The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Women in Senate spark push for Franken to resign | Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital | House Dem forcing floor vote on impeaching Trump | #MeToo movement is Time's 'Person of the Year' | How Dems hope to use Moore against the GOP



Time's person of the year -- #MeToo movement: Time magazine chose "The Silence Breakers" who sparked the #MeToo movement as the 2017 Person of the Year. A growing number of women have come forward in recent weeks to allege sexual misconduct against prominent men and public officials. Among those accused of sexual misconduct have been men from Hollywood, Congress and the media. The allegations resulted in several figures being fired from their jobs. Cover story:

Video announcement:

From Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal: "This is the fastest-moving social change we've seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men too, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault," said Felsenthal on NBC's "Today."

Use of the hashtag: From Felsenthal: "Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries."

Your 2017 Person of the Year runner up: President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE. Time's editor-in-chief said Trump is No. 2 on the list because he has "changed the very nature of the presidency and the way the White House functions."

NEW GROUP FORMED: A group of women who were harassed by ousted media personalities Mark Halperin and Charlie Rose have formed a coalition called Press Forward.    

It's Wednesday. 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.



Senate women spark push to force out Franken: More than a half dozen female senators are leading the charge to force Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE (D-Minn.) to resign after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Which senators: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was the first to release a statement calling for Franken to step down. She was quickly followed by Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillDemocrats turn on Al Franken Trump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE  (D-Mo.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats turn on Al Franken The Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-Hawaii), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDemocrats turn on Al Franken The Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-N.H.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDemocrats turn on Al Franken VA slashes program that helps homeless veterans obtain housing: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Wash.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinDemocrats turn on Al Franken The Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (Wis.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank MORE (D-N.D.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Democrats to Trump: Ask Forest Service before shrinking monuments MORE (D-Mich). Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Dems look to use Moore against GOP MORE (D-Pa.),Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Overnight Regulation: Feds push to clarify regs on bump stocks | Interior wants Trump to shrink two more monuments | Navajo Nation sues over monument rollback | FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Senate panel approves bill easing Dodd-Frank rules MORE (D-Ohio), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyTrump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-Ind.) ​became the first men to join them.

THE LATEST ALLEGATION: A woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Details: The woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 following a taping of his radio show. Her description: "He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked," the aide said. Keep in mind: This was before he was a senator. He was elected in 2008.

REACTION FROM SEN. FRANKEN: Franken said in a statement to Politico that the allegation is "categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous."



Don't get too attached to the idea of your government being open: President Trump just said a government shutdown could happen. In his words: "It could happen," Trump said when asked about the chances of a shutdown. "The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country ... They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country." Keep in mind: The president's warning came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are scrambling to pass a funding measure before the Dec. 8 shutdown deadline.




To quote the eloquent words of a 1999 Christina Aguilera, 'Come on over. Come on over, baby' President Trump will announce the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He will also direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, but will also sign a waiver delaying the relocation for six months. Why the White House says it won't happen immediately: There is not enough room to house the roughly 1,000 embassy personnel in Jerusalem. Was this surprising: Moving the embassy is a campaign promise from Trump. Why this is important: World leaders will be watching closely. Some fear the move will undermine peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and spark protests across the Middle East. Unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel upends decades of American policy.




Bannon woke up on the wrong side of the bed: While campaigning for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon went on a rampage against Mitt Romney, tearing into the devout Mormon's religion. Quote from Bannon: "You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam," Bannon said at a rally. "You ran for commander in chief and had five sons -- not one day of service in Afghanistan or Iraq. We have 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties, and where were the Romneys during those wars? Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your entire family." Yikes


HAPPENING FRIDAY: President Trump is holding a rally in Pensacola, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. EST. It's not Alabama, but it's preeeeetty close.



The word impeachment just escalates everything, huh?: Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe nearly 60 Dems who voted for impeachment House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Pelosi, Hoyer: Now is not the time to consider impeachment MORE (D-Texas) is on the House floor, seeking to force a vote on impeaching President Trump. What's expected to happen: Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats. House Democratic leaders aren't in favor of pushing impeachment at this point as they seek to win back the majority next year.

Livestream from the House floor



Tidbit from Capitol Hill:


This is insane:

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Oh wow:

Here's the full article Ali is referring to:



The House and Senate are in.

Today: Donald Trump Jr. is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on the probe into Russian interference in the presidential election. Keep in mind: This voluntary interview is Trump Jr.'s second appearance on Capitol Hill and follows Jared Kushner's similar interviews.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump held a Cabinet meeting.

1:45 p.m. EST: First votes in the House.

4:15 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

10 a.m. EST Wednesday: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.



1 p.m. EST: President Trump gives a statement on Jerusalem. Livestream:

Op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, Middle East Forum Director Gregg Roman argues that President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel makes achieving a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict far more likely.

7:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gives keynote remarks at the 2017 Kemp Leadership Award Dinner. Livestream:



Today is National Gazpacho Day. Sure, why not?

*Cue collective shriek from D.C. locals*: The popular "Duke's Grocery" restaurants is opening a new location in Foggy Bottom that will be bigger than the other two restaurants combined. When it's scheduled to open: Late 2018.

Why this is big news: Dukes' famous burger has been ranked fifth in Thrillist's list of the best 100 burgers in the United States.

And because it's the holiday season (the holiday season), here are some penguins dressed as Santa Claus. They're taking this job v. seriously:


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