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

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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



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 TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE's expected impeachment trial as short as possible, especially since his acquittal is a foregone conclusion."

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:



Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels


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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.

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.

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." 



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 IsaksonBottom line New poll shows tight presidential race in Georgia Matt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book 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:


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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change 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:



Via The New York Times's Michael Forsythe


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



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



"when the flight attendant gives me two snacks" (From @jason_barefoot_)

"When someone says 'good point' to me in a meeting" (From @gmoreira001)

"Did my mom write this article?" (From @JacobKimbarow)

"When a guy knows the difference between their they're and there" (From @GuinnessKebab)



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:

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 TrumpWarning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation New Melania Trump statue replaces one that burned to the ground in Slovenia The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations 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:



5:30 p.m. EST: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns at Grinnell College in Iowa. Livestream:



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:


And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here's a cat with a rather unusual way to enter a room: