The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Buh-bye, ‘Rodham’  |  This actually happened in N.H.  |  Post-holiday endorsement rush  |  Tom Brady terrorizes his kids


LAWMAKERS’ VERY BIG HOLIDAY LIST: Both the House and the Senate are back in session for at least a couple weeks and have an end-of-the-year dash to tackle some of the most heated policy fights. Here’s what they have on tap:

– Highway funding: The short-term highway funding bill will expire this Friday. That means Congress has to pass a long-term funding bill this week to avoid a shutdown of federal highway funding. 

– Reconciliation: Republicans want to repeal parts of ObamaCare and fast track it to the Senate. But not all Senate Republicans agree on the bill. Do they have 51 votes to pass it?

– Syrian refugees: Republicans in the House passed a bill to halt Syrian refugees entering the U.S., but it will face a tougher path through the upper chamber. 

– Government funding: The debate over Syrian refugees is getting muddled in the funding fight. If Congress doesn’t agree on a way to fund the government by Dec. 11, the government will shut down. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) sent a letter warning his GOP colleagues to back the Republican conference for the funding fight. 

More details on Congress’s big month from The Hill’s Jordain Carney:

Welcome back from the holiday! 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 quotes from your favorite holiday movies (i.e. Elf and only Elf) to and @CateMartel


BUH-BYE, RODHAM: The Associated Press has changed its style from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE. It’s new. It’s chic. It’s relatable. (It’s what the campaign coined when she announced her candidacy.)

–  National Journal’s @ron_fournier: As one who helped @AP put the Rodham in Clinton years ago, I find this consistent. @AP heeds personal preference

OBAMA’S TAKING IN THE GREEN TODAY: Via The Hill’s Devin HenryPresident Obama has joined world leaders in Paris for the first two days of the United Nations climate conference, where he urged diplomats to reach a landmark climate change deal. 

JEB’S TEAM — I TAKE IT BACK.  I DON’T LIKE RUBIO! Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio in Colombia to push for delivery of humanitarian aid to Venezuela On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Fla.) were once friends, in a Jeb-mentoring-Marco kinda way. But now duking it out for the GOP nomination, their relationship has soured. The same day Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 race, a bundler being courted by Jeb said, “They’re going after Rubio next. It’s like whack-a-mole.” Read more from the excerpt of BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins’s forthcoming book:

YANKING THE NSA’S REINS — BEGAN YESTERDAY: Via The Hill’s Katie Bo Williams, as of yesterday, the National Security Agency can no longer collect phone data in bulk. Why? Obama shut down the controversial surveillance program in June. What this means: Authorities can now only obtain records “specifically identified” in connection with a threat.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF CHRISTIE’S COURTSHIP: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s enormous effort in New Hampshire has paid a big political dividend when the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsed him. The New York Times’s Michael Barbaro has a fun behind-the-scenes piece of courting New Hampshire leadership.

– “Mr. Christie, a dedicated but playful texter who seems to prefer the medium’s blunt brevity to endless phone conversations, has showered Ms. Sytek with messages.”

POST-HOLIDAY ENDORSEMENT RUSH: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has endorsed Rubio for president. It has also been a big day for N.H. endorsements: Well-known business leaders Dan and Renee Plummer have endorsed Chris Christie for president and former vice chairman of the N.H. Republican Party Ken Merrifield has endorsed Rubio’s presidential bid. 

NOTE TO DC JOURNALISTS TRAVELING TO N.H. — BRING YOUR PASSPORT (AND A MAP): At a New Hampshire restaurant this weekend (that shall remain unnamed), I handed the college-age waitress my D.C. license. After briefly examining it, she handed it back explaining she couldn’t accept licenses from other countries including ... Wait for it ... Colombia (which is spelled differently than the District of Columbia, natch).  Are you kiddingLooking noticeably baffled by her answer, the only response I could muster was a desperate plea: “But it’s our nation’s capital?!” I insisted the District of Columbia is in the U.S. but she shot back at me, confident and unmoved: “If that were true, it would say Washington, D.C.” Sigh.

– She then took my ID back and brought it to her manager — and returned totally mortified that the District of Columbia was, in fact, Washington, D.C. “The Florida school system has failed me,” she muttered. Head smack.

IT’S THE LONG-SHOT SHOW — err... “SNL”: While watching a “Saturday Night Live” rerun on an NBC N.H.-affiliate this past weekend (exciting Saturday night, I know), the commercials were almost entirely presidential campaign ads for Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: More urgent for kids in Kentucky to have secure border than new school 
 White House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Limbaugh calls 25th Amendment discussions 'silent coup' MORE (R-S.C.), GOP Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R). 

– Why: This wasn’t random. NBC granted equal airtime to candidates (who applied) for the airtime Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE received hosting “SNL.” In the hour-and-a-half show, I counted 15 ads for the four long-shot candidates. I should also mention that the ads that played for each candidate didn’t vary at all. 




Time’s Zeke Miller
Trump press conference [today] with African-American ministers is now “closed to press and therefore no media credentials will be provided.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau
Intro music at JJ dinner [in Manchester, N.H.] so far: 
O'Malley: "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" - Dropkick Murphies 
Sanders: "Rockin' In The Free World" - Neil Young
Clinton: "Roar" - Katy Perry

CNN’s Dan Merica
@CassieSpodak observed a male voter in NH tell O'Malley he should be VP. His response: "I'd love to be."




12 p.m. EST: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) holds a news conference to unveil a Government Waste Report. Live stream: 

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate will vote to confirm Gayle Smith, nominee for the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

5:30 p.m. EST: Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Rogerio Studart speaks at George Washington University on Finance, Infrastructure and Development in Brazil. More info: 

6:30 p.m. EST: The House votes.

6:30 p.m. EST: Women Senators for Hillary hold an endorsement event at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. Featured senators include Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinKlobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Dems offer smaller step toward ‘Medicare for all' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Powerful House committee turns to drug pricing | Utah governor defies voters on Medicaid expansion | Dems want answers on controversial new opioid MORE (D-Wis.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Hispanic civil rights icon endorses Harris for president California AG Becerra included in Bloomberg 50 list MORE (D-Calif.), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenate votes to extend key funding mechanism for parks White House poised to take action on AI, 5G Overnight Energy: States press Trump on pollution rules | EPA puts climate skeptic on science board | Senate tees up vote on federal lands bill MORE (D-Wash.), 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.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Sherrod Brown pushes for Medicare buy-in proposal in place of 'Medicare for all' MORE (D-N.Y.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D-N.D.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks MORE (D-Hawaii), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (D-Minn.), 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.), Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiBottom Line Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi to reclaim Speakership amid shutdown MORE (D-Md.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Dems blast rulemaking on family planning program | Facebook may remove anti-vaccine content | Medicare proposes coverage for new cancer treatment Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators seek answers on surprise medical bills | Red states move to limit Medicaid expansion | Two drug companies agree to testify Senate Dems block Sasse measure meant to respond to Virginia bill MORE (D-Wash.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Dems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants Bipartisan Senators reintroduce legislation to slap new sanctions on Russia MORE (D-N.H.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Utah tests Trump on Medicaid expansion | Dems roll out Medicare buy-in proposal | Medicare for all could get hearing next month | Doctors group faces political risks on guns MORE (D-Mich.). More info: 

6:30 p.m. EST: CNN Commentator and host of BET News Dr. Marc Lamont Hill speaks at the University of Pennsylvania about ending mass incarceration. Details:

7:30 p.m. EST: Donald Trump holds a rally in Macon, Ga. Details:

7:30 p.m. EST: Obama attends a working dinner with French President François Hollande.  

9 a.m.-4 p.m. EST tomorrow: The Cato Institute holds a conference on policing in America. Featured speakers include U.S. Department of Justice’s Ronald L. Davis, The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and ACLU’s Vicki GaubecaFull speaker list stream

11 a.m. EST tomorrow: Clinton will speak at the National Bar Association's 60th Anniversary tribute to Rosa Parks. 




5 p.m. EST: Before heading to the Women Senators for Hillary event, Boxer’s scheduled to join Steve Kornacki on MNSBC’s “MTP Daily” to discuss Planned Parenthood.  

10 p.m. EST: Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, joins MSNBC’s “The Last Word.”



Now for the fun stuff...

BRADY DRESSES UP AS A TURKEY AND TERRIFIES HIS KIDS: Tom Brady is either doing the parenting thing correctly ... or horribly. I’m sure my football allegiances are clouding my opinion, but I think it’s hilarious.

Today is National Mousse Day! Could we possibly have any room left in our tummies for dessert following the Thanksgiving eat-a-thon? Why yes, yes there is.

GRONK UPDATE: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots might only miss one game after his injury last night against the Denver Broncos.

And with that, here’s the most heart-warming story of a goat that was meant to be tiger food, but instead has become best friends with the ferocious feline. Yes, yes, there’s a video :)


Tomorrow. Same time. Same place.


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This newsletter was updated at 1:22 p.m.