The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Congress is back | Bannon pick alarms rights groups | Obama to hold presser | DC's most powerful odd couple | Biden memes | 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer | National Pickle Day

NEWS OF THE MORNING -- NOPE, NO CONTROVERSY HERE, LOOK THE OTHER WAY: Over the weekend, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff (not surprising) and former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist. Well, civil rights advocates and critics on both sides of the aisle (!) are expressing alarm over Bannon's new post. Why: They claim Bannon has embraced white nationalism and anti-Semitism. Bannon has even proudly adopted the leadership mantle of the nationalist "alt-right." Here's why some groups are worried a white nationalist may be in the White House (I can't believe I just typed that): http://bit.ly/2ga9ysY

TO THE RESCUE: Priebus defended Bannon on the morning shows, saying "that's not the Steve Bannon I know." He added that Bannon is "very, very smart, very temperate, and together we've been able to manage a lot of the decision making in regard to the campaign." http://bit.ly/2g7nmF6

AND ANOTHER!: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) repeatedly defended President-elect Donald Trump's decision to pick Bannon on Monday. "The president-elect always gets to pick his team going forward," McCarthy said during a combative meeting with reporters. http://bit.ly/2g899YF

BUT IT'S NOT ALL RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES FROM REPUBLICANS: GOP pundit Ana Navarro tweeted: "Oh, hell! White supremacist, anti gay, anti Semite, vindictive, scary-ass dude named Senior Strategist. After vomiting, be afraid, America." http://bit.ly/2fNaW1v

It's Monday, and Congress is finally back for the first time since the elections. 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 comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

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WASHINGTON'S POWER/ODD COUPLE: It's safe to say President-elect Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports MORE (R-Ky.)weren't the best of friends during the campaign. McConnell distanced himself from the controversial GOP nominee, while Trump viewed McConnell as the epitome of an establishment Republican. Personality wise, they are on opposite sides of the spectrum. But now with a slim Senate majority, they need to pair up and move an ambitious agenda. How it'll go down: http://bit.ly/2f8Krm0

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- DON'T FREAK OUT, BUT THE LIST IS QUITE EXTENSIVE: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, this year's lame-duck session could be one of the lamest in years. Why: Republicans will want to punt a lot of big items until after Trump is sworn in. But there's still a lot to do. Thanksgiving break is next week, then the government runs out of funding on Dec. 9. What's on tap: http://bit.ly/2eXnogf

House leadership elections: House Republicans hold leadership elections tomorrow. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) and his three top deputies are considered safe. House Democrats vote Thursday. No one is challenging Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) or Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). 

Senate leadership elections: Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (D-N.Y.) is expected to become minority leader, but there's a fight for the caucus's No. 2 spot. Senate Republicans are expected to keep their current leadership team. 

Funding the government: Most likely, an omnibus appropriations package will be negotiated with President Obama by or around the Dec. 9 deadline. However, some conservatives are calling for a short-term spending bill to last until Trump is sworn in. 

Freshman orientation: "Newly elected members of the House and Senate will arrive in Washington for the first time this week for freshman orientation. They'll participate in leadership elections for the new Congress, along with more mundane tasks like the office lottery." 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN DENIS ISN'T STAYING ON?!?! WHAT ABOUT VALERIE -- CAN WE KEEP VALERIE?: Via The Wall Street Journal's Michael C. Bender and Carol E. Lee, Trump's aides apparently didn't know the entire West Wing staff had to be hired. Also, Obama realized during their meeting that Trump needs more guidance and will help him out more than usual:

"During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama's term.

"After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said." http://on.wsj.com/2fL78xB

OH TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL DURING A LATE-NIGHT DRUNK UBER RIDE: Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) worked as an Uber driver this past weekend in an effort to work "alongside and for Nebraskans." The tweets are hilarious: http://bit.ly/2fPJA9M

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NEW SHOES, CHECK! NEW BACKPACK, CHECK! Today is new member check-in on Capitol Hill. It legitimately looks like first day of school: http://bit.ly/2fRmjIo

 

NOTABLE TWEETS: 

The Hill's Sarah Ferris
[HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews] Burwell just did the dab on stage at the White House. Twice. http://bit.ly/2fRXXMj

The Washington Post's Radley Balko (Lol, this is an amazing sign.)
A nation in crisis finds its hero. http://bit.ly/2fNqIcM

 

ON TAP:

Today -- tomorrow: The Wall Street Journal CEO Council holds its 2016 U.S. annual meeting in Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/2fr0UoJ

Today–tomorrow: The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holds its 2016 National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/2eXrvc9

12:30 p.m. EST: The RNC holds a press briefing to discuss last week's results. It will air on C-SPAN 2. 

1 p.m. EST: First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE speaks at the White House's Veterans Homelessness Summit.

2 p.m. EST: The House meets for the first time since the election.

3 p.m. EST: Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speak with White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughFormer Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care MORE at the Veterans Homelessness Summit. 

3:15 p.m. EST: President Obama holds a press conference before he leaves for his final foreign trip as president.

5 p.m. EST: First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak at the Joining Forces Celebration.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate meets pro forma.

6:20 p.m. EST: President Obama leaves Joint Base Andrews en route to Athens, Greece.

6:30 p.m. EST: The House votes on a series of suspension bills.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Pickle Day and National Spicy Guacamole Day!

TRENDING -- JOHN OLIVER ISN'T OVER IT: While many pundits and politicians are encouraging people to give Donald Trump a chance as president, HBO's John Oliver is scared out of his mind. I know I keep saying this, but it's such a poetic ending to their election-long feud. http://ti.me/2f8QZ49

RELEASED TODAY -- 'TALE AS OLD AS TIIIIIIME': Disney released the first official trailer for the live-action "Beauty and the Beast." Counting down the days! http://bit.ly/2fNo0Eh

BECAUSE WE COULD ALL USE A GOOD LAUGH ON A MONDAY: Memes of Vice President Biden plotting White House pranks have been going viral. Some of them are laugh-out-loud funny: http://r29.co/2eT17Ni

Example from @jbillinson:
Biden: "I left a Kenyan passport in your desk, just to f*** with him"
Obama: "Joe"
Biden: "Oh and a prayer rug in your bedroom. He's gonna lose it!"
Obama: "Dammit Joe" http://bit.ly/2eT75xJ

And because I kept you this long, this is what a pelican looks like when it yawns. You're welcome. http://bit.ly/2fyQalL

 

 

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