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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Senate Intel leaders provide update on Russia probe | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Report claims Tillerson called Trump a 'moron' | Trump blasts report as 'fake news' | President headed to Las Vegas | National Taco Day deals

HAPPENING NOW - DOBRY DEN!! IN HONOR OF TODAY'S RUSSIA UPDATE, YOU CAN CALL ME 'YEKATERINA'-- THE RUSSIAN VERSION OF MY NAMESenate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) are holding a press conference on their committee's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Here are some of the highlights so far:

Livestream of the press conference: http://cs.pn/2gaVtcZ

What pretty visuals: Here's the poster board Sens. Burr and Warner used with stats of the investigation (Photo from The Hill's Katie Bo Williams): http://bit.ly/2wx0bb9

Photo of the room -- wow, it's crowded: Here's a photo of the press corps packed into the room (Photo from journalist Matt Laslo)http://bit.ly/2yI0ccV

Welppp -- insight on the investigation: " 'Normally the way these things wrap up is you start running out of new information. That's not the case,' said Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat. 'We're months and months into this, and we keep finding plenty of more stuff to look into.' " (Via CNN's Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju) http://cnn.it/2xYQ81W

It's Wednesday. Well, the New York Yankees won the wild card game last night and will play in the ALDS, so that's unfortunate. 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.

NEWS OF THE MORNING -- DO. NOT. LEAVE. WE. NEED. YOU. *SAID WITH INTENSE EYE CONTACT*: Via NBC's Carol E. Lee, Kristen Welker, Stephanie Ruhle and Dafna Linzer, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson strongly considered resigning over the summer, but top officials in the Trump White House urged him to stay. Who urged him to stay: Vice President Pence, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Officials begged Tillerson to stay at least until the end of the year. The blowup that made Tillerson want to leave: http://nbcnews.to/2fQW6vc

The word sticking in everyone's mind: Tillerson reportedly called the president a "moron" after a July meeting at the Pentagon.

THEN LATE THIS MORNING -- TRUMP REACTS TO THE NBC REPORT: The president tweeted, "NBC news is #FakeNews and more dishonest than even CNN. They are a disgrace to good reporting. No wonder their news ratings are way down!"

BREAKING -- TILLERSON HOLDS A SURPRISE PRESS CONFERENCE TO RESPOND TO THE NBC REPORT: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came out in full support of President Trump during an unexpected press conference this morning. Here are of the highlights:

Did he deny calling Trump a moron?: No, he didn't. What he did say: "I'm not going to address petty stuff like that." http://bit.ly/2fKqd3P

Tillerson on the reports that he considered resigning: "The VP has never had to persuade me to stay because I have never considered leaving this post." http://bit.ly/2kmzhBg

Tillerson on his support of Trump: "My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve." http://bit.ly/2fQInof

Context -- stepping back from it all: "The news is so #fake that the Secretary of State won't say whether or not he called his boss, the President of the United States, a 'moron.'" (From NBC's Benjy Sarlin) http://bit.ly/2fIw49K

That's not all from Tillerson today: The secretary of State is speaking at the annual Grand Challenges Meeting at 3 p.m. today at the Washington Marriott Marquis. Details and livestream: http://bit.ly/2xgR3XN 

THE GIST OF YESTERDAY'S PUERTO RICO TRIP --> http://bit.ly/2wwTl5D: On a frenzied day in Puerto Rico, President Trump toured neighborhoods, joked that disaster aid for Puerto Rico was breaking the federal budget and tossed rolls of paper towels to people at a crowded church. It was all a reminder of the different approach Trump takes, and the very different atmosphere that surrounds him, as he juggles crises within and outside his control. The full day's events: http://bit.ly/2xRyZI0

LATEST WITH TAX REFORM -- SOME REPUBLICANS ARE UNEASY: Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Naomi Jagoda, Republicans are feeling antsy over a key provision in their tax plan that could put some of the party's most vulnerable members in the House in deeper jeopardy. The provision: It would raise $1.3 trillion over the next decade by eliminating a deduction for state and local taxes. Why it's troublesome: The provision would help Republicans pay for lower rates but could hit people hard in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California. The number to remember: Thirty-five Republicans serve in those four large blue states. http://bit.ly/2xYd9BQ



LAST NIGHT -- GUNMAN'S GIRLFRIEND BACK IN THE U.S.: Marilou Danley, the girlfriend of the suspected Las Vegas gunman, flew back from the Philippines to talk to investigators about Stephen Paddock's motives. "Danley boarded a Philippine Airlines passenger jet in Manila, where she had traveled to before the shooting rampage, for a non-stop flight to Los Angeles," where she was met by FBI agents. What to know about the FBI's meeting with Danley: http://reut.rs/2xYANyk

GETTING A LOT OF TRACTION -- THIS IS THE MOST VIVID ACCOUNT OF THE ROUTE 91 HARVEST FESTIVAL: Via The Washington Post's Wesley Lowry, "Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the gunshots started." Excerpt: "We put a girl on a beer cooler to try to push her out, we were carrying people out on the steel barriers from the perimeter," Robertson said. "Wives screaming at husbands to wake up, and a husband on top of his wife trying to do CPR." http://wapo.st/2xgx2R2

And from another perspective: Listen to the chatter among police officers as the night unfolded. http://wapo.st/2yoK0RI



Mediaite's Caleb Ecarma (Oh myyyyyy)

There's video of Trump shooting paper towels into the crowd and it does not disappoint. Watch: http://bit.ly/2fIfuqw 

Now that you've watched that: You'll probably want to see Jimmy Kimmel discussing the "T-shirt cannon." http://bit.ly/2fQisgs

The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (Lololol)

PICK A SLOGAN. Photo: http://bit.ly/2hNzz36

The Boston Globe Magazine's Veronica Chao

Someone has edited the Boston Globe newsroom coffee machine. Photo: http://bit.ly/2ynwVrS



The House and Senate are in.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive in Las Vegas.

1-3 p.m. EDT: President Trump and the first lady meet with patients, medical professionals and first responders of the Las Vegas shooting.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. Their schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv

3:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Pet Night in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill! Awards will be given out to Capitol Hill's cutest dog, cat and exotic animal. What else is happening during Pet Night: "Senators, Representatives, staff, advocates and the pet industry come together to learn about the importance of pet ownership in America." 

8:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and the first lady arrive back at the White House.

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

Tonight: The NHL's regular season kicks off. Opening night info: http://on.si.com/2yBlN6Q

Oct. 11: The Hill is hosting an event on the tax code and explaining the tax reform proposals. Details: http://bit.ly/2g2VmAa



8 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual cybersecurity summit. Livestream: http://uscham.com/2wylTvk

12:15 p.m. EDT: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) hold a press conference on their investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2gaVtcZ

3 p.m. EDT: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is speaking at the annual Grand Challenges Meeting at the Washington Marriott Marquis. Details and livestream: http://bit.ly/2xgR3XN

9 p.m. EDT: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) participates in a CNN town hall moderated by anchor Chris Cuomo.



Today is National Taco Day. It's also National Pumpkin Seed Day.

Here's a list of taco deals today: http://bit.ly/2yXAfXT

LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS, TO DEFEAT THE HUNS: McDonalds is bringing back its 1998 Mulan-inspired Szechuan Sauce, but for one day. When to get the sauce: Oct. 7! Why are we even talking about this?: The animated show "Rick and Morty" referenced the sauce and made people miss it. Which restaurants will have it: http://bzfd.it/2xRLeSH

A (FORMER) FRIEND OF MINE RUDELY TEXTED ME THIS WHILE I WAS AT THE GYM: Via Thrillist, a New York Chinese restaurant is making burritos using scallion pancakes as the tortilla. Omg, I need this: "Sze replaces the traditional corn tortilla with a crispy house-made scallion pancake. Next, he coats the thing with hoisin sauce, and loads it with braised beef shank, cucumber, toasted sesame guacamole, and chili mayo, before rolling it all up burrito-style." Photos: http://bit.ly/2fK5DAI

HISTORY NERDS, GET EXCITED: Via Newsweek, the ancient tomb of Santa Claus may have been discovered under a church in Turkey. Photos: http://bit.ly/2xZEAM5

And because you made it to the end, here's a kitten trying to eat the fish swimming on an iPad. Keep going, lil guy! I think you're close... http://bit.ly/2xgGubX

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