The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — George H.W. Bush lies in state | NRCC suffers major hack | Crunch-time for Congress

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN

--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.

 

The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Cyber breach exposed NRCC emails | Avenatti not running | George H.W. Bush lies in state | Trump visits Bushes | Lawmakers face end-of-year crunch | Shutdown fight delayed | CIA chief to brief senators on Khashoggi | Why John DingellJohn DingellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says he 'never directed' Cohen to break the law | GOP reels from Trump shutdown threat | Alleged spy Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy charge Opening day of new Congress: Not always total joy The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown MORE wants to abolish the Senate | National Cookie Day deals

 

HAPPENING IN D.C.

Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state:

Former President George H.W. Bush's body lies in state today in the Capitol Rotunda for mourners to pay their respects. https://wapo.st/2FYwRnh

Livestream of Bush's casket lying in state: http://bit.ly/2zQBCKb

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS: 

There was a stunning sunset over the Capitol while Bush's casket was carried up the steps: Photo: http://bit.ly/2Pj2jMh

Video of Bush's casket arriving at the Capitol: https://cs.pn/2QcZzW7  

Photo of the Supreme Court justices paying their respects: http://bit.ly/2PiFPv1

What happens after Wednesday's funeral: After Bush's Wednesday funeral in Washington, D.C., his casket will fly from D.C. to Houston on "Special Air Mission 41." 

How Bush's casket will get to his final resting place -- on a train named after him: A train built in 2005 to honor the former president will transport Bush's body from Houston to College Station, a nearly 100-mile trip. Photos of Bush driving the train a few years ago -- the colors are beautiful: https://cnn.it/2BRF48J

Prince Charles will attend tomorrow's funeral: The British prince will represent his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. http://bit.ly/2FZTEij

How Kennebunkport, Maine, is grieving the loss: https://nyti.ms/2BRfQXX

 

HAPPENING TODAY -- TRUMP WILL VISIT THE BUSHES AT BLAIR HOUSE: This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE tweeted that he will meet with the Bush family at Blair House, a government house across the street from the White House where incoming presidents, former presidents and foreign dignitaries stay. He tweeted: "The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!" http://bit.ly/2QbEhIy

AND Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Michelle Obama jokes Barack's message of hope began with being late for dinner The Hill's Morning Report — Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies MORE INVITED LAURA BUSH TO SEE THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: First lady Melania Trump invited former first lady Laura Bush to tour the Christmas decorations at the White House.

 

It's Tuesday. 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.

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily: http://bit.ly/2kjMNnn

 

SPONSORED CONTENT - THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 

 

BREAKING

I have a lot of emotions about this, but 'relief' is the first that comes to mind:

Ex-porn star Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti  just announced that he will NOT run for president, ending months of speculation.  http://bit.ly/2rmhUAY

From his statement: "After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the presidency of the U.S. in 2020. I do not make this decision lightly - I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run." 

On Stormy Daniels: Avenatti said he will still continue to represent her. 

Read his full statement: http://bit.ly/2Ue97yv

 

*Covers eyes* -- there was major hack in the Republican Party:

Via Politico's Alex Isenstadt and John Bresnahan, the National Republican Congressional Committee was hacked and emails of four senior aides were surveilled for months. https://politi.co/2QwhwOS

Oh and senior House Republicans weren't told until reporters asked: "However, senior House Republicans -- including Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Trump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming Senate heads toward floor fight on criminal justice bill MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming McCarthy calls on incoming Democrats to embrace bipartisanship, not 'food fight' or investigations GOP congresswoman says she opted out of NRCC run because McCarthy had 'a different plan' MORE (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force House lawmakers delay decision on Saudi Arabia pending investigation MORE (R-La.) -- were not informed of the hack until Politico contacted the NRCC on Monday with questions about the episode. Rank-and-file House Republicans were not told, either."

Why the committee kept the hack a secret: Fearing any leaks would compromise an investigation to find who was behind the hack. 

Keep in mind: Donor information was not hacked. 

What we know about the hack: https://politi.co/2QwhwOS

 

ON CAPITOL HILL

Happening at 11 a.m. -- Ahh, now they hear from Gina Haspel:

Via CNN's Zachary Cohen and Kate Sullivan, CIA Director Gina Haspel will brief a few senators on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Which senators: "Haspel will brief the chairmen and ranking Democrats of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a senator who will be attending the meeting." https://cnn.it/2L01gk1

Where the private meeting will happen: The Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in the basement of the Capitol Visitors Center. 

Why this is newsy: Senators requested a briefing on Khashoggi, and last week Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoShowdown at the Security Council? Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — Facebook bug exposed photos of up to 6.8M users | Canada warns Trump not to intervene in Huawei case | Tech giant accused of providing cybersecurity to terror groups Canada warns Trump: Huawei extradition shouldn't be ‘politicized’ MORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisHillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — Facebook bug exposed photos of up to 6.8M users | Canada warns Trump not to intervene in Huawei case | Tech giant accused of providing cybersecurity to terror groups Canada warns Trump: Huawei extradition shouldn't be ‘politicized’ Overnight Defense: Pompeo downplays split over Saudi Arabia | Priebus tapped for Navy after Mattis recommendation | North Korea reportedly evading US sanctions MORE met with the upper chamber and said there is no direct evidence that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for his death. However: The CIA has reportedly concluded that the crown prince is, in fact, responsible. Some senators were angry the CIA director did not attend the briefing. https://cnn.it/2L01gk1

NEW DEVELOPMENT -- THE HOUSE WILL BE BRIEFED ON DEC. 13: "House lawmakers will receive an intelligence briefing from the administration next week on the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, though it's unclear whether CIA Director Gina Haspel will attend." http://bit.ly/2BQHNiK

 

The government funding deadline is now four days from Christmas:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Niv Elis, lawmakers have agreed on a two-week government funding extension to keep the government open. Why: Because of former President George H.W. Bush's death. The big fight lawmakers face: Whether to fund President Trump's proposed border wall. http://bit.ly/2PlsDVY

How the extension will work: "The current deadline is midnight on Friday, Dec. 7. The House and Senate are expected to approve the new deadline at some point this week. That could be done in the House by unanimous consent, without lawmakers present to vote." (Via The Washington Post's Erica Werner) https://wapo.st/2rkLNC4

 

Cue the '60 Minutes' clock

--> http://bit.ly/2KSiAak

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-year traffic jam with legislation piling up and a tight schedule that leaves them little wiggle room." How so: "Leadership is juggling a backlog of must-pass bills and nominations as well as eleventh-hour requests from rank-and-file members as legislators try to cram as much as possible into the final days of the work year. Republicans, in particular, are feeling pressure to make a last-ditch effort as they prepare to cede control of the House to Democrats in January." http://bit.ly/2KTwFEx

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Mattis asks for help:

Defense Secretary James Mattis called for the international community to help end the war in Afghanistan. Mattis's told reporters: "In Afghanistan, it's gone on now it's approaching 40 years; 40 years is enough and it's time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations, support [Indian] Prime Minister Modi, support [Afghan] President Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here. So, we are on that track."  http://bit.ly/2Pk2bw7

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Naaah, definitely not running:

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race Joaquin Castro says brother Julián is running for president in 2020 MORE is fueling speculation over a campaign run, calling himself the "most qualified" person to campaign against President Trumphttp://bit.ly/2Sonm1Q

Biden said on a book tour: "I'll be as straight with you as I can. I think I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I've worked on my whole life ...  No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I've been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have – even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it." http://bit.ly/2Sonm1Q

Op-ed on why this race is starting to look like 2004: http://bit.ly/2UcafCE

 

My invitation didn't come in the mail, but I know it was an oversight:

Via The Evening Standard, Meghan Markle, the duchess of Sussex, met with former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama jokes Barack's message of hope began with being late for dinner Michelle Obama does Fortnite 'orange justice' dance with Santa Contest offers 'Broadway play and chardonnay' with Clinton MORE in London last night.  What they discussed: Empowering women around the world. Keep in mind: Prince Harry has met with the Obamas several times over the years. http://bit.ly/2EdtGq8

 

FYI, John Dingell wants to abolish the Senate. Thought you should know:

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) published an op-ed in The Atlantic titled, "I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone. Here's How to Fix It. Abolish the Senate and publicly fund elections." 

The biggest change Dingell has seen during his career: "It is the complete collapse in respect for virtually every institution of government and an unprecedented cynicism about the nobility of public service itself."

^For example: A 1958 survey "found that 73 percent of Americans trusted the federal government 'to do the right thing almost always or most of the time.'" The same study in 2017: Just 18 percent of people now think so.

How long Dingell served in Congress: From December 1955 to January 2015. 

His step-by-step list of how to fix this: http://bit.ly/2EeiARo

 

SPONSORED CONTENT - THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi will be the first ever in the Middle East, bringing together 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries. Learn more

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

The best video I've seen this week. Seriously, watch it:

Watch -- I can't believe how long this goes on: http://bit.ly/2KSgCGT

   

ON TAP

The House is out. The Senate meets this afternoon, but has no votes scheduled.

12:45 p.m. EST: Senators break for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence attends the Republican lunch.

2:30 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

3:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs the Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — George H.W. Bush lies in state | NRCC suffers major hack | Crunch-time for Congress The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Washington poised to avert shutdown crisis, for now New Jersey New Members 2019 MORE Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 in the Oval Office.

6:40 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the United in Purpose: Ziklag Group Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee is holding a hearing on the U.S. policy towards China. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2APeLy1

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cookie Day! Here's where to get free cookies today for celebrate: http://bit.ly/2E13lKP

And just in case you aren't already hungry and craving a cookie, here are the five best cookies in the D.C. area, via the Washington Post's Going Out Guide: https://wapo.st/2zJ78te

  

Street lines or abstract art?:

Via PoPville, check out the street lines painted on 18th street between P and Q northwest. I'm at a loss for words... Photos: http://bit.ly/2PjkEJg

 

And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, here are triplet toddlers attempting to catch a puppy. Keep trying!! http://bit.ly/2KT7Us5