The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on NYC explosion -- suspect in custody, mayor calls it attempted terror attack | Trump accusers demand Congress investigate allegations | Poll shows Jones leading Moore by 10 points | GOP worries about tax bill's unpopularity | How many Diet Cokes Trump drinks each day



Attempted terrorist attack in New York City:

What happened: One person is in custody after police responded to reports of an explosion near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. "The suspect allegedly packed the 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack into the right side of his jacket, but the device exploded prematurely. The suspect told police he made the bomb at the electrical company where he works, The New York Post reported."

The suspect: One suspect is in custody and is in "serious condition" at Bellevue Hospital. His background: "The suspected bomber was a 27-year-old ISIS-inspired Bangladeshi national who lived in Brooklyn, law enforcement sources told The New York Post."

Yikes: Here's video of the device exploding:

Terrorist attack?: During a press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called it an attempted terrorist attack.

More on the location: The explosion was at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station "inside the passageway to the A, C, and E trains at 8th Avenue and W. 42nd Street at around 7:40 a.m."

Haaa: "'New Yorkers not particularly panicked, but looking annoyed and aggrieved' -- grateful for NY1 this morning."

All the helicopters over the scene:

What a Monday morning. 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



Trump's accusers are back:

During a press conference this morning, three women who have publicly accused President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE of sexual misconduct just called for Congress to investigate the allegations. Back story: More than a dozen women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump during his presidential campaign. Trump has denied the reports and the White House has said its official position is that the women are lying.

Who hosted the press conference: Brave New Films, a film and campaigns organization that works for progressive causes. It released a film about the allegations against Trump in November.

Livestream of their announcement:

This was a bit surprising: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story Nikki Haley on Kavanaugh firestorm: 'It turns my stomach' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet MORE on Sunday said women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard." Full quote from CBS's "Face the Nation": "They should be heard, and they should be dealt with," Haley said. "And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up."



A little bit 'Moore' or less Roy in our lives:

Jones's finish line strategy: From Birmingham, Ala., The Hill's Ben Kamisar reports how prominent black leaders are descending on Alabama to help Doug Jones in the final stretch. How that push is going:

Latest polling: A new Fox News poll shows that Democrat Doug Jones is leading Republican Roy Moore by 10 points. Breaking down Jones's supporters: Fifty percent of voters surveyed say they prefer Jones, compared to 40 percent for Moore, who has been plagued by accusations of sexual misconduct.

New from the RNC: "RNC National Committeewoman Joyce Simmons (NE) quits 168-member GOP governing body over RNC support for Moore." Her announcement:

RNC donors are reportedly furious: Donors have expressed anger to RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel over the committee's decision to reinstate its fundraising support for embattled Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, according to Politico.

Moore? Eh. Jones? Eh.: Alabama newspapers are urging conservatives to write in another Republican.

Breakdown of tomorrow's race: Listen to this morning's episode of "HillCast AM View." 10-min audio podcast:

Oh hey, Obama: Via CNN's Jeff Zeleny, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFord taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination Presidential approval: It's the economy; except when it's not MORE recorded a phone message encouraging people to vote for Democrat Doug Jones From The New York Times's Jonathan Martin, "Taped days ago but Jones camp not thrilled about making it public till end."

Op-ed: Former Democratic congressional aide Brent Budowsky on how Republican Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyCongress reaches deal to fund government through Dec. 7, preventing shutdown Senate approves first 2019 spending package GOP shrugs off Trump shutdown threat MORE (Ala.) could save Alabama from Roy Moore.

Ah, live TV is a beautiful thing:



The U.S. president, brought to you by Diet Coke. Diet Coke: Keeps you feeling presidential all day long:

The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush and Peter Baker have a fascinating read "inside Trump's hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation."


Which cable news stations he watches: "He flips to CNN for news, moves to 'Fox & Friends' for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day."

How much Trump loves seeing his name on the news: "To an extent that would stun outsiders, Mr. Trump, the most talked-about human on the planet, is still delighted when he sees his name in the headlines. And he is on a perpetual quest to see it there. One former top adviser said Mr. Trump grew uncomfortable after two or three days of peace and could not handle watching the news without seeing himself on it."

On his love of Diet Coke: "Watching cable, he shares thoughts with anyone in the room, even the household staff he summons via a button for lunch or for one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day."

Trump disputes their reporting:



Time to panic over your self-imposed deadlines:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, Republicans are trying to make headway this week on finalizing a tax overhaul as their self-imposed end-of-the-year deadline comes ever closer. This should be interesting: A final vote in each chamber likely won't be until next week at the earliest, setting up what will likely be a climactic few days as lawmakers also try to avoid a government shutdown before leaving Washington for the holidays. What else is going on in Congress:

FIVE ISSUES THAT COULD DERAIL A SPENDING DEAL: Congress punted its funding fight for another two weeks. Issues that could cause chaos: Immigration, defense, ObamaCare, disaster aid and other health-care issues. Details on each: 

WHY REPUBLICANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR TAX BILL: It's unpopular. Republican lawmakers are concerned about how their tax bill is being viewed by the public and say they need to do a better job of selling it to middle-class and low-income voters. Details:



Ha, Netflix giving shade:


What are we doing with our lives?:



The House is in. The Senate will meet in a few hours. 

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueAdministration announces plan to streamline oil and gas extraction in national forests The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — How will Obama impact the midterms? Here are the administration officials who have denied they wrote the anonymous NYT op-ed MORE.

1:30 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a presentation of the Friends of Zion award.

2 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Rep. Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterHouse and Senate negotiators reach agreement on water infrastructure bill Congress, states and cities are not doing enough today to fix our infrastructure It’s high time for a discussion on infrastructure MORE (R-Pa.).

3:45 p.m. EST: President Trump swears in two U.S. ambassadors.

4 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

4:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence swears in two more U.S. ambassadors.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate holds a procedural vote. Their schedule today:

6:30 p.m. EST: The House votes on several bills. Their schedule today:



2 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream:

3 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a signing ceremony for a space policy directive. Livestream:

12:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks at a National Press Club event. Livestream:



Today is National 'Have a Bagel' Day.

And because you read this far, see this dog's reaction to his first-ever snowfall. It's incredible.:


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