The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Ryan reportedly could retire after midterms | FCC poised to repeal net neutrality | How Alabama shook up the political landscape | Omarosa says she saw things in WH 'I was very uncomfortable with' | Disney buying 21st Century Fox for $52.4B | Farenthold not running for reelection | What's in compromise GOP tax bill | Wawa opens in DC


Donald Trump's ghosts of administration staffers past: 


I foresee this in an upcoming book pitch: During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," outgoing aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said that she observed things in the White House during her tenure that made her uncomfortable and that upset her. What she said: "I'm not going to expand on it because I still have to go back and work with these individuals, but when I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, quite a story to tell as the only African-American woman in this White House as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear," she said. http://bit.ly/2B12t5D

WHY HER DEPARTURE HAS BEEN GETTING SO MUCH ATTENTION: American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan said that Newman had been fired by White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and was subsequently removed from the White House grounds. Newman pushed back: "I resigned and I didn't do that in the residence, as is being reported," she said. The former contestant on "The Apprentice" denied that she tried to enter President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE's residence and was escorted off the property, and argued that there would be pictures or video had she confronted Kelly. "If I had confronted John Kelly, who is a very formidable person, it would garner enough attention for anyone in the room to at least take a picture or a video or something," she told ABC. She also said: Newman alleged that April Ryan has a personal vendetta against her. http://bit.ly/2j1nNzt

It's Thursday – One. More. Day. 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 -- Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE MAY RETIRE AFTER 2018 MIDTERMS
What, does Paul Ryan not love the cherry blossoms? Or is it the constant fear of a government shutdown or something?!: Via Politico's Tim Alberta and Rachael Bade, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is considering retirement after the 2018 midterms (!) "Paul Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that he plans to retire after the 2018 midterm elections, and amid swirling speculation on Capitol Hill that he could step down even sooner, his two most likely successors have been meeting with members to map out their strategies should a leadership shake-up occur." Full story -- it's worth reading: http://politi.co/2krR6f7



Ugh, time flies:

The Sandy Hook shooting happened five years ago this morning. Via NBC's "Today," here's an update on how one victim's family is doing now. Watch: http://bit.ly/2Bkdm55

JAKE TAPPER HAS BEEN...: CNN anchor Jake Tapper has been tweeting photos of each of the victims. http://bit.ly/2ksNDwL

REMEMBERING EACH CHILD: CNN has short bios to remember each of the victims: http://cnn.it/2AoE2xM

WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE THEN: The Washington Post's Katie Zezima and Susan Svrluga write about how schools have changed since Sandy Hook, with lockdowns, active-shooter training and added school security. http://wapo.st/2BkFUvh



Once upon a time in a land far, far away -- a mouse bought a fox: The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday announced plans to acquire most of 21st Century Fox's assets for $52.4 billion. What the deal DOESN'T include: Fox News, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports 1 or 2, the Big Ten Network or the Fox broadcasting network and stations. What the deal DOES include: Fox channels including FX and Nat Geo, among others. Fox's film and entertainment franchises, which includes "The Simpsons," "X-Men" and "Avatar," will be owned by Disney. http://bit.ly/2BmXkqY


Another one bites the dust: Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdFormer aides alleging sexual harassment on Capitol Hill urge congressional action AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups MORE (R-Texas) will not run for reelection, according to ABC News affiliate Crossroads Today. He will finish out his term though. What sparked this: The report comes after the House Ethics Committee announced earlier this month that it would open an investigation into Farenthold, particularly whether he sexually harassed a former staffer and retaliated against her when she complained about his conduct. Keep in mind: He has denied the allegations against him. Full back story: http://bit.ly/2C8FZ1w

WHAT HE SAID THIS MORNING: "GOP Rep Blake Farenthold on latest allegations [as he walks out of the Capitol]: 'There have been so many I don't know what all is going on.'" Watch: http://bit.ly/2jUu1SN



Continuing with the Candy Land terms, "Grandma Nut" just waved the new House–Senate tax deal through. Now to "Lollipop Woods" for a vote!: http://bit.ly/2iBkwtYSenate and House Republicans have struck an agreement on a sweeping tax-cut bill that, if passed, would be the first major piece of legislation signed by President Trumphttp://bit.ly/2AXMuVz


Timing: GOP leaders plan to hold an initial procedural vote on Monday, a final Senate vote Tuesday and then send the measure to the House for final passage.

Two middle-class tax breaks that stayed: Senate negotiators convinced their House counterparts to preserve two important middle-class tax breaks: the deduction on student loan interest and the exclusion for tuition waivers received by graduate students.

Corporate tax rate change: The 21 percent corporate rate is slightly higher than the 20 percent rate initially favored by President Trump and House conservatives. But with a tax victory so close, they said the tweak would not be a deal breaker.

The final mortgage interest deduction: $750,000, a midpoint compromise between the Senate and House bills.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU PERSONALLY: CNN has a tax calculator that will estimate your new taxes if this tax plan goes into effect: http://cnn.it/2yt4mVq


Israel will just have to waitVice President Pence has reportedly delayed his Middle East trip by three days because of the GOP's tax legislation efforts. Now: Pence will land in Israel Wednesday of next week instead of Sunday. Why: Because of that perk of being the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. http://bit.ly/2AZtPJc



I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of "a massive uproar from both tech giants and internet users": The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to repeal net neutrality regulations today, a move that has provoked a massive uproar from both tech giants and internet users. What's expected to happen: The FCC will likely vote along party lines later today to approve Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scrap the Obama-era rules. What this means: The rules have required internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. Net neutrality supporters say that the move to repeal the 2015 rules will upend the level playing field that businesses enjoy on the internet and disrupt the free flow of information online. http://bit.ly/2jUZFiO



Here's a livestream of protesters outside of the FCC building: http://bit.ly/2j4TrMu



One spot is opening: Wawa just opened its first D.C. shop today. It's address: 1111 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036Photo of the new Wawa: http://bit.ly/2jTUpMC

...as another one closes: Via Popville, CIRCA at DuPont is closing after 10 years. Their last day is Dec. 31. http://bit.ly/2Aps8nm



The photo for this story is so spot-on --> http://bit.ly/2jTExtwVia The Hill's Peter Sullivan, the surprise election of a Democrat in Alabama has dealt a major blow to Republican hopes of reviving ObamaCare repeal next year. How: They failed to repeal ObamaCare with a 52-48 majority. Now it'll be even harder to push their agenda with a 51-49 split. http://bit.ly/2jTExtw



Wendy's is getting sassy:

This video has gone viral. It's like passing a car accident and not being able to look away:



The House was in this morning, but is out for the week. The Senate is in with a vote left sometime this afternoon.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump administration rigging the game, and your retirement fund could be the loser Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington Turkey-Russia Idlib agreement: A lesson for the US MORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' Joint Chiefs chairman to meet with Saudi counterpart Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' despite 'Democrat' remark MORE.

3:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.



1:45 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2kt9PH7

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump holds an event on deregulation. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2j6D7e5



Today is National Bouillabaisse Day.

If you haven't seen it on Instagram already: 

Videos have been popping up on social media of hot chocolate topped with a flower marshmallow that blooms in the drink. Here's how to make it: http://bit.ly/2C5Ugfv

And because this is laugh-out-loud funny, here's how a student pranked her teacher using an unusual classroom rule: http://bit.ly/2AYjSvq


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