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The Hill's 12:30 Report: GOP to unveil tax framework in late September | Trump having dinner with Schumer, Pelosi | Sanders flexes power on single payer | Clinton says Comey had ‘determinative’ role in loss | Supreme Court lifts travel ban restrictions | Obama to host global summit | Arya Stark iPhone jokes

HOW I IMAGINE SCOTUS WHEN LIFTING THE TRAVEL BAN --> The Supreme Court agreed last night to lift restrictions on President Trump's travel ban until further notice, allowing the administration to continue barring most refugees under the order.

COME ONE! COME ALL...MAYBE JUST 50K: Via The New York Times's Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Miriam Jordan, President Trump's administration is considering lowering the quota of refugees allowed in the United States over the next year to below 50,000. Keep in mind: That's the lowest number since at least 1980.

It's Wednesday. 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 REVEALED -- ITTTTT'S TAX REFORM TIME!: During the week of Sept. 25, Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are planning to unveil a "consensus" tax-reform framework. How we know: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump angers GOP, businesses with new tariffs | Liberals see Kavanaugh as mortal threat to consumer bureau | Lawmakers pitch family leave plans Trump tariffs prompt rising fear, anger from GOP, business Top House Republican calls for Trump to meet with Chinese president over trade war MORE (R-Texas) just told colleagues.

THE BIG GUY STEPS IN: President Trump is urging Congress to "move fast" on tax reform. Tweets: First: "The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin. Move fast Congress!" Second: "With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!"

WHO'S THE MOST EXCITED/NERVOUS: National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMexico's president presses Pompeo on reuniting migrant families Senators seek data on tax law's impact on charitable giving 'Our Cartoon President' takes on Mueller probe, NATO and Melania in second season MORE. They are two of the administration's key negotiators. Plus, the administration could use a legislative win.

DURING TODAY'S OPEN COUCH THERAPY SESSION -- COMEY!: During an interview on NBC's "The Today Show" this morning, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE blamed FBI Director James Comey for her "distressing" defeat in last year's presidential election. "The role that he played historically was determinative," Clinton said.

And on Trump's Russia ties: "There were a lot of interesting coincidences between what people associated with Trump were saying at the time and what later came to pass," Clinton said on "The Today Show" on NBC. She went into specifics: "You had Trump campaign associates saying in August, 'Oh, [campaign chairman John] Podesta is going to end up in the barrel.' Well how would he have known that? The Russians hacked those emails. They stole them," Clinton said.

MUST WATCH -- Actual footage of all of us reading Clinton's quotes --> ;)

IT'S THE POINT WHERE YOU SUCCESSFULLY GOT THEM DOWN FOR A NAP. NOW YOU JUST HAVE TO WALK AWAY QUIETLY WITHOUT DISTURBING THE PEACE: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, new White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE is bringing order to what has been a chaotic presidency, according to several sources around President Trump. How: There are fewer leaks, divisive figures have left the building and Trump's response to recent hurricanes has won widespread praise, even from people who are not natural allies of the president. The best quality: Behind the scenes, sources laud one quality above all: Kelly's ability to smooth the process of White House decisionmaking.

DEMS -- SECRETS, SECRETS ARE NO FUN UNLESS YOU SHARE WITH EVERYONE: Two House Democrats sent a letter yesterday saying that past business partners confirmed that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn failed to disclose a business trip to the Middle East. The trip was to discuss a proposal to partner with Russia to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia. The Dems say that Flynn could face prison for refusing to disclose the trip and his foreign contacts on his security clearance renewal application.

JUST ANNOUNCED — TRUMP HITS FLO RIDA: President Trump is now scheduled to visit Naples, Fla. tomorrow to assess the hurricane damage. (Via NBC’s Peter Alexander) We’re still waiting for details:

THIS IS HEARTBREAKING: Five people died at a Florida nursing home that lost power after Hurricane Irma. Police also evacuated 120 people because of intense heat. Details: Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three of the deaths took place at the nursing home, while two others occurred as the residents were being transported to a hospital. This is important: Sharief said it is not known if the deaths were related to the heat.

IN LOCAL NEWS -- NEW SPOT TO MEET OPENING OCT. 12: Via Washingtonian's Marisa M. Kashino, here's what to expect when The Wharf development opens in Southwest D.C. next month:



NBC's Kasie Hunt
Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat MORE on WH dinner: "the ice cream was so perfectly shaped I thought it was an I'm thinking what do I do with this?!"

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE (D-Va.) (The photo is heartwarming)
Excited to break out the harmonica again later this week & jam with Sen. Lamar Alexander in Bristol! Photo:



The House and Senate are in.

This morning: Hillary Clinton appeared on ABC's "The View."

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Senate takes symbolic shot at Trump tariffs Congress should prioritize diversity so government reflects Americans MORE (R-S.C.).

1:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House.

5 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

Tonight: President Trump has invited House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE (D-N.Y.) to the White House for dinner. What they're discussing: Immigration and stabilizing the health insurance market.

Thursday: The Politico Pro Policy Summit. Featured speakers include Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs US officially lifts ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE Wilbur Ross says he’s divesting from all stocks 18 months after ethics agreement MORE and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Full agenda:

Just announced -- next month: Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDem pollster: Trump stronger politically than critics expected Obama updates summer reading list 2018 is the year India, China and Israel go to the moon MORE is hosting a summit for civic leaders from around the world.



2 p.m. EDT: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOcasio-Cortez to campaign with Bernie Sanders in Kansas Sanders: Trump should confront Putin over Mueller probe indictments Booker seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation fight MORE (I-Vt.) unveils his "Medicare for all" bill. Details: Livestream:

What to expect in Sanders's single-payer health-care bill:

How Democratic leaders are reacting: By keeping Sanders's bill at arm's length. "Right now I'm protecting the Affordable Care Act," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told a group of reporters in the Capitol. Leaders know the bill is popular with the party's progressive base, but their concern is crafting a centrist message for the 2018 midterm elections.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with a group of bipartisan lawmakers. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream:

11:35 p.m. EDT: Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer makes his late-night debut on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."

7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: The Hill's Niall Stanage is interviewing former United Nations Ambassador Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerFormer UN envoys urge Pompeo to restore funding for Palestinian aid agency Overnight Defense: White House 'strongly objects' to ZTE provision | Senate subpanel advances 5B Pentagon spending bill | New questions about VA pick Advocates urge Trump to extend protected status for Yemenis amid civil war MORE at the Irish Arts Center in New York. Details:



Today is National Peanut Day.

JIM CAREY, IS EVERYTHING, UH, ALRIGHT?: Actor Jim Carey gave the most bizarre interview on the red carpet of the Harper's Bazaar's Icons Party. I'm just so confused. Watch:

I SEE A VIRAL GIF IN THIS NUN'S FUTURE: Video of a nun cleaning up hurricane debris with a chainsaw surfaced in Miami-Dade County. It has almost 1 million views so far. Watch:

WE ALL THOUGHT THE SAME JOKE: One of the features of the new iPhone that was unveiled yesterday is that it has facial recognition technology to unlock it. Everyone then made the same Arya Stark jokes from "Game of Thrones." Her name even trended on Twitter for a bit. All the jokes:

WELCOME TO THE WORLD!: Serena Williams posted a photo on Instagram of her newborn daughter. Her name: Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Photo:

And because you made it this far, here's a baby who hilariously mispronounces "ice cream."

...or is everybody else just mispronouncing it? Hmmmmm.


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