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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Dems launch 'no confidence' resolution on Trump | Senate GOP meeting Trump for lunch | Tensions between Trump, GOP grow | Conservatives blame Congress for repeal failure | Trump vows to find 'full truth' as voter fraud panel meets | Trump Jr. reportedly 'miserable' as first son | National Hot Dog Day!

NOW'S THE TIME TO PULL OUT THAT DASHING SMILE AND THE EMERGENCY 'APPLES TO APPLES' GAME TO BREAK THE ICE: Tensions are bubbling over between President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE and Senate Republicans. Why this time: The White House blames Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE (R-Ky.) for the ObamaCare debacle, while GOP senators say Trump didn't help at all. The good, old-fashioned blame game: A member of Trump's team says their boss bears no responsibility for the embarrassing loss because McConnell was in charge of putting together a Senate package. http://bit.ly/2uzbu55

A LITTLE BUTTERING UP BEFORE THE MEETING NEVER HURT ANYONE: President Trump complimented Senate Republicans' healthcare plan this morning, tweeting, "The Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is, & it will get even better at lunchtime. The Dems scream death as OCare dies!" http://bit.ly/2uzeChh

When they're meeting: 12:30 p.m. EDT at the White House for lunch.

How many Republicans are actually going: Unclear.

Spotted getting lunch at 11:30 a.m.: "Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel The National Trails System is celebrating 50 years today — but what about the next 50 years? MORE R-N.C.) is ordering lunch in the Senate carry out. Not going to WH while investigation under way he says." http://bit.ly/2tpVIK5

The field trip bus: Photo of the bus taking GOP senators to the White House. I hope it smells like sunscreen -- that would be festive. http://bit.ly/2tfEr1K

The eager beaver of the group: Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted: "I'm eager to replace Obamacare and I'm the first one on the bus to the Whitehouse to find the magic to get to 'yes.'" http://bit.ly/2vCgt1t

Notice the seating chart: "Waiting senators for lunch at White House. Trump seated next to Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDems outraising Republicans in final stretch of midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Obama to speak at campaign rally for Nevada Dems MORE and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths Bipartisan group of senators ask Trump to increase focus on maternal deaths 7 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina MORE." Photo of the seating arrangementhttp://bit.ly/2uDi3CX

TAKING THE BRUNT OF THE OBAMACARE BLAME -- CONGRESS, NOT TRUMP: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Jonathan Easley, conservatives are lashing out at the Republican-controlled Congress over the lack of progress on President Trump's agenda. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt even compared the list of Republican defectors to "Game of Thrones" character Arya Stark's fictional revenge list. http://bit.ly/2vC0twx

It's Wednesday. Tomorrow marks six months since President Trump took office --> http://bit.ly/2tGS6OR I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

JUST NOW -- HERE ARE 25 NAMES COMING DIRECTLY OFF THE WHITE HOUSE'S CHRISTMAS CARD LIST...: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, a group of liberal House Democrats stepped up criticism of President Trump, introducing a "no confidence" resolution that officially questions Trump's fitness to serve as commander in chief. Their reasoning: His campaign's many contacts with Russian officials; his refusal to release his taxes; his verbal attacks on women and the press; and his firing of FBI Director James Comey. Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). List of 24 Dems who endorsed it his resolution: http://bit.ly/2tr0VRP

MAYBE DON JR. SHOULD LET OFF A LITTLE STEAM THE WAY JENNA BUSH DIDVia People's Sandra Sobieraj and Tierney McAfee, President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. is "miserable." From a friend of the Trump brothers: "Eric and Don, they never wanted this." Another source: "Don can't do any deals, because he'll be overly scrutinized. He just goes to work every day and is miserable ... [Don Jr.] can't wait for these four years to be over." http://bit.ly/2u7UjVg 


TALKED -- NO, ARGUED ABOUT, THIS MORNING -- WHEN YOU MEET UP WITH YOUR EX BUT KNOW YOUR FRIENDS WON'T APPROVE: President Trump held a second, informal talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, the White House confirmed late yesterday. Details: Trump spoke with the Russian leader for roughly an hour, joined only by Putin's translator. The meeting had previously gone without mention by the administration. http://bit.ly/2vChpmw

Trump's reaction: "Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is 'sick.' All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!" http://bit.ly/2uznSlp

Dems' reaction: Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump travels to hurricane-ravaged Florida, Georgia Dems eye ambitious agenda if House flips Schiff: There is legal precedent for impeaching sitting officials over prior criminal conduct MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called President Trump's previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin "deeply troubling." http://bit.ly/2tGD3EI

HAPPENING NOW -- IT'S ALL ABOUT THE VOTES: President Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is holding its first public meeting, chaired by Vice President PenceLivestream: http://bit.ly/2u8DI3M

SPECIAL GUEST: President Trump stopped by and made brief remarks warning of the dangers of voter fraud. Trump called the commission's work a "sacred duty" and said he hopes its findings will give way to the "full truth." "Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy ... Can't let that happen. Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by noncitizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped." http://bit.ly/2u8GN3Q

Why the commission is already under fire: From The New York Times's Michael Wines: http://nyti.ms/2u8k8EF

REMEMBER CARRIER? -- THE TIMING IS A BIT, WELL, HMMM...: Via IndyStar's Tony Cook and James Briggs, Carrier Corp. is laying off 300 employees at its Indianapolis factory. Timing: It's happening Thursday, which happens to be exactly six months since Inauguration Day. http://indy.st/2tfgSWP

Back story: One of Trump's biggest campaign pledges was to keep jobs in the United States. An air-conditioning company, Carrier, planned to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico. Then President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence announced a deal to keep roughly 1,000 jobs in the state. http://nyti.ms/2uac5cc

WHAT DO WE WANT?! TAX REFORM! WHEN DO WE WANT IT?! PLEASE, PLEASE BEFORE 2018: Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda, the GOP's setback on healthcare is creating even more pressure for Republicans to accomplish tax reform before the midterms. Why: Expectations were set high because of the party's control of Washington. http://bit.ly/2uIyizv

Tidbit on tax reform: President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, forecasted that the president's tax reform plan will have three parts. The gist: Lewandowski said Americans can expect a plan that will lead to less cash flow going overseas, deductions for middle-class families and a simplified tax code. http://bit.ly/2uCkW7c

A LITTLE NEW HEMPSHIRE NEWS -- MARY-JOO-AHNA: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) has signed a new law decriminalizing marijuana, making the Granite State the 22nd in the nation to eliminate the possibility of jail time for those convicted of simple possession. What it means: The new law will reduce fines for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana from $2,000 to just $100 for a first or second offense. When it takes effect: Two months from now. http://bit.ly/2vjgtEa

NEWLY REPORTED -- AT LEAST CYBERSECURITY ISN'T A HOT BUTTON ISSUE RIGHT NOW: Via Bloomberg's Nick Wadhams and Nafeesa Syeed, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump administration rigging the game, and your retirement fund could be the loser Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington Turkey-Russia Idlib agreement: A lesson for the US MORE is closing a State Department office that works with other countries on cyber as part of an internal reorganization. What's happening to the office: It will become part of the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. What's different: "The coordinator will no longer report directly to the secretary of state, going instead through the bureau's chain of command." https://bloom.bg/2vC7FJ8



CBS's Rebecca Kaplan (AH, PUPPY!!!! Oh wait... http://bit.ly/2tqq2E5)

Creative way to avoid swarm of Qs: bring a dog to Senate votes. Won't keep reporters away, but may distract them. Photo of the puppy swarm: http://bit.ly/2uIwWF7



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Senate Republicans. http://bit.ly/2vC5KnQ

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a "Made in America" roundtable in the State Dining Room.

5 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.



2 p.m. EDT: A House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on tax reform. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2uzzGEj

What you can't watch -- 2 p.m. EDT: White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing, but off-camera.

7 p.m. EDT: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear exclusively on Fox News with Martha MacCallumhttp://bit.ly/2tGFGXh



Today is National Hot Dog Day! It's also National Daiquiri Day!

ADJUSTS GLASSES AND BREATHS THROUGH HER MOUTH -- SCIENCE!: Here's a list of every total solar eclipse that will happen in your lifetime and maps of their paths. It's pretty fascinating. http://wapo.st/2u4gpYJ

TRENDING -- WELL ​SHE'S SETTLING IN NICELY TO HER ROYAL DUTIES: During a royal visit in Germany, Princess Charlotte stole the show. Photos and video: http://cnn.it/2u8ix1O

And to perfectly describe my current mood, meet Emma, the baby who loves ice cream more than any other human: http://bit.ly/2vCe2fr


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