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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing | Press secretary says Trump ‘happy’ to see it | Trump allies mull how to quash impeachment | Poll shows independents more supportive of impeachment | White House defends Trump’s ‘scum’ remark | Cummings lies in state at Capitol | Republican Meadows offers emotional tribute | Obama to speak at funeral | Romney’s fights with Trump rankle GOP colleagues
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Omg, I am so sorry I called you ‘scum’!
I meant ‘human scum of the earth’:
This morning, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamWhite House slams court decision blocking migrant insurance rule Democrats to test Trump as impeachment moves to new stage Trump at rally says impeachment an ‘attack on democracy itself’ MORE said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says Republicans should release their own transcripts in impeachment probe Trump keeps NYT, WaPo apps on his phone despite canceling subscriptions: report The big deception behind tariffs and geopolitics MORE does not regret calling “Never Trump” Republicans “human scum” because, she argued, they “deserve strong language like that.” http://bit.ly/2NdkILD
Grisham said on “Fox & Friends”: “The people who are against him, and who have been against him and working against him since the day they took office are just that. It is horrible that people are working against a president who’s delivering results for this country and has been since day one.”
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted, “The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!” http://bit.ly/31LM4NU
Trump kept going, but that tweet gives you the gist. Here’s the full series of tweets if you want to see: http://bit.ly/2JhNDwA
REACTION FROM A REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN:
GOP Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse approves Turkey sanctions in rare bipartisan rebuke of Trump The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP lawmaker condemns Trump over ‘human scum’ comment MORE (Ill.), a House Foreign Affairs Committee member, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “To call anybody human scum is beneath the office of the presidency. You can’t say that, right? You’re the president. You have different standards.” Watch Kinzinger’s full remarks: https://cnn.it/2p0QCD1
It’s Thursday — Christmas Eve is two months from today! Sorry if I just stressed you out. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY
*Cue Jon Snow’s voice* ‘STORM THE SCIF’:http://bit.ly/2BHi1MY
What is this ‘SCIF’ I keep hearing of?: A sensitive compartmented information facility. Basically, it’s a secure room for private congressional testimony. Everything you need to know about the SCIF: https://cnn.it/2PhrpPs
Here is video of Republicans storming the room: http://bit.ly/2p9Bkf6
From the White House: “I’m glad they did it. The Dems have been doing everything behind closed doors and in secret and so it’s about time somebody made a very bold stand, which is I guess a sit-in, which is what they did. And it was great, and the point was well taken,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said on “Fox & Friends.” http://bit.ly/31JzgHY
From Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders holds rally with Omar in Minneapolis Democrats split on concern about Sanders’s health, poll shows Hillicon Valley: Google buying Fitbit for .1B | US launches national security review of TikTok | Twitter shakes up fight over political ads | Dems push committee on ‘revenge porn’ law MORE (D-Minn): “This is what happens when people elect members more interested in media hits than the protection of our national security ♀️ FYI to everyone who is concerned about my security clearances, I at least know to not bring my cell phones to SCIF and follow protocol.” http://bit.ly/365D9u3
From Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzOcasio-Cortez: ‘Major crime’ against Katie Hill will deter other female candidates GOP Rep. Gaetz calls for ethics investigation into Schiff Gaetz responds after #MattGaetzIsATool trends on Twitter: ‘I kinda like it’ MORE (R-Fla.), a vocal Trump supporter: “If we had rules, [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWillie Brown: Don’t bet that impeachment will be a winner for Democrats Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Whistleblower would answer Republicans questions in impeachment inquiry: lawyer MORE would have put this issue to a vote and established rules. But the Democrats want to preserve the most operational flexibility. So if they’re going to have a world with no rules, we got to stop thinking that we can use the Marquis of Queensbury rules of engagement when we’re fighting against an angry pack of rabid hyenas. And that’s what we’re facing.” http://bit.ly/2Jj3pax
How to take out the mind flayer:
Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, allies of President Trump in the Senate are trying to figure out how to quickly quash the impeachment articles if they pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. http://bit.ly/2ojRq5y
The two options for Republicans in the Senate: “Republicans, who believe it is likely the House will impeach Trump, are weighing what is best for their party: a rapid dismissal of impeachment or a vote to acquit Trump after a trial. Sixty-seven votes are needed to convict a president.”
How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2ojRq5y
MEANWHILE — HOW REPUBLICANS FEEL ABOUT TRUMP AND UKRAINE:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Republican schisms over President Trump are growing deeper as new details emerge about his actions on Ukraine and Democrats push hard for impeachment.” http://bit.ly/2Jj5Bih
Interesting read — where independent voters stand on impeachment:
Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “New polls are finding independent voters increasingly supportive of impeachment, the latest sign of trouble for President Trump as he struggles to defend himself only 13 months out from Election Day.” http://bit.ly/2pbXc9x
For example — here’s one poll: “The latest Quinnipiac University survey found overall support for House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry reaching its highest level yet, at 55 percent, up 4 points from last week. The change was almost entirely driven by a 16-point swing in favor of the investigation among self-described independents.”
Why some Democrats are optimistic: “Those results have Democrats cautiously optimistic that their message on impeachment is resonating and potentially setting their eventual nominee up to land the knockout blow against Trump in the general election next year.”
Why some Democrats are pessimistic: “But not all Democrats are convinced the impeachment process is helping them. Some remain deeply skeptical that the Ukraine controversy will punch through among ordinary Americans, believing that impeachment does not register as a top issue and that Trump has weathered countless other controversies with his base of support fully intact.”
GOP senators grumble: ‘Who’s the newbie?’:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyIsolationism creeps back over America, as the president looks out for himself The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Impeachment fight enters new stage Trump roasts Republicans at private fundraising event MORE’s (R-Utah) public battles with President Trump are taking a toll on his relationship with fellow GOP senators, with many resenting the implication that they’re afraid of standing up to the president.” http://bit.ly/362UG6b
Romney’s role: “Romney has replaced retired Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeKelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP senators frustrated with Romney jabs at Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP senators frustrated with Romney jabs at Trump Vulnerable senators hold the key to Trump’s fate MORE (R-Tenn.) as the go-to senator for voicing dissension within the Senate GOP ranks when Trump finds himself in hot water.”
Meaning: “That distinction has made Romney one of the most high-profile freshman Republican senators in recent years, but it has also fueled grumbling among his colleagues.”
For example — from Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeWho is holding up the war on global warming? You may be surprised The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP senators frustrated with Romney jabs at Trump MORE (R-Okla.), one of Trump’s biggest defenders: “Because one election didn’t turn out the way that Mitt wanted it to turn out, he’s critical of the president. … So, I’m not pleased with it.”
Happening today — Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsElijah Cummings’s widow ‘thinking carefully’ about running for his old seat Trump’s criminal justice reform record fraught with contradiction House Democrats launch process to replace Cummings on Oversight panel MORE lies in state:
The casket of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) arrived at the U.S. Capitol this morning for a day of remembrance.
Spotted at the Capitol for the service: “Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCalifornia Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC’s liaison to rock ‘n’ roll Paul Ryan launches new nonprofit MORE, Rev. Al Sharpton and former Oversight Chairman Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy Elijah Cummings, native son of Baltimore, gets emotional send-off from Democratic luminaries Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: ‘One of the greats in our country’s history’ MORE.” (Via Politico’s Melanie Zanona) http://bit.ly/2PhgZiK
Photo of the procession: http://bit.ly/32MXDFS
THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:30 a.m. EDT: A ceremony was held when the casket arrived at the U.S. Capitol. Livestream: https://cs.pn/32GYXKE
1–7 p.m. EDT: Cummings’s body lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2PflFpa
Tomorrow: The funeral in Baltimore. A few of the speakers: Former Presidents Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris struggling with substance to match the aspiration What’s on the ballot across the country on Tuesday Second-tier Democrats face do-or-die phase MORE and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump Isolationism creeps back over America, as the president looks out for himself If Donald Trump is guilty of bribery, Democrats are guilty of solicitation MORE, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonConway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote The Memo: Is there a way back for Kamala Harris? Mueller notes show that Trump wanted stolen Democratic emails possessed by WikiLeaks MORE. http://bit.ly/2pKUgAW
Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsGOP argues whistleblower’s name must be public Trump thanks White House Russia expert after he defends Ukraine call Overnight Defense: Dems block defense spending bill over Trump wall | Impeachment latest – Both sides seize on testimony of White House Russia expert | Bolton won’t testify voluntarily MORE (R-N.C.), a founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, gave a tribute to the late Elijah Cummings and said those who thought their friendship was surprising did not know Cummings well. http://bit.ly/2PdFyNg
In Meadows’s words: “We are called to give honor where honor is due, so it is fitting that we are here today to honor a friend. He’s called a number of things, father, husband, friend, chairman. For me, I was privileged enough to be able to call him a dear friend. Some have classified it as an unexpected friendship, but for those of us that know Elijah, it’s not unexpected or surprising.”
Watch Meadows’s full remarks: Starting at 57:10. https://cs.pn/2N93ij5
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Oh wow this is funny:
Need to have more candidates stand by my desk because it forced me to clean this morning, much to my co-workers’ delight pic.twitter.com/4Y3bCDHLzp
— Demojorgen (@davejorgenson) October 23, 2019
It’s only 15 seconds. Trust me, it’s worth watching: Video: http://bit.ly/2JhlYvN
The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.
11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.
Noon: The Senate holds a cloture vote on a nomination. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2BBvjup
1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in the Diwali Ceremonial Lighting of the Diya.
4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Roger Penske.
Tomorrow: Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak at the funeral of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in Baltimore. Details from The Baltimore Sun: http://bit.ly/2pKUgAW
Nov. 20: The next Democratic presidential primary debate. Tidbit: An all-female panel will moderate this debate. https://nyti.ms/31GLjFV
WHAT TO WATCH
10:30 a.m. EDT: A ceremony for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) at the U.S. Capitol. Livestream: https://cs.pn/32GYXKE
11:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at the Frederic V. Malek Memorial Lecture in Washington, D.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/348VQLV
1 – 7 p.m. EDT: The late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) lies in state at the U.S. Capitol. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2PflFpa
2 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonPushing results, not polarization, in New Hampshire Williamson focuses on reparations in first ad of presidential campaign Juan Williams: Heed Clinton’s warning on Tulsi Gabbard MORE outlines her plan to create a Cabinet-level Department of Peace. Livestream: https://cs.pn/32LbvAr
7:30 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT Sunday: CBS’s Norah O’Donnell interviews former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCastro hits Buttigieg over ‘bad track record with African Americans’ Harris struggling with substance to match the aspiration Harris: Buttigieg ‘naive’ to suggest it’s becoming two-person race between him and Warren MORE and his wife, Jill Biden, for “60 Minutes.”
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Bologna Day.
Simone Biles is a national treasure:
Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles threw the first pitch last night at the World Series. Video of her backflip twist from a standing position — nbd: http://bit.ly/33T7s5k
And because you made it to the end, here’s a moose enjoying the generous “snack” that a family put out for him: http://bit.ly/362e2bO
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