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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 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 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. http://bit.ly/2gDjV68

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) http://bit.ly/2w3kOdX

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." http://nyti.ms/2gJh6o3

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: http://bit.ly/2gKn87X

Video of the announcement: http://bit.ly/2eZ3Pns

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..." http://bit.ly/2eC1WfJ

Outside the White House: Photos of protesters: http://bit.ly/2wBTres

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: http://politi.co/2eZ4MMn

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. http://bit.ly/2wE0fqr

Before the announcement: The president tweeted, "Congress, get ready to do your job -- DACA!" http://bit.ly/2w2CaI2

Over the weekend: "A DACA recipient was killed trying to rescue others during Harvey, his body was recovered earlier today" http://bit.ly/2x7lbsW

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. http://bit.ly/2x7RWGy

Reactions:

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJuan Williams: The politics of impeachment Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' 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 Trump's terribly wrong order from becoming reality," Schumer said in a statement. http://bit.ly/2eZR2RG

House Speaker 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 (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: http://bit.ly/2eBDJXf Ryan also called for "permanent legislative solution" on DACA. http://bit.ly/2gI7FVA

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill 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." http://bit.ly/2wE5Wov

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: http://bit.ly/2w3TaO4

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: "This is a sad day for our country." His statement: http://bit.ly/2eHNC9t

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NEW INFO -- CLINTON'S BLAMING THE BERN: 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 blames Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE (I-Vt.) for her loss 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 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: http://cnn.it/2eHRHuh

Book's release date: Sept. 12

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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! http://bit.ly/2x7ksbt

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. http://bit.ly/2gHldRs

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) http://bit.ly/2eBQfFS

HAPPENING WEDNESDAY -- TAKE THAT, HARVEY: The House will vote on supplemental appropriations for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, according to a senior House leadership aide. http://bit.ly/2xLe9r1

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) http://bit.ly/2gDnARz

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." https://bloom.bg/2wDSu41

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. http://bit.ly/2eYQpaV

Deadlines:

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 AlexanderGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal Murkowski: ObamaCare fix not a precondition for tax vote MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal Murkowski: ObamaCare fix not a precondition for tax vote 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. http://bit.ly/2gCukPx

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

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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 http://bit.ly/2eZUoEc

 

ON TAP:

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 McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill 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. http://bit.ly/2wDntwO

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: http://bit.ly/2x72lSP

Announced today -- Oct. 6–8: The New Yorker Festival. Speakers and schedule: http://bit.ly/2xLLi5P

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives an on-camera press briefing. Should be an interesting oneLivestream: http://bit.ly/2gIu7Ov

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: http://abcn.ws/2x7T6St

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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. https://bloom.bg/2vIg95R

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: http://bit.ly/2wCcUvz

 

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