The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Dem leaders spar before cameras at meeting over border wall | Senate to vote on criminal justice bill | Google chief gets grilling

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dem leaders spar before cameras at meeting on border wall | Trump warns Pelosi he will shut down government | Trump calls it 'fake news' he can't find chief of staff | McConnell agrees to vote on criminal justice bill | Warns Senate could work during Christmas break | Dem Luján to get 'assistant Speaker' title | Google chief gets grilling before Congress | Murdered or imprisoned journalists are Time's 'Person of the Year'

 

Omg, the Oval Office just turned into a Jerry Springer episode: 

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE just got into an extraordinary public argument with Democratic congressional leaders Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (D-N.Y.) and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown MORE (D-Calif.) as pressure is building over the White House's border wall demands. http://bit.ly/2UwTK4i

Trump told Schumer and Pelosi in front of the press: "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. ... I will be the one to shut it down." http://bit.ly/2ErtUdg

Pelosi's reaction -- Not. Now.:  Pelosi repeatedly asked Trump not to discuss the issue of border wall funding while the press was in the room. "You will not win," Pelosi told Trump. http://bit.ly/2UwTK4i

Same with Schumer: "Let's debate, let's debate in private." http://bit.ly/2QFfY5d

YiiikesPresident Trump: "Nancy's in a situation where it's not easy to talk right now." 

Nancy Pelosi: "Please don't characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting" http://bit.ly/2GnPwcr

On whether they will reach an agreement -- Eh.: "We probably won't have an agreement today," Trump said. "We probably won't." http://bit.ly/2rweEn1

Watch -- here's video of part of the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2EqyCYv  

NEW PHOTO FROM THE MEETING -- WOW:  "Incredible argument unfolding now in front of the press between trump, Pelosi and Schumer over votes for border security. Pelosi keeps asking not to discuss it in front of the press." (Via The Wall Street Journal's Vivian Salama) Photo: http://bit.ly/2zRWXCK

OK, now look at that photo again, but this time notice Pence's facial expression: http://bit.ly/2zRWXCK

^Amazing comparison: The Hill's Niv Elis described Vice President Pence's reaction to the outbursts well. "Pence is just sitting there super awkwardly. He looks like an Elf on the Shelf." Compare this photo to the photo above: http://bit.ly/2Qo6Ty9

Photo of the White House press corps capturing the outburst: http://bit.ly/2RSOeHl

TIDBIT -- WHY WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE MEETING: "The meeting was scheduled be closed to the press but the White House unexpectedly opened it to reporters just as Pelosi and Schumer were arriving at the White House."

CONTEXT TO THE MEETING:

What Trump is pushing for: $5 billion in border wall funding. http://bit.ly/2LaELbY 

Why Democrats aren't in the mood to negotiate: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is under pressure not to concede because her party is taking control of the House in January. Pelosi is also vying for the job as speaker. 

Why both parties may need to compromise: If the two sides don't come to an agreement by Dec. 21, part of the federal government shuts down. I.e.: Four days before Christmas.   

BEFORE THE MEETING -- SHOW THOSE PEARLY WHITES:

President Trump made a last-minute pitch for border wall funding this morning before his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer. The gist -- excerpt:  "Our Southern Border is now Secure and will remain that way … I look forward to my meeting with Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE & Nancy Pelosi. In 2006, Democrats voted for a Wall, and they were right to do so. Today, they no longer want Border Security. They will fight it at all cost, and Nancy must get votes for Speaker. But the Wall will get built." The full tweets: http://bit.ly/2PuaGod

 

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.

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ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING

Time's 2018 'Person of the Year':

This morning, Time magazine named a group of journalists who were murdered or imprisoned in the past year as its 2018 "Person of the Year." Read the cover story: http://bit.ly/2LaD1iW

Specifically which journalists: Murdered journalists Jamal Khashoggi and staff members of the Capital Gazette newspaper, as well as jailed journalists Maria Ressa, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Photos of the four magazine covers -- they're pretty powerful: http://bit.ly/2SHF9RF

From the cover story: "This ought to be a time when democracy leaps forward, an informed citizenry being essential to self-government. Instead, it's in retreat."

From Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal: "Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments. This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment." http://bit.ly/2Uzpoy9

  

ON CAPITOL HILL

Let me Google that for you:

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is testifying on Capitol Hill to discuss data practices and possible bias. Livestream of the hearing: http://bit.ly/2Qo44gL

This is so creepy: It appears that the Monopoly Man is sitting behind Google's CEO at the hearing. See for yourself -- photo: http://bit.ly/2PtRkzK

^Back story: Activist Ian Madrigal attends congressional hearings dressed as the Monopoly mascot. What to know: http://bit.ly/2QKNYwZ

Ugh, because of course Alex Jones showed up...: Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones showed up at the Google hearing, followed Google CEO Sundar Pichai down the hall and heckled him. Why Jones is angry: He's been banned by several leading internet platforms.  Details: http://bit.ly/2Pxvrzs

 

An update on criminal justice reform -- it's getting a vote! 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown GOP nervous that border wall fight could prompt year-end shutdown Jon Stewart slams McConnell over 9/11 victim fund MORE (R-Ky.) just said he will bring a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill to a vote, giving a big win to President Trumphttp://bit.ly/2UzuTwN

Why this is newsy: Just last week, McConnell suggested he did not have enough votes to pass criminal justice reform this year. Quote from McConnell just last week: "It's extremely divisive inside the Senate Republican Conference, in fact there are more members in my conference that are either against it or undecided than or for it. This is a one-week to 10-day bill and I've got two weeks." http://bit.ly/2UzuTwN

Why criminal justice reform is McConnell's biggest headache: "McConnell, who prides himself in working with his Republican colleagues and allowing the GOP conference to work its will, finds himself in the middle of an increasingly public and bitter battle over criminal justice reform that pits President Trump, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFinancial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners MORE and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee against a group of conservatives opposed to the bill." http://bit.ly/2Px4Z9g

WHY IT'S NOT A FUN TIME TO BE MITCH MCCONNELL: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a difficult two weeks ahead of him as he tries to navigate disputes within his conference over the lame-duck Congress's final legislative goals." Think: Saudi Arabia and criminal justice reform.  http://bit.ly/2Px4Z9g

THIS MORNING FROM MCCONNELL -- IT'S THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS VACATION THREAT: McConnell warned that senators could be in session between Christmas and New Years to finish work for the year unless senators agree to fast-track some of its to-do list. http://bit.ly/2Gc6zhs

 

Tidbit -- someone clearly watched Ariana Grande's 'Thank u, next' music video:

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellCampaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments MORE (D-Calif.) responded to an interview from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe case for congressional pay raises McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (R-Calif.):

THIS A.M. -- NEW CONGRESS, NEW TITLE: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "Rep. Ben Ray Luján's (D-N.M.) new title in the next Congress will be 'assistant Speaker' instead of 'assistant majority leader,' House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told rank-and-file members in a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday, multiple sources in the room told The Hill." http://bit.ly/2rvGC21

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2QJZxo4

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

I wonder how awkward work is today for John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE:

Via The Hill's Niall StanagePresident Trump's search for his next chief of staff has cast a harsh light on his administration. Why: "The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller is picking up speed, amplifying the inherent risks in working for the volatile Trump. It has made a job that would once have been a career pinnacle fraught with peril." http://bit.ly/2B9FS77

Quote from a Republican operative: "You're not becoming the chief of staff for the president of the United States. You're becoming the chief of staff for Individual-1."

THIS MORNING -- REACTION FROM TRUMP: The president called media reports about his struggle to find a new chief of staff "fake news." He tweeted: "Fake News has it purposely wrong. Many, over ten, are vying for and wanting the White House Chief of Staff position. Why wouldn't someone want one of the truly great and meaningful jobs in Washington. Please report news correctly. Thank you!" http://bit.ly/2RRSrLA

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Whoaaaa -- this may be cooler than the northern lights

 

Meanwhile on the campaign trail:

             

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington. D.C.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the Oval Office.

12:30 p.m. EST: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence attends the Republican lunch. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2zS47Hc

3 p.m. EST: A judge scheduled a hearing to decide whether President Trump's former campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortNew York activists go on hunger strike to advocate for ending solitary confinement New York activists go on hunger strike to advocate for ending solitary confinement House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE breached his plea agreement. Details: http://bit.ly/2QQJ5lQ

3:45 p.m. EST: President Trump signs the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018.

3:45 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv

Wednesday: President Trump's planned economic event in Baltimore will now happen at the White House. Details: http://bit.ly/2C57Ra0

 

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies on Capitol Hill about data practices. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Erek1j

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National "Have a Bagel" Day.

 

This is important, my bagel lovers:

Panera Bread is giving out a free bagel a day through the end of the year. How to get the free bagels: Sign up for their rewards membership. http://bit.ly/2zUpszU 

 

And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, here's a puppy conquering its family's Roomba: http://bit.ly/2SEBMLl