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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump meets House GOP as shutdown deadline nears | GOP scrambles after conservative revolt | Trump vents frustration, fuels uncertainty over veto | DNC plans 12 (!) primary debates ahead of 2020 | House Intel to give Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Judge rejects Stone's request to dismiss charges Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE transcript to Mueller | Trump defends shock move to withdraw from Syria | Pelosi sings 'American Pie' at DC bar

 

BREAKING

Just keep thinking about those visions of sugar plums, everyone. Happy. Holiday. Thoughts.: 

McCarthy: 'This is my life now.'

 

The House just plunged into chaos with an increasing chance of a government shutdown after an insurrection this morning during a GOP meeting. What happened: Rank-and-file Republicans are now expressing outrage that the Senate-passed seven-week spending bill does not include disaster relief or $5 billion in border wall funding. http://bit.ly/2R8TwRT

And Trump escalated things: The president tweeted, "When I begrudgingly signed the Omnibus Bill, I was promised the Wall and Border Security by leadership. Would be done by end of year (NOW). It didn't happen! We foolishly fight for Border Security for other countries - but not for our beloved U.S.A. Not good!" 

HAPPENING NOW -- please go well, please go well: President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE is currently meeting with House Republicans as frustration is building over the lack of border wall funding in the short-term funding bill. http://bit.ly/2BuBTCo

Where Republicans stand: "Republicans are all over the place on this spending bill. Members who are typically leadership allies are saying they'd vote no on the short term bill... things went sideways fast. People saying they don't want to go over the cliff w/ out the wall if Trump won't sign the bill." (Via NPR's Kelsey Snellhttp://bit.ly/2V0HBVl

Oooof: Via NBC's Kasie Hunt, "On the House floor, leaders scrambling to see if they can pass $5 billion in wall funding as Republicans say they want President Trump to tweet before they say 'yes.'" One GOP member of Congress told her: "That's what the fuck serving in Congress has come to." http://bit.ly/2ScolT7

^What could happen today re: border wall funding: "Path today might be putting $5 billion in wall funding on the House floor, likely going down -- to prove it can't pass Then possibly proceed to a clean CR vote?" http://bit.ly/2PSAZ7Z

Tidbit: After the Senate passed the seven-week spending bill last night, a number of Senate Democrats sang Christmas carols on the Senate floor. Oh, how the mood has changed. http://bit.ly/2rLQpkR

 

Oh and I should mention -- we aren't out of the woods even if the House passes a bill:

If the House comes to an agreement and passes the short-term spending bill, it will then go to President Trump's desk. There is still a chance that President Trump will veto the measure.

The mood in the White House this morning -- some nervousness: "I've spoken to multiple senior White House aides this morning who have no idea what the plan is for the stopgap spending bill. Concerns he might veto are rampant." (Via Politico's Jake Sherman) http://bit.ly/2A7lxj8

 

INTERESTING TIDBIT -- TIMING OF THE NEXT POTENTIAL SHUTDOWN DEADLINE: "A few sharp Hill hands remind me that Pelosi as speaker could decide to invite Trump for [the State of the Union address] on the day on or after shutdown deadline... timing will be at her discretion and she could make it quite a rough week for POTUS to head to [the Capitol.]" (Via The Washington Post's Robert Costahttp://bit.ly/2EEM1fS

 

It's Thursday. Just as a heads up, the deadline for ordering last-minute presents from Amazon Prime's two-day shipping is Saturday. 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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FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

Trump: Stop trying to make Syria happen. It's not going to happen:

This morning, President Trump defended his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. http://bit.ly/2BvVWQT

He tweeted: "Getting out of Syria was no surprise. I've been campaigning on it for years, and six months ago, when I very publicly wanted to do it, I agreed to stay longer. Russia, Iran, Syria & others are the local enemy of ISIS. We were doing there [sic] work. Time to come home & rebuild. #MAGA." Read the full series of tweets: http://bit.ly/2ED9iOe

KEEP IN MIND: Trump's decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria was met with opposition by a bipartisan group of senators. http://bit.ly/2AiqfLh

Which senators: Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid Graham warns Trump on Taliban deal in Afghanistan: Learn from 'Obama's mistakes' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE (R-S.C.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel MORE (D-N.H.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstErnst town hall in Iowa gets contentious over guns Air Force probe finds no corroboration of sexual assault allegations against Trump pick Gun control activists set to flex muscle in battle for Senate MORE (R-Iowa), Angus KingAngus Stanley KingNew intel chief inherits host of challenges Senators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings Top Democrat: 'Disqualifying' if Trump intel pick padded his résumé MORE (I-Maine), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonCongress must address gender gap in nominations to military service academies GOP senators press Google on reports it developed a smart speaker with Huawei Sunday shows - Mass shootings grab the spotlight MORE (R-Ark.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (R-Fla.)

Excerpt of the letter from those senators: "If you decide to follow through with your decision to pull our troops out of Syria, any remnants of ISIS in Syria will surely renew and embolden their efforts in the region. ... However, ISIS is not the only threat. The brutal dictatorship of Bashar al Assad continues to weigh heavily upon the Syrian people, and we fear that a withdrawal of our troops may embolden Bashar al Assad to take further actions to solidify his power." 

  

LATEST WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION

Can someone please photoshop Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's face onto the 'We Want You' poster?:

Via The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Ellen Nakashima, Rosalind S. Helderman and Manuel Roig-Franzia, special counsel Robert Mueller has requested testimony that President Trump's former adviser Roger Stone gave to the House Intelligence Committee. https://wapo.st/2LtrmvY

Keep in mind about the House committee: "It is the first time Mueller has formally asked the committee to turn over material the panel has gathered in its investigation of Russian interference of the 2016 campaign."

Why this is important for Stone: "The move suggests that the special counsel is moving to finalize his months-long investigation of Stone -- a key part of Mueller's inquiry into whether anyone in President Trump's orbit coordinated with the Russians."

Reaction from Stone: "This has devolved into gotcha word games, perjury traps and trumped-up process crimes," Stone said. "I think people can see through the political motivations behind this." https://wapo.st/2LtrmvY

JUST NOW -- RELEASE THE TRANSCRIPTS!: The House Intelligence Committee just voted to release the witness transcript of Roger Stone to special counsel Robert Mueller. http://bit.ly/2POJsc5

  

GETTING TRACTION

Don Lemon rolls the tape:

CNN host Don Lemon shared 1999 footage of President Trump touting his knowledge of campaign finance. In Trump's words: "I think nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do because I'm the biggest contributor." Watch: http://bit.ly/2QGQ3dT

Why this matters at all: "Trump's knowledge of campaign finance laws may be key in any future criminal proceedings against him, experts say, as prosecutors would need to prove that the president knowingly violated the law in order to secure a conviction against him." http://bit.ly/2QGQ3dT

  

IN OTHER NEWS

What to expect in 2019 -- *Cue screaming while the camera zooms out to a view from space*:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, "Despite harsh post-election rhetoric, the legislative results of the past few weeks suggest a Democratic House and Republican Senate could work together to send significant pieces of legislation to President Trump's desk in 2019. But such a scenario is far from certain, especially now that the 2020 presidential cycle has already begun, and some House Democrats want their leaders to impeach Trump next year." What exactly to expect: http://bit.ly/2Aah27p

 

Just announced — hey guys, it's 2016 again! — and yes, you are awake: 

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) just announced that it plans to hold at least 12 presidential primary debates starting in June 2019. http://bit.ly/2Abyngj

   

OUT ON THE TOWN

Bye, bye, Miss American Pie:

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-Calif.) sang "American Pie" at a bar in Washington, D.C., last night during a going-away party for Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) Watch: http://bit .ly/2UYgIBE

Keep in mind about Crowley: He lost his primary race in June to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.).

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

20 years ago -- President Clinton was impeached

Read the newspaper headlines from that day: http://bit.ly/2CpDo6l

  

ON TAP

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

The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2QIpR2R

11 a.m. EST: First votes in the House. Other votes are still TBD. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv   

4:35 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence on battling critics: 'Spend more time on your knees than on the internet' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives MORE visit the USO Warrior and Family Center at the Walter Reed Medical Center.

Dec. 21: The deadline to fund the government before a partial government shutdown. 

Dec. 21–Jan. 6: President Trump will spend the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. https://pbpo.st/2UHogsn

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the national debt. Details: http://bit.ly/2A7lfZQ Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Rbc2cq

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs the farm bill. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2R6CIeC

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Sangria Day.

 

Walt Disney World does holiday decorations correctly:
Via ABC's Rachel Scott, here's what it takes to transform Walt Disney World into a holiday wonderland. Think: 780 locations within 41 properties, 10,000 pieces of gingerbread and 16,000 lights. The full behind-the-scenes magic: https://abcn.ws/2ByNLDt 

 

And because you made it this far, here's a corgi who loves the snow: http://bit.ly/2CoMsbF