The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurdles to a budget deal | Obama pardons a turkey (or two?) at 2:45 p.m. | Behind the #1in5Muslims trend


BREAKING NOW – OBAMA: "NO CREDIBLE THREAT" OVER HOLIDAYS: Joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and FBI Director James ComeyPresident Obama made a statement about national security, warning Americans to be vigilant over the holiday season. Here are the key moments via Twitter:

The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes
"We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe," Obama says, attempting to reassure public amid holiday travel #Thanksgiving 

The Fiscal Times’s Martin Matishak
"We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe." @POTUS

The Hill’s Kristina Wong
.@BarackObama: We're stepping up the pressure on ISIL where it lives. 

TIME’s Zeke Miller
Obama says the threat picture hasn't changed since his briefing last week the day after the paris attacks 

The New York Times’ Peter Baker
Obama: "Right now we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.” 

National Journal’s Rebecca Nelson
Obama: "In the event of a specific credible threat, the public will be informed" 

Interesting tidbit from The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes
Reporters yell questions about Chicago video as Obama exits room. He continues out. 


CLOCK’S TICKING — MAJOR HURDLES BETWEEN NOW AND THEN: Dec. 11 is D-Day for Congress, and lawmakers are racing to reach a budget deal. But there are major hurdles they must sort out before any accord is struck. The biggest holdup is related to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Some common ground? Both sides agree about boosting the agency's research funding, but they can’t agree how to get there. 


The other major ​challenge is passing out budget money to the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Hill’s Alexander Bolton has a good outline of what needs to happen.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve and only one month to Christmas! Filing from The Hill’s “Bedford, N.H., bureau,” 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. Although, I have to be honest, it’s a slow day, so I’ll keep it brief.

Send story ideas, comments, complaints and holiday plans to and @CateMartel

RUBIO DEALS THE BIGGEST BLOW TO OBAMACARE: Via The Hill’s Sarah Ferris, a 2014 budget measure inspired by Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Florida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll MORE (R-Fla.) is what experts say is pushing insurers representing 800,000 people to drop out of the exchanges.

Fallout:​ UnitedHealthCare, the nation’s largest insurer, has threatened to drop out because of a funding shortfall. 

Obama administration's response: ​The administration has tried to reassure companies it would find other ways of funding, but it’s unclear how this will turn out. 

Rubio's presidential campaign has been touting The Hill's story. Rubio Communications Director Alex Conant called it a "must read" on Twitter.

IOWA VOTERS ON POLAR ENDS: Via The Hill’s Jonathan Swan, in a new poll of Iowa Democrats, an overwhelming majority (81 percent) is in favor of accepting Syrian refugees into America. Rewind to yesterday81 percent of Iowa Republicans oppose accepting Syrian refugees.

SETH MYERS RIPS INTO TRUMP: The NBC late-night talk show host tears into Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE's week and it’s brutal. The Republican presidential front-runner has faced significant backlash over a chart he retweeted. The graphic’s information about murders in the United States has been called racist and wildly inaccurate. “When your defense is you didn’t tweet it, you retweeted it, you’re beyond doubling down,” Meyers said. The segment is worth watching.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “How would they know that?” Trump responded when told that local historians are challenging his account of Civil War history. “Were they there?”

A REFRESHING (ALBEIT AWKWARD) CANDIDATE VIDEO: IJ Review got Ben CarsonCarly Fiorina and Marco Rubio to practice presidential duties — e.g., pardoning a turkey. I should also mention the turkey is wearing a bow tie. It’s incredibly awkward, but completely entertaining at the same time.

OBAMA’S ACTUALLY A TURKEY HATER: The Huffington Post has a hilarious montage proving that President Obama actually hates having to pardon a turkey every year. Sasha and Malia Obama aren’t that thrilled either. HuffPost does make a compelling argument.

UBER TURF WARS: Via Washington Business Journal’s Andy Medici, Richard Kane, the president and CEO of a D.C.-based limousine service, is launching an app in December to order high-end sedans and town cars. Sounds a lot like Uber Black, huh? That’s because it is.

WHAT YOU MISSED OVERNIGHT: A newborn baby was found in the manger of a New York church’s nativity scene. The baby was wrapped in towels, with umbilical cord still attached. The identity of the mother is unknown, but the baby is in good health.



Politico’s Michael Crowley (interesting photo)
Times change. From January 2003: ht/@jasongay

CNN’s Sara Murray: (lol)
Donald Trump is impersonating me now, cause why not?

The New Republic’s Elizabeth Bruenig
Texas has ordered nonprofits to stop helping Syrian refugees, which faith groups say violates religious freedom.

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski retweeted, adding: So many twists, so many turns. 



2:45 p.m. EST: Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Or maybe two birds get spared? That's what he did in 2014 and joked that his critics would call the move "amnesty." 



U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, France: Nov. 30–Dec. 11

Deadline to renew transportation funding authority: Dec. 4

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the “one person, one vote” redistricting case: Dec. 8

Deadline to avoid a government shutdown: Dec. 11

The next Republican presidential debate: Dec. 15, hosted by CNN in Las Vegas

The Federal Reserve meets; economists expect them to raise the interest rates: Dec. 16

The next Democratic presidential debate: Dec. 19, hosted by ABC News in Manchester, N.H.

The Iowa caucuses: Feb.1

The New Hampshire presidential primary: Feb. 9


Now for the fun stuff...

PIE IS IMPORTANT: The Washington Post has a must-read guide to the best pies in Washington. I can’t stop thinking about No. 3 on the list.

DRIVING TODAY? Here’s a look at the 10 worst bottlenecks in the U.S. that you want to avoid with holiday traffic.

GREAT THANKSGIVING RECIPES: Slate has great features of how to correctly make Thanksgiving dishes in a series called “You’re doing it wrong.”

BEHIND THAT TREND: #1in5Muslims is trending on Twitter. The reason: A British newspaper criticism for claiming 1 in 5 British Muslims has voiced sympathy for jihadis. The Internet’s reaction: Posting pop culture references with the hashtag. Example: “#1in5muslims think Ross and Rachel were on a break.”

Tomorrow is National Cake Day! And more importantly, it’s Thanksgiving!


The 12:30 Report will be off tomorrow and Friday, but will be back Monday with everything you missed in politics over the weekend. Have a safe and happy holiday!


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