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 McSallyTrump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Gallego tapped as national campaign chairman for Swalwell presidential bid MORE (R) in a hard-fought contest to replace outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Flake opens up about threats against him and his family 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 NelsonTrump administration renews interest in Florida offshore drilling: report Dem reps say they were denied access to immigrant detention center Ex-House Intel chair: Intel panel is wrong forum to investigate Trump's finances 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars 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 TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE.

Pelosi is targeting former critics like Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 RomneyHuckabee blasts Romney: 'Makes me sick' that you could have been president Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Romney 'sickened' by Trump's behavior in Mueller report 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 ObamaThe Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans 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 ClintonImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Mueller makes clear: Congress must investigate whether Trump obstructed justice Trump team spurns Adam Smith with its trade stance 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: