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HAPPENING TODAY

Houston funeral service for George H.W. Bush:

About 1,200 invited guests just said goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush this morning at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. https://fxn.ws/2zM9wPV

The difference between yesterday’s service and today’s: Yesterday’s funeral service was a formal state funeral for a former president. Today’s Houston funeral is more about George H.W. Bush as a person. 

What's happening after the funeral ceremony: Bush's casket travels by train to College Station, Texas, where he will be buried. https://nyti.ms/2AYZT04

Livestream of the funeral: https://cs.pn/2zUFUQL

Livestream of Bush's interment at 5:15 p.m. EST: https://cs.pn/2KZxjjL

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Photo of the train that will transport Bush's body to College Station, Texashttp://bit.ly/2Ejro91

Tidbit about historian Jon Meacham's eulogy yesterday: Meacham read his eulogy to former President George H.W. Bush before he died. Bush's reaction: "That's a lot about me, Jon." (Via NBC's Willie Geist) http://bit.ly/2GfqMD9

Letter from Bush: Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Bush memorial service in Houston | House passes two-week spending measure | Markets drop after Chinese executive's arrest Incoming Dem lawmaker mocks Trump for referring to himself as 'President T' South Carolina New Members 2019 MORE's (R-S.C.) son wrote a letter to "living legends" asking what they would say to their 20-year-old selves. Bush was the only one to respond. Read Bush's letter: http://bit.ly/2SrelFa 

Tidbit:

From former Secretary of State James Baker: "James Baker says Bush 41's wish for a 'kinder, gentler' nation was not a cynical political act but set in motion of model of post presidency with their civic and philanthropic acts." http://bit.ly/2QhPU0v

 

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Two *clap* More *clap* Weeks*: 

The House just passed a two-week spending bill to keep the government open until Dec. 21. I.e.: The border wall fight gets a two-week extension. http://bit.ly/2QdUltf 

 

The market had A MORNING:

"The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by almost 500 points Thursday morning, the first day of trading after U.S. authorities secured the arrest of a Chinese technology company executive, fueling fears that the trade war with China is heating up." http://bit.ly/2G4YStf

What sparked this last night: "News broke late Wednesday that Canadian law enforcement had arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, a major Chinese tech firm that has been linked to the Chinese military. U.S. officials have requested her extradition, citing a suspected sanctions violation. A Chinese Foreign Ministry official on Thursday demanded Meng's release and called her detention a possible human rights violation."

 

Woulda, coulda, shoulda:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE blamed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE for his low approval rating. http://bit.ly/2UluQ7F

He tweeted: "Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judge's, Military, Vets, etc.) my approval rating would be at 75% rather than the 50% just reported by Rasmussen. It's called Presidential Harassment!" http://bit.ly/2KZQqKI

Keep in mind from The Hill's Jordan Fabian: "The president's approval in the Rasmussen poll is higher than most other surveys. Gallup's tracking poll showed Trump's overall approval this week stands at 40 percent." http://bit.ly/2UluQ7F

 

It's not a border wall. It's a border WALL:

Four Republican senators introduced a bill for $25 billion to fund President Trump's border wall. http://bit.ly/2QBkdOX

The bill's name: The WALL Act.

How Republicans plan to pay for the bill: Cracking down on benefits for undocumented immigrants. Including: "Requiring that parents have a Social Security number to claim refundable tax credits, requiring any welfare applicants to prove they are a citizen and increasing minimum fines on individuals who cross the border illegally or overstay visas." 

Will this pass?: Nah, this bill likely won't go anywhere. 

The current bills to fund the border wall: The House's bill would allocate $5 billion to the wall; the Senate's bill would provide $1.6 billion. 

WALL FOR DACA?: This morning, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiFreedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill Black Caucus huddles as talk of term limits heats up Insurgent Dems amplify push for term limits on party leaders MORE (D-Calif.) "says she would NOT support wall funding in exchange for a deal on DACA. Calls them two totally different subjects." http://bit.ly/2L2lFEI

  

George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump, Russians, absentee voter fraud: Maybe we did need an ‘election integrity’ commission Mueller's findings don't matter George Papadopoulos leaves federal prison after serving 12 days MORE is a hardened criminal now:

Via Politico's Kyle Cheney, today is former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos's last day in prison. The charge: Lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. What day he went to prison: Nov. 26. http://bit.ly/2E54ktq

 

Breaking — North Carolina GOP calls for an election investigation:

"Senior North Carolina Republican officials on Thursday called for a bipartisan investigation into claims of absentee ballot fraud in one of the most closely divided U.S. House races in the country. In a press conference in Raleigh, three Republican state senators who represent parts of North Carolina’s 9th congressional district asked Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to create a bipartisan task force to investigate allegations that a contractor working for Republican congressional candidate Mark HarrisMark HarrisTrump, Russians, absentee voter fraud: Maybe we did need an ‘election integrity’ commission NC GOP leader praises journalists for covering election fraud allegations Reporter says woman paid to collect ballots in North Carolina House race thought she was doing a good deed MORE was illegally urging people to collect voters' absentee ballots." http://bit.ly/2L1NpJE

  

LATEST 2020 SPECULATION

Because everyone and their mother is running in 2020:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D): Hickenlooper is interviewing dozens of potential aides to expand his staff. http://bit.ly/2Ef9fJp

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Bloomberg is releasing an updated biography next month. The name -- you'll never guess it: "Bloomberg by Bloomberg, Updated." http://bit.ly/2E1AXrU

Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeGillum reached out to O’Rourke amid 2020 speculation: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump searches for next chief of staff | Congress, Trump dig in for funding fight | Why O'Rourke worries some Dems O'Rourke spoke with Al Sharpton amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Texas): O'Rourke is talking to former Obama operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. https://cnb.cx/2zMWnpO

 

Except these people so far:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ruled it out last month.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced he won't run because of the "cruelty" of the election process. https://cnn.it/2Qe1fi6

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, said on Tuesday he won't run.

What these exits mean for the 2020 Democratic primary: http://bit.ly/2Ugd1H0

  

IN OTHER NEWS

'Wake up, dudes':

Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, "Republican men and women are deeply divided over how to confront the results of a brutal midterm election that decimated the ranks of female GOP lawmakers in the House." http://bit.ly/2SsfGvw

Most House Republicans: "Most House Republicans have so far shown little appetite for performing an autopsy on the 2018 election cycle and publicly identifying the root of their tough losses, which were stark among female voters, particularly in the suburbs." 

But then others: "But a vocal chorus of Republican women has been sounding the alarm to address what they view as a crisis, calling on party leaders to be more aggressive in devising a strategy to reverse the trend by the next election cycle."

 

TRENDING

A U.S. soldier and a patriotic pup died in Afghanistan:

A clash in Afghanistan led to the death of Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, whose death was previously reported, and Multi-Purpose Canine MaikoFrom a spokesperson: "The actions of Maiko directly saved the life of his handler ... and other Rangers." http://bit.ly/2RDoAXf

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

LOL:

Billinson then tweeted: "I was at their house TWO days ago, all of you need to stop taking her side all the time." The replies to this tweet are pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2AUb6PC

He then added a screenshot to prove: "And we spoke on the phone three times yesterday trying to teach her how to use an InstantPot. I AM NOT A BAD SON" http://bit.ly/2FYq10S

  

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ON TAP

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

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

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Bush memorial service in Houston | House passes two-week spending measure | Markets drop after Chinese executive's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown Yes, student loans really are making millennials go broke MORE.

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate votes.

4 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at a Hanukkah reception. Vice President Pence attends.

8 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at a Hanukkah reception. Vice President Pence attends.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

2 p.m. EST: The Business Roundtable CEO Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpKushner: Trump will make chief of staff decision 'when he’s ready' McCarthy dismisses Dem-led Trump probes John Kelly was always doomed to fail as chief of staff MORE, JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon, Walmart's Doug McMillon and Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — NRCC exposes security flaws 2 years after Russia hacks | Google Plus to shut down early | Scathing House report scolds Equifax for breach | McCarthy knocks Google ahead of CEO's hearing NRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks Hillicon Valley: Huawei executive facing possible US fraud charges | Dem blames White House for failure of election security bill | FCC investigating wireless carriers over coverage data | Assange rejects deal to leave embassy MORE (D-Va.) Details and livestream: http://bit.ly/2G35V5A

Livestream of Bush's interment at 5:15 p.m. EST: https://cs.pn/2KZxjjL

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Gazpacho Day.

 

This isn't helping your likeability, Harvard:

A Harvard professor told The New York Times that a serving of French fries should include six fries. I repeat: A side of fries should come with six individual fries, according to Harvard professor Eric Rimm. https://nyti.ms/2rn9LMH

The internet didn't take that news kindly: The responses are pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2FYqOPo

"Seriously. I average 6 fries a bite." http://bit.ly/2AYCzQl

"I've never felt so attacked." http://bit.ly/2KYZ387

 

And because you made it to the end, here's a dog who is not pleased by his vegan pals: http://bit.ly/2UgkCFw