The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump signs tax bill into law | Congress leaves town after averting shutdown | GOP leaders worry about keeping majorities in 2018 | Best Christmas decorations



Signed, sealed, delivered.: President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE just signed the sweeping Republican tax bill, enacting his first major legislative accomplishment into law. How this changes the optics of his first year in office:

HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU: Via The New York Times, here's a calculator that shows whether your personal taxes will go up or down.

WHY THE TIMING IS THROWING OFF HOLIDAY PLANS: Via The New York Times's Tiffany Hsu and Julie Creswell, "Because the tax overhaul ... is coming so late in the year, it is setting off a mad dash by public companies. They are required to report the effects of the new law in their financial statements to shareholders in the same quarter that the law becomes enacted, even if the measures themselves go into effect later. ... Companies whose fiscal year closes on Dec. 31 or Jan. 31 ... will have just a few weeks to produce quarterly and annual financial statements for investors that reflect the new tax system."

WHY TRUMP CHANGED HIS SIGNING CEREMONY PLANS: "Pres. Trump says he changed his plans for a formal ceremony in January to sign tax bill when he saw news reports questioning, 'Will he keep his promise? Will he sign it by Christmas?'" Watch:

It's a quiet day in Washington. Happy Friday before Christmas! 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.


PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Hill's 12:30 Report will be off next week for the holidays. We'll be back after the New Year!

In the meantime, please, please send me pictures of your children, pets and families dressed up in holiday attire -- and I'll feature a few when I return. You know I live for this stuff. ;) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Anddddd the lights stay on another day! (well, month): The House and Senate both approved the temporary government spending bill yesterday, ensuring there won't be a government shutdown before Christmas. How long it will keep the government open: Until Jan. 19. Included in the bill: Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Punted until next year: Immigration, surveillance and ObamaCare fixes.

The Senate vote: 66-32, 17 Democrats voted for the bill and all but two Republicans voted for it.

The House vote: 231-188, with most Republicans approving.

The hashtag congressional reporters were using: #jetfumes to describe the exhaustion in Congress and desire to get back home. Just thinking ahead: "And with that, House lawmakers flee the chamber -- some with their suitcases in tow. #jetfumes)" (From The Hill's Melanie Zanona

Lol, this is your government: "Alright Senate officially has the votes to fund gov't!* Dems just basically drew straws on the floor just now to decide who gets to vote no. (Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayGOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work Senate Dems press Sessions for records on racial discrimination complaints Dem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press MORE won)" (From Politico's Sarah Ferris

Despite this week, it's not all sunshine and butterflies and roses and smiles in the party: Via Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell15 senators miss votes despite McConnell's criticism of absentees Overnight Health Care: Azar defends approach on drug rebates | Trump presses Senate to act quickly on opioid crisis | Kentucky governor's Medicaid lawsuit tossed Dem senator introduces proposal to rein in Trump on security clearances MORE (R-Ky.) has been privately saying that Republicans could lose the House AND the Senate in 2018. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE (R-Wis.) has also told donors that he's afraid that GOP lawmakers in swing districts could retire, opening up key House seats to Democrats.

Oh and...: "A few weeks before Alabama's special Senate election, President Donald Trump's handpicked Republican National Committee leader, Ronna Romney McDaniel, delivered a two-page memo to White House chief of staff John Kelly outlining the party's collapse with female voters." Why Republicans have that analysis:



You've got a friend in me: Via CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe backed fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyOvernight Defense: Pentagon says Trump canceled parade before cost briefing | Erik Prince renews push for contractors to run Afghan war | More officials join outcry over security clearances Trump faces mounting legal pressure on three fronts Trump indicates he's leaning against Mueller sit-down MORE's claims that President Trump asked him for his loyalty. McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee that Comey told him about conversations he had with Trump after they occurred. Details:

Ouch, tell us how you both really feel: Via Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman, former chief strategist Stephen Bannon's world tour "reveals what really went down in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka [Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump tweets raise questions about why Manafort jury isn't sequestered The Hill's Morning Report — Trump showcases ICE ahead of midterm elections Axios: Trump said one-state solution would mean future Israeli PM would be named Mohammed MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpJustice Dept sues Ivanka’s former business partner in fraud case Steve Schmidt: Trump revoking Brennan's clearance shows his 'autocratic fetish' Trump, Obamas and Clintons among leaders mourning Aretha Franklin MORE], his complicated relationship with his erstwhile boss--and his own political ambitions." On Jared Kushner: "To Bannon ... Kushner was a callow elitist in way over his head. 'He doesn't know anything about the hobbits or the deplorables,' Bannon said. 'The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka.' According to a person close to Kushner, Trump's son-in-law viewed Bannon as a leaker at best, and a racist at worst." I.e.: They shouldn't be expecting holiday greeting cards from each other

If I had to imagine the Trump-iest greeting card possible, this is pretty close: Here's what President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump set for solo tour in Africa Melania Trump on cyberbullying: 'Children' know more about social media than 'most adults' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump showcases ICE ahead of midterm elections MORE's Christmas card looked like this year. My biggest takeaway: I really need to step up my Christmas card game next year. #goals



Omg -- this has been getting a lot of traction:



The House and Senate are out until next year.

President Trump is en route to Palm Beach, Fla. Photo of Trump boarding Air Force One:

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.



10:30 a.m. EST: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) held his end-of-the-year press conference. Livestream:

9 a.m. EST Monday: MSNBC is airing "2017 As It Happened" with the biggest stories of the year as they were reported in the moment.



Today is National Date Nut Bread Day.

*Cues a tune* 'In the meadow we can build a Yes, land!' 

THIS TOWN LITERALLY IS CHRISTMAS: Here's a town in Leavenworth, Wash., that is completely decked out. Even the snow is perfect. Watch:

THE LIGHTS ON THIS HOUSE SHOULD COME WITH A MEDICAL WARNING: You know that neighbor with the crazy lights that time with music? This house in Tracy, Calif., is that on steroids. I'm extremely impressed, but also a bit baffled at the time spent on this. Watch:

OK, THIS FIRE DEPARTMENT WINS: A fire department in Colorado choreographed a holiday show using the fire station, fire trucks, music and video editing skills. Watch:

THROWBACK TO OBAMA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS: Here are outtakes from former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaC-SPAN forced into 7-second delay after caller's racist tirade against Obama Judge dismisses Bevin lawsuit against Kentucky Medicaid activists Primary challenge to Trump? It could help him in 2020 MORE's first holiday address. Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaNASA says Aretha Franklin’s asteroid will keep orbiting after singer’s death Biden: Aretha Franklin was 'part of the soul of the civil rights movement' Obamas: 'Aretha helped define the American experience' MORE's reactions are priceless.

And to get your holiday weekend off to a strong start, here's a parade of wiener dogs in Christmas sweaters. They are all taking this VERY seriously.


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