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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - North Korean official calls Trump comments declaration of war | Trump doubles down on NFL, anthem remarks | Anthony Weiner sentenced | GOP faces likely failure on ObamaCare repeal | Senators make changes to last-ditch bill | How Bannon tried to spy on Facebook | Megyn Kelly's morning show debuts | National Lobster Day

ANNOUNCED THIS A.M. -- KEEP IT IN YOUR EMAIL DRAFTSAnthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison for sending lewd texts to a minor. Keep in mind: He pleaded guilty to one count of the transfer of obscene materials to a minor. http://bit.ly/2fthtCH

At the sentencing: "Weiner cried at sentencing. Must register as a sex offender. Said he hit 'rock bottom.' Says he has 'a disease but it's not an excuse.'" (From Fox's Chad Pergram) http://bit.ly/2xAycKM

We were all wondering: Weiner's soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abedin was not at his sentencing. http://nydn.us/2xG0m7i

When he has to surrender: By Nov. 6. http://bit.ly/2y3gyAI

Courtroom sketch of Weiner crying: http://bit.ly/2yog44h ​

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BREAKING -- TELL ME NOT TO PANIC. EVERYTHING'S DANDY: Via The New York Times's Rick Gladstone, North Korea's foreign minister said that President Trump's threatening rhetoric is a "declaration of war." He also threatened to shoot down American warplanes, even outside of North Korean airspace. http://nyti.ms/2xvgTcm

It's Monday. 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.

TRUMP ON THE NFL THIS A.M. -- IF YOU HAD ASKED ME FRIDAY WHAT THE STORY OF THE MORNING WOULD BE, THIS WOULDN'T HAVE MADE MY TOP 50: President Trump this morning said that fans who booed NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem were demanding respect for the country's flag. Tweets: "Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag! The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!" http://bit.ly/2fmAP98

Reaction from the NFL -- oh damnnnn: NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart fired back at Trump, saying the NFL protests against racial inequality are "real locker room talk." What he's referencing: The leaked "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump talking about his treatment of woman, including the infamous "grab them by the pussy" line. Trump had downplayed the controversy as "locker room talk." http://bit.ly/2fszYHG

Back story -- what happened this weekend: "Protests during the national anthem to draw attention to racism and social injustice, which began during the summer of 2016 with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, had slowed to a trickle this season. Trump reignited them with inflammatory comments Friday at a political rally before a nearly all-white crowd in Alabama in which he challenged NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem. Most of the players who have done so are black." http://lat.ms/2xv4apV

Some bars didn't show the games during the national anthem: Photo: http://bit.ly/2flz4ZG

Players who kneeled: Trump's comments sparked a wave of protests during games. Here's a list of the NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem. http://on.si.com/2ftf8rH

Oh jeeeez: Here's the back cover of today's New York Daily News. Photo of a sign: http://bit.ly/2yAP4zj

NFL vs. hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico: "Trump has mentioned athlete protests more than a dozen times since he last mentioned Puerto Rico." (Via The Washington Post's Philip Bump) http://wapo.st/2fsUI1R 

*INSERT INSPIRATIONAL HALLMARK QUOTE ABOUT THE MERITS OF FAILURE*: Congressional Republicans are facing the prospect of failing this week -- perhaps for a final time -- in their bid to repeal ObamaCare. Who has opposed it so far: Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTo woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Senate panel again looks to force Trump’s hand on cyber warfare strategy Senate panel advances 6B defense policy bill MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Ky.). Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Hillicon Valley: Sweeping new data rules take effect | Facebook, Google already hit with complaints | Schumer slams reported ZTE deal | Senators look to save cyber post | Dem wants answers about Trump's phone security Senators express concern over Trump's decision to scrap top cyber post MORE (R-Maine) is leaning strongly against it; Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Pro-Trump super PAC raises .5 million in 6 weeks Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform MORE (R-Texas) said he and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Trump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform Denial of services to same-sex couples can harm their health MORE (R-Utah) would oppose the bill as it stands now. http://bit.ly/2wP4a73

JUST NOW -- Trump weighs inPresident Trump sounded a pessimistic note this morning on the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, and blamed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for costing his party a victory. His words: "Looks like Susan Collins and some others who will vote against," Trump said during an interview on the "Roy & Bubba" radio show. "We're going to lose two or three votes and that's the end of that." http://bit.ly/2wgeBfS

Last night -- last-ditch of the last-ditch of the FINAL last-ditch effort: Senate Republicans circulated a revised draft of the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill. Change: Boost in funding for Arizona and Maine, plus a small drop in funding for Alaska. http://bit.ly/2wRNZB0

Expected today: "CBO says they 'aim' to release the preliminary score for the NEW version of Graham-Cassidy today" (From NBC's Frank Thorp) http://bit.ly/2xETmYw

LAST NIGHT -- NEW TRUMP TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: President Trump is replacing his controversial travel ban with a targeted list of restrictions that will enhance vetting for nationals from eight countries. Which countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Which countries were also part of the original travel ban: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia; Sudan was removed from that list. When it goes into effect: Oct. 18. http://bit.ly/2flJDw1

NEW THIS A.M. -- IT'S LIKE FACEBOOK POKING 8.0: Via BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon tried to spy on Facebook by planting a mole in the company. How it went down: http://bzfd.it/2xv9iuj

IF I HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT ANOTHER OFFICIAL WHO USES A PRIVATE EMAIL FOR WHITE HOUSE BUSINESS...: Via Politico's Josh Dawsey, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has used his private email for official White House business. But keep in mind!: "There is no indication that Kushner has shared any sensitive or classified material on his private account, or that he relies on his private email account more than his official White House account to conduct government business. Aides say he prefers to call or text over using email." http://politi.co/2wh3mDE

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny
Trump calls into 'Rick & Bubba' show, calls Roy Moore 'Ray." Supports Strange, but says will campaign for Moore. http://bit.ly/2whicKm

 
Journalist Jim Roberts
McCain says doctors gave him "poor prognosis" on cancer. But he’ll "celebrate, with gratitude, a life well-lived.” http://bit.ly/2y2Ie8F

 

ON TAP:

This morning: Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly made her debut on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." When it airs: During the third hour of "Today." http://bit.ly/2yAOCkN

Today: Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Putting pressure on Trump, House passes bill barring government from doing business with ZTE MORE (R-Fla.) and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long travel to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief efforts. http://bit.ly/2hrV35F

Noon: The Senate meets.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

4 p.m. EDT: The Senate is in.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on the confirmation of William Emanuel for the National Labor Relations Board.

5:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with grassroots leaders.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes.

Tuesday–Thursday: The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute are hosting the 2017 Washington Ideas conference. Featured speakers include: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchumer: Congress must stop reported ZTE deal 'in its tracks' Watchdog clears Perry’s use of non-commercial flights, but advises policy change CBO: Deficit savings for Trump budget nearly half of White House estimate MORE chef Jose Andres SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and documentary filmmaker Ken BurnsFull schedule and speakers: http://bit.ly/2fkfJYW

Tomorrow -- Oct. 1: The 2017 Presidents Cup golf competition in Jersey City, N.J. Details: http://bit.ly/2hoVLgm

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ftW1O5

2 p.m. EDT: The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy health-care proposal. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2fsk540

2 p.m. EDT: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, speaks at a National Press Club event on the opioid crisis and mental health. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ht4ONe

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump makes an announcement on American jobs.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a rally in Birmingham, Ala., for Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeExclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' Senate GOP relieved after primary wins Blankenship: I’m Trumpier than Trump MORE (R-Ala.). Strange is up against Roy Moore in a special election primary runoff for the Republican nomination for Senate on Tuesday.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Lobster Day!

OPENING TODAY -- NOT YOUR COLLEGE RAMEN: Via Washington City Paper, JINYA Ramen Bar is opening on 14th street in Washington, D.C. today. The first 100 guests in line will get free ramen. http://bit.ly/2wfLd9p

ALSO OPENING TODAY ON 14th: Jeni's Ice Cream! The official grand opening is on Oct. 5. It feels like a hot August day in D.C. today -- how festive! http://bit.ly/2wNK4tX

And because you read this far, here's an amazing video of girls taking selfies on an elevator when Bill Nye walks on. His reaction is perfect. http://bit.ly/2hrlXug

 

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