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Developing now, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
  • Lawmakers honored George H.W. Bush, and President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid respects on Monday as the body of the nation's 41st president lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington
  • As the nation mourns former President George H.W. Bush, various members of the mainstream media have sparked outrage by using his death to attack Trump
  • Caravan migrants frustrated over the asylum-seeking process began to breach the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday, according to a report
  • France is expected to suspend the fuel tax hikes that have led to violent protests, French media say
  • CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief Senate committee leaders on the investigation on the killing of Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi, FOX News has learned
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly is close to finishing his investigation as conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Mueller's team
THE LEAD STORY - 'A GREAT MAN, A GENTLE SOUL': Lawmakers on Monday put aside partisan politics to pay tribute to former President George H.W. Bush, who was remembered for his lifelong service to his country, decency and willingness to reach across the aisle ... President Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to the 41st president of the United States, visiting the late president’s flag-draped casket in the building’s rotunda, where Bush will lie in state until Wednesday morning before being transported to the National Cathedral for a private state funeral, which Trump is scheduled to attend. At an earlier ceremony, Vice President Mike Pence and other top lawmakers spoke and reflected on Bush’s military record and service. Bush, Pence said, “never failed to answer the call to serve his country.” - Reported by Nicole Darrah (@nicoledarrah on Twitter)
A SHAMEFUL DISPLAY BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Media missteps in the coverage of former President George H.W. Bush's death -- from a derogatory Associated Press tweet to the Gray Lady including misleading info in its obituary -- have fueled new accusations of liberal bias ... A shouting match erupted on "The View" when Joy Behar tried to use Bush's legacy to bash and co-host Meghan McCain - who is no fan of Trump - attempted to keep the show focused on Bush 41. While several publications and media figures used Bush’s death to take shots at Trump, even some standard obituaries were panned as slanted and unfair.
The AP notably backed off a widely criticized tweet sent shortly after Bush’s death was confirmed. The now-deleted message said: “George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94." The tweet was immediately slammed, and AP eventually deleted the tweet and admitted the gaffe. - Reported by Brian Flood (@briansflood on Twitter)
MIGRANTS BREACH: At least two dozen Central American migrants-- disillusioned and frustrated with the asylum-seeking process-- breached the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday just before dusk by scaling a 10-foot metal fence, Reuters reported ... Other migrants managed to squeeze through the fence on the beach. Some migrants reportedly tried to escape the capture by the U.S. Border Patrol, but most were caught. It remains unclear how many migrants managed to escape the detention. The migrants are part of the caravan that traveled towards the U.S. in an effort to enter the U.S. – some illegally, others legally in the hope of applying for asylum – citing issues such as rampant violence in their home countries. - Reported by Lukas Mikelionis (@LukasMikelionis on Twitter)
PUMPING THE BRAKES ON FUEL HIKES: French Prime Minister is expected to announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes that have provoked a protest movement that has grown violent, according to French media ... Edouard Philippe, the minister, is expected to announce the planned increase will be suspended for several months, Le Monde and France Info radio reported. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.
A LONG-AWAITED KHASHOGGI UPDATE: CIA Director Gina Haspel is expected to brief leaders of multiple Senate committees Tuesday about the October killing of Saudi activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi, a source told FOX News ...  The source said the briefing will include leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee. Haspel did not attend a briefing about Khashoggi's killing that was given to all senators last week by Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Her absence upset lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., vowing to hold up Congress' agenda for the current lame-duck session until he heard from the CIA director. - Reported by Samuel Chamberlain (@SChamberlainFOX on Twitter) and Jason Donner
MUELLER PROBE IN FINAL STAGES? - Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators recently have told President's defense lawyers they are "trying to tie up loose ends," suggesting the probe may be nearing an end ... Yahoo! News reports that prosecutors are planning to file memos on  former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Meanwhile, author  - and Muller target - Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump. - Reported by Judson Berger and Alex Pappas
THE SOUNDBITE
A GIANT AMONG MEN - "This Rotunda is a trumpet call to glory. Tributes to the giants, all the way up to the sky." - House Speaker Paul Ryan, paying tribute former President George H.W. Bush.

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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Daniel Krauthammer, son of the late Charles Krauthammer, shares the inside story behind his father's final book. Ned Ryun reacts to new census numbers showing that nearly two-thirds of non-citizens are on welfare. A look at the best toys for your kids this Christmas, according to pediatricians. Country music star Phil Vassar performs his new Christmas single.
The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, 2 p.m. ET: Former Vice President Dan Quayle looks back on the life of George H.W. Bush.
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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and TD Ameritrade CEO Tim Hockey are among the special guests.
Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Special guest: John Hofmeister, founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy.

On FOX News Radio:
The FOX News Rundown podcast: Stocks rose on Wall Street after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day suspension of their trade war. Tori Whiting, economist at the Heritage Foundation, discusses what "trade truce" could mean for both countries and overall investor confidence. Violent anti-government protests broke out in France as angry citizens pushed back against President Macron's fuel taxes. FOX News' Simon Owen discusses what really caused the riots and what may happen next. Plus, commentary by FOX News medical correspondent, Dr. Marc Siegel.
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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Daniel Krauthammer on his father’s final book; U.S. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, on his midterm election defeat and future; Susan Page on the life of former President George H.W. Bush; analyst and former coach Brian Billick on the state of the NFL’s season.
The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd Starnes speaks with David Bossie, co-author of "Trump's Enemies" and Young America's Foundation spokesman Spencer Brown.
Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: Brit Hume will join the show to discuss the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush.

#TheFlashback

2000: In a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refuses to overturn George W. Bush's certified victory in Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that allows manual recounts.
1978: San Francisco gets its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein is named to replace George Moscone, who was assassinated.
1783: Gen. George Washington bids farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
FOX News First is compiled by FOX News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day! We'll see you in your inbox first thing Wednesday morning.

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