The Hill's 12:30 Report: Job growth soars in November

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN

--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.

 

The Hill's 12:30 Report: November jobs report blows past expectations | GOP, Dems both want speedy impeachment trial | Three dead after shooting at Pensacola naval station | Buttigieg surge brings new scrutiny | Stage set for unpredictable Georgia Senate race | National Gazpacho Day | Frank Pepe pizza coming to D.C. area

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Come on, everyone. Keep it moving. We don't have all year for this.:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senators in both parties say there is incentive across the political spectrum to keep President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE's expected impeachment trial as short as possible, especially since his acquittal is a foregone conclusion." http://bit.ly/2rozXdF

From the Republican perspective: "GOP senators say they want to give Trump ample time to present his defense and call witnesses, if necessary, but they would prefer to avoid burning up too much floor time and risking the awkward possibility of an impeachment trial overlapping with next year's State of the Union address." 

From the Democratic perspective: "Some Senate Democrats worry about voters suffering from impeachment fatigue and the trial butting up against the Iowa caucuses. Senators are expected to attend the trial, and that would keep the chamber's presidential candidates off the campaign trail." 

Yeah, but both sides understand the seriousness of an impeachment trial: "Senators on both sides of the aisle recognize that an impeachment trial is one of the Senate's most solemn duties and they need to show they are taking articles of impeachment seriously. But that doesn't necessarily mean they want weeks to become months." 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2rozXdF

 

HOW THE WHITE HOUSE IS ADOPTING A CONFIDENT TONE ON IMPEACHMENT:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuelshttp://bit.ly/2OY5Oe9

 

Happy Friday! 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.

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily: http://bit.ly/2kjMNnn

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

It's the first Friday morning of the month. You know what that means?:
The Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in November, blowing past expectations amid a global slump. http://bit.ly/2PjbBK7

What economists had expected: Around 180,000 jobs added in November.

The unemployment rate: It stayed the same. 

Labor force participation: It stayed at 63.2 percent.

 

Three dead after Naval Air Station shooting in Florida:

A gunman opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, this morning, killing at least three people and injuring others. The shooter is dead, according to the sheriff's office. https://cnn.it/2RrvKAE

Timing: "Friday's lockdown in Pensacola comes just two days after an active duty U.S. sailor, Gabriel Romero, killed two civilian employees and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii." 

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Hello, Georgia! How are we doing tonight?!:

Via The Hill's Max Greenwood, "Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to tap a wealthy businesswoman to replace retiring Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states New Georgia senator takes spot on health committee Loeffler sworn in to Georgia seat MORE (R-Ga.) sets the stage for a wide-open special Senate election in 2020, as Republicans scramble to mend an intra-party rift that has opened up around the appointment." 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/33UuwjY

  

Welcome to the top, Pete. You're going to hate it here:

Via The Hill's Julia Manchester and Jonathan Easley, "the knives are out for South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFormer insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' Buttigieg says he's proud to be a part of US system amid UK royal family drama Buttigieg asked about 'Mayo Pete' memes by New York Times ed board MORE, whose sudden rise ahead of the Iowa caucuses has provoked progressive anger and fresh attacks from Democratic rivals questioning whether the 37-year-old is the right candidate to take on President Trump."

How so: "While Buttigieg's campaign once basked in glowing media profiles, he is getting tougher scrutiny from the press. Progressives have begun questioning his past consulting work. And a furious debate is raging over whether he will be able to attract enough support from black voters to win the primary." 

How this is playing out: http://bit.ly/2DSX9n6

 

INTERESTING READ -- 'WHEN PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS ONE OF MCKINSEY'S 'WHIZ KIDS': 

Via The New York Times's Michael Forsythehttps://nyti.ms/2rXkG3n

 

Tidbit -- Lol. Well said, Sen. Booker: 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Lol, people have had fun with this New York Times headline

 

SOME OF MY FAVORITE RESPONSES:

"when the flight attendant gives me two snacks" (From @jason_barefoot_)  http://bit.ly/2DU9zea

"When someone says 'good point' to me in a meeting" (From @gmoreira001) http://bit.ly/33UfQ4b

"Did my mom write this article?" (From @JacobKimbarow)  http://bit.ly/33Ug6QH

"When a guy knows the difference between their they're and there" (From @GuinnessKebab) http://bit.ly/2qoe4dQ

  

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump is at the White House today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11:30 ­– 12:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2DSSu4l

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

2 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a roundtable on small businesses.

2:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

3:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpNational champions LSU to visit White House Friday Vince Vaughn visits with Trump during college football national championship The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night MORE participate in a Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer.

3 p.m. EST Monday: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule on Monday: http://bit.ly/2Yo9VTP

 

WHAT TO WATCH

5:30 p.m. EST: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns at Grinnell College in Iowa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/33UuOr4

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Gazpacho Day.

 

New Englanders in D.C., I have some exciting news:

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, the famous New Haven, Connecticut, pizza, is reportedly opening a location in Bethesda's Westfield Montgomery Mall next year. Photos and details: http://bit.ly/36asIEY

 

And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here's a cat with a rather unusual way to enter a room: http://bit.ly/2s1IrY2