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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Bolton out as national security adviser

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Bolton out | Trump says he fired national security adviser in stunner | Says he 'disagreed strongly' with his ideas | Bolton says he offered to resign | Move comes at critical time for Trump's foreign policy | All eyes on NC special election tonight | Trump delivers last-minute pitch | GOP leaders to huddle with Trump on fall agenda | McConnell tiptoes toward gun legislation | How Dems are trying to sway Trump on gun control | Alex Trebek returns to 'Jeopardy' | Apple to unveil new iPhone | White Claw faces nationwide shortage

 

BREAKING

John Bolted: 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE just announced that he fired John BoltonJohn BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' MORE as his national security adviser, citing disagreements in policy suggestions. http://bit.ly/303XhZv

Trump made the announcement on Twitter: "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore ... I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week." Read Trump's tweets: http://bit.ly/304oyuI

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Keep in mind about the timing: Late this morning, the White House had announced a 1:30 p.m. EDT press briefing with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSchumer meets with Biden national security picks To promote human rights and democracy, Biden should start with China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Overnight Health Care: CDC panel recommends who gets vaccine first | McConnell offering new relief bill | Hahn downplays White House meeting on vaccines MORE and national security adviser John BoltonAwkward.  Livestream of the briefing todayhttp://bit.ly/2ZZYWiI

Reaction from Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBipartisan, bicameral group unveils 8 billion coronavirus proposal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - GOP angst in Georgia; confirmation fight looms Senate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary MORE (R-Utah): Via The Huffington Post's Igor Bobic, Romney called Bolton's resignation a "huge loss" for the administration. http://bit.ly/2ZVoKQQ

 

Just now — John Bolton explained a little of the process:

Bolton just tweeted: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let's talk about it tomorrow.’" http://bit.ly/305MCNN

And Bolton just texted The Washington Post’s Robert Costa: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.” http://bit.ly/302gNp3

   

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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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Meeting with the Taliban three days before 9/11 -- not the ~best~ optics I've seen: 

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerFirst release from Fox News Books reaches No. 2 on Amazon top-seller list GOP lawmaker says colleagues 'waiting' for Trump to come to terms with loss GOP lawmaker: Trump implementing a 'loyalty purge' amid firing of top cybersecurity official MORE (R-Ill.) slammed President Trump's planned meeting with the Taliban at Camp David, which was canceled over the weekend, just a few days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. http://bit.ly/302qDre

Kinzinger told CNN: "To bring Taliban leaders ... to Camp David, not that far from New York City, a couple days prior to 9/11, I don't know how that went through the good idea filter and made it as far as it did." 

 

THE LATEST FROM THE PRESIDENT:

"They're dead," President Trump said Monday on whether U.S.-Taliban talks would happen. "As far as I'm concerned, they're dead." http://bit.ly/2ZK6sST

 

New polling:

President Trump's approval rating dropped 6 points in a new ABC News–Washington Post poll amid worries about the U.S. economy. http://bit.ly/302m2oY 

The numbers: Trump's approval fell from July's career-high 44 percent to 38 percent. 

Read the full poll, with graphics: https://abcn.ws/304dSwb

 

IN CONGRESS

Insert sound of '60 Minutes' ticking:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Olivia Beavers, House Democrats are racing against the clock in deciding whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trumphttp://bit.ly/2kDxloS

Why: Some Democrats say any impeachment efforts need to wrap up by the end of the year for fear of facing political backlash in 2020. 

From Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-Calif.): "Iowa votes in early February, and I don't think we want ... the very serious inquiry about the president's misconduct to be conflated with the political calendar. We would unfairly get accused of being political."

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2kDxloS

 

Gun legislation may come down to suburban swing voters:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot MORE (R-Ky.) is treading carefully around the debate over gun proposals as suburban swing voters -- seen as a crucial demographic for Republicans keeping the Senate -- are increasingly supporting gun proposals such as expanded background checks. http://bit.ly/2ZRBjwL

From Republican sources close to McConnell: They "say [McConnell] sees a political benefit to moving a bipartisan measure in response to a spate of mass shootings this year, and that he acknowledges the politics surrounding expanded background checks have shifted in recent months." 

 

HOW DEMS ARE PLAYING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP'S EGO ON GUNS:

http://bit.ly/307Pjym

  

Sometime in the next month:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote to try to nix President Trump's emergency declaration transferring military construction money to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall." http://bit.ly/305BqAL

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: COVID-19 relief will be added to omnibus spending package Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor: "The president's national emergency declaration was and is an outrageous power grab by a president who refuses to respect the constitutional separation of powers. ... Does our country truly have checks and balances, particularly when we have such an overreaching president?"

  

HAPPENING TODAY

Let's try this again:

Via CNN's Gregory Krieg, "More than 10 months after Election Day, the final votes of the 2018 midterms will be cast on Tuesday in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District." 

What happened in the midterms: "Democrat Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran, appeared to suffer a narrow defeat -- by fewer than 1,000 votes -- to Republican Mark HarrisMark HarrisTrump sparks debate over merits of voting by mail The Hill's Campaign Report: Debate over mail-in voting heats up Bevin says he lost because liberals are 'good at harvesting votes' in urban areas MORE last November, but evidence of ballot fraud by a GOP operative connected with Harris surfaced before the results could be certified. State investigators' long inquest drew national attention and, after a dramatic February finale, the North Carolina election board voted to re-run the race." 

But without Harris: "Harris stood down almost immediately and Republican voters subsequently nominated state Sen. Dan Bishop." 

When do the polls close in North Carolina today: 7:30 p.m. EDT. 

Here's what to watch: https://cnn.it/2ZL2eKH

 

LAST NIGHT:

President Trump campaigned for Republican candidate Dan BishopIn Trump's words: "You must defeat open borders, and you have a Democrat named Dan McCready, and he wants open borders. He wants sanctuary cities. He's not going to protect your Second Amendment. ... Our great Republican candidate Dan Bishop will fight with everything he has to stop sanctuary cities." http://bit.ly/2ZNGnCh

 

At 1 p.m. EDT -- get ready for Apple upgrades:

Apple is holding an event today to announce new products, likely include a new line of iPhones.  

Livestream -- Apple's event page: https://apple.co/2ZViJ6M

What to expect: https://wapo.st/2ZR9bJX

Livestream of analysis from CNET: http://bit.ly/2ZOWmQB

  

Alex Trebek is back for another season of Jeopardy!:

"Jeopardy!" is returning tonight for another season with host Alex Trebek, who is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. https://abcn.ws/2ZOpNSF

From Trebek: "Today, 'Jeopardy!' begins its 36th season on the air, and I'm happy to report I'm still here." 

About Trebek's health: He told People magazine in May that he was "near remission." 

 

OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

For he's a jolly good fellow:
Former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan calls for Trump to accept results: 'The election is over' Bottom line Democratic anger rises over Trump obstacles to Biden transition MORE (R-Wis.) is joining the American Enterprise Institute as a distinguished visiting fellow in public policy. http://bit.ly/30b0RRK

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Wow, it looks like the Tour de France

http://bit.ly/2ZOVF9X

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. 

Noon: Vice President Pence meets with the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. 

2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on nominations. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/309rpCV

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2ZZpkcw

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with congressional Republican leadership.

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a swearing in ceremony for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

8 p.m. EDT Thursday: The third Democratic presidential primary debate. Debate logistics and what to expect: http://bit.ly/305JnWT

  

WHAT TO WATCH

2 p.m. EDT: The House Judiciary Committee debates gun proposals. Livestream: https://cs.pn/30793Cq

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference in Washington, D.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/308d89k

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Ants on a Log Day

 

Getting traction -- what have we done?!:

White Claw hard seltzer is facing a nationwide shortage. https://cnn.it/2ZKUb0r

From White Claw's senior vice president of marketing, Sanjiv Gajiwala: "We are working around the clock to increase supply given the rapid growth in consumer demand. White Claw has accelerated faster than anyone could have predicted."

  

Today in 'Don't Read This Until You've Had Lunch':

Bon Appetit released its list of 50 nominees for America's best new restaurants. 

Here's the list, including one in Washington, D.C.: http://bit.ly/308oR7Q

 

And because you made it this far, here's a dog hanging out with a butterfly: http://bit.ly/2ZR0cZy