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 ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House 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 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.) 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 GrahamHouse Judiciary chair threatens subpoena if DOJ doesn’t supply McCabe memos by Tuesday Rosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Graham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump 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 Trump 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 BaldwinDems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump Poll: Democrats inch forward in Wisconsin MORE (D-Wis.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerKamala Harris on 2020 presidential bid: ‘I’m not ruling it out’ The ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor MORE (D-Calif.), Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellPartisan politics at independent agency draws bipartisan rebuke Senators share their fascination with sharks at hearing Poll: Majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade MORE (D-Wash.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGillibrand calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn Feinstein calls for hold on Kavanaugh consideration Grassley releases letter detailing Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation MORE (D-Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand calls for Kavanaugh nomination to be withdrawn Teen girls pen open letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser: We imagine you at that party and 'see ourselves' Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampGOP plays defense on ObamaCare’s pre-existing conditions Doug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Heitkamp knocks GOP challenger for 'disturbing' comments on Kavanaugh allegations MORE (D-N.D.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: Kavanaugh's credibility is 'already very questionable' Sunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Kavanaugh fight roils an already ugly political climate MORE (D-Hawaii), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity 'Kavanaugh' chants erupt at Trump rally in Missouri The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify MORE (D-Mo.), 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.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate Dem: Republicans have 'predetermined' outcome of Kavanaugh hearing Sunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal MORE (D-Wash.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report Dems seek ways to block Trump support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen 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 (D-N.H.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress prepares to punt biggest political battles until after midterms Trump attacks Dems on farm bill Trump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security 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.