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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 BradyRepublicans open to targeted China tariffs despite steel flap GOP pushes for 'phase two' of tax cuts Lighthizer, Ross set to talk trade on Capitol Hill next week 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 MnuchinWhite House race to replace Hope Hicks has two lead contenders Overnight Finance: Congress struggles to strike funding deal as deadline nears | Immigration, ObamaCare, Gateway project divide lawmakers | FTC to probe Facebook | Mnuchin plays hardball on tariffs White House signals commitment to push for expanded online sales tax collections 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 ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war 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) ManchinWashington VIPs gather to celebrate Mark Penn's new book Overnight Defense: Senate sides with Trump on military role in Yemen | Dem vets push for new war authorization on Iraq anniversary | General says time isn't 'right' for space corps Senate sides with Trump on providing Saudi military support 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 KaineBill to bolster gun background checks gains enough support to break filibuster Senators demand cyber deterrence strategy from Trump Two-year defense spending smooths the way to a ready military 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 ScottSenators demand cyber deterrence strategy from Trump CNN's Bakari Sellers: Democratic leadership is 'old and stale' Politicians, faith leaders react to passing of Billy Graham 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 SchumerAmtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise 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 RossOvernight Energy: EPA says Pruitt's security detail flies first class | Lackluster offshore drilling sales | Oil companies snag leases near Bears Ears monument Washington VIPs gather to celebrate Mark Penn's new book DeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing MORE and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Full agenda:

Just announced -- next month: Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaRivals and consumers will rein in Facebook, not regulation Obamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Water has experienced a decade of bipartisan success MORE is hosting a summit for civic leaders from around the world.



2 p.m. EDT: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersModerates see vindication in Lipinski’s primary win Sanders: Fox News 'couldn't handle' town hall on economic inequality Mississippi woman appointed to Senate, making Vermont only state to never have female lawmaker 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 Power ‘Trump TV pipeline’ is a joke, next to Obama’s media hires Former Obama officials launch advocacy group aimed at Trump's foreign policy Hillary Clinton to speak at Yale graduation 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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