The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump defends 2016 Russia business dealings | North American leaders sign new trade pact | Clinton doesn't tamp down 2020 talk

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump defends 2016 Russia business dealings | Manafort could face new charges, trial | US, Mexico, Canada sign new trade pact | Putin gives Saudi crown prince high-five at G-20 | Clinton doing little to damp 2020 speculation | What we know about Marriott's data breach | Dems shy away from shutdown fight over Dreamers | Southwest apologizes for mocking girl's name | Couple must prove New Mexico is a state 

 

HAPPENING THIS MORNING

So Justin, Donald and Enrique walk into a bar:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a new North American free trade agreement this morning in Buenos Aires, Argentina. https://nbcnews.to/2reFAqZ

The name of the new agreement: The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, which is replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Why Buenos Aires: That's where the Group of 20 summit is happening. 

Later this morning -- accepting all pats on the back: The president tweeted about the new trade deal. His tweet: "Just signed one of the most important, and largest, Trade Deals in U.S. and World History. The United States, Mexico and Canada worked so well together in crafting this great document. The terrible NAFTA will soon be gone. The USMCA will be fantastic for all!" http://bit.ly/2SnOCxF

NEWS FROM THE CEREMONY -- NOW THAT'S A DIPLOMATIC SUBTEXT: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged President Trump to remove steel and aluminum tariffs. http://bit.ly/2raQ76E

OTHER NEWS FROM THE G-20: Russian officials accused President Trump of canceling his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a "US domestic political situation." The full statement: "Was the provocation organized by Kiev in this region the real reason for cancellation? Publicly, we heard just such an explanation, we took note of it. Is this a reality? I think that you still need to look for answers in the US domestic political situation." http://bit.ly/2P7NiNi

JUST NOW — YIIIIIKES: Via Business Insider, Russian President Vladimir Putin enthusiastically high-fived Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanWatch: https://read.bi/2rc5L1s

 

Happy Friday! Today is the last day of November. 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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NEWS THIS MORNING

Another day, another major hack involving 500 million people:

Marriott International announced that it is looking into a hack of Starwood Hotels' reservation database. How many Marriott guests could be affected: About 500 million. Woof: "Compromised information for 327 million Starwood guests could include passport details, phone numbers and email addresses. For an undisclosed amount of guests, it could also include credit card information, Marriott said." http://bit.ly/2U0fYvq

REACTION FROM THE NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL: New York's attorney general is opening an investigation into the Marriott hack. http://bit.ly/2Qvqfk8

 

Latest with the migrant caravan -- No charges:

Via The Associated Press's Elliot Spagat, the U.S. will not file charges against the 42 people arrested during last weekend's clash on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Why: "Charges were not filed because the administration generally doesn't separate families and because Customs and Border Protection didn't collect enough evidence needed to build cases, including the names of arresting officers, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity." http://bit.ly/2Q63ljO

 

Say cheese, justices:

This morning, the Supreme Court posed for a new class photo featuring recently appointed Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughFive things to watch as Barr takes the reins of Justice, Mueller probe Virginia can be better than this Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency MORE. The photo: http://bit.ly/2KK4wjk

  

LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Mueller probe figures use fame to pay bills Mueller subpoenas former Cambridge Analytica employee MORE really is having a terrible, terrible year: 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is considering new charges against President Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort for allegedly breaching his plea deal by lying to prosecutors. The charges: They would likely involve obstruction of justice. 

Oh and: “The government is also considering seeking a new trial for the charges that a jury failed to reach a verdict on in August in a separate criminal trial against Manafort in Northern Virginia. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors had agreed to move to dismiss the remaining counts, but [Government attorney Andrew Weissmann] said the government is no longer obligated to uphold that promise.” What that would mean from The Hill’s Lydia Wheeler: http://bit.ly/2BHB9uS

 

This a.m. from Trump — nah dude, we’re cool:

President Trump defended his efforts to pursue a business deal in Russia as “very legal & very cool.” 

He tweeted: “Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly). Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail... Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn’t do the project. Witch Hunt!” http://bit.ly/2Sp3VpT

 

Ivanka's getting pulled in:

Via Yahoo's Hunter Walker, special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpFour names emerge for UN position: report Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration MORE and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE's role in trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. According to sources: President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen "wasn't the only person at the Trump Organization who was pursuing deals to build a skyscraper in the Russian capital. Multiple sources have confirmed to Yahoo News that the president's elder daughter, Ivanka, who is now a top White House adviser, and his eldest son, Don Jr., were also working to make Trump Tower Moscow a reality." The full report: https://yhoo.it/2rcq1jN

  

ON CAPITOL HILL

If there's a shutdown, it likely don't be over the 'Dreamers':

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Democrats are backing away from a potential floor fight over 'Dreamers,' marking a shift in field tactics from earlier this year as they prepare to do battle with Republicans next week over a major government funding bill." Context: "January's brief government shutdown stemmed from Democrats insisting on adding language to a short-term spending package that would have protected from deportation immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, often referred to as Dreamers." Why Dems don't want to do that again: Democrats acknowledge that they didn't gain much from the standoff. http://bit.ly/2ADs6JJ

MEANWHILE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona and Mike Lillis, here's how House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDonald Trump proved himself by winning fight for border security Trump should beware the 'clawback' Congress The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season MORE (D-Calif.) could win the Speakership by opponents simply voting "present." http://bit.ly/2DQEJo5

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Today in: 'This is so embarrassing for our country':

Via WUSA9, a couple was forced to prove that New Mexico is a state in the United States when applying for a marriage license. Why: A clerk in D.C. thought it was a foreign country. https://on.wusa9.com/2KKfCF0

THROWBACK: Remember when I had to prove that the District of Columbia is, in fact, in the United States while ordering a drink? Good times... The 2015 story -- 'Bring your passport (and a map)': http://bit.ly/2P5Id8d

 

If we have another Trump v. Clinton race again, I will cry:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment MORE is increasingly weighing in on critical political events, keeping her name in the news and doing little to dampen speculation that she might once again run for president." What Clinton has been doing to fuel speculation: http://bit.ly/2RmeY2M

 

Getting traction -- a Southwest employee mocked a 5-year-old because of her name: 

Via BuzzFeed's Julia Reinstein, a Texas mother was traveling with her 5-year-old daughter Abcde (pronounced Ab-city) when the gate agent reportedly mocked the girl. From the girl's mother: "The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees. So I turned around and said, 'Hey, if I can hear you, my daughter can hear you, so I'd appreciate if you'd just stop." Oh and: The gate agent allegedly posted a photo of the girl's boarding pass to social media. Reaction from Southwest: The company's spokesperson apologized. http://bit.ly/2KJn57c

 

Tidbit about the GM layoffs -- which 6 cars are discontinued:

Via Fortune, General Motors is discontinuing the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS and Buick LaCrosse. Details for each: http://bit.ly/2E6aZ7s

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Lol:

DPCC stands for: The Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineForeign Affairs chairman: US military intervention in Venezuela 'not an option' Greedy tort bar tarts up the CREATES Act Whitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers MORE (D-R.I.) "will be the new DPCC chair, ranking higher than three DPCC co-chairs the Democratic Caucus also elected Thursday. He had served as one of the three co-chairs for the 2018 cycle." http://bit.ly/2QzwUdn

 

It is an efficient signature tbh...:

 

This looked a little 'Stranger Things' to me at first glance:

 

ON TAP

The House was in this morning and the Senate is out. President Trump is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the Group of 20 meeting. Vice President Pence is giving a speech in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and then heads to Houston.

5:15 a.m. EST: President Trump met with the president of Argentina.

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

12:35 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE arrive in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

12:55 p.m. EST: President Trump has a "pull-aside meeting" with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

2:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence leave Fort Lauderdale for Houston.

5:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE participate in the Group of 20 family photo, then attend a cultural performance and dinner.

5:10 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence arrive in Houston.

Saturday: The inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Keep in mind: The president's elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, will attend. https://reut.rs/2P6nOjl

Sunday: The 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Who is hosting: Gloria Estefan. https://hrld.us/2zu2TBV 

Dec. 7: Deadline for lawmakers to pass spending bills to avoid a government shutdown.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: President Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement, a replacement for the 25-year-old North America Free Trade Agreement. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2E8sGmQ Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Rkm9IY

1:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the 5th Israeli-American Council National Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2rcrWox

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Mousse Day.

 

Because correct links are superior:

Here's the correct link for yesterday's video of a service member reuniting with her dog after deployment. Watch: http://bit.ly/2DQp3RL

 

And to get your weekend off to a great start, here's a dog who has never been happier to meet another dog. Seriously: http://bit.ly/2BKmcsd

 

Monday. Same time. Same place.