The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dramatic Alabama race comes to a close | What to watch on Election Day | Polls close at 8 pm EST | Many in GOP rooting against Moore | How Jones win could upend GOP agenda | Moore's wife denies claims of anti-Semitism: 'One of our attorneys is a Jew' | Trump sparks firestorm after saying Gillibrand 'would do anything' for donations



OK, name a scenario where tonight's outcome doesn't cause a major blow up:

The polls are open in Alabama as voters choose between controversial Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug JonesWhat Jones has been up to: Hoping to make history with a huge upset win in the deep-red state, Jones campaigned in Birmingham with NBA Hall of Famer and Alabama native Charles BarkleyWhat Moore has been up to: After a weekend in which his campaign held no events, Moore campaigned in Midland City, a town of less than 2,500 people in the southeast corner of the state. Moore is strongest with rural and small-town white voters in Alabama, and he chose for his closing rally a part of the state where he trounced appointed Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeTrump: 'I could pick a woman,' and she could be accused of misconduct Ann Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost MORE (Ala.) in the Republican primary runoff earlier this fall. http://bit.ly/2AhrKXG

When the polls close: 8 p.m. EST -- that's 7 p.m. CST.

Key counties to watch: Jefferson and Montgomery counties, where the major cities of Birmingham and Montgomery are; Shelby County, next to Jefferson County; and Etowah County, which includes Moore's hometown. http://cnn.it/2yhBCis

When the winner will go to Washington: The results must be certified by Jan. 3, though Alabama is hoping to have the results certified by Dec. 29. This could be a major story if Senate Republicans are still working on the tax bill and a government spending deal. http://cnn.it/2yhBCis

Omg, this video is so awkward: Roy Moore's wife accused the media of portraying the couple as anti-Semitic. "Fake news would tell you that we don't care for Jews," she said. And she had an odd rebuttal. Her response: "One of our attorneys is a Jew." Full clip -- *coughs on my sip of coffee*: http://bit.ly/2jy9kzc

Interesting video: "[Amanda] Adams, a Republican & Montgomery schoolteacher, says she voted for Doug Jones--her first DEM vote in more than 20 years. She initially considered writing in her friend's name." Adams explaining how close she came to not voting for Jones: http://bit.ly/2iWYM8y

What a Doug Jones victory could mean for the GOP agenda in 2018: http://bit.ly/2AwWMza

This is really something: The Hill's Niall Stanage writes on why it's significant that many Republicans are rooting against their own candidate. How that could play out: http://bit.ly/2BdBeqJ

The candidates vote:


It's Tuesday -- Hanukkah begins tonight!  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.



But, but, but we still get to make the Vladimir Putin jokes, right? I really liked Putin as public enemy No. 1 http://cbsn.ws/2Bg26q0 ;)

Via The Hill's Katie Bo Williams, Republicans have a new public enemy No. 1: Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was reassigned from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team over allegedly anti-Trump text messages he sent during the presidential race. How Team Trump has used this story: To bolster their argument that the Russia investigation is a politically motivated "witch hunt." Keep in mind about Strzok: He also worked on the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 MORE's use of a private email server and was behind then-FBI Director James Comey's decision to call Clinton "extremely careless" in handling classified information over the server instead of the more serious "grossly negligent." http://bit.ly/2z3VRnC


I think we found someone Trump may hate more than Hillary Clinton:

Sexual harassment allegations against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE have been thrust back into the spotlight after three of his accusers banded together for a media tour. Who: Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks recounted alleged harassment by Trump, stories they first shared during the 2016 presidential race, and demanded that Congress open an investigation. Snowballing: Hours later, the Democratic Women's Working Group announced that 56 female lawmakers were officially requesting the House Oversight Committee probe the allegations against Trump. Then: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Election Countdown: Arizona Senate race still too close to call | Florida vote tally fight heats up | Trump calls for Abrams to 'move on' Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems MORE (D-N.Y.) called for Trump to resign after these allegations. http://bit.ly/2iUJrp6

THEN TRUMP TWEETED THIS MORNING: "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSunday shows preview: Trump taps acting attorney general to lead Justice Department Pro-Israel organizations should finally seek payback against Iran deal Dems Pelosi: Acting attorney general 'should not be there' MORE and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!" http://bit.ly/2Axfc2Z

GILLIBRAND THEN TWEETED BACK: "You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office." http://bit.ly/2nV82Q4

How I imagine climate change PSAs with Olaf the snowman: 'Do you want to build a snowman? Well you can't. Because he's DEAD.' http://bit.ly/2C6ON9h:

Via The Hill's Timothy Cama, emails unearthed by The Hill show Disney's leadership was frustrated and annoyed by an Obama administration official's public statements suggesting it was considering using characters in the popular film "Frozen" to teach children about climate change. http://bit.ly/2l0K2db



Lol, these facial expressions are priceless:





The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

12:40 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks to the Values Action Team at the Capitol.

1:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in the Senate Republican Policy Lunch.

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and United States Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty.

4:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. Their schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv



Noon: President Trump signed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2jRFu5i

2 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yhh4XA

6:30 p.m. EST: Former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile speaks about her experiences in the 2016 presidential race and Russian hacking at the National Press Club. Details: http://bit.ly/2BdWZ9V

Wednesday: President Trump gives a speech on the GOP's tax-cut plans at the Treasury Department. http://bit.ly/2AM4ORr 



Today is National Cocoa Day.

If you have felt like something was off from Freeform's '25 Days of Christmas' lineup: After years of Freeform airing Harry Potter marathons during their '25 Days of Christmas' lineup, Freeform no longer has the rights to Harry Potter films. Where to find the films: Starting Jan. 1, HBO will have exclusive rights to air all eight movies. http://bit.ly/2nTrg8H

And because you read this far, here's a dog chilling in an elephant costume. http://bit.ly/2AcluR9


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