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The Hill's 12:30 Report - Gov Spending Bill Just Got Uglier | RNC Unveils Convention Logo | What A Weekend For Trump

PREVENTING A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT UGLER: Via The Hill’s Peter Schroeder and Tim Devaney, The government spending bill is one of the most sensitive issues coming up in Congress. And now the fight over blocking Syrian refugees is getting bundled into the spending bill. The deadline is Dec. 11 and the debate will now become a lot more volatile.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said there were potentially “several hundred poison pill riders” that could sink a funding package if Republicans pushed them — and cause a government shutdown. The most likely flashpoints (besides the Syrian refugees): financial rules, labor, environment and civil rights. Here are details of each:

It’s Monday, but not just any Monday. It’s the Wednesday of the holiday week so it's already hump day! 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 story ideas, comments and complaints to and @CateMartel

VITTER NOT RUNNING — WHO WILL REPLACE HIM? After losing to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the gubernatorial race over the weekend, Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterSenate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly Planned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge MORE (R-La.) announced he will not run for reelection in the Senate. Vitter’s Senate seat is likely to remain Republican in the red state. RepsJohn FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingOvernight Energy: Watchdog opens investigation into Interior chief | Judge halts Pruitt truck pollution rule decision | Winners, losers in EPA, Interior spending bill amendments Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Coast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane MORE and Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyLobbying world Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership MORE are among those interested. Meanwhile, Mitch Landrieu, the well-known mayor of New Orleans has not ruled it out. 

OBAMA’S BACK FROM ASIA: President Obama has returned from his 10-day trip overseas and is back to a mess with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the Syrian refugees. Tomorrow, he is hosting French President François Hollande to coordinate anti-terrorism efforts. But he’ll also working to keep international efforts to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggression in the Ukraine. From Politico’s Michael Crowley

DONALD TRUMP’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL WEEKEND YET: I know, those are strong words. But here’s the play-by-play. Tell me I’m wrong: 

      • Trump is facing criticism for tweeting statistics showing that the vast majority of African-Americans killed in the U.S. are by other African-Americans. The tweet was apparently a response to support from a white supremacist
      • This also comes a day after a Black Lives Matter protester said he was physically and verbally assaulted at a Trump rally. Video:
      • Trump later said that the Black Lives Matter protester was “so obnoxious and so loud” that “maybe he should have been roughed up.”
      • When discussing 9/11 at a rally Saturday, Trump said, “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.” Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos pushed Trump on this comment, only to have Trump reaffirm.
      • Also on ABC’s “This Week,” Trump switched back to refusing to rule out a third-party run for president. *To note: Back in September, Trump signed a pledge with the Republican National Committee that he would not run as a third party 

So, what did you decide about his weekend? Email I’m curious what you think. 

CHANGING POLITICS POST-PARIS: A Fox News poll showed that six Republican presidential candidates would beat Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE in a head-to-head match-up. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' MORE (R-Fla.) would do the best, 50 to 42 percent, followed by Donald TrumpBen Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb BushSen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Cruz leads O'Rourke by 3 in Texas Senate race Julián and Joaquin Castro to campaign with O'Rourke in Texas The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting MORE (R-Texas) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

BACK. AWAY. SLOWLY: In an exclusive interview with The Hill, retired neurosurgeon Carson distanced himself from Trump on foreign policy, criticizing the idea of a database for all American-Muslims, an idea that Trump has mentioned. More from Jonathan Easley

CARSON’S ‘SPUR OF THE MOMENT’ IDEA FOR A FOREIGN TRIP: Via CBS’s Julianna Goldman, Carson is looking to do something “different” or “unusual” before the Iowa caucuses and he’s considering a trip overseas. FLASHBACK: Carson’s grasp on foreign policy questioned. You ain’t foolin’ no one here, Ben.

TURNING UP THE HEAT: Via Politico’s Rachael Bade and Annie Karni, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFord lawyer proposes testifying next Thursday Yale Law School dean responds to reports that Kavanaugh hired women with 'certain look' Kavanaugh tells Senate panel: I want a hearing to 'clear my name' MORE (R-Iowa) is turning up the heat on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email setup. Last Wednesday, Grassley issued a letter to former Clinton aide Heather Samuelson (who screened Clinton’s emails to determine which are classified), asking what level of security clearance she had at State.

SHINY NEW 2016 LOGO: The Republican National Convention has unveiled its logo for the 2016 convention in Cleveland. Picture an elephant walking on an electric guitar. See it here

AND YOU THOUGHT THERE WERE TOO MANY ON THE DEBATE STAGE: The filing period for the New Hampshire primary closed Friday with 58 candidates signed up. Why there are so many: To run for president in New Hampshire, candidates only need to file paperwork and pay $1,000.


ON TAP: #SlowDay

Congress is out until next Monday. 

4:00 p.m. ESTValerie Jarrett, senior adviser to Obama, answers questions about LGBT policy. Ask questions by tweeting #LGBTchamps. Live stream: 



Drew Cline, New Hampshire communications consultant
Stopped at a diner for a breakfast sandwich, got stopped and wanded at the door by the Secret Service. Ben Carson was there. That's definitely the most I've paid for a breakfast sandwich. #‎NHProblems

David Berlind, editor in chief, ProgrammableWeb
Passenger threatened #ChrisChristie on my flight just before take off... had to taxi all the way back. They made us deplane. Total #fail.

Logan Dobson, Communications Advisor to Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Colorado governor sets up federal PAC before potential 2020 campaign Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law MORE (R-Colo.)
"Johnny, what was your last memory with Grandpa?" "At Thanksgiving, I got him with a good "Well, actually..." on ISIS & Syria thanks to Vox!"

Politico’s Seung Min Kim *interesting responses; it's worth reading
Surveying for Hill reporters: if a reporter and a member are having a one-on-one convo, fair for a competitor to crash? Or totally rude?


Now for the fun stuff...

I WOULDN’T CALL THIS 'FUN' BUT...: For the first time this fall, the temperature at Ronald Reagan Airport dropped below freezing and I, the wimpiest Granite Stater that ever lived, am less than enthused.

Today is National Espresso Day. Anyone else think this day should have been saved for the Monday after Thanksgiving? 

FOR THE WIN: A squirrel made its way onto the field at the Packers-Vikings game last night. The slow-motion video is great. Run, little guy. Run! 

And with that, here’s a tweet from Rubio in May 2009: “I am in my home office on a mac.” 2009 Twitter was cute.