The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race

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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Sponsored by Delta Air Lines -- White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over on Judiciary panel | Why the tax law failed to save House GOP | Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Assange charges inadvertently revealed | Kavanaugh gets standing ovation | Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' Poll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Obamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards MORE dishes on Malia's prom date | DC skating rinks open | Beanie Babies selling for $10K

 

BREAKING NEWS OF THE MORNING

Can't wait for their ~heartfelt~ reunion:

A federal district judge ruled this morning that the White House must reinstate the revoked press pass of CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acostahttp://bit.ly/2K9NT03

Some context on the ruling: "Subtext of the judge's order: You can kick a reporter out of the White House, but there are procedures you have to follow. So it wasn't necessarily a victory for the First Amendment." I.e.: "So hold your First Amendment horses." (Via The New York Times's Jim Windolf)  http://bit.ly/2PuuKvI

Why it was revoked in the first place: The White House yanked the press pass after a contentious exchange between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE and Acosta.

^Throwback: Here's the argument that started this whole clash. Watch: https://cnn.it/2RVdtbK

Then CNN fought back: CNN sued after the Trump administration suspended Acosta's pass. Other news outlets, including Fox News, NBC News and The Associated Press, supported CNN's suit. http://bit.ly/2z8P6k1

 

REACTIONS:

From Jim Acosta: "Let's go back to work." Watch his full remarks after the ruling: http://bit.ly/2PBALXG

From the White House: The White House has agreed to "temporarily reinstate" Acosta's pass, but insisted "there must be decorum at the White House." The White House also said: It "will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future." http://bit.ly/2zb1sIk

Reaction from President Trump's Twitter feed

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Twitter erupted: Here are some of the reactions: http://bit.ly/2PuzCAW

 

Happy Friday! T minus six days until the turkey! 

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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

 

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ON CAPITOL HILL

Just Now - A new person to woo:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan US troops leaving Syria cross into Iraq Graham says he's open-minded on supporting impeachment: 'Sure, I mean show me something that is a crime' MORE (R-S.C.) is poised to become the next Senate Judiciary Chairman. Why: Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes State cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (R-Iowa) announced he will step down as Judiciary Chair and take over as Senate Finance Committee Chairman. http://bit.ly/2DImmSX

Why this news is big: That would mean Graham would be in charge of the committee handling President Trump's judicial nominees. Graham would also have jurisdiction over the Justice Department and the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

 

Let's start the bidding at: please, please, pleeease:

Via The Hill's Jordain CarneyPresident Trump announced his support for criminal justice reform yesterday, but his support may not be enough to get the legislation through the Senate. Why: Conservatives don't support the bill. GOP leaders have very lukewarm support and have been noncommittal about a floor vote. The likely path: http://bit.ly/2zXUsOu

 

But Republicans love the (tax) cuts?!:

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Republicans' major accomplishment of passing the new tax law didn't save them the GOP majority in the House. Why: While the economy was the biggest talking point for Republicans in the midterm elections, most voters didn't think the new tax law helped them personally. Even Republicans are divided on whether it helped or hurt the party. http://bit.ly/2Tk6RFA

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Salmonella contamination in turkeys -- I'm sorry, what??:

Via The Washington Post's Lena H. Sun, "Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and federal health officials are still trying to identify the source of a salmonella illness outbreak linked to raw turkey products that has spread to 35 states and sickened 164 people." Which brand/supplier?: That's still unclear. Fun. Details and map of what areas have been affected: https://wapo.st/2qOHZZt

 

We're comin' for you:

Via The Wall Street Journal's Aruna Viswanatha and Ryan Dube, the Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeThe goal: To get Assange to a courtroom in the U.S. Where he is now: The Ecuadorean Embassy in London. https://on.wsj.com/2FlGaNA

On what charge?: "The exact charges the Justice Department might pursue remain unclear, but they may involve the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the disclosure of national defense-related information." https://on.wsj.com/2FlGaNA

NEW DEVELOPMENT -- WHOOPS: Via The Washington Post's Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett, the Department of Justice inadvertently revealed preparations to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. How: "The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that 'due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.' Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would 'need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.'" https://wapo.st/2K8Em9q

 

2018 is the new 2000 (gulp): 

Via The Hill's Max Greenwood, Florida's Senate race between Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) is heading to a hand recount after close results in the machine recount. The margin between the two candidates: 0.15 percentage points. When the hand recount must be completed: Sunday.  http://bit.ly/2PwGDkM

Important to know about hand recounts: "A manual recount does not mean that every ballot is counted by hand. Instead, local election officials will sort through so-called overvotes and undervotes – ballots on which voters marked either more or fewer than the maximum number of selections allowed."  http://bit.ly/2PwGDkM

 

Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMajority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE got a standing ovation last night:

BuzzFeed's Zoe Tillman posted video of Justice Brett Kavanaugh receiving a standing ovation at the conservative Federalist Society's annual convention at the Mayflower hotel in Washington, D.C., last night. Watch: http://bit.ly/2BcoJuP

 

IN LOCAL NEWS

It's the holiday season, the holiday season!:

Via PoPville, ice skating rinks are beginning to open in Washington, D.C. Today: The rink in Navy Yard opens. Tomorrow: The National Gallery of Art's rink opens. Details: http://bit.ly/2FsdNgO

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Gritty loves the snow:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2A039bk

Keep in mind: Gritty is the Philadelphia Flyers' new mascot. He's gone pretty viral in the past few months. Back story: http://bit.ly/2Q6X1Io

 

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ON TAP

The House voted this morning. The Senate is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is in Australia.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump signs the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act in the Oval Office.

1 p.m. EST: President Trump presents the Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House.

3:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Small Business Administrator Linda McMahonLinda Marie McMahonIvanka Trump urges support for groups that 'uplift' Baltimore amid father's criticism of city Trump campaign describes Corey Stewart super PAC as 'unconscionable' Pro-Trump group plans to spend 0M in six battleground states MORE.

Saturday: President Trump will visit California to meet with people affected by the wildfires. https://abcn.ws/2Tktnhe

Nov. 30: President Trump attends The Group of 20 (G-20) Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2QIZuFW

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Today: The Project on Government Oversight is hosting a summit in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Former Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinRemembering leaders who put country above party Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home MORE (D-Mich.) and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Details and livestream: https://oversightsummit.org/

Sunday morning: Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCritics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Trump administration blocked consumer watchdog from public service loan forgiveness program: report Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 MORE (D-Ohio), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources' GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (R-N.C.) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenGraham, Van Hollen introduce Turkey sanctions bill Senators fear Syria damage 'irreversible' after Esper, Milley briefing US envoy insists Syria pullout doesn't affect Iran strategy MORE (D-N.H.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Tuesday: Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric Sasse NBA commissioner says China asked league to fire Rocket's GM Lawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip Hong Kong protesters trample, burn LeBron James jerseys in wake of comments MORE (R-Neb.) Will appear on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Fast Food Day. And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Baklava Day and Sunday is National Apple Cider Day

 

Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres should team up more often:

Former first lady Michelle Obama signed copies of her new book at a Costco, and Ellen DeGeneres came along to help. Hint: She didn't help. The video is hilarious: http://bit.ly/2B9SRqx

FUNNY TIDBIT -- MICHELLE OBAMA DESCRIBES WHEN MALIA'S PROM DATE PICKED HER UP AT THE WHITE HOUSE: That's not intimidating or anything. Watch: http://bit.ly/2Bb2sgW 

 

It's finally time to cash out on those Beanie Babies:

Via Apartment Therapy, Beanie Babies from the 1990s are selling on eBay for up to $10,000. Which plush toys are worth the most: http://bit.ly/2QSIFIM

 

And to get your weekend off to a cozy start, here's a puppy thoroughly enjoying its ducky slippers: http://bit.ly/2PxaOIw