The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sexual harassment crisis engulfs political media | More Charlie Rose accusers come forward | Strong ObamaCare enrollment numbers | Trump calls UCLA player's dad 'ungrateful fool' | 8 rescued after Navy plane crash | Trump at Mar-a-Lago | Thanksgiving traffic warnings | Best Black Friday deals



Charlie Rose has more accusers: Three CBS employees have come forward and accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment. This is following: Rose was ousted from CBS and PBS yesterday over other sexual harassment allegations. http://cbsn.ws/2AmIbGe

PROBABLY NOT THE BEST TIMING: Via TMZ, a photographer asked Charlie Rose if he had anything to say to his accusers. Rose responded, "It's not wrongdoing," then entered his apartment building. That response is a little different from his earlier statement, "I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed." http://bit.ly/2zdaz9q

INTERESTING READ -- THIS IS GETTING INSANE: A wave of sexual harassment allegations is ripping through the White House press corps and broadcast networks, forcing a reckoning on sexism and power dynamics inside newsrooms at a time when the media's credibility is already under attack. How media organizations are reacting: http://bit.ly/2A2MxiE

Happy day-before-Thanksgiving! 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.

Programming note: The 12:30 Report will be off tomorrow and Friday. Have a relaxing and Happy Thanksgiving!



Announced today -- strong ObamaCare enrollment numbers: About 2.3 million people have signed up for ObamaCare plans in the first 18 days of open enrollment, the Trump administration announced this morning. So far, the pace of sign-ups has exceeded last year: In the first 26 days of last year's open enrollment period, 2.1 million people signed up compared to the 2.3 million people who signed up the first 18 days of this year's period. When the enrollment period ends: Dec. 15. http://bit.ly/2BdThdH

I have an app idea -- a fake Twitter that looks and feels like you're tweeting, but doesn't actually publish: President Trump lashed out at the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting earlier this month, referring to LaVar Ball as a "poor man's version of Don King" and an "ungrateful fool." OuchTrump's tweets -- I miss the 140-character limit: "It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence -- IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It's a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!" http://bit.ly/2A0NhHb

Eight rescued after U.S. Navy plane crash: Eight people were rescued today after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Japan. Are the survivors OK?: Rescue crews have so far managed to rescue eight in "good condition." How many people the plane was carrying: 11 -- search and rescue operations are underway for the other three. What we know: The Navy transporter plane was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in the Philippine Sea, where it was operating as part of a military exercise. Keep in mind: The crash is the fifth in a string of accidents involving the 7th Fleet since January. Those accidents include two deadly collisions involving guided missile destroyers that left 17 U.S. sailors dead. http://bit.ly/2hTdRuW

Getting traction -- ahhh, the two-party system at its most attractive: President Trump appeared to throw his support behind Roy Moore (R) despite the allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Senate candidate. In Trump's words: "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. The president slammed the record of Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, saying "it's terrible on crime, it's terrible on the border, it's terrible on the military." On the allegations: Trump declined to say whether he believes the accusations against Moore, but stressed that the former judge has denied them. http://bit.ly/2A4wdh6

REACTION — NO CHANGES HERE: Via The Associated Press, officials at both the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which cut off support, say they have no plans to reconsider backing Roy Moore. http://bit.ly/2jeUh9h



How festive:

Via CNET, here are useful Google Maps charts, by region and time, to plan around Thanksgiving traffic: http://cnet.co/2hK83QQ


During yesterday's White House Thanksgiving turkey pardon:


Wow, this has been around:



Congress is out.

President Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago report in Palm Beach, Fla. He has no public events on his schedule today.

Tidbit: White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told reporters traveling with the president he plans to make calls this week on tax reform, but said that otherwise she expects a "low-key day." The pool reporter later issued a correction, saying the White House meant to say it expects the press corps to have a "low-key day," but that Trump has a full schedule of meetings and phone calls. http://bit.ly/2jNVWXg

This morning: Vice President Pence visited with military families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He then met with service member families at the USA Warrior and Family Center.

Thursday: Federal holiday -- Happy Thanksgiving!

Op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, author Laura Vanderkam writes this Thanksgiving do more than just merely "survive" your fill-in-the-blank family. http://bit.ly/2A08CQQ



Nov. 29: The Hill is hosting Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveRepublicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration Juan Williams: Trump's hostile takeover of the GOP Election Countdown: Recount prospects grow in Florida | Abrams team to sue over absentee ballots | Dem wins pivotal Georgia House seat | A look at the uncalled races | Corporations spend big to beat ballot measures MORE (R-Utah) for an event in its Newsmaker Series. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2jc504r



Today is National Cashew Day.

Wow, I guess this restaurant managed to beat Chick-fil-A ;) Via CBS News, here's a look inside a tiny restaurant in the English county of North Yorkshire that has been named as the "Best Restaurant in the World." http://cbsn.ws/2mSdAua

For all the millennial women in the group: Halo Top just opened its first-ever ice cream shop. Where: Los Angeles. They even have taco cones and puffle cones. Video: http://bit.ly/2iHtkvl

I realize this is wrong, but is anyone else excited to read the Black Friday stories about how competitive and angry people get...?:

Friday: Here's a list of the best Black Friday deals to watch out for: http://bit.ly/2BadqRL

Right now: And here's a list of the best Black Friday deals you can get right now: https://usat.ly/2zYX4O6

And to kick off your long weekend of eating, here's a rabbit who looooooves popcorn. Come on, little guy. Knock the bowl over. It'll be much easier: http://bit.ly/2Bdbgkm 


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