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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Watchdog to probe Price's use of chartered jets | Trump warns Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' MORE over ObamaCare repeal | DeVos rescinds Obama-era sexual assault policy | Special counsel bears down on Manafort | Alabama Senate race - Trump to attend Strange rally tonight; poll shows Moore up | Trump travel ban expires Sunday | National Ice Cream Cone Day

BREAKING — HELPFUL HINT TO Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceHHS nominee Azar made millions working for drugmaker Lilly Government travel paid for by taxpayers must be accountable Overnight Health Care: Mandate repeal sparks fears of premium hikes | HHS nominee to get Senate hearing this month | Trump officials eye work requirements for Medicaid recipients MORE: THERE’S A NEW CHICK-FIL-A AT DCA. PLUS THE OPTICS ARE A LITTLE BETTER​...​: Via The Washington Post’s Aaron C. Davis, Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson is launching an investigation into HHS Secretary Tom Price's use of chartered jets paid for by taxpayers. How many flights: At least two dozen. Cost for taxpayers: A combined $300,000. What spurred this: On Wednesday, House Democrats requested an investigation. "Democrats cited a Politico report this week that Price had taken five private charter flights last week along routes and at times when commercial flights were available for a fraction of the cost." http://wapo.st/2fnv3aE

Happy Friday! Today is the first day of fall. *Insert stereotypical excitement about pumpkin spice flavored everything here.* 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 cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

GRAHAM, CASSIDY LINE SENATE WALLS WITH 'VISIT BEAUTIFUL ALASKA' TOURISM PAMPHLETS: Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda Tax plans show Congress putting donors over voters MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTrump met Senate Republicans on ObamaCare fix Senate GOP tax bill will include repeal of ObamaCare mandate Alabama GOP chair warns party officials against write-in campaign MORE (R-La.) are going into overdrive to win over Alaska Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate bill would cut EPA funding by 0M GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal MORE (R), a pivotal vote for their bill to dismantle ObamaCare and give states more authority over health care. Why Murkowski: Murkowski was one of three Republicans to sink the GOP's last repeal bill. http://bit.ly/2hogyAq

The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller: "If you want to know how great the Graham-Cassidy bill is for states, the bribe for Alaska is that THEY GET TO KEEP OBAMACARE!!" http://bit.ly/2yvkOpC

This morning -- Trump threats: President Trump early this morning tweeted, "Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'" http://bit.ly/2fFIXlG

Also this morning -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reacts:Paul tweeted a series of responses including, "Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare 'repeal' doesn't make it true. That's what the swamp does. I won't be bribed or bullied." http://bit.ly/2yvpsDV

Interesting read: Via USA Today's Eliza Collins, here's what the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill would mean for you: https://usat.ly/2fESTeT

HAPPENING SUNDAY -- COME ONE, COME ALL!: Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, a core piece of President Trump's travel ban is set to expire this Sunday. Which part: The 90-day pause in travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. The ban was announced in the winter. Why does 90 days expire now?: That original policy was halted because of the uproar. Trump revoked the ban, issued a new order excluding Iraq from the banned countries, and the Supreme Court allowed that to begin in June. In two weeks: The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the policy's legality. http://bit.ly/2yvvdla

PAUL MANAFORT SPOTTED ORDERING THIS FROM AMAZON --> http://amzn.to/2wGfFhh ;) Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are ratcheting up the pressure on Paul Manafort, who once led President Trump's election campaign. The big question: How high any potential criminality could reach. What investigators are looking for: http://bit.ly/2xtk1Hg

LATEST IN ALABAMA -- THINGS HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE MOORE STRANGE: *giggles to self about the bad pun* A new poll shows former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore leading Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda MORE by 8 points just days before the Senate Republican primary runoff in Alabama. Strange: The establishment incumbent, who is also endorsed by Trump. Moore: The favorite of conservatives. http://bit.ly/2xoP0Ti

The "no, Trump loves ME more" fight: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, Thursday night's debate for the Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff served to deepen the rift between Strange and Moore as the two sparred over who would be the better steward of President Trump's agenda. Good catch-up on the debate: http://bit.ly/2fmLDYf

Tonight: President Trump will speak at a rally for Strange in Huntsville.

UPDATE FROM THE MEXICO CITY SCHOOL -- FALSE ALARM: Via The New York Times's Gerry Mullany, "after a day in which Mexico was captivated by frantic rescue operations to reach a girl believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a collapsed elementary school, officials said Thursday that they believed there was no girl there. Angel Enrique Sarmiento, undersecretary general of the Mexican Navy, said that all the children from the school ... had been accounted for." But: "Mr. Sarmiento said there may still be someone, believed to be an adult, alive inside." Full story: http://nyti.ms/2fnXTb0

CHEERIO FOR NOW, MATE: Uber is losing its license to operate in London, its biggest market, according to the city's transportation authority. When it expires: Sept. 30, but Uber can appeal the decision. Why: Transport for London charged that Uber did not properly report criminal offenses and challenged how its medical certificates are obtained. http://bit.ly/2jS6Cnd

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

FAN 590's Alex Seixeiro (This is an insane rant from ESPN's Don La Greca.)
No words. Watch: http://bit.ly/2yuUsnA

 

ON TAP:

Congress is out until Monday.

Today: "Apple's iPhone 8 has been released. The reaction: Meh -- they're releasing the iPhone X in November. http://cnnmon.ie/2feU4Bk

1:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with business leaders in Indianapolis about health care and tax reform.

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey for Huntsville, Ala., to hold a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

9:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump heads back to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence heads back to Washington, D.C.

Sunday: Washingtonian's "Taste of Georgetown." How to buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2vAHx4R

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Former FBI Director James Comey spoke at Howard University. Important to note: Protesters have been interrupting his speech. You can hear them in the livestream. Watch: http://bit.ly/2xzO5Bo

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about health care and tax reform at the Wylam Center of Flagship East in Indiana. http://bit.ly/2wLPWit Livestream: http://bit.ly/2xsIXhY

8:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) Livestream: http://cs.pn/2fFqsxs

10 a.m. EDT Saturday: 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 sits down with MSNBC's Joy Reid on "AM Joy" to discuss the latest Russia developments, the health-care debate and more.

 

SUNDAY SHOW GUESTS:

"Fox News Sunday": Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, discussing the philanthropic work of the Gates Foundation. http://bit.ly/2hoMYuz

"Fareed Zakaria GPS": Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran;  Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Ice Cream Cone Day! It's also National White Chocolate Day!

TRENDING -- I JUST THOUGHT YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW: "Dadbod" fanny packs now exist. Lol, if I had to see this, then you had to see this... http://bit.ly/2xzqWPy

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY -- JUST IN TIME FOR TRADER JOE'S PUMPKIN​-PALOOZA​ '17: Via PopVille, the first Trader Joe's will open on Capitol Hill next Friday. http://bit.ly/2jPYpjv

COMING THIS MONDAY -- SIGN. ME. UP.: Via WTOP Radio, an electric bicycle share system is coming to Washington, D.C. next week.  Cool!: "Each e-bike has a 250-watt electric motor that can boost riders with a maximum speed of 19 mph. Bikes also have GPS to help locate them and integrated U-locks." Pricing: "Trips will be priced at $2 for 30 minutes. The company said the bikes can sync with SmarTrip cards so people without smartphones can use the bikes." http://bit.ly/2xzMdsu

And because Fridays mean happy thoughts, here are some of some of the best corgi butt shakes. THOSE. HIPS. http://bit.ly/2xl25PY

 

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