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 TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries 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 FrankenMcCabe oversaw criminal probe into Sessions over testimony on Russian contacts: report Academy president accused of sexual harassment: report Top Nike executive resigns amid workplace complaints: report 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 McCaskillKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp GOP Senate candidate slams McCaskill over Clinton ties Dems meddle against Illinois governor ahead of GOP primary MORE  (D-Mo.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoZinke defends use of Japanese word: How could saying good morning 'be bad'? Duckworth on Zinke's improper use of Japanese: ‘Racism is not ok’ Zinke criticized for 'juvenile' comment at hearing MORE (D-Hawaii), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators demand Trump detail cyber strategy | Election security bill faces hurdles | North Korea linked to new cyberattacks on Turkish financial sector Push to bolster election security stalls in Senate Overnight Health Care: Senators unveil bipartisan opioid bill | DOJ to seek reimbursements from opioid companies | Groups looking to end AIDS fear losing ground under Trump MORE (D-N.H.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (D-Wash.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump Feinstein, Harris call for probe of ICE after employee resigns Senators introduced revised version of election cyber bill MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinGOP women’s group endorses challengers in top Senate, House races Dems offering bill aimed at curbing stock buybacks Koch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp MORE (Wis.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support MORE (D-N.D.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenators target 'gag clauses' that hide potential savings on prescriptions Nonprofit leaders look to continue work with lawmakers to strengthen charitable giving 10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country MORE (D-Mich). Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyHouse GOP frets over Pennsylvania race Do the numbers add up for Democrat Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania? Poll: Five Senate Dems would lose to GOP challenger if elections held today MORE (D-Pa.),Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocratic senator: People don’t know what’s going on between Trump and Putin Power struggle threatens to sink bank legislation Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise MORE (D-Ohio), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to speed up infrastructure permitting 2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Koch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp 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. GreenSenate Dem denounces Farrakhan's remarks Women's March leader defends attending event where speaker made anti-semitic remarks Jewish GOP group calls on Dem lawmakers to resign over Farrakhan remarks 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:

Yiiiiikes, this video of driving by the flames -->


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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