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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Presented by UANI -- House Rules committee meets to set terms for impeachment vote | McConnell rejects Schumer's offer on trial rules | Calls terms 'dead wrong' | Why McConnell is taking heat from all sides | White House says Trump 'poised to sign' $1.4T funding bill | CNN poll shows impeachment support slipping | Rick GatesRick GatesTreasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort Vin Weber returns to lobbying firm Mercury The Hill's Morning Report - Trump set to be impeached in historic vote MORE gets 45 days in jail | A look back at a decade of division | 'Birb' explained | National Maple Syrup Day



It's a no from me:

Speaking from the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday shut down Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate implications Senators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it MORE's (D-N.Y.) initial offer on impeachment trial rules, calling it "dead wrong."

What McConnell is shooting down: Schumer called for acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump trial poses toughest test yet for Roberts Collins says she's 'likely' to support calling witnesses for impeachment trial Schumer doesn't rule out calling Parnas to testify in impeachment trial MORE, Mulvaney's senior adviser, Robert Blair, former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr MORE, and Office of Management and Budget staffer Michael Duffey to testify during a Senate trial. Schumer also called for one resolution to be passed that would cover both procedure and witnesses.

McConnell's reasoning: McConnell warned it "could set a nightmarish precedent for our institution." He added that Schumer's proposal could "only incentivize an endless stream of dubious partisan impeachments in the future."

In McConnell's words: "The Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats' homework for them. He wants to volunteer the Senate's time and energy on a fishing expedition." 

Keep in mind: This is the first time McConnell has responded to Schumer's Sunday night offer. 


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Consider me your comment card, your punching bag, your therapist and your leader: 

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is already feeling pressure from Senate Democrats, House Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE in the upcoming impeachment trial.

Why Democrats are pressuring McConnell: "Democrats are making it crystal clear they'll cast McConnell as a Trump stooge if he doesn't run what they consider to be a fair trial."

Why Republicans are pressuring McConnell: "House Republicans, frustrated they didn't get to call former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' MORE or the anonymous whistleblower as witnesses, are demanding that McConnell put them in the hot seat." 

How to expect this to play out:


Public support for impeachment is dropping:

Forty-five percent of Americans support President Trump's impeachment and removal from office, according to a new CNN poll.

For context: That's a 5-point drop from mid-November.

Support also dropped among Democrats: Seventy-seven percent of Democrats now back Trump's removal from office, compared to 90 percent in November.

The full CNN poll:



Getting everything set for tomorrow's impeachment vote:

The House Rules Committee is meeting today to set goal posts for tomorrow's House impeachment vote. 

Hearing livestream:

Tidbit -- if everyone loses their minds, this is why: Politico's Sarah Ferris tweeted, "There is a mysterious BEEPING inside the room and staff are scrambling to figure out where it's coming from." She then followed up: "In a sort of mocking way, the beep is now changing tones. Appears to have gotten worse."


MISSING TODAY'S PROCEDURAL STEP -- HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE: 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will be missing the final procedural step because of a family emergency. "Two Democratic sources told The Hill that Nadler is away from Congress on Tuesday because his wife is ill."



Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers and Mike Lillis, House Republicans want to make this process as miserable as possible for Democrats. 



A former top Trump campaign official is sentenced:

Rick Gates, the former deputy campaign manager for the Trump campaign, has been sentenced to serve 45 days in jail, three years probation and a $20,000 fine.

His charge: Gates pleaded guilty to charges including financial fraud and lying to investigators. 

Brief refresher: "But he avoided a significant prison sentence thanks to the assistance he gave prosecutors. Gates cooperated with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's office following his February 2018 guilty plea. He later testified in the trials of his former boss and onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote MORE and President Trump's longtime associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneAuthorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishment on board' to reelect Trump 2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics MORE." 

The full back story on Rick Gates: 



It's a yes from the big guy:

President Trump is expected to sign the massive spending bill to keep the government open past Dec. 20.

How we know: White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House pushes back on Parnas allegations Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' George Conway group releases ad targeting GOP senator: 'You're just another Trump servant' MORE told reporters this morning.



"The final deal ... includes emergency funding for natural disasters, the 2020 census, medical funding and other priorities."



Interesting read -- How the last decade will be remembered:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, the Teens will be remembered for an economic recovery and social upheaval that polarized the world.

"Ten years ago, President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires Biden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him MORE took the oath of office under what he warned were 'gathering clouds and raging storms.' The nation faced a growing economic crisis, unending wars abroad and an uncertain future. The new president said his election showed that the nation had 'chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.' The decade since has proven Obama's warnings more prescient than he could have known -- but his optimism misplaced."



Tidbit from the House floor:


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The House and Senate are in.

10 a.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

11:45 a.m. EST: Roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today:

12:30 ­– 2:15 p.m. EST: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons. 

1:30 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. 

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE meet with the president of Guatemala and his wife.

2:05 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump host another Christmas reception in the Grand Foyer. If it's December...

4:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at a closed press fundraising reception in Washington, D.C.



2 p.m. EST: Senate Republican leaders hold a press conference. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: Senate Democratic leaders hold a press conference. Livestream:

9 p.m. EST: Lisa Page will appear on MSNBC's "The Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process House Democrats release second batch of Parnas materials Pompeo to investigate charges of surveillance against Yovanovitch MORE Show."



Today is National Maple Syrup Day. "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup." 


If you've ever wondered what a 'birb' is:

Via Audubon Magazine's Asher Elbein, "When Is a Bird a 'Birb'? An Extremely Important Guide: The internet meme has been around for seven years now, so it's high time we establish some ground rules."

For starters: "The subreddit r/birbs defines a birb as any bird that's 'being funny, cute, or silly in some way.' Urban Dictionary has a more varied set of definitions, many of which allude to a generalized smallness." 


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