The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: 'Send her back' chants stun Washington | House GOP campaign chair condemns chants | 2020 Dems hammer Trump after rally | Lawmakers weigh need for increased security | Omar, Trump supporters tweet dueling hashtags | Fallout after House kills impeachment effort | House votes for $15 minimum wage White House, Pelosi inch closer to budget deal | Epstein denied bail | DC tries for ice cream sundae record | Gossip Girl reboot



Whoever said this presidential race is a circus?

Me, that was me. I said that.:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE held a raucous campaign rally where he stoked the anger of his supporters over the "squad" of four progressive minority congresswomen.

Getting traction from the rally: When Trump went after Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE(D-Minn.), a Somali refugee, the crowd booed and chanted "send her back."

Watch the boos and chants: The chants start around the 50-second mark.

Livestream of the rally:



Trending on Twitter: The hashtag #IStandWithIlhan started trending after the chants.

^ Then a dueling hashtag trended: The hashtag in favor of Rep. Omar was challenged with #IStandWithPresTrump.

Fellow squad member AOC reacted to the rally: "To all those scared for our future: we can get through this better than we started. We have the power to triumph over hatred, division, and bigotry. But decency cannot be taken for granted. It is something we must create, advance, and actively work to build each and every day," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Ocasio-Cortez: 'Won't you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway' House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted.


From former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Trump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr MORE: "It's clear that Donald Trump is trying to divide us by race and gender. It's immoral. Our children are listening," Biden tweeted. His full reaction:

From Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-Mass.): "This president is desperate. Calling out his racism, xenophobia, and misogyny is imperative," Warren tweeted. Her full reaction:

From Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker campaign rakes in million after Harris exits 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Calif.): "It's vile. It's cowardly. It's xenophobic. It's racist. It defiles the office of the President. And I won't share it here."

Reactions from other 2020 Democrats:


Trump's comments also put Republicans in a difficult spot.

From National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerRepublicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar George Papadopoulos launches campaign to run for Katie Hill's congressional seat Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement MORE (R-Minn.): Emmer said there is "no place for that kind of talk." He also defended Trump, saying there is "not a racist bone in this president's body."

From Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' MORE (R-S.C.): "No, I don't think it's racist to say. … I don't think a Somali refugee embracing Trump would not have been asked to go back. If you're a racist you want everybody from Somalia to go back." Watch Graham's full response:



Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis, “Lawmakers on Thursday expressed alarm over the threats toward freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) ... Multiple Democrats are calling for more enhanced security for members of Congress, including Omar and her three closest allies who were also targeted by Trump earlier this week when he suggested they all ‘go back’ to their countries.”


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.): "I don't have time to go with three different names. We'll call her Cortez. Takes too much time," Trump said.

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians MORE (D-Mich.): "That's not somebody that loves our country," Trump said.

On Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.): "She looks down with contempt on the hardworking Americans saying that ignorance is pervasive in many parts of this country. Omar has a history of launching vicious anti-Semitic screeds."

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-Mass.): Trump joked that Pressley could be related to the singer Elvis Presley.



Ok, this is kinda sad: "'You lose all your friends when you're president,' President Trump says, before saying his old friends are scared to talk to him now that he's in office. 'I lost all my friends!'"



"The scene laid bare Trump's effort to use the group to frame Democrats as extreme ahead of the 2020 election but also fueled the notion that he is seeking to exploit the nation's racial divisions for political gain."




Jeffrey Epstein is denied bail:

Billionaire financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was just denied bail on sex trafficking charges.

The prosecution’s argument against bail: Prosecutors argued Epstein could be a flight risk.

The defense’s argument for bail: “The defense had argued he should be allowed to await trial under house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They said he wouldn’t run and was willing to pledge a fortune of at least $559 million as collateral.” 

From U.S. District Judge Richard Berman: “I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community.” 



Just now — House says 15 is the new 7.25:

The House just voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.

The vote: 231-199, mostly along party lines.

Keep in mind — this won't become law: The Senate is not expected to take up this bill, but the minimum wage will likely be a theme in the 2020 elections.

Why this is a compromise for liberals: “The legislation represented a compromise between liberal and centrist Democrats who had debated how large the wage hike would be, whether it would rise at the same level across the country and whether there should be flexibilities within it. Liberals won the battle for enacting a wage hike to $15 across the country, while centrists succeeded in lengthening the time period for the extension from five to six years.” 


A House divided:

The House voted yesterday to kill the articles of impeachment against President Trump that Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Pelosi warns of 'existential' climate threat, vows bold action MORE (D-Texas) brought to the floor yesterday.

The vote: 332-95. I.e.: Not even close.

What this vote shows: A deep divide within the Democratic Party on whether to move forward with impeaching the president.  

List of the 95 Democrats who voted in support of impeachment:


^ The House was a little more unified on this one: 

The House voted to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump: Giuliani to deliver report on Ukraine trip to Congress, Barr 'Project Guardian' is the effective gun law change we need Supreme Court denies Trump request to immediately resume federal executions MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSpace race is on: US can't afford congressional inaction in this critical economic sector Trump escalates fight over tax on tech giants The Hill's Morning Report - Intel panel readies to hand off impeachment baton MORE in criminal contempt for withholding documents related to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The vote: 230-198. Four Democrats voted with Republicans against the resolution.


We'll talk: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Democratic leaders are opening the door to eliminating the 60-vote legislative filibuster if they recapture the Senate majority in the 2020 elections."

What happened this week: "Progressives who are pushing to nix it got a boost this week when the two highest ranking Democrats in the Senate didn't explicitly rule the option out. But even if Democrats won the majority, it would be an uphill battle to get the votes necessary to pass such a controversial rule change." 



Do we have a deal?!:

This morning, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWorld Bank approves billion-plus annual China lending plan despite US objections On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading Hillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC MORE said the administration has reached a top-line spending deal with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Democrats open door to repealing ObamaCare tax in spending talks Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing MORE (D-Calif.)

Mnuchin on CNBC's "Squawk Box": "The good news is we've reached an agreement between the administration, the House and the Senate on top-line numbers, for both year one and year two," he said. 

But negotiations are still ongoing: "We're now discussing offsets as well as certain structural issues," Mnuchin also said. 



This is important news.:


Jeeeez, this footage is crazy:




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

10:30–11:30 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

11:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate votes on two nominations. The Senate's full schedule today:

Noon: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhy we cherish — and guard — the White House gingerbread house The Hill's 12:30 Report: Job growth soars in November Impeachment hearing didn't go as Chairman Nadler planned MORE take a photo with members of Team USA for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of the Netherlands.

1:45 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination.

3:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the CEO of United Airlines.



10 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a press briefing. Livestream:

10:40 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the Second Annual Religious Freedom Ministerial at the State Department. Livestream:

11:30 a.m. EDT: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyCNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE (R-Calif.) held a press briefing. Livestream:

2:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a flag presentation ceremony. Livestream



Today is National Sour Candy Day. It's also National Caviar Day.


I wouldn't feel right withholding this intel from you:

Via DCist, Ice Cream Jubilee is trying to set a local record for the longest ice cream sundae. When: This Sunday. How big: 40-150 feet long. Details:



"Gossip Girl" is coming back with a reboot on the new streaming service HBO Max. What we know:


And because it's hot and all we want are cool thoughts, here's a dog who is successfully handling the heat: