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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Category 5 Irma heads for Florida | Trump deal shakes up fall agenda | Trump Jr. testifying before Senate panel | Trump reassures DACA recipients at Pelosi's request | Trump to dine with Ryan | Clinton's score-settling frustrates Dems | Kimmel offers people cookies if they can name a lawmaker


Latest path: From The Weather Channel. Maps and everything you need to know:

States of emergency: In Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Evacuations: Here are the areas with mandatory evacuations and possible highway gridlocks:

Deaths so far: At least 10.

Islands that have been hit: Saint Martin, Anguilla and Barbuda. Assessment of Antigua and Barbuda: "95 percent of the territory has been destroyed."

Oh myyy: A Delta flight has gone viral after the pilot flew the plane directly into Hurricane Irma. I will never again complain when the pilot says it’s going to be a bumpy flight. I will never again complain when the pilot says it’s going to be a bumpy flight.  Photos:

In Puerto Rico: The storm just skirted Puerto Rico, but has left more than 1 million people without power. Latest in Puerto Rico:

Behind Irma -- Jose: Via The Weather Channel, here's Hurricane Jose's path behind Irma:

It's Thursday. 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.


JUST REPORTED -- IS ANYTHING ACTUALLY 'BEHIND CLOSED DOORS' ANYMORE?: 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 Jr. met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators this morning to discuss his June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer. The meeting happened behind closed doors, but The New York Times's Maggie Haberman and Matt Apuzzo obtained what Trump Jr. said. His reasoning for the meeting: "He was intrigued that she might have damaging information about 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, saying it was important to learn about Mrs. Clinton's 'fitness' to be president." In his prepared statement: "The younger Mr. Trump said he was initially conflicted when he heard that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, might have damaging information about Mrs. Clinton. Despite his interest, he said, he always intended to consult with his own lawyers about the propriety of using any information that Ms. Veselnitskaya, who has ties to the Kremlin, gave him at the meeting." Full statement:

Tidbit: From CNN's Manu Raju: "How badly does Donald Trump Jr not want to be seen on the Hill? They've put up a partition around the room where he's meeting behind closed doors about his meeting with Russians ...." Instagram photo:

THIS A.M., AN UNLIKELY WORK FRIENDSHIP -- PELUMP, DONANCY, TRUMPOSI, NANCALD. <-- ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS?: President Trump tried to reassure immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he is rescinding. His tweet: "For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about -- No action!"

^^ Oh and I should mention!: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif. ) told colleagues that she spoke to the president by phone this morning and asked him to tweet that.

GREAT, WE'RE ALL REALLY, REALLY, REEEALY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FIGHT AROUND CHRISTMAS Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, President Trump's surprise deal with Democrats has rearranged the fall. How so: Because of an agreement to a short-term bill, the spending fight and debt limit fight has been punted to December. What we were expecting: Chaos until Oct. 1. What we're getting: A surprisingly clear month. What to do with the new free time: Tax reform... ?!

How 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 describes the deal: During a New York Times event this morning, Ryan said the president didn't want a "food fight" and instead wanted to show bipartisanship.

How 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 reacted: On Fox Business Network this morning, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says, "We're very happy we have a deal." He also said tax reform was "very viable" this year.

DUDE, CAN YOU JUST LEAVE OUR DIRTY LAUNDRY IN THE CLOSET?: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Hillary Clinton is settling old scores in a campaign tell-all book -- and angering some Democrats in the process. Clinton unloads on 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 and 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.). From a former Clinton fundraiser and surrogate -- ouch: "The best thing she could do is disappear," said the surrogate, who played an active role at the convention. "She's doing harm to all of us because of her own selfishness. Honestly, I wish she'd just shut the f--- up and go away."

THE MOST AWKWARD STORY OF THE DAY -- WHERE'S MY TURTLE SHELL WHEN I NEED IT...?: President Trump said that Ivanka Trump pleaded to come along to a tax reform event yesterday. Quote: "She said, 'Dad, can I come with you,' " Trump said while introducing his daughter. "Actually she said 'Daddy, can I go with you?' I like that." "I said, 'Yes, you can,' " he added. "Look at Ivanka, come on up honey, she's so good," Trump said. "She wanted to make the trip." Watch:

Lol, you can count on Stephen Colbert: Colbert mocked the president, "Not weird at all," Colbert said, following the clip. "All of Trump's advisers call him daddy. Sean Spicer was actually the one who started it." Watch Colbert's reaction:



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The House and Senate are in.

This morning: Donald Trump Jr. met with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators.

This afternoon: "Number 2 GOP Senator John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Senate GOP running out of options to stop Moore Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request MORE suggests Senate vote on Harvey aid will occur 'this afternoon.'" (From AFP's Michael Mathes)

12:15 p.m. EDT: Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosOvernight Regulation: Senate tax bill to include ObamaCare mandate repeal | Sessions sidesteps questions on WH influence on AT&T merger | Dems seek more transparency on student borrower rule Dems call on DeVos to make rewrite of student protection rule public Today’s education system is perfectly designed for no one MORE is expected to make an announcement on enforcement of federal sex discrimination laws in cases where students are accused of sexual assault. Where's she's making the announcement: George Mason University's Arlington, Va., campus. What to know:

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets and has a working luncheon with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad of Kuwait.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. Their schedule today:

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in an infrastructure meeting.

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Why this should be uncomfortable: Yesterday, Trump agreed to support a Democratic deal tying short-term debt hike and government funding extension to Harvey aid, a deal Ryan previously criticized.

Then this morning: Ryan threw cold water on Trump's goal of lowering the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. "The numbers are hard to make that work," Ryan said. I.e.: They may need a few ice breakers tonight.

10:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

This weekend: President Trump is hosting his entire Cabinet at Camp David in Maryland. (Via CNN's Kaitlan Collins)

December 15: Wawa's opening date in Washington, D.C.



1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with with Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad of Kuwait. Livestream:

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks to the Texas congressional delegation in his residence at the Naval Observatory.

8:30 p.m. EDT: The NFL season kicks off with the Kansas City Chiefs playing the New England Patriots. Upcoming schedule:

9 a.m. EDT Sunday: Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sits down with CBS "Sunday Morning" anchor Jane Pauley on her new book.

7 p.m. EDT Sunday: Stephen Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, will sit down with Charlie Rose on CBS's "60 Minutes."

50 days from today -- Oct. 27: The second season of Netflix's "Stranger Things" will be released.



Today is National Salami Day. It's also National Acorn Squash Day.

THIS IS SAD FOR SOCIETY: On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," his team asked people on the streets to name a member of Congress in exchange for a cookie. The answers are depressing, but hilarious. Clip:

NEXT TIME YOU GO TO A MALL: Via Elle, here's a list of the fall fashion trends this year. Think: Bright red and vintage.

THIS IS SO ADORABLE. I CAN'T.: Prince George started school this morning. The photos of Prince William dropping him off are too cute.

And because you read this far, here's a chihuahua who is NOT a morning person.


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