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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP — @realDonaldTrump at 6:28 a.m.: “HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well. Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years….!” … at 6:44 a.m.: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

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— TRUMP is at Mar-a-Lago for his Thanksgiving Day celebration. He spoke this morning on a videoconference to thank members of the military stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Bahrain, and on the USS Monterey. He then went to the Coast Guard quarters in Riviera Beach, Florida.

FROM POOLER WAPO’S JENNA JOHNSON: Trump told the troops in Afghanistan: “Everyone is talking about the progress you’ve made. Trump said that troops there have turned things around in three to four months and are ‘brave, incredible fighters.’

— ON IRAQ: “‘We’re really winning. We know how to win.’ He said previous administrations were not ‘letting you win.’”

— ON ISIS: “‘The fight against ISIS, it’s coming our way … I’m letting you do your job.’”

— ON DOMESTIC ISSUES: “‘We’re doing well at home, the economy is doing great.’ … The President also told the troops that he’s working on ‘big, fat, beautiful tax cuts.’”

— TO THE POOL: “‘Media, Happy Thanksgiving.’”

— PALM BEACH POST’S SCOTT ANDERA: “President Donald Trump appears likely to visit his golf club in Jupiter on Friday for the first time since the spring. According to an FAA advisory issued at 5 p.m. Wednesday, airspace restrictions are in place for the area over his Jupiter club from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. The advisory covers the same location that was covered when Trump played golf there in February with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Ernie Els.”

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YOUR CONGRESS — Two of the most senior lawmakers in the House — Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas and Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan — are caught in the middle of a swirl of allegations of misbehavior with women. Democrat Al Franken — the comedian turned senator from Minnesota — is being accused by multiple women of groping and harassment. Bob Brady, the top Democrat on the House Administration Committee — the panel charged with overseeing the House — has piqued the interest of the FBI for allegedly being somehow involved with paying a political rival to drop out of a congressional race. Women across the Capitol — ranging from members of Congress to aides — are accusing men in positions of power of misbehavior and assault.

THE BIG PICTURE — RACHAEL BADE and ELANA SCHOR: “Pressure mounts to unmask Hill harassers”: “Pressure is mounting on congressional leaders to release the names of lawmakers who have secretly settled sexual harassment claims at taxpayer expense — a move that some members of Congress are loath to make. President Donald Trump told reporters this week that he believes Congress should disclose the settlements. A handful of House members from both parties are calling on Republican leadership to do the same. And Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) proposed legislation Wednesday that would mandate public disclosure of sexual harassment settlements — and ban Congress from footing the bill for such deals in the future. Within a few hours of introducing his bill, DeSantis had been contacted by several Republican and Democratic lawmakers asking to sign on.”

— THE QUESTIONS ON OUR MINDS… How will congressional leaders get ahead of the increasing scrutiny and frustration over how the institution handles sexual harassment claims? Will Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi work together to announce a bipartisan overhaul of the system?

MORE JOE BARTON FALLOUT — “Congressman on tape tells woman he would report her to Capitol Police because she could expose his secret sex life,” by WaPo’s Mike DeBonis and Elise Viebeck: “In the 2015 phone call, [Rep. Joe] Barton confronted the woman over her communications with the other women, including her decision to share explicit materials he had sent. In that context, he mentioned the Capitol Police, a comment the woman interpreted as an attempt to intimidate her. ‘I want your word that this ends,’ he said, according to the recording, adding: ‘I will be completely straight with you. I am ready if I have to, I don’t want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation. And if I do that, that hurts me potentially big time.’

“‘Why would you even say that to me?’ the woman responded. ‘The Capitol Hill police? And what would you tell them, sir?’ Said Barton: ‘I would tell them that I had a three-year undercover relationship with you over the Internet that was heavily sexual and that I had met you twice while married and had sex with you on two different occasions and that I exchanged inappropriate photographs and videos with you that I wouldn’t like to be seen made public, that you still apparently had all of those and were in position to use them in a way that would negatively affect my career. That’s the truth.’

“In a statement late Wednesday, Barton said a transcript of the recording provided by The Post may be ‘evidence’ of a ‘potential crime against me.’ He said that he received word Wednesday that the Capitol Police are opening an inquiry. While there is no federal law prohibiting the disclosure of intimate photos of adults without consent, the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday reported that the Twitter photo of Barton could violate a 2015 Texas law banning so-called ‘revenge porn,’ which is the portrayal of another person’s intimate body parts and distributing the images without consent.”

— Abby Livingston (@TexasTribAbby): “Email from a Congressional staffer: ‘I’m giving thanks this year that my boss has no idea how to take a selfie.’”

MELANIE SLOAN SPEAKS OUT – “Ethics lawyer says Conyers mistreated her during her years on Capitol Hill,” by WaPo’s Kimberly Kindy, Steve Hendrix and Michelle Ye Hee Lee: “A high-profile Washington lawyer specializing in congressional ethics said Wednesday that Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for him on Capitol Hill in the 1990s and that her repeated appeals for help to congressional leadership were ignored.

“‘There was nothing I could do to stop it,’ Melanie Sloan said in an interview. ‘Not going to leadership, not going to my boss, not going to a women’s group, not going to a reporter. I was dismissed and told I must be mentally unstable.’ Sloan, the former executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was hired by Conyers in 1995 as minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, where he served as the ranking Democrat. She held the job until 1998.”

****** A message from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation: As Washington debates tax reform, there’s talk of tax cuts that will give trillions of dollars back to American taxpayers. That sounds great. But if these tax cuts aren’t paid for, future generations will be stuck with the bill. Congress, tax reform should grow the economy. Not the debt. ******

DRIP DRIP – “Two More Women Accuse Sen. Al Franken Of Inappropriate Touching,” by Jenavieve Hatch and Zachary Roth in HuffPost: “Two more women have told HuffPost that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) touched their butts in separate incidents. These are the third and fourth such allegations against Franken in the past week. … The two additional women, who said they were not familiar with each others’ stories, both spoke on condition of anonymity. But their stories, which describe events during Franken’s first campaign for the Senate, are remarkably similar — and both women have been telling them privately for years. In a statement to HuffPost, Franken said, ‘It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events.’”

— “Roy Moore campaign refuses to substantiate claims about accuser,” by WaPo’s Michael Scherer: “Senate candidate Roy Moore’s campaign refused Wednesday to substantiate a key claim it made as part of an effort to raise doubts about one of the Alabama candidate’s accusers. The campaign has claimed to have found documents that show Leigh Corfman lived more than a mile from the intersection where she said Moore picked her up for dates in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32. … The Post requested documentation to support [Moore aide Ben] DuPré’s description of another address on Tuesday, and a spokeswoman for the Moore campaign said she would try to respond.

“On Wednesday morning, after another request for the information, Brett Doster, a strategist for the Moore campaign, sent an email to The Post. ‘The Washington Post is a worthless piece of crap that has gone out of its way to railroad Roy Moore,’ Doster wrote in an email he described as an ‘on the record’ statement. ‘There is no need for anyone at the Washington Post to ever reach out to the Roy Moore campaign again because we will not respond to anyone from the Post now or in the future. Happy Thanksgiving.’”

–ELAINA PLOTT SCOOP in Washingtonian: “John Rogers has resigned as communications director from Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter. Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rogers confirmed his resignation. He declined to comment further.”

UPDATE ON JARED’S MIDDLE EAST PEACE PUSH — “Report: Abbas Refused Kushner’s Phone Call Following Decision to Sever Ties With Washington: A source tells Haaretz that the Palestinian president is determined to ignore the White House until the future of the Palestinian mission in Washington is determined,” by Haaretz’s Jack Khoury and Amir Tibon: “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to receive a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser in charge of brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Jared Kushner, on Wednesday. Instead of taking Kushner’s call, Abbas referred him to the Palestinian Authority’s representative in Washington, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV reported. The White House denied the report.”

HAPPENING TUESDAY — “Trump and congressional leaders to hold talks to avoid shutdown,” by Seung Min Kim, Heather Caygle and Andrew Restuccia: “President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders will meet next week to try to hammer out a year-end agreement to avert a government shutdown, according to multiple sources, as Capitol Hill careens toward a legislative pile-up next month. The so-called Big Four — Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — haven’t even agreed on total government spending levels that would allow appropriators to write a massive funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year. … Congressional leaders would likely need to reach an agreement on the top-line figures by early next week for there to be any chance of finishing an omnibus spending bill in December. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.”

— HOW MANY ON THE HILL THINK THIS WILL PLAY OUT: A spending cap deal early in the month, followed by a short-term government funding bill that allows two weeks to iron out taxes and a long-term spending bill. Then a pre-Christmas spending bill. Thrown in the mix: a DACA deal. Talks on that are all but stalled at the moment.

TROUBLE BREWING FOR GOP TAX PLAN? — “States Warn of Budget Crunch Under Republican Tax Plan,” by NYT’s Alan Rappeport: “While lawmakers say the plan will boost growth and strengthen the economy, Oregon officials say the bill could have the opposite effect by making the state a less affordable place to live and putting a squeeze on state and local budgets. … Oregon is not alone in its concerns. State and local officials in other high-tax, largely blue states like New York, New Jersey and California are warning the tax plan will strain budgets, shake real estate markets and prompt residents to flee expensive coastal states for places with lower taxes. Of primary concern is the Senate’s plan to repeal the state and local tax deduction, which currently allows people who itemize their tax returns to deduct state and local income, sales and property taxes paid.”

THE RUSSIA REPORT — RYAN LIZZA on, “A Russian Journalist Explains How the Kremlin Instructed Him to Cover the 2016 Election”: “On a recent Saturday in November, Dimitri Skorobutov, a former editor at Russia’s largest state media company, sat in a bar in Maastricht, a college town in the Netherlands, with journalists from around the world and discussed covering Donald Trump. ‘There was even a slogan among Russian political élite,’ he said. ‘“Trump is our president.” And, when he won the elections, on 9th November, 2016, Russian Parliament or State Duma even applauded him and arranged a champagne party celebrating the victory of Donald Trump.’ That night, Skorobutov and his colleagues played clips of the party on the news.”

— “Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known,” by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in McClatchy: “Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin’s allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties. Even after the February 2014 fall of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych, who won office with the help of a Manafort-engineered image makeover, the American consultant flew to Kiev another 19 times over the next 20 months while working for the smaller, pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party. … What’s now known leads some Russia experts to suspect that the Kremlin’s emissaries at times turned Manafort into an asset acting on Russia’s behalf.”

— “Mike Flynn business partner Bijan Kian now subject of Mueller probe,” by NBC News’ Julia Ainsley: “A former business associate of Michael Flynn has become a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation for his role in the failure of Flynn’s former lobbying firm to disclose its work on behalf of foreign governments, three sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News. Federal investigators are zeroing in on Bijan Kian, an Iranian-American who was a partner at the now-dissolved Flynn Intel Group, and have questioned multiple witnesses in recent weeks about his lobbying work on behalf of Turkey. The grand jury convened for the investigation will soon have a chance to question some of those witnesses.”

FUN THANKSGIVING FACT — @jimsciutto: “To feed the 1000s of US Troops deployed abroad this #Thanksgiving, the military has distributed: 98,820 pounds of turkey … 47,880 pounds of beef … 31,650 pounds of ham … 30,384 pounds of shrimp … 10,173 pounds of stuffing … 6,288 pies … 9,378 cakes … 76,032 cookies”.

MEGHAN MCCAIN’S WEDDING — DAILY MAIL — “Among the guests at the intimate wedding were actress Barret Swatek and broadcast journalist SE Cupp. … ‘The bride’s father, Senator John McCain, gave her away and they were married by John Dickerson. Following the ceremony, McCain and Domenech celebrated with dinner and dancing surrounded by their family and close friends.’” With 12 pix on one page

TRUMP INC. — “Trump Organization Will Exit From Its Struggling SoHo Hotel in New York,” by NYT’s Ben Protess, Steve Eder and Eric Lipton: “[I]n the latest sign of strain in the president’s family business, the Trumps want no more. The Trump Organization has reached a deal that will allow the company to exit the property by the end of next month, the company said Wednesday. It is the second time this year the Trump name was erased from a hotel development, after a June announcement in Toronto. Located in an upscale neighborhood in a deeply Democratic city, the SoHo hotel has struggled to attract guests at five-star prices and has dropped its rates to keep rooms occupied. The property also includes condominiums that have been slow to sell. And when the building’s main restaurant decided to close in April, a lawyer for the restaurant attributed it to a decline in business ‘since the election.’”

— “Top Trump staffers failed to file financial reports on their way out the door,” by McClatchy’s Anita Kumar and Ben Wieder: “Several of President Donald Trump’s top aides — including former chief strategist Steve Bannon and former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka — have failed to file legally required financial reports after they were dismissed this summer, according to the White House. Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, filed his report this week, according to a White House official, after McClatchy requested his form multiple times and reached out to him for comment. Priebus left the administration in late July, and the filing came well beyond the 30-day deadline for filing these reports.

“In total, at least four senior White House staffers have not filed termination reports, which outline their financial activity while serving in the White House. They include Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who served as senior director for intelligence programs for the National Security Council for seven months, and Middle East adviser Derek Harvey, who served on the National Security Council for six months … A spokesman for Bannon … said in an email that Bannon did file, but he did not provide timing on when Bannon did so. White House records, however, on Wednesday show that Bannon still had not filed.”

HMM — “Tens of thousands with outstanding warrants purged from background check database for gun purchases,” by WaPo’s Sari Horwitz: “Tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns. The names were taken out after the FBI in February changed its legal interpretation of ‘fugitive from justice’ to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines. What that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons.”

— “Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system” — Reuters: “In a statement, Sessions said he was directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ‘to do a comprehensive review of the NICS and report back to me the steps we can take to ensure that those who are prohibited from purchasing firearms are prevented from doing so.’”

****** A message from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation: Washington is debating tax reform. There’s talk of substantial tax cuts that will give trillions of dollars back to American taxpayers. That sounds great. But if these tax cuts aren’t paid for, future generations will be stuck with the bill. Congress is right to pursue tax reform – the code is outdated, complex and unfair. Tax reform done right should be permanent, because businesses and individuals need certainty to plan and invest. It should be based on realistic, independent projections and assumptions about the effect on our economy and our fiscal outlook. And it should enjoy bipartisan support, so that it’s durable over time. Lawmakers should use the valuable opportunity presented by tax reform both to improve our fiscal outlook and strengthen the economy at the same time. Congress, tax reform should grow the economy. Not the debt. Learn more at ******

WASHINGTON INC. — “Fighting Gay Rights and Abortion With the First Amendment,” by NYT’s Jeremy W. Peters: “The First Amendment has become the most powerful weapon of social conservatives fighting to limit the separation of church and state and to roll back laws on same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Few groups have done more to advance this body of legal thinking than the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has more than 3,000 lawyers working on behalf of its causes around the world and brought in $51.5 million in revenue for the 2015-16 tax year, more than the American Civil Liberties Union. Among the alliance’s successes has been bringing cases involving relatively minor disputes to the Supreme Court — a law limiting the size of church signs, a church seeking funding for a playground — and winning rulings that establish major constitutional precedents.”

MARK YOUR CALENDAR — POLITICO is partnering with women-led businesses in the DC-metro area to offer a full week of exclusive perks in conjunction with the 5th annual Women Rule Summit! Join the fun at participating businesses during Women Rule Week (November 27 – December 1) for exclusive deals ( and tweet five times using #WomenRule for a chance to win two free tickets to the Summit on December 5th.

MEDIAWATCH — “Media outlets reassess their newsroom cultures,” by Jason Schwartz: “The New York Times is calling attention to an anonymous hotline. CBS News is increasing training. NBC News is looking at all of the above. They, like other major media outlets, including POLITICO, are grappling with how to better communicate and reach out to employees as the news business faces a wave of revelations of inappropriate behavior. By Wednesday, two of the three major broadcast networks, the leading cable network, the second-leading cable network, the top public-radio network, and the nation’s most prestigious newspaper have all confronted the same problem: A prominent figure accused of behaving inappropriately.

“In the wake of CBS morning host Charlie Rose’s firing and New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush’s suspension this week, many news organizations were trying to figure out how better to handle workplace problems in the future. For the most part, news organizations fell back on reminding their employees about their current policies and resources.”

NEW ECONOMIST COVER – “The Case for Taxing Death”:

REMEMBERING MOE HINCHEY — PAUL BROOKS and RICHARD BAYNE of the Times Herald-Record: “Former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, a champion of the environment who served 20 years in Congress and 18 years in the state Assembly, died at home Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement from his wife, Ilene Marder. Hinchey, 79, was diagnosed this year with a progressive and fatal neurological disease.

“‘Congressman Maurice Hinchey passed away peacefully at his home in Saugerties this afternoon. He was a beloved statesman and cherished for his work in the community and nationwide. The family will announce plans in the coming days and thanks everyone for privacy in this emotional time,’ the statement reads.”

SPOTTED yesterday at the 31st annual Pilgrim’s luncheon hosted by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Stephen Brady at The Palm – the event raised tens of thousands of dollars for SOME, Arlington Food Bank, and Puerto Rico relief: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Justin Fairfax, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Virginia Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, Mark Ein, Jack Davies, former Reps. Tom McMillan (D-Md.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.), former U.S. Ambs. Bill Eacho, Howard Gutman, Tim Broas and Gerry McGowan.

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Carolyn Ryan, NYT assistant editor. How she got her start in journalism: “Covering small town life in Massachusetts. I loved it. I once wrote a story about a guy with 8 pet ferrets: Pokey, Ginger Snapi, George, Roscoe, Allie, Molly, Bob and Billy. Once, one of the ferrets stopped breathing when it got caught between the couch cushions, and the guy’s wife revived it through mouth to mouth resuscitation. Very moving stuff.” Read her Playbook Plus Q&A:

BIRTHDAYS: Geoff Morrell, group head of communications and external affairs at BP … Yashar Ali is 38 — (read a BuzzFeed profile of him: … Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is 67 … Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) is 64 … Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”) is 57 … former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is 62 … Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is 71 … former Labor Secretary William Brock is 87 … Amy Schatz, USTelecom’s VP of media affairs … Emily Zoda … Joey Francilus … Geoff Mackler is 42 … Dan Snyder is 53 … BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour … Consumer Bankers Association president and CEO Richard Hunt … Andrea Lavin Solow … Matt Farrauto … Patrick Pfingsten, an alum of Rep. Rodney Davis and Illinois politics who now owns his own communications consulting firm … Politico Europe’s Virginie Dandoy … Rick Gorka … Adam Belmar … Matt Dennis is 37 … Kyunghan Kim … Laura Chavez … Bill Riggs of Freedom Partners … Yashar Hedayat … HuffPost overnight editor Jade Walker … Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn, partner at Jackson & Campbell (h/t daughter Emily) …

… Mary Rutherford Jennings, who recently joined WeWork’s public affairs team and is an HFA alum (h/t Adrienne Watson) … Jeremy Slevin, the associate director of advocacy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at CAP and a former comms director for Keith Ellison (h/t Zaina Javaid) … Julia Gill Woodward, campaign manager for Gwen Graham’s Florida gubernatorial campaign … Will Glasscock … Austin Shafran … Colby Nelson … John Marshall … Josh Levitt … Meghan Womack … Charlie Goodyear of the McChrystal Group … Chelsea Bollinger … Jeremy Slevin … Sheara Braun, producer for MSNBC’s “All In” … Laura Chavez … Jenna Gibson, senior editorial producer for CBS News … Emily Jansen, manager of strategic comms. and philanthropy at Samsung Electronics America … Brittany Griffin, senior account manager at Google in DC … Bush 43 alum Melissa Pardue … James Griffin … Mari Eder … Marylee Schneider Sauder … Chris Carter … Chris Dovi is 46 … Liz Victorin … former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle is 72 … Diane Begala … Joe Shanahan (h/ts Teresa Vilmain)

****** A message from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation: Washington is debating tax reform. There’s talk of substantial tax cuts that will give trillions of dollars back to American taxpayers. That sounds great. But if these tax cuts aren’t paid for, future generations will be stuck with the bill. Congress is right to pursue tax reform – the code is outdated, complex and unfair. Tax reform done right should be permanent, because businesses and individuals need certainty to plan and invest. It should be based on realistic, independent projections and assumptions about the effect on our economy and our fiscal outlook. And it should enjoy bipartisan support, so that it’s durable over time. Lawmakers should use the valuable opportunity presented by tax reform both to improve our fiscal outlook and strengthen the economy at the same time. Congress, tax reform should grow the economy. Not the debt. Learn more at ******

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