The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump approval at new low | Trump slams Franken over groping allegations | Dems struggle to contain Franken fallout | Rape survivor no longer wants Franken to sponsor her bill | Trump hosts NCAA champs; one team declines invite | Navy pilot draws male genitalia in the sky | Thanksgiving-flavored Pringles (?)



We all knew he'd have a nickname: President Trump slammed Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMeet the man poised to battle Dems from the White House Minnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Former campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer MORE (D-Minn.) after a radio host accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006. He tweeted: "The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?" Trump wrote. "And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?" http://bit.ly/2yTstOt

BUT MEANWHILE WITH ROY MOORE: The White House has stopped short of calling on Republican candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, saying it should be up to voters to decide his future. http://bit.ly/2mzloRq

A rape survivor doesn't want Franken to sponsor her bill: Via The Washington Post's Samantha Schmidt, Abby Honold, who was brutally raped by a fellow student in 2014 at the University of Minnesota, has been working with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on a Senate bill he planned to introduce this month that would provide federal funding for law enforcement to interview rape victims. But after the allegations yesterday, Honold said she wants a different member of Congress to sponsor it. http://wapo.st/2zOAvuX

How Dems are reacting to Franken -- contain the fallout: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Democratic senators quickly went into damage control mode. The allegations turned the tables in the Senate, where Republicans had been under a daily barrage of questions about Roy Moore, the GOP Senate candidate in Alabama, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls. Several Democratic senators distanced themselves from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who had been considered a potential dark horse for the party's presidential nomination in 2020. http://bit.ly/2isej0z

It's Friday -- today is the second anniversary of the 12:30 Report! Time flies when you're having fun! 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.



And on to the Senate floor!: The Senate Finance Committee late Thursday approved the chamber's GOP tax bill, after the House passed its measure earlier in the day. The panel voted to send the tax plan to the full Senate on a party-line vote of 14-12. http://bit.ly/2zRloik

THE NO VOTES IN THE HOUSE: The House passed the GOP tax reform plan yesterday. Here are the 13 House Republicans who voted against it: http://bit.ly/2jCg6DH

TIDBIT ABOUT THE SENATE'S BILL: The latest version of the Senate Republican tax-reform bill includes a break for companies that manage private jets. Detailshttp://bit.ly/2hHt02C

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, Neil Baron, who advised the Securities and Exchange Commission and congressional staff on rating agency reform, argues that Democrats shouldn't be complicit in the GOP's tax plan. http://bit.ly/2zNjvFu



New poll -- I think the Thanksgiving break will be good for everyone: President Trump's job approval rating hit a new low in November and has declined for three months straight, according to the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey. The numbers: 41 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 59 percent who disapprove. That's down from a 45 percent approval in September and the previous low of 42 percent, which Trump hit in October. Trump peaked in the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey at 49 percent approval in March.








The House and Senate are both out for Thanksgiving.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

4:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with 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.



11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump hosted the NCAA national champions from various sports at the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2AYc3Wm

Tidbit: The University of South Carolina women's basketball team declined an invitation from President Trump to celebrate their 2017 NCAA championship at the White House. "We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend," USC head coach Dawn Staley said. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament." http://bit.ly/2zacY8W

3:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2zKAiJN

Saturday: The Christmas experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in Florida. http://bzfd.it/2zPEIws



Today is National Baklava Day.

What even?: Via Food and Wine, Pringles has created a new "Thanksgiving Dinner" package of chips. "Each of the eight flavors – Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Creamed Corn, Green Bean Casserole, Mac & Cheese and Pumpkin Pie – gets its own little nook." http://bit.ly/2zOD5kC

This is why we can't have nice things: Via The Washington Examiner, the Navy admitted that Naval aviators were responsible for drawing a phallic symbol in the sky over Okanogan County, Wash. Photos taken by nearby neighbors: http://washex.am/2zRrTle

And because you made it this far, here's a dog who empties out his water bowl and then takes a nap in the bowl. So. Adorable. http://bit.ly/2zLrNOs


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