Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Dem Becerra leaving Congress to be Calif. AG | Trump begins victory tour | Warren wants Dems to get tougher | Will Trump back women's museum? | National Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 pm

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Dem Becerra leaving Congress to be Calif. AG | Trump begins victory tour | Warren wants Dems to get tougher | Will Trump back women's museum? | National Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 pm
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BREAKING -- BECERRA IS ON TO BIGGER, BETTER THINGS: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) has been chosen to be California's next attorney general, succeeding Kamala Harris, who was elected to the Senate last month. Why this is so surprising: The 12-term (!) congressman was bidding to become the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee before the announcement. ​But, but, but, the Capitol dome just reopened ... and it's shiny?! Won't you miss it?
Happy Thursday -- it's officially December! Let the incessant viewings of "Elf" begin! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.
HAPPENING TODAY -- STEP RIGHT UP FOR THE BEST DEAL IN TOWN: President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take a victory lap in Indianapolis (ding, ding -- Pence's home state!) this afternoon to tout what they are presenting as a successful negotiation with Carrier to keep nearly 1,000 U.S. jobs from moving to Mexico. How: Indiana's state government reportedly offered tax incentives to the air conditioner company. What conservative groups are thinking: If it turns out that Trump and Pence have offered any special concessions to Carrier -- either at the federal level or the state level, given that the vice president-elect is still the governor of Indiana -- then free-market groups are likely to cry foul.
NEW -- HOW MUCH DOUGH DID YOU SAY??: Via The Wall Street Journal's Ted Mann, Indiana officials gave Carrier Corp.'s parent company $7 million worth of tax breaks to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana, according to sources.
HELPFUL READ ON THE REMAINING CABINET PICKS: CBS's Major Garrett explains why President-elect Donald Trump's remaining big Cabinet position announcements may have to wait. The gist: His team is focusing on their victory tour. And for Defense secretary, "the transition team is awaiting confirmation from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he can move through the chamber a waiver of the law forbidding a retired general from serving as defense secretary within seven years of retirement. Mattis retired in May 2013." We're probably going to have to wait until next week. 
A SURE FIRE WAY TO HELP HIM WITH DA LADIES: President-elect Donald Trump will face a delicate question after he takes office next year: whether to support building a women's history museum on the National Mall. Context: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), whose Midtown Manhattan district includes Trump Tower, has been working on the proposal since 1998 (!). Trump has donated to her campaign in the past.
THERE'S NO 'MEDICARE' IN 'TEAM': Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, Trump's selection of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for Health and Human Services secretary is testing his vow not to cut Medicare. During the campaign: Trump said he stood out from other Republicans because he did not want to change the popular program. His campaign promoted an article headlined "Why Donald Trump Won't Touch Your Entitlements" on its website. But now: Price does want to touch entitlements. Uh oh.
JUST NOW IN N.H. NEWS: Via WMUR's John DiStaso, New Hampshire Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn is announcing later today that she will not run for another term.
NOW, WERE ALL THOSE BUTTONS NECESSARY?: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Democratic donors feel like they got their money burned after Hillary Clinton's stunning loss last month -- yes, we can say "last month" now! The sore feelings are a huge problem for the DNC as they try to rebuild and reinvigorate the party. And the cherry on top: The names of many donors were released in the WikiLeaks hack of Democratic emails, believed to be at the hands of Russian intelligence. It was a mortifying development that has rattled some of the party's big-money men and women. The gist: Dem donors are tired and angry.
NO MORE MRS. NICE WARREN: Vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in states that Trump won easily have signaled an early willingness to work with the president-elect and his party. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), by contrast, is exhorting her colleagues to "show some spine" and not "roll over" to drug companies and not "compromise with racism" by supporting Sen. Jeff Sessions's (R-Ala.) nomination to serve as attorney general. My guess: It's going to be a loud few years.
YIKES!: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Treasury secretary, calling Steve Mnuchin "the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis." See what I mean?
SPEAKING OF 'WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER': North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat (!), and about to face a difficult reelection in 2018, will meet with President-elect Donald Trump in New York as he continues to take meetings to shape his Cabinet.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) (Yep, with photo)
Me - What are you doing?
Sen. Tim Scott - Needed something on my broccoli. Why do butter when ice cream's better?
ABC's MaryAlice Parks
Hill staff pours over blue prints ahead of room selection lottery... It's real... New congress coming
The House and Senate are both in.
1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on the Iran Sanctions Extension Act.
2 p.m. EST: President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are holding an event at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis.
5 p.m. EST: President Obama and the first family attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting in D.C. Obama will deliver remarks.
5 p.m. EST: The House votes. What they're up to:
5:30–7:30 p.m. EST: The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC, is hosting a reception for newly elected Republican members at the Capitol Hill Club. Featured guests include: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and NRCC Chairman-elect Steve Stivers (R-Ohio).
7 p.m. EST: President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence begin their "thank you tour" with an event in Cincinnati.
Tonight: CNN's Jake Tapper interviews Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. It will air on CNN Sunday.
Today is National "Eat a Red Apple" Day.
I WANT BIG LIGHTS. NOISES. COLOR. BIGGER!: Via CNN, here's a Chinese artist that creates his masterpieces by detonating explosives. Cool stuff!
And because you read this far, here's a viral photo of a college student's dog who still waits every day for her to get off the school bus. Aw, Bo!

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