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The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Dems pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweets | Make or break week for Trump | 'Pocahontas' remark distracts from GOP tax push | Hillcast AM View podcast on how Trump is lobbying GOP senators on tax bill | Bernie nominated for Grammy | Inside the botched sting against The Washington Post | Burger King manager flips out on camera

 

HAPPENING SOON:

Spotted -- Trump dusting off a few of his finest bottles of Trump wine: 

President Trump will head to Capitol Hill this afternoon to rally Senate Republicans on tax reform, amid a make-or-break week for his policy agenda. After today: Trump will then visit Missouri on Wednesday to plug the tax bill. Keep in mind: This is Trump's best chance for a major legislative victory this year. http://bit.ly/2idhdt6

WHAT GOT IN TRUMP'S WAY: One day before the Capitol Hill meeting, Trump threw Republicans off message when he referred to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren and Sanders question Amazon CEO over Whole Foods anti-union video Senate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (D-Mass.) as "Pocahontas" during an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers. The insult took attention away from the GOP's tax push and sparked a major backlash from Democrats, who accused him of using a racial slur, a charge the White House denied. 

WHIP LIST: Here's a list of where each Republican senator stands. Keep checking this page as the votes shift: http://bit.ly/2jqdhBH

It's "Giving Tuesday." 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.

 

BREAKING:

The relationship counselors will not be happy with this: President Trump this morning cast doubt on Washington's ability to avoid a government shutdown. He tweeted: "Meeting with 'Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don't see a deal!" http://bit.ly/2Af8cWK

New development -- Dems: *cough cough* we're all *cough* 'sick': Democratic leaders just abruptly pulled out of the planned meeting with President Trump after his tweet. From House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Pelosi calls Trump’s desire for border wall a ‘manhood issue’ MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE (D-N.Y.) in a joint statement: "Given that the President doesn't see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead. Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won't result in an agreement, we've asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon. We don't have any time to waste..." http://bit.ly/2Bj7HIw

 

JUST ANNOUNCED

Nothing in politics could surprise me at this point and I'm really hoping Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBiden: Trump administration 'coddles autocrats and dictators' Warren and Sanders question Amazon CEO over Whole Foods anti-union video Dem lawmaker to Saudis: Take your oil and shove it MORE gets nominated for a "pop solo performance" next year: Nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards have been announced. Here's a familiar name: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was nominated for the "spoken word album" category. When are the Grammys?: Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Full list of Grammy nominees: https://usat.ly/2zwANUk

 

GETTING TRACTION

This story is pretty nuts: The Washington Post's Shawn Boburg, Aaron C. Davis and Alice Crites report that a woman approached The Washington Post with a false story about getting impregnated by Roy Moore and having an abortion when she was 15 years old. After some fact-checking by the Post, the reporters discovered this woman was actually part of an undercover operation by Project Veritas, a conservative group that organizes "stings" to target the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The full story and how the Post uncovered her identity is fascinating -- it's worth reading, especially how journalists handle allegations: http://wapo.st/2zNhJpm

REACTION FROM THE PROJECT VERITAS FOUNDER -- NOT DENYING IT: Project Veritas' James O'Keefe declined to talk to the Post about the claims. But shortly after the Post's story was posted, Project Veritas sent out a fundraising email to supporters with the subject line "Our cover is blown!" From the email: "Following months of undercover work within The Washington Post, our investigative journalist within the publication had their cover blown," O'Keefe wrote in the email. "This is how undercover work goes. This isn't the first time that has happened, and it won't be the last time." http://bit.ly/2ibV0eK

Tidbit: "A reminder that Project Veritas paid James O'Keefe $317,000 last year." http://bit.ly/2BxfRxZ

THE SIX MOST PUZZLING ASPECTS OF THE BOTCHED STING: The Washington Post's Aaron Blake has a list of the most confusing aspects of the sting. "It's worth recapping just how poorly conceived and executed it was -- and just how embarrassing this is for Project Veritas." Full listhttp://wapo.st/2nd0QOD

 

LAUNCHED TODAY

Guys, you need to subscribe to this. It's really helpful and I'm not just saying this because I work here ;) The Hill just launched a series of quick primer podcasts. The "HillCast AM View" is hosted by The Hill's Alexis Simendinger and briefly catches you up on what's coming up in the day. The Hill's Niv Elis then wraps up the day with another show, "HillCast PM View," hosted on Capitol Hill. The series will also include a weekly newsmaker interview -- this week's episode will feature House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms Conservatives fear Trump will cut immigration deal Democrats in swing districts advised to avoid talking about immigration MORE (R-Calif.).

The inaugural 12-minute morning episode -- it's worth checking out: http://bit.ly/2AcWvjF

Here's how to sign up: http://apple.co/2k5cdah

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Hahaha, oh John DingellJohn DingellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Stormy Daniels trade fire on Twitter | Three weeks to midterms | Pompeo meets Saudi king Former Rep. Dingell released from hospital Former Rep. John Dingell returns to Twitter after heart attack MORE. He recently retired after 60 years in the House:

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in today. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., meeting congressional leaders and Vice President Pence is speaking at events in New York.

11:25 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at Israel's Mission to the United Nations event in New York. Audio: http://bit.ly/2icuger

1 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks with the Senate Republican Conference in the Capitol to support the GOP tax plan.

Op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, the Progressive Policy Institute's Paul Bledsoe argues that Democrats should offer a plan of their own. http://bit.ly/2naBkcX

3 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Republican leadership in the Oval Office.

8 a.m. EST Wednesday: Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia On The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference Mnuchin to decide by Thursday whether to attend Saudi conference MORE (R-Fla.) speaks at a Politico event. http://politi.co/2k7YIqw

10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks at a Joint Economic Committee hearing. Details: http://bit.ly/2Ad2RiS

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

12:30 p.m. EST: The House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing on the opioid crisis. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2BhqyE3

2 p.m. EST: Following the Senate's weekly caucus luncheons, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (R-Ky.) holds a press conference. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2Bk3SmE

2:30 p.m. EST: Following McConnell's press conference, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) briefs reporters. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2BuXNET

2:30 p.m. EST: The Senate Budget Committee meets to consider tax reform legislation. They will also discuss legislation to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2nbx1OG

3 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2iYl5v6

7:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at The Hudson Institute's 2017 Herman Kahn Dinner in New York. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2zNvkwE

9:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: Alex Azar, nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Health Committee. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2AbYhkV

JUST ANNOUNCED -- this week: Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCampaign staffers sue Illinois Dem governor candidate over alleged racial discrimination Bipartisanship is a greater danger than political polarization GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost MORE will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an upcoming trip abroad. He will also make a stop in Paris and will speak at various summits in the three countries. http://bit.ly/2if7kei

Released today: Snapchat’s Peter Hamby speaks with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon about his influence, his war against the Republican establishment and how the Alabama primary impacted President Trump. How to watch: On Snapchat. Preview: http://bit.ly/2hYAxqd

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National French Toast Day.

This is a fun story for all the history buffs in the room: Via the Union Leader's Dave Solomon, a New Hampshire state activist opened a State House vault that contained documents dating back to the Civil War. The vault hadn't been opened since the 1970s. Tidbit: "The first item, held up to roars of laughter, was a large and fairly recent portrait of Senate President Chuck Morse." Why people laughed: "Morse had been lukewarm on the idea of opening the safe with such fanfare and someone from his staff apparently thought to inject some levity into the occasion with the surreptitious placement of his photo." http://bit.ly/2AESEwu

Oh how the world has changed with live video: A Burger King manager completely loses it at a family with small children who took too long to order. The video is -- something: http://bit.ly/2jtHBLE

And because you will want to see this, here's a police dog doing pushups with his officers. What form, Nitro!: http://bit.ly/2AhkPi9

 

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