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 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. 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 FrankenAP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix 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 McCaskillSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Senate Dems lock in million in TV airtime Why does Congress keep playing political games on FBI oversight? MORE  (D-Mo.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoUnions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future. Administration to brief Senate panel on family reunifications Lawmakers press Trump admin for list of migrant kids separated from families MORE (D-Hawaii), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanNew Hampshire governor signs controversial voting bill Conway takes aim at congressional intern who yelled 'f--- you' at Trump Fox's Regan defends CNN's Acosta, calls for civility: 'What has happened to us?' MORE (D-N.H.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Top Dems urge Trump officials to reverse suspension of ObamaCare payments Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families MORE (D-Wash.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Rasmussen poll: Nearly three-quarters of Dems want 'fresh face' as nominee in 2020 Kamala Harris lands book deal MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Overnight Health Care: Over 7,000 fail to meet Medicaid work rules in Arkansas | Judge temporarily halts deportations of reunited families | GOP chair in talks over restarting ObamaCare payments Dem senator calls for 'permanent' price cuts at Pfizer MORE (Wis.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Bipartisan group introduces retirement savings legislation in Senate Fed chief lays out risks of trade war MORE (D-N.D.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowLobbying world The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Dem senator: Kavanaugh sides with 'wealthiest special interests' MORE (D-Mich). Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Dem senator: Kavanaugh would 'turn back the clock' on women's health care MORE (D-Pa.),Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Dems call for hearings on Trump’s CFPB nominee to be put on hold Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds MORE (D-Ohio), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellySenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Fed chief lays out risks of trade war Doug Jones walks tightrope on Supreme Court nominee 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. GreenTom Steyer compares movement to impeach Trump to civil rights movement Juan Williams: Midterms will be referendum on Trump Dem lawmaker: We will impeach Trump if we retake the House 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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