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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Solar eclipse 2017 – Trump to watch from White House balcony, how to view it, safety tips | What to expect in Trump’s Afghanistan address | Dems long for Obama's return | Border wall fight coming in September | Secret Service running out of money | Inside the redesigned Oval Office | DC corpse flower blooms


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Timing: The eclipse starts just after 10 a.m. local time in Oregon (1 p.m. EDT) and ends around 3 p.m. EDT in South Carolina. Map of its path with times:

I'm sure you've heard the warnings about your eyesight: Here's a man who watched an eclipse in 1963 for about 20 seconds and is still partially blind.

Uh oh -- weather problems: The National Weather Service says there may be cloud cover, rain and potential thunderstorms in Charleston, S.C., this afternoon. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen!

Eclipse glass substitutes: I'm sure you've heard oh so much about how to obtain these glasses. Here are a few ways to make your own solar eclipse viewers.

Lol, OK [SHRUG EMOJI]: "Hostess has declared Golden CupCakes the official snack cake of the eclipse."

Interesting tidbit on the interest: "Hey Oregon, there's finally traffic. #eclipse2017" (From video journalist Natalie Fertig) Screenshot:

JUST IN -- How Trump will be watching: Via NBC's Peter Alexander, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be watching the eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House. Hope he remembered his glasses!

Lol...: CNN had Bonnie Tyler on as a guest this morning. For the younger readers: Tyler sings "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The last few seconds of the clip are hilarious. Watch:

Lucy, I'm hooooome. So, did I, uh, miss anything last week while I was out...? Eagerly filing with my eclipse glasses on early, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR TONIGHT -- TRUMP ASKS FOR #TRUST AND FOR YOU TO TWEET USING HIS USERNAME @REALDONALDTRUMP: President Trump is addressing the nation tonight on his strategy in Afghanistan. What to expect, via CNN: Trump will reportedly ask Americans to trust him on strategy and is expected to add about 4,000 troops to the country. What else to expect:

Livestream of the 9 p.m. EDT speech:

MAJOR NEWS LAST NIGHT -- TEN U.S. SAILORS MISSING: Via The Hill's Ian Swanson, 10 U.S. sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca. What we know:

President Trump chimes in: He tweeted last night, "Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway."

And Sen. McCain: "Cindy & I are keeping America's sailors aboard the USS John S McCain in our prayers tonight -- appreciate the work of search & rescue crews," McCain tweeted.

NOT TO RUIN THE REST OF YOUR AUGUST, BUT HERE'S A FUN FIGHT COMING IN SEPTEMBER: Via The Hill's Niv Ellis, President Trump is poised to have a big funding fight in September over his proposed border wall. Why September: If Congress doesn't approve a new funding bill, the federal government will shut down on Oct. 1. What to expect:

BACK STORY -- BANNING BANNON BEFORE THE BRAWL: In Vanity Fair, Gabriel Sherman writes about Trump chief strategist Stephen Bannon's exit and what's to come. The gist: "The war on Jared Kushner is about to go nuclear."

Wow: "Breitbart staffer says if Trump moves left, 'We're prepared to help Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree House Dems say they'll oppose immigration floor vote over possible wall funding Dems after briefing: 'No evidence' spy placed in Trump campaign Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress MORE rally votes for impeachment.'"

BIG SPENDERRR: Via USA Today's Kevin Johnson, the Secret Service can no longer afford to pay the agents needed to protect the Trumps. Why: "in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast." For example: Trump "has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas. Some context: The Secret Service had to protect 31 people during the Obama administration; the Trump administration has 42. Their options:

JUST NOW -- The Secret Service responds: The Secret Service said it has enough money to protect President Trump through September, acknowledging that it's running up against its spending limit. Statement excerpt: "The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps," agency director Randolph "Tex" Alles said in a statement.

GETTING TRACTION -- AS WE GO ON, WE REMEMBER, ALL THE TIMES...: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "He's been out of office for nearly eight months, but former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaChicago City Council approves Obama Presidential Center On North Korea, give Trump some credit The mainstream media — the lap dogs of the deep state and propaganda arm of the left MORE remains the Democratic Party's best weapon for 2018." The hard part: "The tricky question now facing the party is how to use the former president on the campaign trail. Some Democrats are pushing for Obama to have a more elevated role, but Obama has made clear he is wary of sliding back into the role of party leader, which could prevent new leaders from emerging."



CNN's Allie Malloy
President Trump woke up in the WH for the first time in 17 days. Per usual, lights were already on in the residence at 530a. Photo:

Bar Stool Sports' Eric Hubbs (Oh wooooow)
Maybe the greatest catch ever made in the [Little League World Series] just now. Watch:

BBC's Anthony Zurcher
A look inside the renovated Trump Oval Office. First thing noticed - lots more flags (at least three US & all military services) Photo:



Congress is still out. Two more weeks!

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

1:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonFive takeaways on the canceled Trump summit with Kim Dem lawmaker confronts Pompeo over spending cuts to diplomatic security GOP fundraiser subpoenas AP over source of leaked emails: report MORE.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a swearing in ceremony of a U.S. ambassador.

Wednesday–Thursday: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pitches tax reform at events in the Pacific Northwest.

Sept. 29: The deadline for raising the debt ceiling, according to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMy farm crops gained K in value since Trump delayed China trade war — but it’s not a done deal The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling Republicans think Trump is losing trade war MORE. What to know:



Noon: NASA begins their four-hour livestream of the total solar eclipse. Watch:

What not to watch: "After a weekend when admin officials did not go on TV to defend Trump, the [White House] is not having a briefing today either" (From CNN's Allie Malloy)

9 p.m. EDT: President Trump gives a presidential address from Fort Myer in Arlington, Va.

9:30 p.m. EDT: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is participating in a CNN town hall in Racine, Wis. How to watch:

A busy week for Ryan: "This week -- Speaker Paul Ryan participates in a CNN town hall, hosts two tax reform events out West (OR & WA) plus holds a press conference." (From NBC's Alex Moe)



Today is National Spumoni Day.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK UP AT THE SUN TO SEE SOME WEIRD THINGS TODAY: Via WTOP Radio, the first of the three Washington, D.C., corpse flowers has bloomed this weekend. Yes, the flower has the same smell as a rotting corpse. It's weird, I know.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A WARM, FRESH DOUGHNUT EVEN BETTER? DOWSE IT IN A WATERFALL OF CHOCOLATE: Krispy Kreme is covering its original glazed doughnuts in melted chocolate today for the solar eclipse. But as we all know, Krispy Kreme has chocolate doughnuts...?: This is different. The doughnut is covered in chocolate. Other eclipse day deals:

BEST HEADLINE I'VE READ IN A WHILE: Via NPR's Colin Dwyer, "Truck With 20 Tons Of Nutella And Chocolate Vanishes; Police Hunt For Semi's Sweets."


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