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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 |  Spoke with Barr without a mask during yesterday’s hearing |  Barr gets tested |  Tech executives testify in blockbuster antitrust hearing  |  Bezos’s first appearance on Capitol Hill |  Republicans under mounting pressure for quick coronavirus relief deal |  Biden’s VP finalists’ last-minute jockeying |  National Chicken Wing Day

 

HAPPENING NOW

Alexa, answer this wonderful, intelligent congress member’s great question for me. Siri, sidestep this eloquent question for me — and add a positive spin, plz:

 

 

The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are testifying today as part of the House Judiciary subcommittee’s investigation. https://bit.ly/39D2lu2

Who is testifying: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Facebook content moderators demand more workplace protections | Ousted cyber official blasts Giuliani press conference | Tech firms fall short on misinformation targeting Latino vote Facebook says AI is aiding platform's ability to remove hate speech Facebook content moderators demand more workplace COVID-19 protections MORE, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Amazon CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosHow space exploration will help to address climate change Bezos makes first donations from billion Earth Fund Former Amazon worker sues company over COVID-19 conditions MORE.

Keep in mind about Bezos: This is his first time testifying on Capitol Hill. 

And on the other end of the spectrum: Zuckerberg has testified more than any of the other three.

WATCH LIVE:

Here’s the livestream: https://cs.pn/337DJIW

FIVE THINGS WE ARE WATCHING:

  1. How will CEOs handle questions on their concentrated power
  2. How will Bezos handle his congressional debut
  3. How will Bezos handle his congressional debut
  4. How the CEOs handle questions about racism and bias
  5. Questions about the 2020 election 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Chris Mills Rodrigohttps://bit.ly/39D2lu2

 

HERE’S HELPFUL PRIMER ON WHST TO EXPECT FROM EACH OF THE FOUR:

Via The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/3jV7oeq

HOW EXECTUVIES TYPICALLY PREPARE FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:

Protocol has an interesting read of how executives generally prepare. Scroll down to “How to prepare for your big day in Congress:” https://bit.ly/2CX8pSg

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NEWS THIS MORNING

You mean the same Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertCapitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus MORE who questioned Bill Barr during yesterday’s hearing? The one not wearing a mask? Oh, right.:

Via Politico’s Jake Sherman, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who has been walking around the U.S. Capitol complex without a mask and attended yesterday’s hearing with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMerrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report DOJ dropping charges against ex-Mexican defense minister DOJ watchdog finds Louisiana inmates with coronavirus were not isolated for a week MORE, has tested positive for COVID-19. https://politi.co/2BJ12NS

Yikes:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/39B4l66

REACTION — BILL BARR IS GETTING TESTED:

Via Politico’s Josh Gerstein, Attorney General William Barr will be tested for the coronavirus today. https://bit.ly/3gbw3Jg

WHERE THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF NEGOTIATIONS STAND

^ Well, not great:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, “Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Pence, Biden wage tug of war over pandemic plans MORE on Wednesday said both the White House and Republicans were ‘very far apart’ from Democrats on negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package.” https://bit.ly/3fcRzvT 

What we know: “Mnuchin said they are discussing a short-term extension of enhanced unemployment benefits and extending the federal moratorium on evictions before they expire at the end of the week.”

LATE THIS A.M. — TRUMP WEIGHED IN :

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE on Wednesday dismissed Republican criticism of his push for the inclusion of funding for a new FBI building in the next coronavirus relief package, saying GOP senators should ‘go back to school and learn.’ ” https://bit.ly/30cmEf3

HOW REPUBLICANS ARE UNDER MOUNTING PRESSURE TO STRIKE A DEAL QUICKLY:

https://bit.ly/39EKJyg

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,363,511

U.S. death toll: 149,407

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

*Cue game show host* “This week on ‘The Veepstakes,’ meet your four finalists!”:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “The final contenders to be Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s running mate are engaged in some furious last-minute jockeying as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee nears a decision.” https://bit.ly/3hQBLkj 

Four possibilities: Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassPressure grows on California governor to name Harris replacement Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet Porter raises .2 million in third quarter MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan Rice and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE (D-Mass.) 

“With the vetting process completed and many of the interviews wrapped up, the candidates hoping to be Biden’s veep are in wait-and-see mode, anticipating his selection. They are also doing what they can to make their final pitches before Biden and his team land on a choice.” 

For example: Harris “has been working the phones behind the scenes to underscore her desire to get the job, sources say, even as she has played it cool in front of television cameras.”  

And: “Susan Rice took to Twitter over the weekend to show that she has the moxie to take on President Trump when she posted a photo of herself throwing out the first pitch at Nationals Park in 2013.” 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/3hQBLkj

JOE BIDEN’S TIMING:

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he will choose his nominee by the end of next week (!) https://cnn.it/2CX4W6c

THIS A.M. — TRUMP WEIGHS IN ON KAMALA HARRIS AS A CONTENDER:

"I think she’d be a fine choice. Kamala Harris. A fine choice,” Trump told reporters this morning. https://bit.ly/30X9eCP

NOTABLE TWEETS:

This morning at the Capitol:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/334V7hf

Tbh, I get it:

This video has nearly 900k likes already.  

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/30XqHuL

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Texas today and Vice President Pence is in North Carolina.

9 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Odessa, Texas.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Raleigh, N.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate holds a cloture vote. If cloture is invoked, roll call votes are also expected at 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3hPJkb0 

12:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits a fourth grade class in Apex, N.C. 

1:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable on reopening schools. 

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Odessa.

2:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a closed press fundraising committee reception in Odessa. 

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable in Durham, N.C. on coronavirus vaccine trials. 

3 – 8 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2CRRMaS

3:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland, Texas.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Washington, D.C. 

9:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.  

Invite for Thursday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “American Resilience: The Future of Small Business.” Featured speakers: Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Biden wins New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.) and Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotChabot wins tough race in Ohio  Democrats projected to retain House majority Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage MORE (R-Ohio). Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/2P2xXjo

WHAT TO WATCH:

Now through 4:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Future of Human Connectivity.” Featured speakers: Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Rep. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeLawmakers call for small business aid at all levels of government The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Top tech executives testify in blockbuster antitrust hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3fZxf2h 

4:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on “restoring energy dominance in the Permian Basin.” Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2X7f5Ed

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Lasagna Day. It’s also National Chicken Wing Day.

And because this made me laugh, here’s a trampoline for birds: https://bit.ly/39A0aYq