The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Women in Senate spark push for Franken to resign | Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital | House Dem forcing floor vote on impeaching Trump | #MeToo movement is Time's 'Person of the Year' | How Dems hope to use Moore against the GOP



Time's person of the year -- #MeToo movement: Time magazine chose "The Silence Breakers" who sparked the #MeToo movement as the 2017 Person of the Year. A growing number of women have come forward in recent weeks to allege sexual misconduct against prominent men and public officials. Among those accused of sexual misconduct have been men from Hollywood, Congress and the media. The allegations resulted in several figures being fired from their jobs. Cover story: http://ti.me/2nzNtbx

Video announcement: http://bit.ly/2AB3ktd

From Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal: "This is the fastest-moving social change we've seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men too, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault," said Felsenthal on NBC's "Today." http://on.today.com/2iYduQy

Use of the hashtag: From Felsenthal: "Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries."

Your 2017 Person of the Year runner up: President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE. Time's editor-in-chief said Trump is No. 2 on the list because he has "changed the very nature of the presidency and the way the White House functions."

NEW GROUP FORMED: A group of women who were harassed by ousted media personalities Mark Halperin and Charlie Rose have formed a coalition called Press Forward. http://cnnmon.ie/2AvUHSW    

It's Wednesday. 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.



Senate women spark push to force out Franken: More than a half dozen female senators are leading the charge to force 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.) to resign after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Which senators: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was the first to release a statement calling for Franken to step down. She was quickly followed by Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill calls on GOP opponent to appoint special prosecutor to look into undercover video Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit on pre-existing conditions Credit union group to spend .8 million for vulnerable Dem, GOP incumbents MORE  (D-Mo.), Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoKavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight Chris Cuomo: Presumption of innocence didn't apply to Kavanaugh because it wasn't a court case Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: 'The Hirono standard is horrific' MORE (D-Hawaii), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanElection Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Former Dem aide makes first court appearance on charges of posting GOP senators' info online Ex-House intern charged with 'doxing' GOP senators during Kavanaugh hearing MORE (D-N.H.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: House passes funding bill | Congress gets deal on opioids package | 80K people died in US from flu last winter Wilkie vows no 'inappropriate influence' at VA Dems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers MORE (D-Wash.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisElection 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 Biden: ‘Totally legitimate’ to question age if he runs in 2020 Fox contributor: Warren's ancestors 'rounded up Cherokees for the Trail of Tears' MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinHillicon Valley: Facebook deletes accounts for political 'spam' | Leaked research shows Google's struggles with online free speech | Trump's praise for North Korea complicates cyber deterrence | Senators want Google memo on privacy bug Poll: Baldwin leads GOP challenger by double digits in Wisconsin The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Trump, Pence fan out to protect the Rust Belt MORE (Wis.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPoll: Dem Donnelly has 4-point lead in Indiana Senate race Election 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 Heitkamp: Staffer no longer with campaign after ad naming abuse victims MORE (D-N.D.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowElection Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach Republican Senate candidate apologizes after swastika spotted in campaign ad Poll: Dem Stabenow has 9-point lead over Republican James in Michigan Senate race MORE (D-Mich). Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems target small cluster of states in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials move to require drug prices in TV ads | 4,000 more people lose Medicaid in Arkansas | New top official for Medicaid Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE (D-Pa.),Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem victories in `18 will not calm party turbulence MORE (D-Ohio), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyPoll: Dem Donnelly has 4-point lead in Indiana Senate race Election 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 Credit union group to spend .8 million for vulnerable Dem, GOP incumbents MORE (D-Ind.) ​became the first men to join them. http://bit.ly/2BNVo8e

THE LATEST ALLEGATION: A woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Details: The woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 following a taping of his radio show. Her description: "He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like 'Wait, what is happening?' But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked," the aide said. Keep in mind: This was before he was a senator. He was elected in 2008. http://bit.ly/2ABB75H

REACTION FROM SEN. FRANKEN: Franken said in a statement to Politico that the allegation is "categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous." http://bit.ly/2ABB75H



Don't get too attached to the idea of your government being open: President Trump just said a government shutdown could happen. In his words: "It could happen," Trump said when asked about the chances of a shutdown. "The Democrats are really looking at something that is very dangerous to our country ... They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country." Keep in mind: The president's warning came as lawmakers on Capitol Hill are scrambling to pass a funding measure before the Dec. 8 shutdown deadline. http://bit.ly/2BFs4Qp




To quote the eloquent words of a 1999 Christina Aguilera, 'Come on over. Come on over, baby' http://bit.ly/2BJRk8Z: President Trump will announce the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He will also direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, but will also sign a waiver delaying the relocation for six months. Why the White House says it won't happen immediately: There is not enough room to house the roughly 1,000 embassy personnel in Jerusalem. Was this surprising: Moving the embassy is a campaign promise from Trump. Why this is important: World leaders will be watching closely. Some fear the move will undermine peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and spark protests across the Middle East. Unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel upends decades of American policy.http://bit.ly/2BFmyxn




Bannon woke up on the wrong side of the bed: While campaigning for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon went on a rampage against Mitt Romney, tearing into the devout Mormon's religion. Quote from Bannon: "You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam," Bannon said at a rally. "You ran for commander in chief and had five sons -- not one day of service in Afghanistan or Iraq. We have 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties, and where were the Romneys during those wars? Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than your entire family." Yikeshttp://bit.ly/2zUKgVW

HOW DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING TO USE MOORE AGAINST THE GOP: From The Hill's Ben Kamisar and Lisa Hagenhttp://bit.ly/2k1rm9d

HAPPENING FRIDAY: President Trump is holding a rally in Pensacola, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. EST. It's not Alabama, but it's preeeeetty close.



The word impeachment just escalates everything, huh?: 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 (D-Texas) is on the House floor, seeking to force a vote on impeaching President Trump. What's expected to happen: Green's resolution is expected to fail, given widespread opposition among Republicans and most Democrats. House Democratic leaders aren't in favor of pushing impeachment at this point as they seek to win back the majority next year. http://bit.ly/2ABBn4Q

Livestream from the House floorhttp://cs.pn/2BEgN32



Tidbit from Capitol Hill:


This is insane:

Yiiiiikes, this video of driving by the flames --> http://bit.ly/2BEMJ7d


Oh wow:

Here's the full article Ali is referring to: http://wapo.st/2AYqz3g



The House and Senate are in.

Today: Donald Trump Jr. is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on the probe into Russian interference in the presidential election. Keep in mind: This voluntary interview is Trump Jr.'s second appearance on Capitol Hill and follows Jared Kushner's similar interviews. http://bit.ly/2AAqaRN

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump held a Cabinet meeting.

1:45 p.m. EST: First votes in the House.

4:15 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

10 a.m. EST Wednesday: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. http://bit.ly/2BFZChA



1 p.m. EST: President Trump gives a statement on Jerusalem. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2jl3Tjz

Op-ed: In an op-ed for The Hill, Middle East Forum Director Gregg Roman argues that President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel makes achieving a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict far more likely. http://bit.ly/2k1FKhD

7:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gives keynote remarks at the 2017 Kemp Leadership Award Dinner. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ivsVfc



Today is National Gazpacho Day. Sure, why not?

*Cue collective shriek from D.C. locals*: The popular "Duke's Grocery" restaurants is opening a new location in Foggy Bottom that will be bigger than the other two restaurants combined. When it's scheduled to open: Late 2018. http://bit.ly/2AeGhaZ

Why this is big news: Dukes' famous burger has been ranked fifth in Thrillist's list of the best 100 burgers in the United States. http://bit.ly/2zW567j

And because it's the holiday season (the holiday season), here are some penguins dressed as Santa Claus. They're taking this job v. seriously: http://abcn.ws/2BEJZab


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