The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 | Senators prep for question time | Latest Bolton fallout | McConnell struggles to unify GOP | Republican says Senate should get Bolton manuscript | Trump to unveil Mideast peace plan | Bloomberg passes Buttigieg in national poll | UK bucks Trump to allow Huawei in 5G network | Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News | Trump rally in New Jersey tonight



McConnell trying to keep his party united like...:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks GOP senators back Christian school's push for COVID-19 carve-out Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.) is struggling to keep Republicans united following the New York Times report of former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonDefense policy bill would create new cyber czar position Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday MORE's manuscript. http://bit.ly/2RUsxbb

Why: There are growing calls for Bolton and other witnesses to testify, which would prolong the trial.  

Back story: Here's the New York Times bombshell report that threw the debate over witnesses into disarray. "Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says" https://nyti.ms/38F9kRJ



Via The Hill's Niall Stanagehttp://bit.ly/2U2zfi1



Via Politico's Jake Sherman, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' MORE (D-W.Va.) commented on the trial: "I think everyone's done a good job so far. On both sides." http://bit.ly/2t8HQ7W


This a.m. -- a GOP senator wants to see Bolton's manuscript:

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordEthics experts ask Senate to investigate Graham's probe of mail-in voting The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer unveils detailed analysis of COVID-19 vaccine & next steps GOP senators congratulate Harris on Senate floor MORE (R-Okla.) said the White House should give a copy of former national security adviser Bolton's memoir to senators. http://bit.ly/2vu0rMx

Lankford said in a Facebook video: "I am encouraging the White House, anybody that I can talk to, to say: That manuscript is pertinent, and we should get access to that manuscript to see what they're actually saying." 

Watch the Facebook video: http://bit.ly/3aPgmVI


I keep misreading 'witness swap' as 'prisoner swap':

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms MORE (D-N.Y.) dismissed a proposal from moderate Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.) to allow both former national security adviser John Bolton and Hunter Biden testify as witnesses in the impeachment trial. http://bit.ly/37BchCL

In Schumer's words: "There's always a diversion. Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the facts of this trial." 


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Day 7 -- ding, ding:

The Senate impeachment trial is about to begin for the last day of arguments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE's defense team.

When the trial begins: 1 p.m. EST, as per usual. Livestream: https://cs.pn/37A44Pc



Today is the last day for President Trump's lawyers to present their defense. Here's a preview: http://bit.ly/2Rz0SO8



Senators will have 16 hours to question the House impeachment managers and President Trump's defense team. http://bit.ly/310C9W5

For context: "Senators filed more than 150 questions during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial, using two days to work through the pile. Only one question in that trial came from a bipartisan pair of senators: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal Lawmakers pressure leaders to reach COVID-19 relief deal Biden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him MORE (R-Maine) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)."



But that's MY channel. MY CHANNEL.:

This morning, President Trump slammed Fox News after an interview with Democratic Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOn The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser GOP blocks effort to make payroll tax deferral optional for federal workers Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry MORE (Md.) and predicted it would be "the beginning of the end" for the network. http://bit.ly/36xF7T5

He tweeted: "Really pathetic how @FoxNews is trying to be so politically correct by loading the airwaves with Democrats like Chris Van Hollen, the no name Senator from Maryland. He has been on forever playing up the Impeachment Hoax. Dems wouldn't even give Fox their low ratings debates..." http://bit.ly/37BhY3l

He then added: "So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC. How's Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!" http://bit.ly/36ySMt9


I have a plan for that!:

Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, President Trump just announced a Mideast peace plan. 

On Jerusalem: "Under this vision, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided, [that’s] very important, undivided capital." 

From Trump: “We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately achieved.”

Unrelated, but — Trump also called out Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over 'intimidation' tactics Israel's new Gulf relations give Biden's team a new Middle East hub Pompeo knocks Turkey in NATO speech: report MORE: “That’s impressive. That was very impressive. That reporter couldn’t have done too good of a job on you yesterday. Think you did a good job on her, actually,” Trump said of Pompeo's clash with an NPR reporter. Back storyhttps://politi.co/2TZoVr

Livestream of the announcement: http://bit.ly/38NLPpo

Photo from the room: http://bit.ly/2RzvqQ0



Bloomberg surpassed Buttigieg in a new national poll -- say what now?:

Twelve percent of Democratic presidential primary voters support former New York City mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE, according to a new Morning Consult poll. http://bit.ly/2RPzREU


The numbers:

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE: 29 percent support

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.): 23 percent 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCan Biden find a third way between Trumpism and Obama-era globalism? Left seeks to influence Biden picks while signaling unity Schwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration MORE (D-Mass.): 14 percent 

Michael Bloomberg: 12 percent

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year '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' MORE: 7 percent

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' MORE: 5 percent

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate committee advances bill for national Latino museum Senate committee approves nominations of three FEC commissioners Scammers step up efforts to target older Americans during pandemic MORE (D-Minn.): 3 percent

The full poll: http://bit.ly/2TYQVey


Interesting read -- show me... Iowa!:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson and Ashley Perks, here's a look at the Iowa Caucuses, mapped out: http://bit.ly/2uIFUDj 



Latest with the coronavirus -- the death toll exceeds 100:

Via The New York Times, "The outbreak of the mysterious new coronavirus is rapidly spreading, the Chinese authorities said on Tuesday, as the official account of known cases jumped nearly 60 percent overnight and the death toll exceeded 100 for the first time." https://nyti.ms/2Gu5Ntx



Via The Hill's Maggie Miller, the United Kingdom decided to allow Chinese telecommunications group Huawei to be a part of its 5G network, ignoring President Trump's calls for Huawei to be banned. http://bit.ly/2GxgEme

Details: "The [United Kingdom's National Security Council (NSC)] said it would allow a presence of 'no more than 35 percent' of equipment from high risk vendors like Huawei, which is one of the largest telecom equipment providers in the world, in peripheral networks."

Why the U.S. wants Huawei to be banned: Fears of Chinese spying.



Oh no.:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Wildwood, N.J. for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is in Madison, Wis.

10:05 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left Washington, D.C. for Madison, Wis.

1 p.m. EST: The Senate meets to continue the impeachment trial. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/30Zt5AE

2 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2 – 3:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Gxd7Es

4:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

4:40 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Wildwood, N.J.

10:30 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.



Noon: President Trump delivered remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuLivestream: http://bit.ly/38NLPpo

1 p.m. EST: Day 7 of the Senate impeachment trial. Livestream: https://cs.pn/37A44Pc

1:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2tNzS4A

7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Wildwood, N.J. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3aRICaa



Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day.


For the "Schitt's Creek" fans in the room:

Here's a montage of 'Schitt's Creek' character Alexis saying "David." Watch -- I'm loling: http://bit.ly/2O6HTIN


And because you made it this far, here's a dog and a cat who have the best friendship: http://bit.ly/37B8BRg