The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Counter Extremism Project — Trump threatens to pull more press credentials | Said he hasn’t spoken to Whitaker | Thousand Oaks victims named | Man who survived Las Vegas shooting killed in Thousand Oaks | 18-year

The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Counter Extremism Project — Trump threatens to pull more press credentials | Said he hasn’t spoken to Whitaker | Thousand Oaks victims named | Man who survived Las Vegas shooting killed in Thousand Oaks | 18-year
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*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha—breaks down crying hysterically.



Get in, loser. We’re going to Paris

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Before President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE departed for his trip to Paris, he spoke to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.


On Sessions’s temporary replacement, Matthew Whitaker: Trump stressed he does not know Whitaker personally, but repeatedly said he is "highly thought of.” Why this is newsy: Whitaker is an outspoken critic of the special counsel investigation, which he now runs. 

Trump threatened to pull more press credentials: When asked how long the credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta will be suspended, Trump said he could take away other journalists’ passes. He then went after reporter April Ryan as a "loser" who "doesn't know what the hell she is doing." Watch — it was pretty tense:

And yelled at a reporter for a ‘stupid question’: CNN reporter Abby Phillips asked the president, "Do you want [acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker] to rein in Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE?" Trump’s response: "What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions." Video of the interaction:



CNN’s Jim Acosta is in Paris to cover the president’s trip. The selfie Acosta just posted:

It’s finally Friday! 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.



The names of the victims have started to emerge

At least 12 people were killed Wednesday evening at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. 

The victims who have been named so far: Ron Helus, Noel Sparks, Dan Manrique, Justin Meek, Cody Coffman, Alaina Housley and Telemachus Orfanos. Photos and what we know about each of the victims:


One of the 12 victims survived the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas

Via BuzzFeed’s Stephanie K. Baer, Susan Orfanos, the mother of victim Telemachus Orfanos, said her son attended the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas last year, where 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured. An emotional interview with her:






The suspected shooter had a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun, which is legal. Yeah, but: It was equipped with a high-capacity magazine that was outlawed by voters in 2016, but the ban hasn’t been implemented because of a lawsuit.



The post that was published right around the time of the attack reads, "I hope people call me insane... (laughing emojis).. wouldn't that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah.. I'm insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is 'hopes and prayers'.. or 'keep you in my thoughts'... every time... and wonder why these keep happening..."

Reaction from the suspects friend: “That does not sound like Ian to me at all. I don't know what was going through his head when he wrote this. It must have been terrible."



I hope Ted Mosby still has his hanging chad costume. It’ll be a festive throwback


Florida is bracing for recounts in the Senate and gubernatorial races. What to expect:



Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is suing the Broward County elections supervisor for allegedly withholding crucial voter information. Like what?: How many people voted, how many ballots have been counted and how many more voted remain uncounted in the county. What the lawsuit is calling for: An emergency hearing before an important deadline noon Saturday.



The president tweeted last night, “Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!”

At this rate, ‘mock government’ will become a pre-school club

A small Oregon town elected an 18-year-old as its mayor. The race: Ben Simmons won 41 percent of the vote and beat two other candidate. How many people are in the town: Around 1,000. 

Lol, The Hill’s Reid Wilson as the peanut gallery: “Don't build any winter sports complexes, kid.”



In the coming weeks — I’ll take ‘border wall’ for $1,000, Alex

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “The biggest fight looming for lawmakers in the lame-duck session is over President Trump’s request to fully fund his proposed border wall, which he made a top priority while campaigning for GOP candidates this fall.” What Republicans are weighing: “Republican leaders, leery of a partial government shutdown, are hesitant to push Trump’s demand to the brink. But lawmakers acknowledge it will be tough to resist the president if he insists on a hard-line position given his popularity with the GOP base.”

After the new year — gimme, gimme, gimme

Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda, House Democrats are expected to make President Trump’s tax returns as a big part of their agenda once they take the majority in January. 





You know when that calm teacher you had in school finally got angry? That’s Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWarren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans Time 100 list almost half women for the the first time MORE in this book

Via The Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson, former first lady Michelle Obama is publishing a new memoir on Tuesday, where she rips into President Trump. 

Excerpt: “The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks. What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him.”


Hm, there are so many Ruperts. I wonder which Rupert this could be

The U.S. Capitol is still empty before Congress comes back, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video Why Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS MORE (R-Ky.) is in Washington, D.C., having meetings. Spotted walking into McConnell’s office: Rupert Murdoch. Photo:



This is pretty funny


Trending video — I’m so invested in this




Update — we have an answer!: That man is the girl’s dad.  She responded to the tweet, "Lol hi it's just my dad talking about a woman he wants to date.” It’s pretty disappointing, tbh. 


The House and Senate are out.

9 a.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Health Care: CEO of largest private health insurer slams 'Medicare for All' plans | Dem bill targets youth tobacco use | CVS fined over fake painkiller prescriptions | Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at summit Melania Trump, Karen Pence say they're ready to serve four more years in White House Trump, first lady to discuss opioid crisis at Atlanta conference MORE left for Paris.

4:25 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive in Paris.

Sunday: Veterans Day.


Sunday morning: Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings Congress won't get Mueller report until after Barr press conference MORE (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, will appear exclusively on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

8 p.m. EST Sunday: Fox News Channel is airing, “Modern Warriors: A Veterans Day Special.” Featured interview: With former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who killed Osama bin Laden.



Today is National Greek Yogurt Day.


And because you made it to the weekend, here’s a viral video of a dog who tries to steal a smaller dog. Good try, doggo: