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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump on Twitter blasts GOP for debt limit 'mess' | Trump lashes out at McConnell over ObamaCare | Timeline of McConnell, Trump feud | Shutdown odds rise | Interior wants to 'shrink' monuments | ESPN defends Robert Lee decision | DCA Chick-fil-A opens Friday | National Waffle Day

​​THIS A.M. -- IT'S ALL ABOUT DAT DEBT: President Trump called out Congress for what he called the "mess" over the debt ceiling. His words: "I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval ... They didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!"

Some important context: From The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos: "For all the handwringing over Trump's tweets on the debt limit, there seems to be a recognition that it needs to be raised."

AND JUST FOR FUNSIES: President Trump also retweeted an image showing him eclipsing 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 with the caption "THE BEST ECLIPSE EVER!" Photo:

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THE BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD ALL WEEK -- WHEN DO I START MY CHICK-FIL-A CHANT?: Chick-fil-A is opening this Friday at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.! (h/t NBC's Sarah Baker)


NEW THIS MORNING -- CLIMATE CHANGE IS SO 2009: Via The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein, a National Institutes of Health unit has deleted the phrase "climate change" from its site and replaced it with simply "climate." Screenshot:

SHORTER TRUMP -- SNAPPING IN A-TO-Z FORMATION: President Trump this morning attacked James Clapper. Tweet: "James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?" What sparked this: On CNN, Clapper questioned Trump's fitness for office after the president at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix defended his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

ODDS OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN -- UNCOMFORTABLY HIGH: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, the chances of a government shutdown are much higher after President Trump's threat over funds for a border wall. Why Congress could use a Xanax: Lawmakers return to Washington next month facing a full plate of must-pass legislation and a shutdown threat that looks more serious. Maybe two Xanax for Republicans: Republicans are already scrambling to mend deep internal divisions among rank-and-file members after the past few months. How this could play out:

TALK OF THE SPORTS WORLD -- WELP, THAT'S AN UNFORTUNATE COINCIDENCE: ESPN recently removed an announcer named Robert Lee from an upcoming University of Virginia football game. Because: Well, you know, his name. This obviously sparked blowback: ESPN's president defended the decision saying it was not that Lee's name "would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game," but to avoid potential social media heckling. Full ESPN statement and reasoning:

JUST IMAGINE THIS WORK-DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Trump's White House are doing damage control, disputing reports of a growing rift between the two men. But here's a timeline of what the two have said about each other during August recess:

FORGET THE 'EASY BUTTON' -- WE NEED A '...AND ANOTHER THING!' BUTTON: During a series of morning tweets, the president again called out McConnell. "The only problem I have with Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill MORE is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!"

THIS MORNING — YOU GOTTA WORK FOR YOUR NATIONAL MONUMENT STATUS: Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeWhitefish stops work on Puerto Rico power grid over payment dispute Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy Feinstein: 'Disgusting' Trump even considering lifting elephant trophy ban MORE said he's asking President Trump to shrink "a handful" of national monuments that previous presidents designated to protect land and water. What that means: Zinke will not ask the president to eliminate any of the 27 protected areas that were under review since an April executive order. What's next: The White House said Thursday that Trump is reviewing the recommendations. Green groups are already blasting the decision.



NBC's Hallie Jackson (Lolol)
In his obit, Jersey man asks for 8 [Philadelphia] Eagles players as pallbearers - "so the Eagles can let him down one last time."



Congress is out. President Trump is at the White House today and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

This week: The 9th annual Washington, D.C., beer week. Events:

4:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsNational counterterrorism chief to retire at the end of year Former intel chief Hayden: Think twice on a Trump job offer Counterintelligence needs reboot for 21st century MORE, director of national intelligence, to tour the National Counterterrorism Center.



2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives an on-camera press briefing. Livestream:

Keep in mind: The press secretary's last on-camera briefing was August 2.

11:30 p.m. EDT: "The President Show" airs a new episode on Comedy Central.



Today is National Waffle Day!

Tidbit: If you've seen posts on social media that today is National Burger Day, that's true in the United Kingdom

I'VE HAD WAY TOO MUCH FUN WITH THIS ARTICLE ALREADY: A dating app calculated the most hated food in every U.S. state. Some of them are hilarious. For example, Missouri hates "the last bite of a hotdog," while Montana hates "pumpkin everything." I'm with Illinois, which hates "biting string cheese." You can't trust those people... Full list:

SPOOKY, I SEE IT...: A Pennsylvania couple posted a sonogram of their baby, which they say shows someone watching over the baby. Photo:

WELL, THIS IS MAKING ME HUNGRY: Via DC Refined, here are 14 must-try breakfast sandwiches in the Washington, D.C., area. Challenge. Accepted.

And because ily guys, here are animals reenacting the solar eclipse. I can't get enough of it:


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