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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: ISIS Says Soda Can Blew Up Plane | George Stephanopoulos Interviews Graham Live at 5 p.m. | Lame Duck May Be Coming Early


8 ISIS ARRESTS; HEADED FOR GERMANY: The Associated Press is reporting that Turkey has arrested eight suspected ISIS members at Istanbul’s main airport. Officials say they planned to travel to Germany posing as refugees.

ISIS JUST RELEASED CAN BOMB PHOTO USED ON RUSSIAN PLANE: Via The Hill's Jesse Byrnes, ISIS has released a picture of a Schweppes soda can converted into a bomb. They claim this is the bomb that brought down the Russian jetliner. 

66 ISIS ARRESTS IN AMERICA: The Daily Mail is reporting that U.S. authorities have arrested and charged 66 people with ISIS-related terror plots on American soil. This includes “a handful of refugees.” This only increases pressure for President Obama, as 28 governors (including Democratic Gov. and Senate hopeful Maggie Hassan) are refusing to accept Syrian refugees.

WHAT YOU MISSED OVERNIGHT IN PARIS: Via The Hill’s Julian Hattem, two suspected extremists were killed last night (including a young woman who blew herself up with an explosive-packed vest) and seven arrested during a 7-hour siege in a northern Paris suburb. Several police officers have been injured. What we don’t know: Identities of the seven arrested — and if the suspected mastermind of the French attacks, Belgium national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was captured.

I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what’s on tap for the rest of the day. Send tips, gripes, comments and cookie recipes to and @CateMartel. 

HAPPENING NOW: Via The Hill’s Cristina MarcosSpeaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) is on the House floor talking about the Syrian refugee bill, which is up for a vote tomorrow. "We can be compassionate and we can also be safe.” 

PRESSURE FOR APPLE, GOOGLE & TERRORISM: Via The Hill’s Katie Bo Williams, after the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, CIA director John Brennan and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.) are amplifying their arguments against Silicon Valley. Pressure is rising for Apple, Google and other technology companies to give law enforcement and intelligence agencies access to encrypted phones and other devices.

LAME DUCK MAY BE COMING EARLY: Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian, Obama is coming under criticism even from his own party over his comments about last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Influential liberal columnists and Democratic strategists say Obama came off as condescending — missing an opportunity to show leadership against ISIS.

JINDAL OUT: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dropped out of the Republican primary during Bret Baier's show on Fox News. *To note, Jindal is the third candidate, all governors, to drop out (behind former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.)

FIESTY FIGHT COMING: Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, House Democrats are sending a clear warning ahead of the debate on government spending: any “poison poll” amendments are dead on arrival. The must-pass legislation is seen as an irresistible opportunity to attach amendments, or riders, that could never pass on their own. *The deadline is December 11. If a bill isn't signed into law, the government shuts down

ANOTHER NATE SILVER MOMENT? In an era where polls come out nearly every day, here's a fascinating look at how to read polls (and which actually matter).

STILL GOING... TRUMP DEFYING THE PUNDITS YET AGAIN. Via The Hill’s Mark Hensch, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE has a firm lead in New Hampshire in a new WBUR poll. Trump 23% ... Carson 13% ... Rubio 13% ... Cruz 8% ... Bush 7% ... Kasich (tied) 7% ... Christie 6% ... Paul 5% ... Fiorina 4%. 

WORTH READING: The Washington Post’s graphic of photos and stories of the victims from the Paris attacks. It’s powerful.

CARSON CAMPAIGN VS. CARSON ADVISER: Via The New York Times’s Trip Gabriel, Ben Carson’s adviser trashed Ben Carson’s foreign policy in an interview ... because that makes sense(?) “Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East," Duane R. Clarridge, a top adviser to Dr. Carson on terrorism and national security. It’s bizarre.  

CARSON REAX: Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, a Carson spokesman accused the Times of taking advantage of Clarridge, 83, calling him an “elderly gentleman” who has “incomplete knowledge” of Carson’s briefing schedule.

CRUZ IMPRESSIONS ARE THE BEST IMPRESSIONS: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again Democrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (R-Texas) pulled out his Homer Simpson impression in Charleston, S.C. FLASHBACK: Last week, Cruz also acted out a scene from “The Princess Bride” at a New Hampshire cafe. 


NBC's Mark Murray

Ted Cruz to Obama's criticism re: Syrian refugees: "Come back and insult me to my face."

*Here's video of the exchange. Cruz really seems rattled: 

Democratic Consultant Joe Trippi

France gets hit and takes in 30,000 refugees. "Life goes on"

Isis Anchalee (A San Francisco engineer)

Facebook thinks I'm a terrorist. Apparently sending them a screenshot of my passport is not good enough for them to reopen my account.

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill: Lindsey Graham 'has lost his mind' Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government MORE (D-Mo.) *The picture makes this worth clicking

And the "names" on our shirts were the best! #BipartisanBowlingAtTheWH

Seth Rogen

F*** I did that thing again where I think I'm just messaging someone but I tweeted it.

Anthony Weiner: Jeez, what a dummy.


12:30 p.m. ESTSen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNC punts on measure to reduce role of corporate PAC money Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president MORE (D-Mass.) holds a newsmaker luncheon at the National Press Club. Live stream 

1:00 p.m. EST: Gene Sperling, Former Economic Adviser to Presidents Clinton and Obama, joins Iowa influencers at a Politico event in Des Moines, Iowa. Live stream: 

1:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST: House votes

2:00 p.m. EST: Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown 'Morning Joe' host quizzes Howard Schultz on price of a box of Cheerios Huawei charges escalate Trump fight with China MORE (R-Ark.) hosts a discussion on "National Security for the Next President & Congress: A Discussion with the John Hay Initiative,” with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Counselor of the State Department Eliot Cohen, McCain Institute senior director David Kramer and John Hay Initiative Co-Founder Brian Hook

2:15 p.m. ESTDefense Secretary Ashton Carter delivers remarks on "Force of the Future” at George Washington University. More info: 

5:00 p.m. EST: Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE (D-Va.) and Lisa Monaco, counterterrorism advisor to Obama join MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.”

5:30 p.m. EST: Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan and John Dickerson, anchor of CBS News's "Face the Nation," speak at the American Enterprise Institute to discuss their careers in journalism and politics. Live stream  

7:00 p.m. EST: Donald Trump holds a rally in Worcester, Mass.

7:00 p.m. EST: The National Archives is hosting an annual forum on political cartoons, featuring The New Yorker’s Cartoonist David Sipress and Tom Toles of The Washington Post. More info  

9:00 a.m. EST tomorrowSen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia Dems seeking path to Senate majority zero-in on Sun Belt Lawmakers eager for 5G breakthrough MORE (R-Colo.) is speaking at The Bipartisan Policy Center’s discussion on U.S. policy toward Chinese cyber operations. More info: 

2:00 p.m. EST tomorrow: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) delivers a big speech on democratic socialism at Georgetown University. Details


5 p.m. EST: Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview MORE (R-S.C.) will join George Stephanopoulos live on ABC News’ digital live stream. Watch here

7 p.m. EST: Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenVirginia scandals pit Democrats against themselves and their message The Hill's Morning Report — Will Ralph Northam survive? Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.) join MSNBC's "Hardball"

8 p.m. EST: Former Charlie Hebdo writer Carolina Fourest joins MSNBC’s "All In with Chris Hayes."

6–9 a.m. EST tomorrow: During this window, Fiorina will appear on "Fox and Friends."

9 a.m. EST tomorrow: Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE joins "LIVE with Kelly and Michael"

9:30 a.m. EST tomorrow: Brian Kilmeade is scheduled to interview Graham on Fox News Radio

9 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST tomorrow: During this time period, Fiorina will appear on Fox Business "Varney & Co."

11:30 a.m. EST tomorrowGraham is scheduled to join CNN's "At This Hour"

6 a.m. EST tomorrow: Defense Secretary Ash Carter sits down with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to discuss ISIS and the Paris attacks. *To note, the interview will be taped today.

Now for the fun stuff ...

Today is National Apple Cider Day

ICYMI: Former England soccer player David Beckham was chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2015.

MOMOFOKU NOW SERVES LUNCH: Momofoku in downtown D.C. announced they have begun serving lunch. So, if anyone needs me this afternoon, you know where to find me!

And with that, here is John Kasich’s first tweet ever, from 2008: “is using Twitter for the first time.” 

See you tomorrow.

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