The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Merkel, not Trump, is Time’s Person of the Year | FBI chief on San Bernardino shooters | The return of Santorum's sweater vest?  

DEVELOPING NOW — SAN BERARDINO SHOOTERS RADICALIZED YEARS AGO: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that both of the San Bernardino shooters were radicalized at least two years ago, before they met online. Comey said the couple talked about jihad and martyrdom before becoming engaged and living together.  http://bit.ly/1maKxwy

BREAKING ON CAPITOL HILL — EDUCATION BILL SWEEPS THROUGH THE SENATE​ Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, the Senate has passed a bipartisan overhaul of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act. The House passed the bill last week, so it's now headed to President Obama's desk. ​What it means: the legislation will reduce the federal government's oversight of the public school system (passing it off to state and local governments.)  http://bit.ly/1Qfk1yu 

REVEALED THIS MORNING: TIME’S PERSON OF THE YEAR: Time magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its Person of the Year.  Did Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE, who had been on Time's shortlist, publicly congratulate Merkel? Not exactly. He tweeted that Time picked the person who is "ruining Germany." Time then responded by posting a video of Trump from his photo shoot — dodging a bald eagle — lol. More on why Time chose Merkel: http://ti.me/1R9V4Vf 

It’s T minus two days until Friday (Wednesday). 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 food truck suggestions to cmartel@thehill.com and @CateMartel.

BABY STEPS FOR GOVERNMENT FUNDING: The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to tighten restrictions on who can enter the U.S. without a visa. What this means: People traveling from Western Europe usually don’t need a visa to visit the U.S. But now, if they’re been to Syria, Iraq, Iran or Sudan in the past five years, they do. Countries participating in the program are now sharing information with U.S. authorities about suspected terrorists. http://nbcnews.to/1NLJXeB 

– How this ties into government funding: A discussion over halting the flow of Syrian refugees into the U.S. has been stalling the bill to fund the government. This measure is a potential way to get the ball rolling. http://bit.ly/1PYPS6W

HOW TO EXPLAIN FRIDAY’S DEADLINE TO YOUR FRIENDS: With a simple visual, this is where Congress stands right now in relation to Friday’s government funding deadline:http://on.fb.me/1lMNFOz 

SCOOP — BIG CYBER LEGISLATION MAY BE AROUND THE CORNER: Via The Hill’s Cory Bennett, the White House is reviewing a final draft of major cybersecurity legislation to encourage companies to share more data about hackers with the government. Why it’s important: If the White House does sign off, it will clear a path for Congress to wrap up, by the end of the week, long-delayed legislation on sharing cybersecurity info. http://bit.ly/1PZqSwn

MUSLIM CONGRESSMAN GETS A DEATH THREAT: Via The Hill’s Julian Hattem, one of the two Muslim congressmen, Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) received a death threat Monday that he linked to “demagoguery" from Donald Trump, calling it ”largely in part to this toxic environment.”  But wait: It’s unclear whether the death threat was received after Trump’s most recent comments about Muslims. http://bit.ly/1IUz891 

NO LONDON GETAWAY FOR TRUMP: Via The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes, more than 100,000 have signed a petition to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom, meaning Parliament must consider the issue. http://bit.ly/1luo9hs

WHAT THE?: The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ @OrenKessler: 
Adorable Palestinian girl winning hearts on Facebook swings knife, yells, "Stab! Stab!"http://bit.ly/1NbGTes 

THINGS TO GET US THROUGH THE DAY: BuzzFeed has a funny compilation of tweets about Donald Trumphttp://bzfd.it/1maicGK Here are some of the best: 

@goldengateblond: Donald Trump is what happens when you tell a child all his ideas are special. 
@ebrawley: The worst thing about Donald Trump is that he does manual RTs. 
@briangaar: Donald Trump is basically a YouTube comment section running for president
@ConanOBrien: I’m tempted to vote for Donald Trump just to hear the phrase “Secretary of State Gary Busey.” 

IT’S HOLIDAY PARTY SEASON!: Microsoft hosted a holiday open house last night where guests experienced the latest Xbox games. Spotted: Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyRep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus Loeffler to continue to self-isolate after conflicting COVID-19 test results MORE (R-Iowa), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief House Democrats run late ads defending vulnerable DCCC chair House Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education MORE (D-Wash.), Rep. Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerHillicon Valley: House panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments House approves legislation to send cybersecurity resources to state, local governments Is Congress reasserting itself? MORE (D-Wash.), Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands), Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), New America’s Anne-Marie Slaughter, Microsoft President Brad Smith, Microsoft Vice President of Government Affairs Fred Humphries, Google’s Susan Molinari and Burson-Marsteller’s Don Baer. 

REHM HAS SEEN IT ALL, EXCEPT MAYBE THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND ELECTION: Via The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi, NPR’s longtime radio host Diane Rehm will retire next year after nearly 40 years on air. “My thinking is that I’ll stay on the air until the election because I really want to see how this will go,” Rehm said in an interview. That’s a pretty good assessment, Diane. http://wapo.st/1R8mbQM 



The Des Moines Register’s Kathie Obradovich
Rick Santorum says he “may risk” bringing back the sweater vest -- his daughters say they’ll disown him if he does. http://bit.ly/1RCLEB2 

Actor Billy Corben
How are there still drivers in Florida that don't know you can make a right turn on a red light? And why can't Trump keep them out? http://bit.ly/1YWPrvb 

C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman (The photos of props used on the floor of Congress are pretty ‘punny’ including “Jurassic Pork: Old earmarks have survived”)
Movies in Congress...(partial h/t to @cspanJeremy) http://bit.ly/1OS4JMZ 

NBC’s Alex Moe 
New Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition MORE & President Obama are making their first public appearance together today at 150th Anniv of Ratification of 14th Amend. Ceremony.http://bit.ly/1SOdHMk 

The Washington Post’s Jenn Amur (the photos of writing on the wall – literally - in this tweet are great)
The writing's on the wall. Today's the last day for most of us at the 1150 15th St @washingtonpost building http://bit.ly/1OTrJez 



1:15 - 4:30 p.m. EST: The House votes, including work on the Red River Private Property Protection Act.

2:15 p.m. EST: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is holding an enrollment ceremony for the Every Student Succeeds Act in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol. Expected to attend: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE (R-Tenn.), Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayNational reading, math tests postponed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition DOJ investigation into Epstein deal ends without recommended action MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottNational reading, math tests postponed to 2022 amid coronavirus surge Trump officials approve Georgia plan to remove healthcare.gov as enrollment option House committee subpoenas Education Department staff over for-profit colleges MORE (D-Va.).

2:20 p.m. EST: President Obama is meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Vice President Biden also attends.

2:30 p.m. EST: GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson is unveiling an alternative to ObamaCare at a town hall in Lansing, Mich. Details: http://detne.ws/1RCwU52

4-8 p.m. EST: NPR is reopening the lobby of their D.C. headquarters for dozens of unique crafts and homemade gifts from New England to D.C. The original event was called #AllCraftsConsidered. Round two is today! Here’s everything you need to know: http://on.fb.me/1Y2nGPu

5 p.m. EST: Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-N.H.) is holding a Facebook Q&A. How to participate:http://on.fb.me/1N9Ul2w 

6 p.m. EST: Armenian Caucus leaders Reps. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) are co-chairing an event with the Armenian Assembly of America. 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST tomorrow: AtlanticLIVE is holding an LGBT summit. Featured speakers include Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Next Congress expected to have record diversity Infrastructure, energy investments urgently needed to create U.S. jobs MORE (D-Wis.), WNBA Player Layshia Clarendon and former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) Live stream: http://theatln.tc/1OS5d5K 



6 a.m. EST tomorrow: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE (R-Texas) joins MSNBC’s "Morning Joe"


Now for the fun stuff...

WILL THE REAL REPUBLICAN PLEASE. STAND. UP.: This rap video of the first GOP presidential debate has gone viral. A) the creator has too much free time on his hands, but B) it’s pretty catchy. http://on.fb.me/1Qu3qpi 

THIS WEEKEND, COMIN’ IN HOT: In the D.C. area, temperatures are going to surge well into the 60s starting Friday, with a chance to hit 70 degrees on Sunday and Monday (!!!!!!) Excuse me while I go do a cartwheel on the street. http://wapo.st/1NgKp5m 

APPLE LAUNCH IS A GETTING A SAD REVIEW: Apple has created an iPhone case that adds battery life. It looks like a big lump jutting out of a silicone case.  From The Guardian: “But the biggest complaint so far from users seems to be the design, which looks like a cheap Chinese knockoff.” :( http://bit.ly/1NU9zw3 

Today is National Pastry Day!

And while we’re on the topic, here’s a subscriber comment from Emily Seils, client experience manager at Triple Mint NYC: @CateMartel, my biggest takeaway from your 12:30 report is that you somehow manage to make every day some sort of national dessert day. http://bit.ly/1luffAN 

I don’t make the rules ;-)


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