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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - House delays work on spending bill after conservative demands | Conyers 'retiring today' amid sexual misconduct allegations, endorses son | RNC resumes support for Moore | The Hill named one of 2017's top tweeted news outlets | Priebus on the Trump tweets he stopped | Ex-aide says Karen Pence finds Trump 'totally vile' | Pizza Hut tests wine, beer delivery

 

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING

Rep. Conyers retiring: Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Kavanaugh controversy has led to politicization of 'Me Too,' says analyst Sexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), who for weeks has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, announced today that he will retire from the House. Conyers, the House's current longest-serving member, told a Detroit-area radio station that he is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, for his seat. http://bit.ly/2AwDVB8

Timing: Conyers said he is "retiring today."

Why Conyers's endorsement is a little awkward: Conyers endorsed his son, but his great-nephew, Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers, already said he would be running for the seat. http://cbsn.ws/2imtacb

Was this surprising: No; there were numerous calls from House leadership for him to step aside in light of the sexual harassment allegations. Including 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.), Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Ryan signals support for sanctions if Saudis killed Khashoggi MORE (R-Wis.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant Democratic leader who is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus with Conyers. http://bit.ly/2AwDVB8

It's Tuesday -- Hanukkah starts one week from today and Christmas is 20 days away! 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.

 

TIDBIT FROM PRIEBUS

The things I would do to see Trump's other nine tweets: ​Via The Duke Chronicle, during a​n e​vent former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus opened up about President Trump's tweeting. Priebus "recounted times when he had to enter the Oval Office to stop Trump from tweeting. 'I know the tweets you haven't seen,' Priebus said. 'For every tweet you've seen, there's another nine you didn't see.' He explained that--even when Trump cannot be stopped from rushing to his phone--the president is 'not stupid,' as he knows both 'the difference between a tweet and a nuclear bomb' and how to 'play the media like a fiddle.'" http://bit.ly/2jUgDwX

KAREN PENCE IS REPORTEDLY NOT A FAN: Via The Atlantic's McKay Coppins, a former Trump campaign aide said Vice President Pence's wife, Karen Pence, finds President Trump "totally vile." Context: Mike and Karen Pence were taken aback when the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump is heard making lewd comments about women, leaked last year. A former campaign aide told the publication that Karen Pence was "disgusted." "She finds him reprehensible--just totally vile," the former campaign aide added. http://theatln.tc/2nwAqHM

OP-ED FROM OTHER CAMPAIGN ALUMNI: In an op-ed for The Hill, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie argue why the "Let Trump be Trump" strategy will work again in 2020. http://bit.ly/2AwzOF1

 

LATEST IN THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN FIGHT

We were looking at Christmas, then right around New Years. Then back to Christmas and now --> http://bit.ly/2B0odRJHouse Republicans are delaying considering of a short term spending bill that will keep the government open past Friday. When the Rules Committee was scheduled to meet: This afternoon. When they're meeting now: Tomorrow afternoon. What that means: That would indicate a Thursday vote on the spending patch, bringing lawmakers ever closer to the Friday deadline. Why the delay: Republicans are debating a short term spending bill that either extends to Dec. 22, as leaders first floated, or Dec. 30, the date conservatives want. http://bit.ly/2iTIu4e

What's causing the drama -- let's just say that Freedom Caucus isn't happy with the initial plan: How it went down last night: http://bit.ly/2jgomWP 

 

LATEST WITH THE ROY MOORE ALLEGATIONS

We briefly gave you the silent treatment, but now, WE'RE. BACK.: The Republican National Committee is reinstating its support of Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore after initially cutting ties over allegations of sexual misconduct. Why this comes as a surprise: Less than a month ago, the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled their support of Moore as a chorus of Republican lawmakers called on him to step aside, even as Trump stood by him. It's unclear what changed. http://bit.ly/2zNYRCy

ALSO YESTERDAY -- SUPPORT FROM THE BIG GUY: President Trump gave a full-throated endorsement for controversial Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, tweeting his support yesterday and then following up with a call to Moore from Air Force One. The $$ line from their phone call: Trump told Moore "Go get 'em Roy," before hanging up the phone. http://bit.ly/2BKkZiy

REACTION -- THAT'S NOT HOW THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY FEELS: Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney then tweeted, "Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity." http://bit.ly/2ikXVhQ

INTERESTING CONTEXT: "As RNC goes all in for Roy Moore, remember its chair is Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of Mitt Romney, who's called Moore's victims 'courageous' and says Moore is 'unfit for office.'" (From The Washington Post's Philip Rucker) http://bit.ly/2AS4tz9

HOW THE GOP IS BRACING FOR A MOORE VICTORY: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, top Republicans are starting to rally around Moore with a week left before voters head to the polls in Alabama. But there are still widespread fears among Republicans that Moore will sink the party in 2018. http://bit.ly/2kp6Vqs

NEW UPDATE FROM MOORE'S SPOKESWOMAN: Jane Porter, a spokeswoman for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign, said she does not "at all" believe the account of Leigh Corfman, who alleged Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. "I don't believe her at all, and I'll tell you why. Not only was she sought after by The Washington Post, her own mother doesn't believe elements of her story," Porter said on CNN. http://bit.ly/2B0P547

HAPPENING TONIGHT: Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon campaigns with Roy Moore in Fairhope, Ala.

This is important to remember, from NBC's Vaughn Hillyard:

 

TWITTER IN 2017:

Oh, we. Are. So. Going. To. Hear. About. This.: No tweets by President Trump made Twitter's list of the year's most retweeted posts. But surprisingly on the list: Three tweets by 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 MOREhttp://bit.ly/2BzQuux

No. 1 most retweeted during 2017:

No. 2 most retweeted during 2017 -- this was also the most "liked" tweet of the year:

Example of what else is on the list: Ariana Grande's tweet following the terrorist bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, was also on the list.

An exciting part -- The Hill is ranked in the top news outlets in 2017:

 

WHAT TO WATCH 

Disney and Fox could have a deal by next week: Via CNBC's David Faber, "Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox are closing in on a deal, and it could come as soon as next week, according to sources familiar with the matter." ​Details: "CNBC has been reporting that Disney has held talks with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company to acquire its studio and television production assets, leaving Fox with its news and sports assets. Fox is also talking with CNBC parent company Comcast, but the talks with Disney have progressed more significantly." http://cnb.cx/2iW5e3e

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. 

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Republican senators.

1:15 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House.

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with American business owners in the Oval Office.

6:30 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump host the Congressional Ball.

NEW -- Wednesday: Democratic Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDem strategist says Trump should not be impeached Cummings throws cold water on impeaching Trump Dem lawmaker: Trump impeachment talks 'premature' right now MORE (Texas) just said he will force a House vote on President Trump's impeachment for Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2knVfEr

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EST: The House Rules Committee meets to discuss a temporary government funding measure and legislation on concealed carry guns. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2AtgoD5

2:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2AtgQ4f

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Comfort Food Day.

Headline: 'Pizza Hut bets you want some booze delivered with that pepperoni pie' -- Pizza Hut would be correct:

Via CNN's Julia Horowitz, Pizza Hut is testing beer and wine delivery with their pizza. "The service will debut in Phoenix, Arizona with six-packs of Anheuser-Busch brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light and Shock Top and Kilt Lifter ... all options will cost a flat $10.99 ... wine delivery will roll out in Phoenix in January, but details are still up in the air." http://cnnmon.ie/2ko4rbL

And because you read this far, here's a golden retriever puppy in ducky pajamas and matching slippers: http://bit.ly/2AuCB3P

 

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