Welcome to Hillens Morning Report and happy Wednesday! Our newsletter gives you speed on the most important political and political developments, as well as trends to watch, along with Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger. ( Click here to subscribe! ) On Twitter you can find us at @ joneasley and @asimendinger President Trump Donald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar 2020: "I think you want votes from the Midwest's Israeli Boycott Campaigns Democrats at the end of the spending debate MORE blinked first in the shutdown with Congress. The president said he would like to close the government about Not a legislature sends him a state funding package that includes $ 5 billion for a border road. About a quarter of the government will close on Friday at midnight unless Congress sends a bill of expenditure that Trump enters into law. On Tuesday, the White House from the verge, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who says the administration wants to avoid a shutdown and that there are "other ways to get to the $ 5 billion". The White House asks federal authorities to see if there is already money that can be set against the border, but it's unclear how it would work. The plan can still give Trump enough cover to backtrack and sign an expense bill that does not give him $ 5 billion. "There are certainly a number of sources of funding that we have identified that we can use, so…
Welcome to Hillens Morning Report and happy Wednesday! Our newsletter gives you speed on the most important political and political developments, as well as trends to watch, along with Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger. ( Click here to subscribe! ) On Twitter you can find us at @ joneasley and @asimendinger
President Trump Donald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey’s interview with House Republicans Klobuchar 2020: “I think you want votes from the Midwest’s Israeli Boycott Campaigns Democrats at the end of the spending debate MORE blinked first in the shutdown with Congress.
The president said he would like to close the government about Not a legislature sends him a state funding package that includes $ 5 billion for a border road. About a quarter of the government will close on Friday at midnight unless Congress sends a bill of expenditure that Trump enters into law.
On Tuesday, the White House from the verge, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who says the administration wants to avoid a shutdown and that there are “other ways to get to the $ 5 billion”.
The White House asks federal authorities to see if there is already money that can be set against the border, but it’s unclear how it would work. The plan can still give Trump enough cover to backtrack and sign an expense bill that does not give him $ 5 billion.
“There are certainly a number of sources of funding that we have identified that we can use, so that we can link with the money that would be given through congressional grants, which would help us get the $ 5 billion The president needs to protect our borders. “ – Sanders
The Hill : Trump Retired on Suspension.
The softer tone that comes out of the White House coincided with early expense negotiations on Capitol Hill, although obstacles continue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellIsrael Boycott Fighting Challenges Democrats at the end of the year Expenditure debate Schumer Blaster GOP Immigration Request “Slush Fund” Trump: “Too early to say” about shutdown comes to ward off More (R-Ky.) has proposed $ 1.6 billion for “fencing” and another $ 1 billion for general border security that could not be used for a wall.
The Democratic Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi Nancy Patricia Alesandro PelosiIsrael Boycotts Campaigns Democrats at the end of the expense debate McConnell predicts no shutdown: Trump “Flexible” on the border Ocasio-Cortez had the highest proportion of small donors in Midterms: Reporter More (Calif.) and Senate’s Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMake Trump Owns The Suspension Over His Disadvantaged Border Wall More than a Tantrum McConnell’s Marijuana Conundrum: Cory Gardner MORE (DN.Y.) said they will not bid out of their $ 1.3 billion bid for border fights.
Senate Committees Chairman Richard Shelby Richard Craig ShelbySenate Leader Sees A Large Expense Pack After White House Softens On The Wall Memo: GOP Frets Like Trump Shutdown Trump, Dems Digs Over Shutdown MORE (R-Ala.) Developing a continuous resolution that would keep the entire government open by February and kick the fight to early next year when Democrats will control the house.
The good news is that the two sides at least negotiate like the deadline, but nothing is certain until Trump prints. Last Tuesday, the president told reporters “it’s too early to say” if the shutdown can be avoided.
“We’ll see what’s happening.” – Trump
The Senate conducted a two-party performance on Tuesday by conducting a criminal review reform described by followers as the largest and most significant such legislation in a generation. The action passed by 87 votes. Twelve Republicans voted against it.
In the western wing, it was seen as a significant victory for the Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Jared Corey KushnerTrump to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos for the second straight year. Take a look at the FIRST STEP Act to give other chances that the American dream No need to adopt American relations with Mexico, Rocky MORE is a driving force behind the “First Step Act” this year ( ABC News ).
The bill could come before the Chamber as soon as Thursday, and presented the Congress an opportunity to end 2018 on a bipartisan high note ( The Hill ).
“I look forward to signing this in law!” Trump tweeted.
LEADING THE DAY  Trump’s former national security adviser ] Michael Flynn has requested to postpone his judgment until his cooperation with federal prosecutors is completely complete ( The Hill ]).
Flynn has been required to lie to the FBI for his contacts with a former Russian ambassador and would be sentenced on Tuesday. He has helped the special council probe, and Robert Mueller Robert Swan MuellerSasse: The United States should applaud the election of Mueller to lead Russia’s probe MORE told the referee that information Flynn had given where useful. Mueller recommended a light sentence.
It seemed that the recommendation could help Flynn to avoid imprisonment, but on Tuesday, Judge condemned Emmet Sullivan the retired three-star army general and spoke the seriousness of his seriousness.
“This is a very serious crime. A senior senior government official makes false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while it is in the White House’s physical premises.” – Sullivan
Sullivan also noted that Flynns co-operation with the Special Adviser helped him to avoid accusations of illegal foreign lobbying for work he had done on behalf of the Turkish Government, while advising the president on foreign policy.
“Probably undermining all this flag here stands for. Probably you sold your country.” – Sullivan
Associated Press : Judge’s prosecution if Flynn ceases to judge, extends the case. 19659002]
Even on Tuesday, Flynns previously did not associate allegations for allegations that he illegally lobbied on behalf of the Turkish Government and will return to the court in February ABC News ).
Democrats creak to get a crack at Flynn and other current and former officials when they take the majority in January.
New York Times : How far will these Democrats go and explore the White House?
More from the research front … Trump’s charity has agreed to settle for accusations of a “shocking illegal pattern” ( The Hill ) … The court regulation company adheres to the Special Prosecution Prohibition in mystery grand jury appeal CNN ) … Read the transcript of former FBI director James Comey James Brien ComeyREAD: Transcript of James Comey’s interview with House Republicans Mazie Hirono: “The walls shut in “on Trump 10 evidence against most devilish Russian spies ever MORE Last meeting of House Republicans ( The Hill ) … Former Trump Adviser Roger Stone Roger Jason StoneRoger Stone fundraising off promises not to testify against Trump Stone acknowledges two publishing false statements on InfoWars Giuliani indicates Trump Tower Moscow discussions took place until November 2016 More admits that sp ride lies online ( NBC News ).
POLICY: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) Lost Outgoing Rep. Martha McSally Martha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hills 12:30 Report – Flynn Waiting for Judge | White House Signs To Avoid Suspension Arizona Gov Cranes McSally for McCain Senate Juan Williams: GOP’s Worsening Problems with Women MORE (R-Ariz.) To fill the seat late. John McCain  John Sidney McCainThe Hills 12:30 Report – Flynn Waiting for Judge | White House Signs To Avoid Suspension Arizona Gov Cranes McSally for McCain Senate’s seat Michelle Obama Reflects on the “Refreshing” Tradition to Share Candy With George W. Bush MORE (R-Ariz.).
McSally lost a close and bitterly contested competition in November to Sen.-Selected Sinem Sinhir (D-Ariz.).
She will serve the remaining two years of the McCain term, expiring in January 2021, for a special election for a full six-year period of 2020 ( The Hill ).
Meanwhile, Reid Wilson writes about how Sen. Lamar Alexander Andrew (Lamar) Lamar Alexander The Hills Morning Report – What Suspension Would Mean For Government GOP Legislators Departed From ObamaCare ruling overnight healthcare – Presented by National Taxpayers Union – Incoming President Vows hearings about ObamaCare trial | The reporting period ends with new uncertainty | Johnson & Johnson Backs Against Asbestos Report MORE s (R) Announced Retirement A Week Marks A Generation And Geographical Shift In Tennessee Politics ( The Hill ).
It also makes Alexander the latest Highest Republican Senator retired since Trump was elected. a list that also includes Sens. Orrin Hatch Orrin Grant Hatch Hills morning report – What suspension would mean for the government GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander will not seek re-election Hatch goes back to remarks that he does not “care about Trump broke the law MORE (R-Utah), Jeff Flake Jeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeArizona gaw Cranes McSally for McCain Senate’s seat Hills morning report – What shutdown would mean for the government Corker dodges on Trumps primary question MORE (R-Ariz.) And Bob Corke r (R-Tenn.).
]> On the democratic side there are a couple of brewers intraparty feuds.
Sen. Ben Cardin Benjamin (Ben) Louis CardinIsrael Boycott Battle Roils Democrats at the end of spending debate Dem Senator: McConnell does not want have a shutdown but have to stand up to Trump Overnight Defense: The Senate Moves Against Voting If The Bill Ends Support For Saudi War | House GOP Block Yemen War Votes For The Rest Of The Year | Trump Throws Uncertainty In Pentagon Budget | Key Than To Leave T Ranssexual Troop Prohibition Against Courts MORE (D-Md.) And other members are pushing congressional leaders to attach their Israeli anti-boycott legislation to the end of the spending package, which could complicate efforts to avoid a state shutdown ( The Hill ]).
It is a controversial move, especially among Democrats, some of whom have accused Israel of human rights abuses surrounding the Palestinian conflict.
At the same time, the Democratic National Committee has collided with government parties over the ownership of valuable voters data files.
Rep. Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez had the highest proportion of small donors in the middle: report Ocasio-Cortez Eyeing Jeffries as 2020 goal: report Hillicon Valley: The report accuses technical giants to prevent Russia’s probe | NAACP leads protest against Facebook | Trump, Conflict Head of Conflict at Huawei | The security panel cleans the T-Mobile, Sprint Store | Google plans B NYC Extension MORE (D-N.Y.), Who has been quick to assess all hot-button controversies and shatters of the day, sidelined with the state parties over the DNC.
More about Campaigns and Politics … Marijuana Legalization Breeders plunge the toes of the campaign and valence world, hoping to build their influence on Capitol Hill ( ] The Hill ) … Allied to former Vice President Joe Biden Joseph (Joe) Robinette BidenKlobuchar 2020: “I think you want votes from the Midwest Group launches the campaign for” Draft Beto ” for 2020 White House, Kamala Harris contributes the top 2020 elections in the choice of women of color MORE scans the presidential election and has identified Rep. Beto Rourke (D-Texas) as someone in the Amy Klobuchar Amy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar 2020: “I think you want votes from the Midwest” let the government make them Klobuchar moves in Iowa poll by 2020 Dems MER (D-Minn.) Increases in Iowa ( Politico ).
In FOKUS / SHARP TAKES  HOUSE & ADMINISTRATION: Guns: The Trump Administration moved to official ban on shock absorption next spring, relying on federal regulation to introduce the change ( The Hill ). A weapon law group says it will sue the government to protest against the new ban on devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to burn ammunition faster ( The Hill ).
Federal Reserve: Trump’s complaint about the National Bank and his Tuesday instruction that its members should “feel the market” points to a nervousness like the economy in general and the stock market in particular – both of which have become bright places for Trump – is increasingly subject to anxiety and political danger ( Memo ).
Trumps Tweet conducted lively conversations between economic and political analysts in advance of the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Press Conference this afternoon on interest rates, inflation and prospects for the US economy:
] ” I hope the people over to Fed will read today’s Wall Street Journal Editorial before making another mistake. Do not let the market get more illiquid than it already is. Stop 50 B’s. Feel the market, do not just go on with meaningless numbers. Good luck! ! “- Trump
Reuters : After dumping, US stocks are trying to complain of doldrums.
New York Times : The market is worried. The economy is strong. How will the Fed react?
Immigration: The Department of Health and Human Services, which cares for children crossing the United States border alone, said on Tuesday the administration turned a controversial policy that required comprehensive background checks of all adults living with sponsors of migrant children because the increased time the children were in government repository without showing up more red flags. The number of immigrant children in state nursing homes has been ballooned to a record 14,700 per dec 17, according to the department (19459007] Reuters ).
EPA Lead Exposure: The Environmental Agency plans to present a federal action plan for this plan this morning together with members of the President’s Working Group on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks for Children ( Hill ).
Global Economic Summit : Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum annually in Davos, Switzerland, for the second time as President The Hill ).
Domestic Secretary: Washington Sizing Up Potential Challenges Trump Can Tap to Replace Ryan Zinke Ryan Keith Zinke Performing the Damage Pruitt and Zinke Made for our Environment Hills 12:30 Report – Flynn is waiting for sentencing | The White House Signs To Avoid Suspension The Morning Report of the Hills – What Suspension would Mean to the Government MORE as Internal Secretary ( The Hill) .
The press is on Pelosi to deliver to Democrats by Bradley Blakeman, opiniongiver, The Kulle. http://bit.ly/2T2nOn1
Trump is preparing to blame the Federal Reserve for a recession by Evan Kraft, opiniongiver, The Hill. http://bit.ly/2ECFVwz
The Senate convenes at 10.00
The house meets at noon. Speaker Paul Ryan Paul Davis RyanThe Hills 12:30 Report – Flynn is waiting for sentencing | White House Signs To Avoid Suspension Missing: Washington Financial Sanitation On The Money: Last On The Border Camp | Dems prep for long shutdown | Trump is isolated | Shares fall before the Fed meeting, the funding deadline | Trump offers new agricultural aid MER (R-Wis.) Delivering resignation at kl. at the Congress Library before his departure from Congress at the end of this session. C-SPAN will broadcast live live HERE .
The President has lunch with State Secretary Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump Attending the World Economic Forum in Davos for the second straight year Pompeo to lead the delegation to “Trump of Tropen’s opening Hills morning report – No deal in sight like shutdown looms MORE . President and First Lady Melania Trump Melania TrumpWhite House Releases Trumps 2018 Official Christmas Portrait Three Major Immigration Issues Congress needs to deal with Hills 12:30 Report – Trump rips Dems like shutdown looms | Congress unlocked | Flynn co-workers charged illegal lobbying MORE hosts two Christmas receptions tonight at the White House.
Vice President Pence will be at the Pentagon this morning to get a summary of space and cyber defense and to meet the Defense Department’s employees. He then travels to Capitol Hill to fund devote themselves to Republican colleagues in the Senate Steering Committee for lunch.
The federal open market committee breaks up its final meeting with a statement at 2 o’clock followed by a press conference by Powell at 2:30 p.m. Other US Economic Indicators to Watch Today: The Deficit of for the Third Quarter at 08:30 and Existing Home Sales in November, released at 10.00
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Steven Terner MnuchinTrump to attend World Economic Forum in Davos for the second straight year Trump name Mulvaney acting staff manager on the money: House GOP is struggling to get votes for B in Wall Funds | Fallout from Oval Office Clash | Dems says shutdown would affect 800K workers | House passes 7 billion agricultural bills MORE will talk at 4:45 pm. at the opening of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, meeting in the Cash Room department.
Veterans Secretary Robert Wilkie attests to the House Veterans Affairs Committee on the implementation of the Law entitled “Tracking Transformation: VA Mission. (Maintenance Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act).” Tech : Facebook tries to assure civic leaders after a couple of reports prepared for the congress detailed how a Russian sorcerer used his system to try and suppress the American black voter breakdown to turn the 2016 election to Trump (19459007] The Hill ). A separate survey of the New York Times ending the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and other technology companies greater opportunities for people’s data than Facebook published.
> Cyber Spying: Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for several years, downloading in thousands of cables revealing concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and struggling to deal with Russia and China and the risk of that Iran would revive its nuclear program. Included in hacked communications received by New York Times are internal AFL-CIO discussions on Trans-Pacific Partnership, of interest to China.
> Catholic Church : A Vatican Committee warns that the credibility of the church is at risk because of the far-reaching sexual assault scandal. Organizers of a forthcoming Vatican Summit in February want church leaders to meet victims and acknowledge “the fear of what happened” ( Associated Press ).
> German Bank with US Issues: Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest financial institution, has stumbled with growing economic and legal problems in the US and abroad. Now American Democratic legislators are ready to investigate the bank’s financial relations with Trump ( New Yorker ). The bank is also under investigation in Europe for money laundering and tax evasion ( The Hill ).
Brett Kavanaugh Brett Michael Kavanaugh Democrats fail if they show William Barr as controversial select “Justice” chosen as Merriam Websters.
Supreme Court: A panel of judges dismissed ethics lawsuit against the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh 2018 Annual General Meeting The Supreme Court of California The Supreme Court leaves GOP over the Kavanaugh Confirmation MORE because the objections were filed under a federal law not applicable to the Supreme Court Justice. The complaints addressed statements made by Kavanaugh during his Senate Confirmation Hearing ( Washington Post) .
> Space: Trump signed an order on Tuesday that launched the Pentagon Space Command ( The Associated Press ). Meanwhile, SpaceX and Blue Origin scraped almost simultaneous rocket launches scheduled Tuesday morning due to glitches. SpaceX – with Pence in attendance and US Air Force as client for mission to update Global Positioning System satellites – plans to retry today at 9:07 ( Space.com ). and finally … No blessed holiday decorations seem to go unpunished, even in some major metropolises.
In New York City, travelers were annoyed by a tree and a wreath that did not look properly mounted above the Holland Tunnel. The authorities closed four lanes in traffic for 45 minutes to fix the problem of yuletide ( New York Post ).
In Belgrade, Serbia, taxpayers are furious that the city spent millions on prepared publicly financed decorations. Undo citizens would rather have seen the money go to repair slag or finance new public transport projects The Guardian ).
And be sure to click on this windy knock-down meeting in Oregon between two inflatable snowflakes, definitely not in Christmas. ABC6 Action News ).