The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fight for control of consumer agency | Trump pick Mulvaney shows up with doughnuts | Rival director files suit | Lawmakers return to nightmare December | Conyers steps down as top Dem on Judiciary Committee | Prince Harry, actress Meghan Markle engaged | Senate GOP heads to tax vote | Dictionary.com's word of the year
NEWS OF THE MORNING
This reminds me of when Michael Scott tried firing employees and they just simply told him 'no' http://bit.ly/2k3ZEfw:
Mulvaney brings donuts to his first day at CFPB. Couldn’t hurt. pic.twitter.com/BpKJ2nd1L0— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) November 27, 2017
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, who President Trump says is now in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, showed up for work with donuts and ordered CFPB employees to ignore all directives from Deputy Director Leandra English and report them to the agency's legal department, according to Reuters. The doughnuts are not a bad idea, tbh. The White House told CNBC that Mulvaney was given access to the director's office with full support from the bureau's staff, despite the lawsuit filed against him and Trump by English. http://bit.ly/2iYatfU
Wait, so what's the CFPB and what's this fight?:
BACK STORY -- TWO COMPETING REPLACEMENTS FOR THE SAME JOB: The outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayDennis Kucinich jumps into race to be Cleveland mayor Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy that hampered probes of student loan companies On The Money: IRS to start monthly payments of child tax credit July 15 | One-fourth of Americans took financial hits in 2020: Fed MORE, recently announced he would be leaving his post. Why things got sticky: Cordray, an Obama nominee who has been "often criticized as being too aggressive by banks and Congressional Republicans," named Leandra English as interim leader. Meanwhile, President Trump named current Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney for the same post. The result: Total chaos. http://cbsn.ws/2ACnCWl
SO, CORDRAY'S REPLACEMENT IS SUING: English sued Trump in order to block Mulvaney from taking over as acting director of the agency. http://bit.ly/2hVsiLo
Full lawsuit, if you're into that kinda thing: Here's the CFPB deputy director's suit saying Trump can't fill consumer agency post: http://bit.ly/2hVh1dY
Tidbit: "CFPB is conveniently located across the street from Mick Mulvaney's other office at [Eisenhower Executive Office Building]." http://bit.ly/2k4gD14
Lol, wow -- today's timeline:
"7:56am: Mulvaney spox tweets photo of him 'hard at work'
7:57am: English sends email signed 'acting director'
10am: Mulvaney memo offers donuts, tells staff to 'disregard' English's instructions & report her." http://bit.ly/2Bhs2hH
NEWS TO WATCH THIS NEXT MONTH
Why lawmakers are kicking their legs and yelling at their spouses, 'You can't make me go back today!!': Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, lawmakers are bracing for chaos in December as they plunge into several high-stakes legislative fights. How long Congress has this year: Both chambers are expected to be in session for roughly 15 days before leaving town, but the looming battles could push their exit date closer to Christmas.
The major battles: Republicans want to get tax reform to President Trump's desk by the end of the year. Republicans are also facing a Dec. 8 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, with fights over immigration and health care also crowding the agenda. Here's a quick primer on each of the December legislative issues: http://bit.ly/2ncCyoj
Actual footage of Republicans returning to work on tax reform --> http://bit.ly/2zuguaf
INTERESTING READ -- IT'S NOT ALL RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES FOR REPUBLICANS: Via The Hill's Melania Zanona, the GOP's tax plan could deliver a much-needed win for the White House, but it could also kill one of Trump's other top priorities: legislation to rebuild U.S. infrastructure. How so: http://bit.ly/2AbeuXF
WHIP LIST -- BOOKMARK THIS IF YOU'RE FOLLOWING THE SENATE TAX BILL: Senators are aiming for a vote this week on a Republican tax reform plan. If all members of the Democratic caucus vote no, Republicans can only afford two no votes, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. So far, there's one clear Republican no vote, with six Republicans who are unsure. Where each senator stands: http://bit.ly/2jqdhBH
ANNOUNCED THIS A.M.
How did 'dumpster fire' not win a decisive victory?!: Dictionary.com has named 'complicit' its 2017 word of the year. Why: "Russian election influence, the ever-widening sexual harassment scandal, mass shootings and the opioid epidemic helped elevate the word." Increase in searches: People looked up the word 300 percent more this year. Here's a list of other words that saw a spike: http://bit.ly/2jrFyrt
TALK OF THE MORNING
If this is the first you're hearing about this, I'm legitimately impressed: Britain's Prince Harry is now engaged to American actor Meghan Markle. Um, I thought we were all family here...?: The prince and Markle got engaged earlier this month, but kept it quiet until today's announcement. When to mark your calendar -- I assume we're invited: Spring 2018. What would I know Meghan Markle from?: She's best known for her role in "Suits." What to know about Markle: http://cnn.it/2AbzTk0
This engagement is really quite extraordinary....a divorced American woman who is the child of a black mother and white father is marrying the future King of England’s second son. This would have been unthinkable 20 years ago...perhaps even 10 years ago. pic.twitter.com/5nNEQAtsGP— Yashar Ali (@yashar) November 27, 2017
IN OTHER NEWS
The Ethics Committee has quite the busy laundry list these days: Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) announced he is stepping aside as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. From his statement: "I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics." http://bit.ly/2AArGX9
Back story: Last week, BuzzFeed News reported that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances." Other staffers alleged that he made requests for sexual favors, inappropriately touched staffers and used congressional resources to transport women that they believed he was having sexual relationships with at the time. Shortly after the report was published, another woman came forward with allegations.
Throwback: "CONYERS AND NADLER: A Sept. 22, 1993, press conference urging single-payer health care -- the 'McDermott Bill' (Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE there, too)" (From C-SPAN's Howard Mortman) Photos and video: http://bit.ly/2iX1RGb
This tweet caused a stir with White House correspondent April Ryan:
Here's the full back and forth: http://bit.ly/2k3hqiY
I️ dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm! pic.twitter.com/rO8nFxtly7— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 23, 2017
I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie Show it to us on the table with folks eating it and a pic of you cooking it. I am getting the biggest laugh out of this. I am thankful for this laugh on Black Friday! https://t.co/ifeSBlSZW7— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) November 24, 2017
The House is out until tomorrow. The Senate returns later today.
12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and members of the Senate Finance Committee.
2 p.m. EST: President Trump holds an event honoring the Native American code talkers.
2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan House panel advances 8B defense bill MORE.
2:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with the leadership of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.
4 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.
5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. Their schedule today: http://bit.ly/2iWfFAO
Today: Cyber Monday.
3 p.m. EST Tuesday: President Trump is meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss their legislative agenda. http://bit.ly/2zHDVkz
WHAT TO WATCH:
2 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2hWcmsA
6 p.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) for an event in its Newsmaker Series. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2jc504r
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day.
If your heart says 'yes' to winter, but your extremities say 'no thanks': Via Washingtonian, you can rent a heated, clear igloo on the roof of the Watergate Hotel. Food and drinks are served inside. http://bit.ly/2BfqLYs
And because you read this far, here's a chicken sporting some stylish sneakers: https://youtu.be/0iciZnh4f1k?t=4s
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