--IN OTHER NEWS FROM TRUMP'S TWITTER THIS MORNING... 8:19 AM: Thank you to Ford for scrapping a new plant in Mexico and creating 700 new jobs in the U.S. This is just the beginning - much more to follow 8:55 AM: Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases...... 9:01 AM: like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don't let the Schumer clowns out of this web...
--ANALYSIS -- ABC’s RICK KLEIN: Careful what you wish for – and for what you can’t see coming. Donald Trump appears to have bailed out House leadership on day one of the new Congress, convincing rank-and-file members to roll back an ill-timed gutting of the House ethics process. But how it went down should serve as a warning to anyone prepared to do business with – or against – Trump. His Tweets, though mild by Trump standard – it’s still not clear that he opposes the ethics reforms, or just the timing – scrambled Capitol Hill, making a likely undoing of the changes inevitable. This time, Trump was working on the same side as House Republican leaders. But what about next time? Tweets twisting arms represent a new dynamic for lawmakers to adjust to. With vice-president-elect Mike Pence on the Hill Wednesday to strategize opposite President Obama, it may not be just Democrats who are nostalgic for those good old days.
--ICYMI: HOUSE GOP WITHDRAWS MOVE TO GUT ETHICS WATCHDOG AFTER BACKLASH: House Republicans reversed plans to gut a congressional ethics watchdog on Tuesday after a backlash that included criticism from President-elect Donald Trump over the timing of the move. Late Monday night House GOP members voted to dramatically restructure the Office of Congressional Ethics, putting the independent office under the jurisdiction of a congressional committee, note ABC’s MARY BRUCE and MARYALICE PARKS. Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that the timing of the change was poor and should not have been the first priority for the newly-elected Congress. http://abcn.ws/2j141SJ
SPEED READ with ABC’s ADAM KELSEY
TILLERSON AND EXXONMOBIL STRIKE DEAL TO SEVER TIES IF CONFIRMED. ExxonMobil announced Tuesday night that its board of directors has reached an agreement with the oil and gas company's former chairman and chief executive officer to comply with conflict of interest requirements, if he is indeed confirmed secretary of state. Tillerson's confirmation hearings are slated to begin next week. According to an ExxonMobil press release, the net effect of the agreement is "a reduction of approximately $7 million in compensation" owed to Tillerson, who retired on December 31 after 40 years of service with the multinational company, ABC's DAVID CAPLAN reports. In addition to the agreement with ExxonMobil, Tillerson has also "committed" to the State Department that he would sell the more than 600,000 shares in ExxonMobil he currently owns, the release said. http://abcn.ws/2iC1wHs
NAACP LEADERS ARRESTED PROTESTING SESSIONS NOMINATION. NAACP president Cornell William Brooks was arrested Tuesday night after staging a sit-in protest at the Mobile, Alabama, office of Republican senator Jeff Sessions, who is Donald Trump's Attorney General nominee. Alabama NAACP president Bernard Simelton and other NAACP members were also arrested, ABC's JOHN VERHOVEK reports. In an interview with ABC News Tuesday, Brooks said that they were removed from Senator Sessions' Mobile congressional office after protesting for over six hours. They were arrested and taken to jail, and currently have a court date set for January 30. "We were clear today: We want others to participate in acts of civil disobedience," Brooks said. "This is a matter of ongoing opposition to someone with a clear, anti-civil rights record in Senator Session." http://abcn.ws/2hPaQe7
FORMER TRUMP ADVERSARY JAVIER PALOMAREZ JOINS ADMINISTRATION'S DIVERSITY COALITION. President-elect Donald Trump's national diversity coalition has a new -- and previously adversarial -- adviser: U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president Javier Palomarez. ABC News has confirmed that Palomarez -- whose organization endorsed GOP candidate John Kasich during primary season and Hillary Clinton for the general election -- has accepted the Trump transition team's offer. But the pair have butted heads in the past, ABC's DAVID CAPLAN reports. In October 2015, ABC News reported that then-GOP presidential front-runner Trump backed out of the USHCC's Presidential Candidate Q&A Session after the organization said Trump found out he would be asked about his plans to deport undocumented immigrants. http://abcn.ws/2j3SOAK
DONALD TRUMP THREATENS GENERAL MOTORS WITH BORDER TAX. President-elect Donald Trump threatened General Motors with a border tax on its vehicles assembled at a GM factory in Mexico Tuesday morning, tweeting that the company is sending the Chevy Cruze to the United States tax-free. "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border,” he wrote. “Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!" General Motors responded, saying it a statement it assembles the Cruze sedan in the United States for the domestic market and the hatchback version in Mexico for foreign markets. ABC’s KATHERINE FAULDERS has more: http://abcn.ws/2i6ceoQ
HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON TO ATTEND DONALD TRUMP INAUGURATION, AIDES SAY. Hillary and Bill Clinton plan to attend the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration, their respective aides say. Former presidents from both parties typically attend inaugurations, but Hillary Clinton’s presence takes on added meaning given that the former first lady was President-elect Donald Trump’s main opponent in the 2016 race, write ABC’s JOSH HASKELL and MEGHAN KENEALLY. Former presidents from both parties typically attend inaugurations (George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will be there as will the Carters), but Hillary Clinton's presence takes on added meaning, given that the former first lady was Donald Trump’s main opponent in the 2016 race. http://abcn.ws/2iMkhYi
FOUR THINGS TO WATCH AS REPUBLICANS TAKE CONTROL OF 115TH CONGRESS. Republicans return to Washington this week with ambitious, conservative plans for the country’s health care system and tax code, and aim to roll back many of President Obama’s executive actions and his environmental legacy. But while they prepare for Donald Trump’s administration, Republicans must also guide his Cabinet picks through confirmation in the Senate, and address persistent calls to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 election. As Republicans map out their most conservative agenda in decades, ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL notes four areas to watch in Washington this year: http://abcn.ws/2j1ybVT
ANALYSIS: TRUMP ASSERTS INDEPENDENCE, IF BARELY, IN TWEAKING HOUSE GOP OVER ETHICS. Surely Donald Trump didn’t run for president to protect members of Congress from its own watchdogs. Which is why Trump reacted to House Republicans’ attempted takeover of the ethics enforcement process with a critique, though not a condemnation. Facing a fierce backlash, House leaders abruptly withdrew the changes on Tuesday. But they could likely reappear in a different form later this year, making the question of Trump's stance still relevant, ABC’s RICK KLEIN writes. The president-elect offered his tweak via a pair of tweets, saying Congress should focus on things other than “the weakening of the Independent Ethics Watchdog, as unfair as it ... may be.” http://abcn.ws/2iESfkr
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS. In a quick turnaround, a GOP-backed amendment to make sweeping changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) was swiftly withdrawn, after a wave of negative reactions. The amendment, which was adopted during a late-night session ahead of Tuesday’s formal start of the 115th Congress, effectively planned to do away with the OCE's ability to act autonomously and prevent them from making their findings public without congressional oversight. Instead, the proposed amendment was withdrawn by unanimous consent. ABC’s MARYALICE PARKS and MEGHAN KENEALLY explain the work done by the OCE: http://abcn.ws/2j5V4vJ
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@scottwongDC: Ryan says he doesn't want to get into that but calls Assange a "sycophant for Russia" and someone who leaks and steals data
@JesseFFerguson: PEOTUS's ego leads him to go for blaming the victim and siding with the enemy.
@ryanstruyk: this dabbing story makes me want 2016 back