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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems to investigate Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIncoming House Oversight Committee chairman: First hearing will not be 'what a lot of people expect' GOP senator advises House to 'legislate, don’t investigate' Trump's legal woes worsen MORE's emails | Judge blocks Trump from denying asylum to migrants | White House drops threat to revoke Acosta's press pass | Slowing economy poses new 2020 challenge for GOP | Turkey pardon today at WH | Flamin' Hot Cheetos turkey

 

 

Presidential turkeys Peas and Carrots check into the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington, D.C. 

 

HAPPENING AT 1:05 PM

Peas, Carrots or Michael Cohen -- Who will get the presidential pardon this year?:

Two turkeys, Peas and Carrots, have traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the presidential pardon at the White House this afternoon. Only one turkey is pardoned -- what happens to the other?: It's not what you think. The other turkey is the alternate. 

Fast facts for Peas: Coming in at 39 lbs., Peas has a "boisterous" gobble, enjoys listening to Brad Paisley and loves eating popcorn. 

Fast facts for Carrots: Coming in at a robust 41 lbs., we also have Carrots! Carrots's gobble is "strong and confident." Carrots also enjoys eating M&M's and telemark snow skiing in its spare time. 

Full bios for the dynamic duo: http://bit.ly/2QXJiAN

Livestream of the 1:05 p.m. EST pardoning ceremony: http://bit.ly/2DA1YTm

The final Twitter vote as of 11 a.m. -- it's Florida all over again, amirite?:

I apologize this isn't a secret ballot and you can all see how I voted. Carrots had me at M&M's ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

How this tradition began: Via NPR: https://n.pr/2PHxlCo

 

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NEWS THIS MORNING

You're blocked:

Via NBC's Adam Edelman, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who enter the United States illegally. From the judge in San Francisco, Calif.: "Whatever the scope of the President's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden." https://nbcnews.to/2A7owr8

What sparked this: A few weeks ago, the president made it harder for immigrants to claim asylum if they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border between the formal entry points. https://nbcnews.to/2A7owr8

 

GETTING TRACTION

This is going to make campaign rally chants awkward for a lil while:

Via The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig and Josh Dawsey, Ivanka Trump used her personal account to send hundreds of White House emails. How long this went on: For much of 2017. 

Why this matters for her father: "The discovery alarmed some advisers to President TrumpDonald John TrumpReturn hope to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending 'Full Frontal' gives six-bedroom house to group that works with detained immigrants MORE, who feared that his daughter's prac­tices bore similarities to the personal email use of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton working on new children’s book about endangered animals GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander won't seek reelection GOP rep says there was a double standard in Flynn, Clinton probes MORE, an issue he made a focus of his 2016 campaign." I.e.: "Crooked Hillary." 

How Ivanka Trump reacted when she found this out: "Some aides were startled by the volume of Ivanka Trump's personal emails -- and taken aback by her response when questioned about the practice. She said she was not familiar with some details of the rules, according to people with knowledge of her reaction." 

What happened to the emails: Ivanka Trump turned over the work-related emails to be stored with White House records. 

The full story -- trust me, it won't be the last you hear of this: https://wapo.st/2OYwPuU

REACTION FROM FORMER TRUMP AIDE MARC SHORT: Former White House legislative director Marc Short said Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email was "hypocritical" and that it "looks bad." Short then explained differences from Hillary Clinton's email server: "There are a couple of important distinctions to make. One is that Hillary Clinton did delete over 30,000 emails. She did have IT specialists come put a server in her home, and there was classified information as Secretary of State that she put on there."  http://bit.ly/2r4DmL3

NEW DEVELOPMENT -- HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL INVESTIGATE: Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are planning to investigate Ivanka Trump's use of a person email. http://bit.ly/2BmZG8q

 

We have an eager beaver in Massachusetts:

A Massachusetts mayor was one of the first people in line to buy marijuana at the opening of the state's first recreational marijuana store. Which mayor: Northampton Mayor David NarkewiczWhat he's going to do with it: "I am actually going to probably preserve it and display it ... because it is historically significant," he said. http://bit.ly/2Kjehol

 

IN OTHER NEWS

This is pretty crazy-- a 'get rich quick' scheme among some Trump fans: 

Via The Daily Beast's Will Sommer, some of President Trump's biggest fans are convinced he will make them millionaires through the nearly worthless Iraqi currency.  https://thebea.st/2DysFrh

For example: One Trump supporter bought millions of Iraqi dinars, currently worth less than $0.001.

What sparked this: During a 2017 press conference, the president said all currencies will soon "be on a level playing field. What Trump actually meant is the trade imbalances with China, but some Trump supporters interpreted this as the dinar investment scheme."

How many people have invested in the dinar?: "While it's difficult to measure how many Americans have invested in the dinar, court papers related to dinar scams often mention millions of dollars worth of dinar purchases. Dinar holders regularly tweet at Trump and various Iraqi government Twitter accounts, demanding to know when they'll finally enact the 'RV' that will let the money flow in."

How the scam works: https://thebea.st/2DysFrh

 

The Jim Acosta saga is (hopefully) over:

Yesterday, the White House dropped its effort to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials. The White House wrote in a letter to Acosta: "Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored." http://bit.ly/2KlQ4gW

 

A potential 2020 challenge for the GOP:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "There are growing signs that the economy will slow substantially over the next two years, posing a significant problem for President Trump and Republicans who highlighted economic growth heading into the 2018 midterm elections." What to expect: http://bit.ly/2qS98L4

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Today in Martha Stewart adventures:

Full-size photos: http://bit.ly/2AhDpY7

Keep in mind: Stewart deleted the Instagram post this morning. Full story: https://nbcnews.to/2Korn3K 

 

This is hilarious:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2Q4xcbO

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out. 

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

1 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips Dems as shutdown looms | Congress deadlocked | Flynn associates charged will illegal lobbying The Hill's Morning Report — No deal in sight as shutdown looms Five things to know about the Trump inauguration investigation MORE participate in the pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

Nov. 26–27: Congress returns for the lame duck session. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2TsupYN

Nov. 28: The Hill is hosting the event "Preparing for a Treatment: Alzheimer's Diagnosis and Care." Featured speakers: The Hill's editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack, will interview Sens. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP Sen. Lamar Alexander won't seek reelection Senate Dems urge Trump to continue nuclear arms control negotiations after treaty suspension Massachusetts is leading the way on gun safety, but we can’t do it alone MORE (D-Mass.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate votes to overturn IRS guidance limiting donor disclosure GOP tensions running high on criminal justice bill Trump tells McConnell to let Senate vote on criminal justice reform MORE (R-N.C.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2qU9z7u

Nov. 30: President Trump attends the Group of 20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires.

Dec. 12: Sentencing for President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohenhttps://cnn.it/2QWv4Qz

 

WHAT TO WATCH

11:35 EST: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) will appear on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.

 

Executive decision: No.:

Thanksgiving turkey covered in Flamin' Hot Cheetos' is now a thing. Photo -- that is neon: http://bit.ly/2S79IQN

 

Haha, The New Yorker had fun with the turkey pardon:

"In a startling break with Thanksgiving tradition, Donald J. Trump refused to pardon the White House turkey after claiming that it was working as a secret operative of the billionaire George Soros. A group of fourth graders from Bethesda, Maryland, who had gathered on the White House lawn for the annual turkey-pardoning ceremony appeared unprepared for the anti-Soros outburst that Trump unleashed on the Thanksgiving bird." Full piece -- because it's a holiday week and you're working too hard: http://bit.ly/2DOYXj1

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a dog who is auditioning to be a lion: http://bit.ly/2A5kkrO