The Hill's 12:30 Report: Opening day for the 116th Congress | Dems take control of House | Historic day for Pelosi

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Opening day for the 116th Congress | Dems take control of House | Sights and sounds from chamber | Historic day for Pelosi | Day 13 for shutdown | Trump says Dems using shutdown to beat him in 2020 | Dems face backlash if they compromise | Stocks plunge after Apple lowers earnings outlook | Trump tweets meme mocking Warren 2020 bid | China lands craft on far side of the moon

    

ON CAPITOL HILL

New Congress, who dis?:

The 116th Congress meets for the first time today. 

New speaker: House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiConservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Grassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices Why do Republicans keep trying to outspend Democrats in Congress? MORE (Calif.) is poised to become House Speaker today. She's already made history as the first woman elected Speaker; now she'll join the short list of political figures who have held the gavel twice in nonconsecutive Congresses. When is the former speaker vote: 12:45 p.m. EST. http://bit.ly/2R4GRQS

Breakdown of the new Congress: A record number of women will be sworn into the new Congress. Other historic stats: https://cnn.it/2R5KrKA

Live blog of the speaker vote: http://bit.ly/2F1HdRO

Which Democrats may defect on the Pelosi vote: Here is who to watch: http://bit.ly/2TwcyQ3

TIDBITS: "Crazy lines to get into the House buildings today ahead of start of new Congress -- to all reporters coming from Capitol South metro, go straight to the Capitol entrances." (Via The Hill's Olivia Beavershttp://bit.ly/2R6wAns

Another tidbit — photo of a Congressional office starting today with mimosas: http://bit.ly/2s7Y1Ow

Pelosi’s guests in the chamber: "Tony Bennett Susan BenedettoMickey Hart (of the Grateful Dead) & Caryl HartTim Gunn; President Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers; Stephanie Shriock and Ellen Malcolm of EMILY’s List” (Via The Hill’s Scott Wonghttp://bit.ly/2QnElA2

THROWBACK: Via presidential historian Michael Beschloss, here is one of the earliest photos of the U.S. Capitol. Photo from 1846: http://bit.ly/2LQoOI9

  

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PHOTO OF THE MORNING

Rep.-elect Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWarren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment MORE (D-Minn.), a former refugee, will be sworn in today. She posted this photo at the airport with the father. 

Keep in mind: "Omar's swearing-in Thursday will be a historic occasion. She will be the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women in Congress." http://bit.ly/2Tpv38I

 

DAY 13 OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Hello, how may I direct your blame?:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE accused Democrats of using the partial government shutdown to gain an advantage in the 2020 presidential election. http://bit.ly/2LMG5SC

He tweeted: "The Shutdown is only because of the 2020 Presidential Election. The Democrats know they can't win based on all of the achievements of "Trump," so they are going all out on the desperately needed Wall and Border Security -- and Presidential Harassment. For them, strictly politics!" http://bit.ly/2AuUbns

 

That was fun. Let's do it again sometime.:

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, after a seemingly unproductive meeting with congressional leaders yesterday, President Trump invited leadership to return to the White House Friday for another round of talks to end the partial government shutdown. http://bit.ly/2Qkt2sq

MCCONNELL ON HOW LONG THE SHUTDOWN COULD LAST: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGrassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana MORE (R-Ky.) warned that the partial government shutdown could last for days or even weeks. McConnell said after the meeting with Trump: "I don't think any particular progress was made today, but we talked about all aspects of it. It was a civil discussion." http://bit.ly/2TpkXok

MEANWHILE IN THE HOUSE TODAY…: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is planning to hold a vote to reopen the government today, but without Trump's border wall spending. The bill is likely dead on arrival in the Republican Senate. http://bit.ly/2Qkt2sq

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF DEMS COMPROMISE: Liberal activists warn that Democratic leaders will face backlash from the liberal base if they compromise with President Trump on border wall funding. http://bit.ly/2BVGE87

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

Bad morning for the stock market:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, "The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as many as 650 points Thursday morning, while the Nasdaq composite and S&P 500 index 2.7 percent and 2,3 percent each. A sharp plunge in technology and industrial stocks drove broad losses across the market in the first hours of trading." http://bit.ly/2AvWNkP

WHAT SPARKED THIS: In a rare guidance revision, Apple CEO Tim Cook warned investors that the company's revenue may be as much as $9 billion short of its earlier target. Why: Cook cited trade tensions with China.  http://bit.ly/2F4WEbV

THIS A.M. -- TRUMP WEIGHS IN ON CHINA: He tweeted: "The United States Treasury has taken in MANY billions of dollars from the Tariffs we are charging China and other countries that have not treated us fairly. In the meantime we are doing well in various Trade Negotiations currently going on. At some point this had to be done!" http://bit.ly/2GTdlc2

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2To39d1

  

ELECTION NEWS

Surprise! There is no 2019!:

President Trump tweeted a mock-campaign logo for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE's (D-Mass.) presidential campaign. The joke: "The president tweeted out a photoshopped image that read 'Warren 1/2020th,' a play on 'Warren 2020.' The fraction was meant as a reference to DNA test results released in October that showed Warren had Native American ancestors several generations ago." Photo of Trump's photoshopped image: http://bit.ly/2Touago

 

Who had Martin O'Malley?:

In The Des Moines Register, former presidential candidate Martin O'Malley wrote that he will not be running for president in 2020. Who O'Malley wants to see run: Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke calls Trump event 'almost an impromptu Nuremberg rally' after 'send her back' chants Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll New CBS poll shows Biden with 7-point lead in New Hampshire MOREhttp://bit.ly/2TnCcGr

Excerpt: "In his courageous run for U.S. Senate in Texas, O'Rourke ran a disciplined and principled campaign that also managed to be raw, authentic, and real. ... The fearless vision and unifying message which brought people together in Texas also sparked imaginations all across our country. And, I believe, will again -- if Beto O'Rourke runs for president."

AND Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinOvernight Energy: Senators push back on EPA's new FOIA rule | Agency digs in on rule change | Watchdog expands ethics probe of former EPA air chief Bipartisan senators fight 'political considerations' in EPA's new FOIA rule Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties MORE WEIGHS IN: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she wants former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Booker takes swipe at Biden criminal justice reform plan Panel: Has Joe Biden been wrong on everything for 40 years? MORE to run. Why this is newsy: The other senator from California, Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration MORE (D) may also run. https://politi.co/2R9AVWX 

 

Thumbs up from Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp Trump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report MORE:

Via Time's Tessa Berenson, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) hasn't announced whether she will run for reelection in 2020, but she is thinking she will. "That is my intention," Collins said. http://bit.ly/2F9w2pH

 

IN OTHER NEWS

One step closer to finding extraterrestrials:

Via The New York Times's Steven Lee Myers and Zoe Mou, China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a milestone in space exploration. "The landing of the probe, called Chang'e-4 after the moon goddess in Chinese mythology, is one in a coming series of missions that underscore the country's ambitions to join -- and even lead -- the space race." Keep in mind: China was decades behind other countries in space exploration but has quickly caught up. Details of the landing: https://nyti.ms/2F5F6g6

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

How Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats look to capitalize on turmoil inside NRA The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin MORE (D-Conn.) is getting to work today:

 

Metaphor contest:

   

ON TAP

President Trump has no public events on his schedule today.

10 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence attended the Indiana delegation breakfast at the U.S. Capitol.

11 a.m. EST: The 115th Congress ends. https://cs.pn/2QhThzG

Noon: The 116th Congress meets for the first time. Vice President Pence attends the opening.

Noon: The Senate meets. https://cs.pn/2F9n4c1

12:45 p.m. EST: The formal floor vote to elect Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Speaker of the House. https://nbcnews.to/2Ts5rbk

 

WHAT TO WATCH

10 p.m. EST Friday: MSNBC holds a town hall with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) at her alma mater, Trinity Washington University. Keep in mind: The town hall will be filmed at 9 a.m. but will air that evening. 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

 

And because you made it to the end, here are dogs who didn't get the memo that the holidays are over: http://bit.ly/2F6L0NU