The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Amazon picks NYC, Northern Virginia for new offices | CNN suing Trump over Acosta press pass | Pelosi machine lobbies for Speakership

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Amazon is officially coming to Washington. Well, Crystal City at least. The online retail behemoth said Tuesday it will split its HQ2 facilities between the Washington suburbs and Queens, N.Y., bringing 25,000 jobs to each region – and collecting nearly $2 billion in taxpayer-funded subsidies in the process.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is thrilled. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) … is not. She blasted officials for giving the company hundreds of millions in tax breaks and incentives.


It's Tuesday. I'm Reid Wilson sitting in for Cate Martel today 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.


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Dems win Arizona Senate seat

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has formally defeated Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyHispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' McSally on Moore running for Senate again: 'This place has enough creepy old men' MORE (R) in a hard-fought contest to replace outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeJeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE (R). Sinema's lead grew in Monday's vote tally to 38,197 votes, or about 1.7 percentage points – a margin McSally can't overcome given the remaining ballots to be tallied.

McSally conceded the race in a video posted to Twitter.

The results mean Republicans have netted just one U.S. Senate seat this year, despite a favorable map that gave them plenty of opportunities in red states where Senate Democrats were running for re-election. That number could grow to two if Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) holds his narrow lead over Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemocrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups How Jim Bridenstine recruited an old enemy to advise NASA MORE (D). But, real talk, if you'd told any Republican strategist two years ago that they would net just two seats this year, they'd have been disappointed.


Pelosi getting her ducks in a row

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE (D-Calif.) is "working the phones non-stop," a senior Dem aide tells The Hill, in an effort to secure the votes she needs to win the speakership once again. Her pitch this time is simple: No one is more experienced to protect Obama-era victories like the Affordable Care Act, and there needs to be a woman at the leadership table to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE.

Pelosi is targeting former critics like Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresActivists push for tougher sanctions on Nicaragua's government Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall MORE (D-N.J.), both of whom now say they will back her for another term. Her biggest advantage: The naysayers have no clear consensus pick to challenge the Democratic leader.

More on the fierce lobbying efforts from The Hill's House leadership team here.


CNN sues the White House

CNN is suing the White House, demanding that its chief correspondent Jim Acosta be given his credentials back. Acosta's hard pass was yanked last week after he questioned President Trump and initially refused to give a microphone back to a White House intern.

In the lawsuit, CNN accuses Trump and other administration officials of violating Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights of free speech and due process, respectively, and asks a federal court in Washington to grant the "immediate restoration of Acosta's press credentials."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said CNN's suit was nothing more than "grandstanding." Tell that to CNN's lawyer, Republican Ted Olson.


More Mueller indictments ahead?

Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE may be preparing new indictments as soon as today, CBS News reported early Tuesday. The special counsel has been quiet in the weeks leading up to the midterms – and his silence has been deafening – but that will end soon, CBS's sources said.

Conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi said yesterday he believes he will be indicted.



I hope he has new shoes and a new lunchbox:

Via CNN's Elizabeth Landers, "New member alert! Just ran into [Sen.-elect Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Democratic challenger leads Tillis by 1 point in North Carolina poll The Memo: Can Trump run as an outsider? MORE (R-Utah)] walking by himself behind the Library of Congress- he seemed excited about orientation and says he has to figure out where he's going to live here in DC."



Released today -- Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts MORE tells all:

Former first lady Michelle Obama's memoir is on sale today. NPR has exclusive audio of Obama reading parts of her memoir. Listen:

The book on Amazon:

Excerpts published in The Washington Post:


Getting traction -- how 7-Eleven is using ICE to go after some of its franchisees:

Via Bloomberg's Lauren Etter and Michael Smith, 7-Eleven has been calling U.S. immigration authorities on franchisees that are underperforming or causing issues for corporate.

Excerpt: "The corporate investigators have used tactics including tailing franchisees in unmarked vehicles, planting hidden cameras and listening devices, and deploying a surveillance van disguised as a plumber's truck."

Wow -- the part that's getting traction: "The company has also given the names of franchisees to the government, which in some cases has led immigration authorities to inspect their stores, according to three officials with Homeland Security Investigations, which like ICE is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security."





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Oh hello there, Michael Cohen:


Wow, this is a powerful gesture:

Read the letter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Los Angeles Times's Matt Pearce then added: "And our colleagues at the San Diego Union-Tribune bought us donuts this morning!" Photo:



The House and Senate return today. Leadership fights are on the docket, and don't miss our Hill team's preview of the lame duck ahead.

President Trump is at the White House and Vice President Pence is in Japan.

Starting today: New lawmaker orientation begins in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in the Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

2 p.m. EST: The House meets -- bring on the lame duck!

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

3:45 p.m. EST: Former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Evergreen State and the soul of the Democratic Party Biden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Democrats not keen to reignite Jerusalem embassy fight MORE and George W. Bush speak at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, FlaDetails:

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes.

6:30 p.m. EST: Votes postponed in the House.

7:30 p.m. EST: Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on 'promises kept' MORE (D-Mass.) speaks at Georgetown University. Details:

Today: The 3rd anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks. A look back:

3 p.m. EST Thursday: The deadline for machine recounts in the Florida elections.



8 p.m. EST Thursday: Oprah Winfrey's interview with former first lady Michelle Obama airs on OWN.



Today is National Indian Pudding Day. It's also World Kindness Day.


And because you made it to the end, here's a deer who enjoys the mornings more than any human I know: