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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Right explodes in anger at Trump over immigration | Trump says he's 'fairly close' to DACA deal | WH insists 'no amnesty' | Trump, Pence survey Irma damage in Florida | Lin-Manuel Miranda rapping on Capitol subway | Trump's fashion faux pas

ON THE BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS, DREAM ON!: President Trump dined with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerData confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday night. After the dinner, the Dem leaders said they had agreed to work on a fix that would make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program permanent. The Obama-era program, which provides relief from deportation to young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children, was terminated by Trump last week.

Then this morning: Trump pushed back on the Dems' account, saying that he was "fairly close" to a deal with lawmakers to address young immigrants living illegally in the U.S. in exchange for "massive" border-security measures.

Where things get sticky -- did they talk or not?: Trump said that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanInterior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Ky.) are "very on board" with the proposal, saying he discussed the plan with them over the phone. Ehhhhh?: Ryan's office said immediately after that the Speaker "hasn't spoken" to the president since his dinner with the Democratic leaders. Update: Via NBC News, "A top aide to Speaker Ryan tells NBC News the Speaker and President Trump have now spoken on the phone. No additional details."

This morning, Trump also tweeted -- we <3 DREAMers: President Trump on Thursday morning also took to Twitter to try and defend keeping so-called Dreamers in the country. "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! ... They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security," he tweeted.

Also Trump -- We <3 Dems: The president has been stepping up his courtship of Democrats. The issues: Tax reform, immigration and infrastructure. The problem: It's throwing Republicans off balance.

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.



#AmnestyDon: The hashtag "AmnestyDon" was a top trending topic on Twitter in Washington, D.C. Back story: It's the headline of a Breitbart News story slamming the president for working with Democrats on DACA.

A minor dumpster fire from Trump supporters: President Trump's supporters are apoplectic and lashing out at "Amnesty Don" for pursuing a deal with Democratic leaders to protect young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Friendship is overrated anyway: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who has been a strong defender of the president, is now threatening Trump over his immigration pivot. "The base will leave him -- they can't support him anymore..."

Ouch -- she even wrote a nice book about him!: Conservative commentator Ann Coulter responded to Trump's Dreamer defense. Her tweet: "At this point, who DOESN'T want Trump impeached?"

Drudge Report banner: The Drudge Report labels President Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a "DREAM TEAM."

Shot: "People want to see protection for Dreamers, Trump told press at White House as he boarded Marine One just now."

Chaser: "Reminder: No one forced him to terminate DACA" (From The Hill's Jordan Fabian)

BREAKING -- WHITE HOUSE REACTS TO THE DUMPSTER FIRE: LOVE US! WE WON'T CHANGE!: The White House this morning said "there will be no amnesty" under President Trump, pushing back against charges he's become "Amnesty Don" in his push to address young immigrants living illegally in the U.S. From White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters aboard Air Force One: "Absolutely by no means will this White House discuss amnesty and the president has made it clear how he feels about no amnesty."

JUST NOW -- COME ON, EVEN TRUMP AND CLINTON MUST BE TIRED OF THIS: Last night, President Trump tweeted, "Crooked Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!" Late this morning: Hillary Clinton responded: "If you didn't like that book, try this one -- some good lessons in here about working together to solve problems. Happy to send a copy." Screenshot of the book 'It Takes A Village':

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS STAY IN MOTEL 6: Via The Phoenix New Times's Antonia Noori Farzan and Joseph Flaherty, at least two Arizona Motel 6 locations were sending guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents every morning, prompting ICE sting operations at the businesses. Was it working?: Between February and August, ICE agents arrested at least 20 people at Motel 6 locations.

MOTEL 6 THEN REACTED: Motel 6 announced it would stop sending customer lists to ICE.

YOU KNOW WHEN SOMEONE TRIES TO DEFEND YOU AND YOU JUST WANNA BE LIKE  --> Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tweeted a defense of Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWashington needs to end hidden inflation tax on our capital gains GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes Senators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits MORE (R-Texas) after his Twitter account accidentally liked a porn tweet. Huckabee's tweet: "Leave Ted Cruz alone! He didn't like PORN-he liked CORN and it was his first overture to Iowa voters for 2020! Sheesh! Case closed!"

What that reminds me of: The mid-2000s anti-drug commercial: "Nah, man. I don't smoke weed. I smoke clowns like you on the bball court." You'll definitely remember this ad:

YIKES -- THE DAMAGE IS EVEN WORSE THAN I REALIZED: Weather Nation tweeted an aerial video of the damage in the Florida Keys. Watch:

NEW IN THE FORECAST -- LEAVE. US. ALONE.: Hurricane Max is forming off Mexico's southern coast.  It's path:

SPOTTED -- RAPPING ON THE CAPITOL SUBWAY: Lin-Manuel Miranda! I guess we can't be too surprised. His tweet: "Secret Congress Subway Hip-Hop Tunes w [my father Luis A. Miranda]" Watch:

And taking a selfie with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (R-Maine): "Thank you for supporting the arts & humanities Senator Collins!" Selfie photo:



CBS's Katie Watson (No, no, no, no, no.)
Shoutout to the person in the newsroom who also noticed [President Trump] is wearing a navy jacket with black pants in this WH pic. Photo:



The House was in this morning for the final votes of the week. The Senate is in. President Trump and Vice President Pence both started the day in Washington, D.C. before traveling to Florida to assess the damage.

11 a.m.: Trump landed in Fort Myers, Fla., and received a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Pence joined.

11:40 a.m.: Trump arrived in Naples, Fla., and visits with victims of Hurricane Irma.

4 p.m.: Trump gets back at the White House.

7 p.m.: Trump and first lady Melania Trump host the White House Historical Association reception and dinner.

7:30 p.m.: 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 Cream-Filled Donut Day.

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE TIPSY. FA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA: Via The Washington Post's Fritz Hahn, here's a list of Oktoberfest celebrations around Washington, D.C.

THE HIGH HOLIDAYS ARE COMING!: Via Washingtonian, here's where to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in Washington, D.C.

And because I thought you should know, here's what a baby flamingo looks like. I'm not sure how I feel about it...

Actually, this is what it reminds me of -->


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