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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on Harvey -- More rain in forecast; Trump heading to Texas Tuesday; State of emergency for Louisiana | Trump lifts restrictions on military equipment for cops | ACLU sues Trump over transgender ban | Amazon lowers Whole Foods prices | US Open time

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- POLICE ARE GETTING A NEW GET-UP: The Trump administration is lifting a controversial ban on the transfer of surplus military equipment to state and local police departments, according to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock MORE. What equipment: armored vehicles, grenade launchers, armed aircraft, bayonets, and guns and ammunition of .50 caliber or higher. Why it was banned: Mainly optics after the 2014 unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after a white police officer shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown. When the restrictions were set, then-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 warned that such equipment cast the police in the role of an "occupying force." Sessions's justification: "Those restrictions went too far. We will not put superficial concerns above public safety." http://bit.ly/2gjMauo

It's Monday. 54 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. 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.

OVER THE WEEKEND -- HOLY HARVEY :(

THIS MORNING -- Louisiana state of emergency: President Trump has approved a Louisiana emergency declaration as rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey's aftermath continue to hit the region. Parts of Louisiana could get up to 25 inches of rain, the Times-Picayune reported Sunday. http://bit.ly/2gjdpF9

Latest updates: From The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/2wDjYZS

Death count: At least five people have died and more than a dozen people are injured so far.

More rain?: More rain is in the forecast. Latest forecast from The Weather Channel: http://wxch.nl/2vDnajn

Rescue from a sinking ship: Here's a video of the Coast Guard rescuing people from a sinking vessel as Hurricane Harvey hit. http://bit.ly/2xGfH4x

This is insane: "A Houston reporter helps save a man from flood on live TV." Video: http://bit.ly/2xqVBvM

Helicopter rescue: Here's video of a helicopter rescue in Houston, Texas. http://bit.ly/2wiD44P

This is amazing: "Check out the insanely long line at Dairy Queen on McArdle & Airline. They announced on social media they're open and everyone rushed over." Photos: http://bit.ly/2vCLAtA

Aw, puppy: "This dog is walking around Sinton TX carrying a entire bag of dog food with him." http://bit.ly/2iBN1qK

So. Much. Rain.: "9.92 [inches] of rain has fallen in just 90 minutes in Pearland, TX just southeast of Houston. Flash Flood Emergency." http://bit.ly/2vldH53

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TALK WEST WING TO ME: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, with Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon both out, Republicans on Capitol Hill are asking who they can talk to at the White House ahead of a crucial, difficult stretch in the legislative calendar. What about Priebus's replacement John Kelly?: Kelly is respected but doesn't have long-standing relationships on Capitol Hill. http://bit.ly/2xqDE0o

What that story's photo reminds me of: This famous meme: http://slct.al/2gi9j0c

AND, UH, WHAT ABOUT BREITBART...?: The Atlantic's Rosie Gray discusses what Stephen Bannon's return means for Breitbart News. When he left: "It hired mainstream journalists and lost some of its most controversial staff. But he never left in spirit, and obtained an ethics waiver that allowed him to communicate with the company." The question: How much will Breitbart change again? http://theatln.tc/2wBRQ9C

TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN UPDATE -- I SAID GOOD DAY SIR. I SAID GOOD DAY!: Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing President Trump over his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Twitter announcement: "BREAKING: We're taking @realDonaldTrump to court to challenge the unconstitutional transgender military ban." http://bit.ly/2wivcjI

JUST NOW — *IMMEDIATELY MOVES TO ARIZONA TO MAKE SURE NOT TO MISS A SECOND OF COVERAGE*: Via The Washington Examiner’s Steven Nelson, after being pardoned by President TrumpJoe Arpaio is considering running against Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSpokesman: Flake’s vote on tax reform will have nothing to do with Trump Trump slams Flake over hot-mic comments: Senator's career is 'toast' Bannon: McConnell 'picking up his game' because of our 'insurgent movement' MORE (R) for Arizona senator. His words: "I'm sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me. All I'm saying is the door is open and we'll see what happens. I've got support. I know what support I have." http://washex.am/2wc83kx

YOU KNOW THE ADVICE NOT TO READ TWITTER MENTIONS? ALSO TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT?: President Trump retweeted a post from conservative journalist Katie Pavlich criticizing former President Barack Obama, incorrectly, of pardoning Chelsea Manning. Pavlich, who also writes a column for The Hill, was tweeting at former Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who criticized Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. What Trump retweeted: "Your boss pardoned a traitor who gave U.S. enemies state secrets, he also pardoned a terrorist who killed Americans. Spare us the lecture." Who Pavlich was referring to: Obama's commutations of the sentences for Chelsea Manning and Oscar Lopez Rivera. http://bit.ly/2wiyR1f

SPOTTED IN NORTH CAROLINA: An Air Force One plane seen in North Carolina at Raleigh-Durham International Airport practicing taking off and landing. Photo: http://bit.ly/2wMlARu

NEW — UPDATED CAPITOL SECURITY: Via Bloomberg's Billy House, "Full body scanners, like at airports, are being installed outside doors to House visitor galleries" at the U.S. Capitol. http://bit.ly/2xGuyMA

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Eric Fawcett
This is the coldest move by a punter I've ever seen. Video: http://bit.ly/2vCYiIN

The New York Times's Shane Goldmacher
A Seb Gorka memory: I saw him at CPAC. He was carrying a book. I looked to see what he was reading. It was his own book. http://bit.ly/2xqTkki

The New York Times’s Ken Vogel
A NYC friend of Jared & Ivanka says they miss the city, & that DC “punctures their self-esteem on a daily basis.” http://bit.ly/2wbvIS8

Josh Billinson retweeted adding: “If D.C. ever wins statehood, make this quote the state motto.” http://bit.ly/2vxopBC

  

ON TAP:

Congress is out.

Today: The 2017 U.S. Open tennis tournament kicks off. How to watch and what to expect: http://ble.ac/2xFO4sA

Today: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speaking at the national conference of the Fraternal Order of Police in Nashville, Tenn. http://tnne.ws/2iAZ6MZ

Today–Sep. 6: A march from Charlottesville, Va., to Washington, D.C., "to confront white supremacy." That's around 115 miles. Details: http://bit.ly/2wbEpff

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence and 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 in the private dining room.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report Russia vetoes US-led effort to renew chemical weapons inquiry in Syria Pentagon official: US to cut contributions to UN peacekeeping missions MORE.

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump welcomes President Sauli Niinistö of Finland to the White House and holds a meeting.

Tuesday: President Trump is expected to travel to Texas after the catastrophic flooding. The logistical nightmare: There are still torrential downpours in the forecast and recovery efforts are ongoing. http://nyti.ms/2vCrqQq

NEW: First lady Melania Trump will travel with him. http://bit.ly/2wMveTY

Insight on Trump's trip: "To avoid interference in rescue/recovery ops, Gov. Abbott says Pres Trump won't be stopping in Houston tomorrow, but locations further inland" (From CBS's Mark Knoller) http://bit.ly/2whEPzf

3:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday: President Trump is holding an event on tax reform in Springfield, Mo.

In the meantime: Here's a newly published op-ed in The Hill from Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on the tax-reform plan. The gist: Trump's tax-reform plan prioritizes American voters, not lobbyists. http://bit.ly/2gjbqAH

Sept. 7: The NFL regular season kicks off. Schedule: http://bit.ly/2vCZyLN

And college football!: The season officially kicked off Saturday night, but for most programs, September 2 is opening day. http://on.ncaa.com/2xrk5oQ

Nov. 9: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE is traveling to Milwaukee, Wis. one year and a day after she lost the election to 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. Don't forget: Clinton unexpectedly lost a number of close states, including Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. http://bit.ly/2wVTD9c

November 12: Breitbart News head Stephen Bannon is speaking to the Zionist Organization of America, his first public appearance since leaving the White House. http://bit.ly/2gjCeRq

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

4:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2wW5zYt

6:30 p.m. EDT: The Cato Institute is holding an event on the politics of "Game of Thrones." Livestream: http://bit.ly/2xGbWMD

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Cherry Turnover Day.

THIS STORY IS SO BOSTON: Here's a tour of the "Skinny House" that was just sold in Boston's North End. Each of the four floors is less than 30 square feet. http://bit.ly/2wVTD9c

KICKING OFF TODAY -- WHOLE FOODS 2.0: On Day 1 of Amazon owning Whole Foods, prices were cut by up to 43 percent. For example: Organic avocadoes dropped from $3.49 a pound to $1.99. Full list of new prices: https://bloom.bg/2iAoxOL

WELL SAID, ARYA STARK. WELL SAID: HBO actress Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on "Game of Thrones," tweeted what we're all thinking about the season 7 finale. I won't give any spoilers, so here's more on that: http://ti.me/2vkEzSY

Wanna see something crazy?: Check out these side-by-side photos of actor Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones," and series author George R.R. Martin. http://bit.ly/2xqsKrz

And because you read this far, here's a dog with an amazingly relatable reaction to leaving a pet store: http://bit.ly/2wbgP2e

 

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