The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: What the State Department alert means for holiday travel |  ​Krugman and the cat  | Cruz gaining on Trump in Iowa


BREAKING NOW: Check for the latest on President Obama's press conference with French President Francois Hollande.


TIME’s Zeke Miller
Hollande says Obama was the first world leader to call him at 2am after the attacks

National Journal’s Rebecca Nelson
Obama: “Make no mistake: We will win, and groups like ISIL will lose."

AFP’s Michael Mathes
Obama: "Vive la France."

The Hill’s Julian Hattem
Obama was first to call Hollande after Paris attacks, Hollande says 


WHAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WARNING MEANS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL: The State Department has issued a worldwide, three-month travel alert out of concern about radical Islamic terrorism. But security officials want us to be calm.

 What’s the reason? The alert did not warn of a specific impending attack, just the lingering concern about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

 Who’s at risk? U.S. citizens using transportation or at public events should be mindful, in the U.S and abroad. Yes, that’s a very general warning. 

 What exactly is an “alert”? An alert is not necessarily stronger or weaker than a caution. The most recent worldwide travel alerts were December 2014, August 2013, September 2011 and May 2011.

— How will this affect my travel? CBS News sat down with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Scott Brenner to discuss increased security and TSA lines.

— From MSNBC’s Jesse Rodriguez: NBC News: FBI warns cops around US that extremists "could seek to replicate the effects of Paris attacks using similar weapons and tactics"

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRubio wants DOJ to find out if Kerry broke law by meeting with Iranians Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Pompeo doubles down on criticism of Kerry: The Iran deal failed, 'let it go' MORE on NBC’s “TODAY”: "People need to not panic. There is a strategy in place, growing by the day.”

Happy Tuesday before Thanksgiving! 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, complaints and holiday traffic reports to and @CateMartel

TO THE RIGHT, TO THE RIGHT (it’s a holiday week, forgive the Beyoncé lyrics): Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage and Amie ParnesHillary 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 is distancing herself from President Obama on the issues of national security and terrorism. She said no-fly zones should be imposed in parts of Syria and suggested some ground groups might be necessary — steps the president has declined to take.

RUSSIAN WARPLANE SHOT DOWN: Via The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes, Turkey said it shot down a Russian warplane that violated Turkish airspace. Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling it a "stab in the back." The Associated Press reports that while Russia claimed the jet was brought down by artillery fire, Turkey said its F-16s fired on it after the Russian plane ignored 10 warnings in the span of five minutes. 

​UPDATE: Via Reuters: Two Russian pilots from jet downed near Syrian border believed to be alive: Turkish official​

CRUZ BREATHING DOWN TRUMP’S NECK (lovely imagery, huh?): Via The Hill’s Ben Kamisar, in Iowa, Sen. 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) has moved within the margin of error with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump 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, 25 to 23 percent. Note: Cruz doubled his support in Iowa since October. Ben Carson takes third at 18 percent (down 10 points since October!), followed by 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.) at 13 percent.

I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS: Notice anything odd about the photo in Paul Krugman’s piece in The New York Times? (Look for the cat. Yes, the cat.)

UPDATE: Paul Krugman later explained the image. "Yes, I know there’s a cat in the picture; I took it from Slate, “The Cats of War.” I’ve used that image before, to lighten things up slightly. Apparently I didn’t succeed."

JEB KEEPS RACKING UP CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) is backing Jeb Bush for president, making this Jeb’s 29th congressional endorsement. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has the second-highest number of Republican congressional endorsements at a distant 17. But do endorsements matter this cycle? Trump, who has been the GOP front-runner since the summer, hasn't gotten any love from Capitol Hill. Full list:

BRUSSELS STILL ON LOCKDOWN: Via CNN’s Tim Hume and Tim Lister, Brussels has been on lockdown because of a terrorist threat, and authorities have requested silence on social media regarding police action (for fear of alerting the targets of raids).

— Where it gets cool: The people of Brussels have flooded social media with countless cat pictures. They’re still showing their sense of humor — and actually burying any legitimate intelligence on police movements that might have been shared.

‘TIS THE SEASON: The 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree is up! Here’s a photo, per Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Wis.).

REPORTERS LOCKED IN THE PEN :( Via The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi, Trump's campaign had a conference call with the television networks about restricting reporters at Trump rallies (in a “media pen” under the close watch of Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski). Why now and why just Trump? This follows two incidents when reporters left the “pen” to speak with Trump supporters but were threatened by the campaign. Unfortunately, there was no resolution during the call.

VOTE TO SAVE A TURKEY: The White House released the biographies of the two turkeys that could be pardoned. You can vote – and Obama will pardon the winner tomorrow. ​

Check out the turkeys here (and vote!)​.



Adam Jentleson, deputy chief of staff to Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (D-Nev.)
"the Senate plans to spend no more than 143 days legislating next year." // Will almost certainly be fewer.

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser (with photo)
This is a moment when @MittRomney is probably glad he’s not out campaigning for something.

The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein
Steve King, new Cruz endorser, told me Donald Trump is probably gonna win Iowa

Amanda Reilly, E&E Publishing
Received an ear of corn in mail from National Corn Growers Association. Definitely 1 of weirdest things I've ever collected from my mailbox.



12:30 p.m. EST: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) gives a foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. Live stream: 

5:30 p.m. EST: Obama awards the Presidential Medals of Freedom. The recipients this year include Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.), Willie MaysSteven Spielberg, James Taylor and Barbra Streisand. How do you get picked to receive a medal? Well, lobbying the White House doesn't hurt. Here's an interesting article on the process:



9 p.m. EST: 
CNN has a special report: “Targeting Terror: Inside the Intelligence War.”


Now for the fun stuff...

FACEBOOK WANTS TO HELP WITH YOUR BAD BREAK-UP: Via TIME’s Alexandra Sifferlin, Facebook is testing features to make breaking up easier online. When a user changes their relationship status, Facebook will limit how often that person’s name, photos and posts appear.

Today is National Sardines Day (?)

ALL. THE. TURKEY: In eight U.S. states, turkeys outnumber humans. List of states if you’re curious:

Because you made it this far, here is the best video of a golden retriever posing for a photo:

If you think you have a dog video that can top this, please, please one-up me. 

—> I promise to share in future 12:30 Reports!

See you tomorrow!  


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