The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden regrets opening father to attacks | Trump knocks him over 'really bad' interview | What to know for tonight's Democratic debate | Five things to watch | Top State official testifies | How Trump's impeachment firewall is holding up | Bolton called Giuliani a 'hand grenade' | Giuliani got $500K for work for indicted associate's firm | Disney+ touts streaming lineup



Next up in the tank:

George Kent, a top State Department official, is testifying on Capitol Hill today in the inquiry about President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's dealings with Ukraine. http://bit.ly/35Derkw


What to know about Kent: "George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, oversees administrative policy in a bloc of Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, which has emerged as the focal point of the growing investigation." 

Video of Kent arriving: http://bit.ly/33wngL7

And here is George Kent walking down another hallway with his entourage: http://bit.ly/33yXQfS

Photo of Republicans walking to the hearing: http://bit.ly/2ITF6Qr





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Hunter Biden speaks (!):
Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MOREgave a rare interview this morning on ABC News. http://bit.ly/33q4mWm



Hunter Biden on what he regrets -- hurting his dad: "I gave a hook to some very unethical people to act in illegal ways to try to do some harm to my father. That's where I made the mistake. So I take full responsibility for that. Did I do anything improper? No, not in any way. Not in any way whatsoever."

He slammed President Trump and Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiEx-Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell files lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia Trump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE: "What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president of the United States that would be listening to this ridiculous conspiracy idea." 

On his relationship with his dad: "My dad doesn't have to defend me. My dad only has to love me and my dad loves me unequivocally." http://bit.ly/2ozJwoP

On serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company: Watch Hunter Biden's full explanation. http://bit.ly/2ITBYUB



The president tweeted, "Hunter Biden was really bad on @GMA. Now Sleepy Joe has real problems! Reminds me of Crooked Hillary and her 33,000 deleted Emails, not recoverable!" So name nicknames in that one. http://bit.ly/33AnGAh



Via C-SPAN's Howard Mortman, here's video of former Vice President Joe Biden introducing his children and grandchildren during a town hall in 2008. Watch: http://bit.ly/31ibXEI


Today in 'if this were a TV plotline, you'd think it was unrealistic':

President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he was paid $500,000 for his work at Fraud Guarantee, the company co-founded by an associate who was recently arrested on campaign charges. http://bit.ly/2VJHqP3


New report -- 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 had thoughts about it all:

Via The New York Times's Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos, "The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday." 

What Bolton reportedly said about Rudy Giuliani: "'Giuliani's a hand grenade who's going to blow everybody up,' [Fiona Hill] quoted Mr. Bolton as saying during an earlier conversation." 

Read the full report: https://nyti.ms/2VNvqvZ



Via NBC's Josh Lederman, Geoff Bennett and Phil Helsel, "The White House tried to limit what Fiona Hill, who until August served as President Donald Trump's top Russia analyst, could say to Congress in its impeachment inquiry, correspondence between her lawyers and a White House deputy counsel shows." https://nbcnews.to/2OMnxFL



Throwdown, part four: 

Twelve Democratic presidential candidates are debating tonight in Ohio.



In order of where they will stand on stage:

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (D-Hawaii)

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D-N.J.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.)

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.)

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE (D)

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' Andrew Yang moving to Georgia to help Democrats in Senate runoffs MORE 

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D-Texas)

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro



When: 8–11 p.m. EDT tonight

Where: Westerville, Ohio

Who is hosting: CNN and The New York Times

Who didn't make the cut: Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Hickenlooper ousts Gardner in Colorado, handing Democrats vital pickup Lobbying world MORE (D-Colo.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Down ballot races carry environmental implications | US officially exits Paris climate accord  GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte wins Montana governor's race Senate control in flux as counting goes forward in key states MORE (D), former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.), Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE (D), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Now's the time to make 'Social Emotional Learning' a national priority Mourners gather outside Supreme Court after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (D-Ohio), former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) and best-selling author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson discusses America's "soulless ethos" Marianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention Fewer people watched opening night of Democratic convention compared to 2016 MORE.

How to watch: On CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español. It will also livestream on CNN.com and NYTimes.com.



  1. Will rivals go after Warren?
  2. Can Bernie reassure voters after his heart attack?
  3. How do Democrats handle Trump's attacks on Biden?
  4. Do Democrats give more momentum to impeachment push?
  5. Twelve candidates are on stage. Will some of them come back?

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2oIQqYN



Congress is back and not happy about the Syria situation:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Rebecca Kheel, "Democrats in Congress are vowing to quickly slap new sanctions on Ankara and formally oppose President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria following Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish forces loyal to the United States." http://bit.ly/2IQANWc

What to expect in the Senate: "[Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLet's give thanks to Republican defenders of Democracy Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight MORE (R-S.C.)] and Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Democratic senators offer bill to make payroll tax deferral optional for federal workers MORE (D-Md.) are expected to introduce a sanctions bill this week that would target Turkey's military and energy sector. It would also restrict any assets Turkish leadership, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, have within U.S. jurisdiction and limit their ability to travel to the United States."

What to expect in the House: "Meanwhile, at least two groups of lawmakers -- one led by Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE (R-Wyo.) and another by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelTrump relents as GSA informs Biden transition to begin Dozens of progressive groups endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs chair Castro pledges to term limit himself if elected Foreign Affairs chair MORE (D-N.Y.) and the committee's top Republican, Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense: Pentagon prepping for Trump order to draw down in Afghanistan, Iraq | Questions swirl after DOD purge | 10th service member killed by COVID-19 Former VOA producer sues US global media agency over termination Record number of women to serve in the next Congress MORE (Texas) -- are preparing their own sanctions legislation." 

Oh and: "In addition to sanctions legislation, lawmakers are working on a joint resolution that would oppose Trump's strategy, urge Turkey to stop its military operations, and support military and humanitarian efforts for the Kurds." 



Always a good decision:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE had ice cream yesterday at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.  

Not again!!!:

Here is Lizzo's tweet about the shoes: http://bit.ly/2MMDQjn



The House and Senate return from recess today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with the prime minister of Egypt. 

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

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

2 p.m. EDT: The House meets. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2ozF6OM

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2oIEDcZn

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the 2019 Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues. Vice President Pence also attends.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a vote on a nomination.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Postponed votes in the House.

28 years ago today: The Senate confirmed Justice Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasDefusing the judicial confirmation process Will the Supreme Court take ObamaCare off life-support? The overlooked significance Kamala Harris brought to the Biden-Harris ticket MORE as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2BbFOUL



8­­–11 p.m. EDT: The next Democratic presidential primary debate. Details: http://bit.ly/2IQbXFX

Wednesday night: Fox News's Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonEx-Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell files lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia The Memo: Trump election loss roils right More conservatives break with Trump over election claims MORE will interview Megyn Kelly, who left the network in 2017. Details and what to expect: http://bit.ly/2MisfJO



Today is National Cheese Curd Day.


What a list:

Disney Plus has released a list of hundreds of movies and TV shows that will be on its new video streaming service. Here are the highlights: http://bit.ly/2ITb535


And because you made it this far, here's a cat who has seen some things: https://thedo.do/2q8ZZ3s