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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

 

Before you read, click this link for today's festive theme music --> http://bit.ly/2vX5jpL ;)

Side note: Weren't the 1980s a special time for music videos??

DEFINITIVE RANKINGS OF BLACKOUTS -- NO. 1: MEDIA BLACKOUTS DURING VACATION; NO. 2: TOTAL SOLAR; NO. 3: COLLEGE REUNIONS

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: http://nyti.ms/2vS1NhQ

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. http://bit.ly/2v72ukG

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! http://bit.ly/2x5IxvU

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. http://bit.ly/2ijFz3E

Lol, OK [SHRUG EMOJI]: "Hostess has declared Golden CupCakes the official snack cake of the eclipse." http://bit.ly/2wqNbHM

Interesting tidbit on the interest: "Hey Oregon, there's finally traffic. #eclipse2017" (From video journalist Natalie Fertig) Screenshot: http://bit.ly/2xkfxzL

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! http://bit.ly/2vi5n1n

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: http://bit.ly/2wx4oyu

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 cmartel@thehill.com, @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: http://bit.ly/2uYtuqv

Livestream of the 9 p.m. EDT speech: http://bit.ly/2uXWdLY

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: http://bit.ly/2vXiXce

President Trump chimes in: He tweeted last night, "Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway." http://bit.ly/2vXdXUY

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: http://bit.ly/2x5ZWEE

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." http://bit.ly/2uYnxcW

Wow: "Breitbart staffer says if Trump moves left, 'We're prepared to help Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE rally votes for impeachment.'" http://bit.ly/2x5yNSj

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: https://usat.ly/2vRVAT8

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. http://bit.ly/2v79qhx

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 ObamaReport: FCC chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality Right way and wrong way Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak 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." http://bit.ly/2uZ6CXH

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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: http://bit.ly/2vRPbr5

Bar Stool Sports' Eric Hubbs (Oh wooooow)
Maybe the greatest catch ever made in the [Little League World Series] just now. Watch: http://bit.ly/2fYvFna

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: http://bit.ly/2fXVgwE

 

ON TAP:

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 TillersonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Trump will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror Tillerson condemns violence against LGBT people on Transgender Day of Remembrance 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. http://bit.ly/2vRYkQg

Sept. 29: The deadline for raising the debt ceiling, according to Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinAnalysis: House GOP tax bill adds .3T to the deficit Mnuchin: Comparisons to James Bond villain a compliment Sunday shows preview: GOP gears up for Senate tax reform push MORE. What to know: http://on.wsj.com/2wwjB2K

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

Noon: NASA begins their four-hour livestream of the total solar eclipse. Watch: http://cs.pn/2xjXGZM

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) http://bit.ly/2fZeLEP

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: http://cnn.it/2fYvIPT

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) http://bit.ly/2vRLJfO

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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. http://bit.ly/2fYOYNk

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: http://nbcnews.to/2fYuVi3

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." http://n.pr/2fXEayY

 

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