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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sessions details plan to rescind DACA | Lawmakers get six months to act | Protesters gather at White House | Trump faces critical fall | Congress returns to lengthy to-do list | Hurricane Irma upgraded to Category 5 | Clinton blames Sanders for Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' attack | Crucial USA World Cup qualifier tonight

JUST NOW -- TA-TA, DACA: Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDirector of federal prisons resigns after clashes with Kushner, Sessions: report Black Caucus raises concerns over Amazon facial recognition software Immigrant women, children abused by gangs need our protection MORE just announced the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. What's DACA: An Obama-era program deferring deportation for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children and allowing them to apply for work permits.

The tone: "Sessions leaning heavily on the legal argument vs DACA, which is by far the strongest one. Of course he was big opponent of actual policy." (From The Hill's Niall Stanage)

Yikes -- tidbit from before the announcement: Via The New York Times, "As late as one hour before the decision was to be announced, administration officials privately expressed concern that Mr. Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take, and when he discovered their full impact, would change his mind."

2 years you say?: "The White House sent out these talking points on DACA, including one that says admin took "responsible step" by phasing it out over 2 years." (From CNN's Kaitlan Collins) Screenshot:

Video of the announcement:

Rubio will never live this down, huh?: The Washington Post's David Nakamura tweeted: "Sessions with the Rubio-like swig of water-bottle mid-sentence..."

Outside the White House: Photos of protesters:

The question we're all wondering -- what happens to DACA recipients?: Eric Columbus, general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, explains what would happen:

Next up to deal with DACA: Congress! The expected end to DACA has prompted bipartisan calls from lawmakers for Congress to act to help the roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who have benefited from the program.

Before the announcement: The president tweeted, "Congress, get ready to do your job -- DACA!"

Over the weekend: "A DACA recipient was killed trying to rescue others during Harvey, his body was recovered earlier today"

Throwback: Here was the roll call vote in the House for the 2010 version of the DREAM Act, which was first introduced in 2001 and provides many of the same protections as DACA.


Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote Schumer: Trump should take Kim Jong Un off 'trip coin' Overnight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' MORE (D-N.Y.): Dems will fight. "The human and economic toll of rescinding DACA will be far reaching and Democrats will do everything we can to prevent President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Trump taps vocal anti-illegal immigration advocate for State Dept's top refugee job Seattle Seahawks player: Trump is 'an idiot' for saying protesting NFL players 'shouldn’t be in the country' MORE's terribly wrong order from becoming reality," Schumer said in a statement.

House Speaker 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 (R-Wis.) -- supportive of Trump's decision: "However well-intentioned, President Obama's DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority, an attempt to create law out of thin air ... ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches..." Full statement: Ryan also called for "permanent legislative solution" on DACA.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate panel advances 6B defense policy bill McCain: Trump pardoning Jack Johnson 'closes a shameful chapter in our nation’s history' Trump pardons late boxing champion Jack Johnson MORE (R-Ariz.) -- not so supportive: "President Trump's decision to eliminate DACA is the wrong approach to immigration policy at a time when both sides of the aisle need to come together to reform our broken immigration system and secure the border ...  I strongly believe that children who were illegally brought into this country through no fault of their own should not be forced to return to a country they do not know."

Another one bites the dust: "Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, quits Trump's Diversity Council over DACA." His statement:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "This is a sad day for our country." His statement:

It's Tuesday -- welcome to the month in Congress we've all been dreading --> I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and the best restaurant for cheese pizza (!) to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.


NEW INFO -- CLINTON'S BLAMING THE BERN: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey: Trump's 'Spygate' claims are made up Clapper: Trump distorting my comments is Orwellian Mueller probing Roger Stone's finances: report MORE blames Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk MORE (I-Vt.) for her loss to Donald Trump in the presidential election. She said Sanders's attacks caused "lasting damage" and set up "Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign." Because the two Democratic candidates agree on many things, Clinton said Sanders "had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character." Obama gets involved: "President Obama urged me to grit my teeth and lay off Bernie as much as I could. I felt like I was in a straitjacket." Screenshot of the excerpt:

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IT'S SEPTEMBER, GUYS: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump is entering a critical fall, beset by low approval ratings, raw tensions with Republicans on Capitol Hill, an evolving nuclear crisis with North Korea and multiple investigations into alleged ties with Russia." And there's Congress: "This month, lawmakers will seek to raise the debt ceiling, pass a measure to fund the government and provide billions of dollars in relief for Texas and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. There is also the question of whether Republicans can pass significant tax reform, a goal for which Trump made a pitch last week during a visit to Missouri. And the agenda may get busier." I.e., buckle up!

DEVELOPING -- UGH, HERE WE GO AGAIN: Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane as it approaches Florida, Puerto Rico and other major population centers in the U.S. and the Caribbean. When it's expected to make landfall in Cuba and Florida: Later this week.

UGHHHHHH: "More bad news: We now have Tropical Storm Jose in the Atlantic behind Irma. Expected to become a hurricane in 36-48 hours." (Tweet from Politico's Steve Shepard)

HAPPENING WEDNESDAY -- TAKE THAT, HARVEY: The House will vote on supplemental appropriations for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, according to a senior House leadership aide.

New development: “Senate WILL add the debt ceiling to Harvey aid. They hope to add the CR too but it might not be done in time.” (From NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell)

POTENTIAL TRUMP BODYGUARD REPLACEMENTS -- THE ROCK? DENNIS RODMAN?: Via Bloomberg's Shannon Pettypiece and Jennifer Jacobs, President Trump is reportedly "crushed" that his long-time bodyguard Keith Schiller is leaving his post. What's important here: While most people haven't heard of Schiller, he's worked for Trump since 1999 and is one of Trump's closest confidants outside of his family. "Multiple people interviewed described Schiller as an emotional anchor for the president in a White House often marked by turmoil." Where Schiller is going: To a private security job. Reason he left?: "Schiller lost his privilege to walk into the Oval Office at any time when [chief of staff John] Kelly took over."

WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT A JAM-PACKED FALL. HERE'S WHAT WE MEAN: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, lawmakers are gearing up for a four-month legislative sprint when they return to Washington today.


ASAP: An aid package for Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Lawmakers also have to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program by the end of September.

By Sept. 29: Raise the debt ceiling. Despite some conservatives demanding spending cuts, lawmakers are fairly confident they'll raise the ceiling.

By the end of September: "Congress needs to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program, a program that has been overshadowed for months because of the fight over repealing ObamaCare."

By the end of September: "Lawmakers have until the end of September to extend authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration."

By Oct. 1: Fund the government to avoid a shutdown. Right now, they're expected to pass a short-term funding bill until the end of the year.

Also on tap:

Health care: "Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Abortion rights group plans M campaign to flip the House Senate health committee to hold hearing on Trump drug pricing plan Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — VA reform bill heads to Trump's desk MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Dems warn against changes to federal family planning program Overnight Health Care: Drug company under scrutiny for Michael Cohen payments | New Ebola outbreak | FDA addresses EpiPen shortage MORE (D-Wash.) are trying to craft a bill to stabilize the insurance markets and provide funding for ObamaCare's cost-sharing reduction payments. Their push has drawn skepticism from top Republicans, who oppose what they view as a bailout of insurance companies without any reforms."

Tax reform: Republicans are hoping to pass tax reform this year. They need a legislative win.

Defense: "Senators are expected to turn to the annual bill setting out Trump's defense and foreign policy goals in September."



The Hill's Cristina Marcos
Don't forget: Ryan pledged before becoming Speaker that he wouldn't schedule immigration vote w/o majority R support



The House and Senate meet later today.

11 a.m. EDT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of DACA -- a program from the Obama administration that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

Meanwhile on Trump's schedule -- 11 a.m. EDT: President Trump "receives his daily intelligence briefing."

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with his National Economic Council in the Oval Office.

This afternoon: Vice President Pence participates in two swearing-in ceremonies.

2 p.m. EDT: The House meets, with votes at 6:30 p.m.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets, with a vote at 5:30 p.m.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with lawmakers and administration officials to discuss tax reform.

5:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the phone.

11 a.m. EDT Wednesday: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell says he backs Mueller probe after classified briefing Overnight Finance: Trump signs Dodd-Frank rollback | Snubs key Dems at ceremony | Senate confirms banking regulator | Lawmakers lash out on Trump auto tariffs Senate Dems’ campaign chief ‘welcomes’ midterm support from Clintons MORE (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) meet with President Trump to discuss their September agenda.

9:15 a.m. EDT Friday: Govs. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) discuss a bipartisan solution to stabilize the health-care insurance markets at an American Enterprise Institute event. Details:

Announced today -- Oct. 6–8: The New Yorker Festival. Speakers and schedule:



1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives an on-camera press briefing. Should be an interesting oneLivestream:

5:30 p.m. EDT: The United States men's soccer team plays Honduras in a World Cup qualifier. Why this is huge: Because of a few key losses for the U.S. men's team, "the U.S. needs at least a tie against Honduras at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano to stay on track. ... A loss would mean that even with wins in their final two games next month, the Americans could wind up in a playoff against an Asian team or miss next year's tournament entirely." What to know:



Today is National Cheese Pizza Day!

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY -- NOT JUST DARK, MILK AND WHITE NOWZ: Via Bloomberg, a Swiss chocolate maker has developed a new "ruby chocolate" with a pinkish tint and a hint of fruit.

And to lift your spirits on the day back from a long weekend, here's a dog dressed as a teddy bear eating a bouquet of junk food:


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