committee. Livestream:

JUST ANNOUNCED -- this week: Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage Wall Street Journal editorial board rips Trump on Helsinki: It was a 'national embarrassment' MORE will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an upcoming trip abroad. He will also make a stop in Paris and will speak at various summits in the three countries.

Released today: Snapchat’s Peter Hamby speaks with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon about his influence, his war against the Republican establishment and how the Alabama primary impacted President Trump. How to watch: On Snapchat. Preview:



Today is National French Toast Day.

This is a fun story for all the history buffs in the room: Via the Union Leader's Dave Solomon, a New Hampshire state activist opened a State House vault that contained documents dating back to the Civil War. The vault hadn't been opened since the 1970s. Tidbit: "The first item, held up to roars of laughter, was a large and fairly recent portrait of Senate President Chuck Morse." Why people laughed: "Morse had been lukewarm on the idea of opening the safe with such fanfare and someone from his staff apparently thought to inject some levity into the occasion with the surreptitious placement of his photo."

Oh how the world has changed with live video: A Burger King manager completely loses it at a family with small children who took too long to order. The video is -- something:

And because you will want to see this, here's a police dog doing pushups with his officers. What form, Nitro!:


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