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The Hill's 12:30 Report Trump says Cohen should go to prison | Nation prepares for George H.W. Bush state funeral | Congress delays votes as nation mourns | Funeral details | Final flight on AF1 dubbed 'Special Air Mission 41' | Push to postpone shutdown fight | How O'Rourke, Brown are already shaking up 2020 Dem race | Lawmaker gets married in the Capitol

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Well, I know who ~won't~ be receiving a presidential pardon for Christmas: 

This morning, 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 said his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen does not deserve any leniency for his prison sentence because Cohen is cooperating with the special counsel investigation. http://bit.ly/2rhwTfC

Trump tweeted -- ouch: "He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free [sic]. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence." Trump's full tweets: http://bit.ly/2E1Cv58

 

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

It's a he said, Xi said situation:

This morning, President Trump touted strengthening relations between the United States and China after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit. http://bit.ly/2RxysBx

Trump tweeted: "President Xi and I have a very strong and personal relationship. He and I are the only two people that can bring about massive and very positive change, on trade and far beyond, between our two great Nations. A solution for North Korea is a great thing for China and ALL!" http://bit.ly/2KQ24rr  

WHAT SPARKED THE TWEET: Sunday, President Trump announced, "China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40%." http://bit.ly/2zE1rwK

HOLD YOUR HORSES: "White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday did not confirm whether China agreed to reduce tariffs on imported automobiles, which President Trump cited as a key concession made by Beijing in a trade ceasefire." Navarro said on NPR: "That certainly came up as well in discussions. So, that's just one of the many tariffs that have to be reduced." http://bit.ly/2Qvub4A

TRUMP ALSO TWEETED THIS MORNING -- THROWING PUTIN INTO THE MIX: "I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President [Vladimir] Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!" http://bit.ly/2KOhZXb

 

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REMEMBERING FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND REMEMBRANCES:

From President Trump: "He was a very fine man. I met him on a number of occasions," Trump said. "He was a terrific guy and he'll be missed. He lived a full life and an exemplary life." http://bit.ly/2SrDf7E

Getting traction -- this photo is heartbreaking: Here's a photo of Bush's service dog Sully in front of Bush's casket: http://bit.ly/2KQlnAX

The socks will Bush be wearing when he is put to rest: Former President George H.W. Bush had an affinity for decorative socks. He will be wearing socks to honor his service in the U.S. Navy. Photo of the socks: http://bit.ly/2Qae39j

Photo of the letter H.W. left for Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonAlan Dershowitz: Did Michael Flynn lie? Or did the FBI act improperly? Trump will likely win reelection in 2020 Utah to impose nation's strictest DUI limit MORE on Inauguration Day 1993: http://bit.ly/2rkoTe0  

Throwback -- photo of H.W. and Barbara boarding Marine One: http://bit.ly/2FU3T7K

Bush's final flights: Air Force One will be referred to as "Special Air Mission 41" for his final flights. https://cnn.it/2Ru33zZ

Remembrances from the political world: http://bit.ly/2E9WG1P

His obituary in the New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2RwdL94

Op-ed: "Bush 41: Epitome of a good man." http://bit.ly/2Sp8e4o

  

WHAT TO KNOW FOR THIS WEEK:

Rundown of this week's services: http://bit.ly/2EbcX6L

When Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda: Monday at 7:30 p.m. through Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

Photo of the Capitol readying for the services: http://bit.ly/2SsxSoV

Video of the military honor guard practicing for Bush's arrival: http://bit.ly/2E0v4vo

The funeral: Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Washington National Cathedral.

Will President Trump speak?: No, former President George W. Bush will give a eulogy, but 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 will attend Wednesday's memorial. https://cnn.it/2FWOhRa

Road closures expected in the D.C. area: Via WTOP. http://bit.ly/2PdAZil

  

ON CAPITOL HILL

Technically we're four days from a government shutdown, but…:

Lawmakers are considering a short-term government funding bill to push the fight over border wall funding until after former President George H.W. Bush's funeral. https://nyti.ms/2KPcV4Q

HOW SHORT-TERM ARE WE TALKING?: Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, Democrats prefer a week; Republicans prefer two weeks. Stay tuned. http://bit.ly/2rgY0HR

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK: http://bit.ly/2SrDf7E

THERE WON’T BE ANY VOTES UNTIL WEDNESDAY: Congress returns to Washington today, but votes are delayed until Wednesday because of former President George H.W. Bush’s death. http://bit.ly/2zEeNt4

 

Postponed:

President Trump's meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiLiberal groups launch effort to get progressives on key House committees Dems preparing for prolonged shutdown Jim Jordan predicts there will be no government shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell’s marijuana conundrum: Cory Gardner Democrats must stand up for Israel Retired Gen. McChrystal: Sending troops to build wall could be seen as ‘misuse of power’ MORE (D-N.Y.) has been postponed because of the funeral for former President George H.W. Bushhttp://bit.ly/2FTXDNv

 

Funny tidbit -- we're all children at heart:

New members of Congress chose their Capitol Hill offices through a lottery. Each new member pulled a number, ran around to scope out the vacant offices and then picked their new offices based on the number he or she pulled. The process is pretty funny -- yes, there were dance moves. Watch: http://bit.ly/2DZ5FBW  

 

Wedding bells on Capitol Hill last Friday:

Rep. Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseTrump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming Washington governor announces killer whale recovery plan GOP struggles to find right Republican for Rules MORE (R-Wash.) married Joan Galvin in the U.S. Capitol last Friday after the House adjourned. Who officiated: The chaplain of the House of Representatives, Rev. Patrick J. ConroyThe best man: Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsGOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote House GOP blocks lawmakers from forcing Yemen war votes for rest of year Advocates see state legislatures as next frontier for pot legalization MORE (R-Texas). https://cnn.it/2zFoiYH

TIDBIT FROM POLITICO'S SARAH FERRIS -- THIS EXPLAINS THE BOOZE: "ok NOW I understand why staffers were carrying so much champagne into Session's [sic] offices at like 10 a.m." http://bit.ly/2PfYHdL

  

CAMPAIGN NEWS

Everyone wants to be the next 'Obama' candidate:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "Enthusiasm for a White House bid by Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeGoogle's most-searched politician of 2018 is Stacey Abrams Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he won't run for reelection as he preps for Iowa visit Cory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' MORE is soaring after he came within 3 percentage points of Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGoogle's most-searched politician of 2018 is Stacey Abrams Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he won't run for reelection as he preps for Iowa visit O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ MORE in the Texas Senate race. O'Rourke, seen as more of a dark-horse candidate in 2020 just a few weeks ago, is suddenly being embraced by former aides to President Obama, who are comparing him to their former boss. And he's not ruling out a White House run after dismissing it as a Senate candidate."

Another Dem getting a fresh look: "Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownFive challenges facing new consumer bureau chief Dem senator: Trump 'seems more rattled than usual' GOP rep: If Mueller had found collusion, ‘investigation would have wrapped up very quickly’ MORE … is openly considering a run for the White House. Democrats are giving him a fresh look, too, given his win in a perpetual swing state where President Trump handily defeated Democratic presidential nominee 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 in 2016." http://bit.ly/2DZbXSk

 

New -- someone wants to stay in the Senate:

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) announced he will not challenge Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) in the 2019 governor's race. In his words: "It is such an honor to represent the people of Louisiana in the United States Senate. Right now, that's where I think I can do the most good." Context: http://bit.ly/2BO504T 

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS

This is pretty interesting:

The full article -- "I Smelled Like a Man for a Day: There's a reason men's body washes and deodorants all seem to have that same, specific scent:" http://bit.ly/2SusXUB

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate meet this afternoon, but neither have votes scheduled. President Trump is at the White House, and Vice President Pence is in D.C. and will honor Bush at the U.S. Capitol.  

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

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTop HUD official under Carson resigns Homelessness rates increase in US for second straight year Interior chief Zinke to leave administration MORE in the Oval Office.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

3:45 p.m. EST: The House meets.

Dec. 7: Deadline for Congress to pass a government-spending bill to prevent a shutdown. 

  

WHAT TO WATCH

5 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks as former President George H.W. Bush lies in state. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2PiOttc

7 p.m. EST: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ Former Trump aide: President has 'thick skin’ MORE (I-Vt.) holds a town hall on climate change. So he's running… Livestream: https://cs.pn/2rk9IBk

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peppermint Latte Day.

 

And because you made it this far, here are husky puppies getting lessons on how to howl: http://bit.ly/2Q6YfnH