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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 StoneDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Feds claim 'continued need' for Stone associate's grand jury testimony A reality-based game for Trump watchers: 'Name that Fallacy' 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: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 GrahamTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran Trump: Anonymous news sources are 'bulls---' Trump: 'Good chance' Dems give immigration 'win' after Pelosi called White House plan 'dead on arrival' MORE (R-S.C.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran Foreign Relations senators demand Iran briefing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again MORE (D-N.H.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstBullock: Running for Senate 'never really got me excited' Dem Senate campaign arm hits GOP lawmakers over Trump tax law GOP angst grows amid Trump trade war MORE (R-Iowa), Angus KingAngus Stanley KingTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems raise stakes with talk of 'constitutional crisis' Hillicon Valley: Regulators press Congress on privacy bill | Americans mimic Russian disinformation tactics ahead of 2020 | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders back Uber strike | GOP senator targets 'manipulative' video games MORE (I-Maine), Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator: Supreme Court abortion cases were 'wrongly decided as a constitutional matter' Senate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Cotton: US could win war with Iran in 'two strikes' MORE (R-Ark.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Huawei says inclusion on US trade blacklist is in 'no one's interest' Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution 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-CortezThe unintended consequences of interest rate caps The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying' Lewandowski: Why Joe Biden won't make it to the White House — again 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 PenceThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems fight with Barr escalates 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