The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: GOP changes child tax credit to try and win Rubio's support | Trump says Moore should concede | Trump rips FBI before speech to academy | Royal wedding date set | Ivanka Trump offers congratulations to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle | Viral (awkward) Uber driver texts

 

Trump clears his throat and snaps to his crew, 'Hit it' --  'Let it go. Let it go! Can't hold it back anymore!' http://bit.ly/2BrI3FfPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Mulvaney positioning himself to be Commerce Secretary: report Kasich: Wouldn’t want presidential run to ‘diminish my voice’ MORE told reporters this morning that Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreParties start gaming out 2020 battleground Victimhood culture and traditional justice are on a collision course Flake says he's rooting for Democrat running against Steve King MORE should "certainly" concede the Alabama Senate race. "I think he should," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I want to support the person running. We need the seat. We'd like to have the seat." Lol, this is a nice way of saying it: When asked if Moore should concede, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "It probably sounds like it maybe should have already taken place." Watch: http://bit.ly/2ChBu5b

Happy Friday! T minus 10 days until Christmas. 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.

 

NEW UPDATE ON TAX REFORM

Maybe Senate negotiators should reconvene at the D.C. Christmas bar. I hear there's a full-sized sleigh this year http://bit.ly/2AApevRThe final Republican tax bill will increase the amount of the refundable child tax credit to $1,400, Rep. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota New Members 2019 The Hill's Morning Report — Split decision: Dems take House, GOP retains Senate majority Republican Noem wins South Dakota governor race MORE (R-S.D.) just told reporters. Why: Leaders are trying to win the vote of Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio defends '3 point kick' analogy: 'You think everyone who follows politics knows what a field goal is?' Lawmakers to introduce bipartisan bill targeting China's treatment of Muslims Rubio cites Bible verse amid recount criticisms: ‘You cannot count what is not there’ MORE (R-Fla.), who threatened to vote against the bill unless the child tax credit was made more generous. What was in the bill: $1,100, but Rubio said that wasn't good enough. It's unclear if this change will be enough to satisfy him. http://bit.ly/2Be8BHD

OK, SO LET'S DO THE MATH: In the Senate, Republicans have 52 votes and no Democrats support the tax bill. Rubio voting "no" would make it 51 Republican "yes" votes. Who's undecided: Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Washington Post publisher: Trump officials, Saudis asking world to 'take their word' on Khashoggi murder Corker: 'A price needs to be paid' for Khashoggi's murder MORE (R-Tenn.) previously voted against the Senate tax bill and has not ruled out voting for the final bill. Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill Senators return to Washington intent on action against Saudis Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill MORE (R-Utah) is also undecided. Oh and: Republicans are also worried about the health of Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain would have said ‘enough’ to acrimony in midterms, says Cindy McCain Trump nominates Jim Gilmore for ambassador post Arizona New Members 2019 MORE (Ariz.) and Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranHyde-Smith dismisses comments about making voting harder for liberal students as a joke Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Dem pollster says 'counter-revolution' taking place in Georgia, Mississippi MORE (Miss.), which could also delay the vote. http://bit.ly/2BpS6ef

I.E.:
Stay tuned, folks.

JUST ANNOUNCED — get ready for a Friday news dump: "Brady says final tax bill will be filed and made public at 5:30pm." http://bit.ly/2ARR37d

This late-morning tweet is getting a lot of traction — hmmmmmmmm​:

Reactions have included: "Great Bumble bio" http://bit.ly/2j9Fdu5, "you.... ok?" http://bit.ly/2yFP2VQ and "ann……………………." http://bit.ly/2jYmaDI

And on deck for next year -- welfare reform: Via The Hill's Nathaniel Weixel, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are eyeing welfare reform as the center of the Republican agenda for next year. How so: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters Amazon fleeced New York, Virginia with HQ2 picks The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — House, Senate leaders named as Pelosi lobbies for support to be Speaker MORE (R-Wis.) said he wants to use the fast-track reconciliation process next year for entitlement reform, with a focus on promoting work and career-based education. You should expect: An executive order from President Trump on welfare that will spell out the administration's priorities while encouraging Congress to act. http://bit.ly/2ChQmQV

 

JUST ANNOUNCED

I do realize that I'm feeding the addiction everyone has: Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, are getting married on Saturday, May 19. Where: "Windsor, west of London, because it was 'a special place for them,' having spent time there regularly." Uh ohhh: "However, the date they have chosen clashes with English soccer's FA Cup Final which is usually attended by Harry's elder brother Prince William who, as President of the Football Association, awards the trophy to the winners." http://reut.rs/2jWsJqr

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE WEDDING SO FAR: http://bit.ly/2yEwVQ0

LATE THIS A.M. -- CONGRATS FROM IVANKA: First daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted, "Wishing Meghan and Prince Harry a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness together. I have no doubt that this couple will do extraordinary things, both individually and collectively. Congratulations!" http://bit.ly/2CgfaZx Hmmm, is this to secure an invite? If so, it's a pretty smart strategy, tbqh.

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Please. Install. The. Real. World. Confessional. Booth. In. The. White. House. That's all I ask.:  White House spokesman J. Hogan Gidley ripped the FBI, saying the bureau has an "extreme bias" against President Trump. His reasoning: "It is troubling, deeply troubling, that the revelations have now come to light that there is extreme bias against this president with high-up members of the team there at the FBI who were investigating Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters Former Facebook security chief: 'I failed to prepare my employer' on Russian disinformation Rand Paul: Facebook must 'convince conservatives they're not the enemy' MORE at the time," Gidley said on "Fox and Friends." "We're a little concerned at what we're seeing here. Obviously, those text messages give us quite a bit of pause and should be eye-opening at an agency that should be, quite frankly, unbiased." http://bit.ly/2AQlPNR

THIS MORNING -- TRUMP RIPS INTO THE FBI: A few hours before speaking at the FBI's training academy, President Trump tore into the agency. On his way to Quantico, Va., where he spoke to a law enforcement leader graduation: Trump said, "It's a shame what happened to the FBI. But we're going to rebuild the FBI; it'll be bigger and better than ever." http://bit.ly/2CzxQEG

Opening in Trump Tower -- all of your first daughter accessory needs: Ivanka Trump's fashion brand has opened its first retail outlet located in Trump Tower in New York City. The gilded shop in Trump Tower's lobby sells handbags, shoes, jewelry and other gifts. Why that's some real estate: Moving into Trump Tower places the storefront in one of the most secure buildings in the world. It costs upward of $149,000 per day to protect Trump Tower when the president is out of town, according to Bloomberg, and that cost jumps to $1 million per day when the president stays at his signature building. http://bit.ly/2yDRP1S

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

This video is incredible: 

This screenshot vent viral:

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out until next week. 

President Trump was in Quantico, Va., to address the FBI's training academy this morning and will head to Camp David this afternoon. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

1:25 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives at Camp David.

Saturday: Nog Fest at the new D.C. Wharf. Details: http://bit.ly/2BSUcAo

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: President Trump participated in the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Awz3en

 

SUNDAY SHOW GUESTS:

"Fox News Sunday": Alabama Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D); Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Insurgents seek female challenger to Pelosi for Speakership | Broward County finishes machine recount MORE.

NBC's "Meet the Press": The panel will include Republican strategist Al Cardenas, The New York Times's Helene Cooper, former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and syndicated columnist George Will.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS": Journalists Susan Glasser, Luke Harding, Zanny Minton Beddoes and David Frum; Former U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband; former Goldman Sachs Global Markets Institute President Abby Joseph Cohen; and author Ruchir Sharma.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Lemon Cupcake Day. Tomorrow is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day and Sunday is National Maple Syrup Day. 

Washingtonian readers have good taste in food:

Washingtonian released its list of its readers' favorite restaurants in 2017. Some of these categories are making me very hungry. http://bit.ly/2ChTvjH

And because you've almost made it to the weekend, here's a baby who is actually snowboarding before her first birthday. I'm extremely impressed. http://bit.ly/2ku7vzw

 

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