The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Tax reform at the finish line | Senate panel rejects Trump's Ex-Im nominee | House rolls dice in spending bill fight | Impeachment looms over Dem choice for Judiciary | Former 'Silicon Valley' star accused of assault in college | Trump robot joins Disney's Hall of Presidents



In Candy Land terms...

Republicans are hoping: tax reform will pass through "Lollipop Woods," past "Princess Frostine" and to the "Chocolate Swamp!"

Democrats are hoping: the family dog runs in the room, smashes the Candy Land board and chews the game pieces beyond recognition: 

Republicans are racing for the finish line on their tax-cut bill and are planning to hold final votes in the House and Senate today, finishing off the first major legislative victory for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE


How long the tax cuts will last: Most of the tax cuts for individuals expire after 2025. However, the corporate tax cuts are permanent -- that's pretty controversial.

Why some of the tax changes are temporary: To comply with budget rules that prevent the bill from adding to the deficit after 10 years. 

Cost: New studies say costs could exceed $2 trillion over 10 years. Yes, but: That's before factoring in economic growth if those temporary tax cuts are made permanent. What the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated: The bill would cost $1.46 trillion -- that's a big difference from the $2 trillion estimation.

Read the full text of the final bill: If you're into that kinda thing:


"House debate on tax bill midday today. Final passage in the House likely early this afternoon, maybe 1:45-2 pm et. Senate debate on tax bill late this afternoon or evening. Senate could vote on bill tonight or tomorrow. Unclear when Trump would sign." (From Fox's Chad Pergram

Why Trump needs this win: The Hill's Niall Stanage has an excellent breakdown of whether President Trump can receive credit for the strong economy with passage of the tax-reform bill or if the widespread opposition to him makes that impossible:

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It's a no from us Senate Banking Committee this morning rejected President Trump's nominee to lead the Export-Import Bank. Who: Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettBiz groups take victory lap on Ex-Im Bank Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations Manufacturers support Reed to helm Ex-Im Bank MORE, a former Republican congressman from New Jersey. The vote: The panel voted 10-13. Republican Sens. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsSenate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars MORE (S.D.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug bill MORE (S.C.) joined all Democrats in rejecting Trump's pick. Why Garrett's nomination was controversial: Garrett was among the House conservatives who waged an aggressive campaign to close down the Ex-Im Bank on the grounds that it is "crony capitalism" that distorts the free market.




Because funding the government isn't nearly as exciting when there's no 'four days left' panic: Via The Hill's Melania Zanona, House GOP leaders are pushing ahead with a risky strategy to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the week: passing a bill that they know is dead on arrival in the Senate. So how will this work?: The House puts a bill on the floor that funds defense for a year, but domestic programs until Jan. 19. If/when that fails in the Senate: The House may end up having to pass a clean continuing resolution (CR) with the help of Democrats. Keep in mind: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) tried to avoid this move, but wanted to avoid blowback from House conservatives.



Survivor: House Judiciary Committee edition: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, the battle to replace John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses Hispanic Caucus dedicates Day of the Dead altar to migrants who died in US custody Today On Rising: The media beclowns themselves on Baghdadi MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee will be settled this week, a contest hinging on factors of seniority and gender as much as policy. The leading candidates: Both Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenDemocrats express confidence in case as impeachment speeds forward Sunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Judiciary Democrat says House should focus on Ukraine, avoid Mueller report in articles of impeachment MORE (Calif.) are veteran lawmakers from powerhouse states with long and consistent track records supporting liberal causes.

It's a sad day for 'Silicon Valley' fans: Via The Daily Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng, actor T.J. Miller, who starred in the popular HBO show 'Silicon Valley' from 2014 to 2017, has been accused of sexually assaulting and punching a woman while in college at George Washington University. 

How GW handled it: "The accusations were eventually addressed by a student court at George Washington University and have been buzzed about in Hollywood and stand-up circles for years." 

The piece isn't just the victim coming forward: "The Daily Beast has corroborated details of her story--which includes two separate incidents--with five GW contemporaries and spoke to numerous associates of both her and Miller ... the contemporaries later testified in student court about hearing the sound of violent thuds or seeing bruises on Sarah."  

Keep in mind: Miller denies these accusations. 

Full story:



Omg, this photo is incredible: 


Each president's approval at the end of their first year: 

Full poll, context and analysis from CNN:



The House and Senate are in.

Today: "[Virginia] Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce new Non-stop Dulles-Hong Kong service later today. The 17 hour flight will be the longest for Asian carrier Cathay Pacific."

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump met with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThreatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court MORE.

12:10 p.m. EST: The Senate had a roll call vote on a State Department nominee. Their schedule today:

1 p.m. EST: The House votes. This vote will likely be on the tax reform bill.

Op-ed: Stephen Moore, a former economic adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, writes that Americans are about to "see a great experiment in economic policy carried out" with the GOP tax bill.

4:30 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. Their schedule today:

Just announced -- April 1: John Legend will play Jesus in NBC's special event "Jesus Christ Superstar Live." The announcement on NBC's "Today":

Just announced -- March 2019: The National Children's Museum will reopen in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.



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



Today is National Hard Candy Day.

Opening today in Walt Disney World: Via ABC's Karma Allen, The Hall of Presidents exhibit at Orlando's Walt Disney World is reopening today with a life-size robot of President TrumpWhat he says: "President Trump personally recorded remarks exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, just as each sitting president has done for the attraction since the early 1990s." The disappointing part: He's not wearing his famous candy apple red tie. Video and photos:

Throwback: A dispute between Disney and the White House over the audio recording delayed the opening of this exhibit. Disney had planned to reopen the exhibit last summer. Full back story from June:

If anyone has this woman's contact info, could you pass along that I'd like to be her friend?: Via The Daily Mail, a woman decked out her house in Christmas puns. For example: Her tree is decorated with spices saying hello -- "seasons greetings." Tour of her house:

These photos are pretty insane: The New York Times published an aerial photo for each major news event in 2017. The perspective is fascinating. It's worth checking out:

And because you read this far, see how this golden retriever reacts when his owner asks who is his best friend: 


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