The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Sparks fly at last Democratic debate of the year

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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Highlights from December Dem debate | Rivals take on Buttigieg | Strong showing for Klobuchar | Sights, sounds from Los Angeles | DNC raises bar for January debate criteria | Dems hope to put public pressure on McConnell in impeachment fight | Trump's Dingell insults test GOP unity | Trump heading to Mar-a-Lago today | DC restaurants that closed in 2019

 

LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE

And this brings us to the 'Dramatic Improv Theatre' portion of the election cycle: 

Seven Democratic presidential candidates took the stage last night in the smallest presidential primary debate of the cycle.

 

FIVE TAKEAWAYS:

  1. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MOREvs. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE(D-Mass.) was the big moment http://bit.ly/2rXY0k2
  2. 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' MOREbrought a new sharpness 
  3. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire MORE(D-Minn.) shone
  4. The smaller stage make for better debate 
  5. It was a gaffe-free zone

Context and details for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/2Q6mOhK

 

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INTERESTING BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO -- THE PREP WORK INVOLVED TO HOST THE DEBATE:

Via Politico's Mary Newman: https://politi.co/34DhGH1

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Lol, this debate image looks eerily similar to a Weezer cover: Via @JoePerticone. Side-by-side photos: http://bit.ly/35IoXa2

Debate countdown clock in the spin room: This stresses me out. Photo from the spin room: http://bit.ly/2rbrvhP

Lol, this does look like Jeopardy: "Looks like Warren, Biden, and Bernie have their final jeopardy answers" Via Buzzfeed's Katherine Miller.  Photo: http://bit.ly/2rcnPMP

Debate moderator Tim Alberta tweeted a photo before the start: "My dad's watch. My son's pin. Hope to make them both proud tonight." Photo: http://bit.ly/2Me3rC4

Oh mannn, this gif perfectly describes Biden during the debate: http://bit.ly/34GBIAo

Judy Woodruff confused Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerPoll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Buttigieg takes dig at Sanders working 'for years' in Washington The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats MORE with Andrew YangAndrew YangDNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Panel: Obama breaks Andrew Yang's heart MORE: It was pretty awkward. Watch: http://bit.ly/2PG7QjB

If you're wondering what the wine cave looks like: http://bit.ly/34I05On

There's a wine cave an hour away from D.C. -- I'm just saying...: http://bit.ly/2rV5UKZ

Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE would prefer a 'sci-fi cave': "Cory Booker got asked about the Wine Cave. He doesn't drink, so: 'If I were to have a cave in my house it would be a sci-fi cave.'" http://bit.ly/2Mgqs7E

A Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders over handling of feud with Warren On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans MORE adviser made a custom t-shirt to troll Pete Buttigieg: http://bit.ly/36YYx43 

Lots of people on Twitter pointed this out: "Q: In the holiday spirit, would you like to ask for forgiveness for something or give a gift of something?

Female candidates: Forgive me for getting mad.

Male candidates: I have a gift. It is my book." (Via The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery) http://bit.ly/2S6LARv 

The debate live feed went dark in China when the candidates were asked about China: From CNN international correspondent Will Ripley:

 

FROM THE SPIN ROOM:

Overhead shot of the spin room: http://bit.ly/34DHdQl

Politico reporters spoke with a young reporter in the spoon room: Photos: http://bit.ly/2EAfm9l

Reporters crowded around Andrew Yang post-debate: Here's photo: http://bit.ly/34CQsAd

Surrogates for Bernie Sanders wore wine cave shirts: http://bit.ly/38UZKeh

 

WHEN IS THE NEXT DEBATE: 

Jan. 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. https://nyti.ms/35M6M36

 

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING

Last night was fun. Now up your game:

Via CNN's Kate Sullivan, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) released debate requirements to qualify for January's presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. https://cnn.it/2ECnwh8 

Debate qualification No. 1: "Candidates will either need to receive 5% in at least four DNC-approved national or early state (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada) polls, or receive 7% in two early state polls."

Plus...

Debate qualification No. 2: "For the fundraising threshold, candidates need to receive donations from at least 225,00 unique donors, and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 different states. The qualifying window for polls and donations is November 14 to 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2020. The fundraising threshold must also be reached by January 10."  

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

(Almost) signed, sealed, delivered:

This morning, 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 said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about "phase one" of the trade agreement and that a signed deal is "being arranged." http://bit.ly/2ECjZzz

Trump tweeted: "Had a very good talk with President Xi of China concerning our giant Trade Deal. China has already started large scale purchaes [sic] of agricultural product & more. Formal signing being arranged. Also talked about North Korea, where we are working with China, & Hong Kong (progress!)." http://bit.ly/2EEp0YA

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT

Democrats, meet your new public enemy No. 1:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Democrats are hoping to put more public focus on Senate 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.) in the battle over the rules of an impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/2MgRBr3

What Democrats are doing: Holding back the articles of impeachment as a tactic to prevent the trial from beginning. "Democratic senators hope that slowing down the pace will give them time to highlight Republican opposition to additional witnesses and documents." 

McConnell reacted: "It's beyond me how the Speaker and Democratic leader in the Senate think withholding the articles of impeachment and not sending them over gives them leverage." 

  

Remember that GOP unity we were talking about yesterday?:

Via The Hill's Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant, "President Trump's insult of a prominent Democratic family in Michigan is earning criticism from Republicans just at the time the GOP is trying to project unity on impeachment." http://bit.ly/2PKDZqh

Back story: "Trump ripped Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D) for voting for impeachment, and suggested her late husband, a legendary figure in the state and in Washington, D.C., who was the longest serving member of Congress in history when he died in February, was 'looking up' from hell." 

Timing: "The president's remarks prompted a mix of groans and cheers from the crowd of supporters and a quick backlash from prominent Republicans on a day when Trump and his allies expected to trumpet the party voting unanimously against two articles of impeachment."

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS

Lol, oh mannnn: 

The descriptor for President Trump is so local: "Former Jamaica Estates resident Donald Trump was impeached Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the third president to be impeached in United States history -- and the first from Queens." The full article: http://bit.ly/38Y5jbS

 

Lol:

Watch: http://bit.ly/35HY1qP

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out for the holidays! 

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is headed to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this evening. 

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request House panel reinvites Pompeo to deliver Iran testimony MORE.

5:30 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 host a Christmas reception in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. 

8:30 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

7:30 p.m. EST: President Trump gives remarks and signs the National Defense Authorization Act at Joint Base Andrews. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2EFLqbD

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Sangria Day

  

The bad news -- 2019's D.C. restaurant graveyard:

Via Popville, here's a list of restaurants in the D.C. area that have closed this year. Pour one out. The list: http://bit.ly/2Q3ejUw

 

The good news -- Yes, yes, yes:

Via Eater DC, a pop-up restaurant on U Street in D.C. will feature the best fried chicken sandwiches in the D.C. area. Details: http://bit.ly/35U7VWc

 

And to get your holidays off to the right start, here are two golden retrievers catching up on their snuggling: http://bit.ly/2Q3TeJH