The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump signs executive order to ease ObamaCare rules | GOP faces tough choice on Iran | Trump says FEMA can't stay in Puerto Rico 'forever' | Nats-Cubs Game 5 tonight 

BREAKING -- ObamaCare was just given a metaphorical glass of winePresident Trump just signed an executive order to ease ObamaCare rules after Congress failed to repeal the health law. Important to note about the EO: The full extent of the changes will not be immediately clear. The executive order largely does not make changes itself, rather it directs agencies to issue new regulations or guidance. Those new rules will go through a notice and comment period that could take months, officials said.

DURING Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump McCain: Trump plays into 'Putin's hands' by attacking Montenegro, questioning NATO obligations MORE'S BRIEF REMARKS: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) appeared with the president. During his brief remarks, "Rand Paul calls Trump action: 'biggest free market reform of health care in a generation.'"

GOOD. POINT.: "High praise from a senator who played a key role in tanking the Trump's ObamaCare repeal effort." (Tweet from The Hill's Jordan Fabian

OMG, THIS VIDEO!!: Via C-SPAN's Jeremy Art, "Watch Rand Paul as President Trump enters the room." Video

^^IGOR BOBIC DESCRIBES THAT VIDEO WELL: "need some Curb Your Enthusiasm music for this."

OOPS -- OH THAT LITTLE OLD THING: "And … Trump nearly walks away without signing the actual executive order. He is gestured back toward the desk."

It's Thursday and the Nats are coming back!! Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, so watch out -- more for your superstitious friends, like me, than for the day itself. :) 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 and on Facebook.


This a.m. -- these tweets sure ruffled some feathersPresident Trump issued a warning to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The Twitter threat that got traction: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!" The tweets explaining his reasoning: " 'Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend."

AT 10:27 A.M. -- PUERTO RICO'S GOVERNOR SWOOPS IN: Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello tweeted, "The U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are requesting the support that any of our fellow citizens would receive across our Nation."

AND AT 10:51 A.M. -- SAN JUAN'S MAYOR ALSO FIRES BACK: San Juan, Puerto Rico mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted back: "It is not that you do not get it; you are incapable of fulfilling the moral imperative to help the people of PR. Shame on you!"

TRUMP'S TIMING: Only about 10 percent (!) of the island's 3–4 million residents have power. Details:

THE DRINKING WATER SITUATION: The Environmental Protection Agency is warning Puerto Rico residents not to drink from wells at so-called Superfund sites amid reports that some on the island have sought water from the hazardous waste areas. I.e.: Things are swell

HAPPENING TOMORROW: House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Wis.) is leading a bipartisan congressional delegation to Puerto Rico.

The evil media reporting on the evil media --> Trump has opened up a new front in his war against the media, this time with NBC News in his sights. But is the conflict taming the press or simply making it stronger? What Trump's getting out of the fight: Trump has used attacks on the media to fire up his base since his campaign began. There are few more reliable applause lines at his rallies than his attacks on the "fake news media." What the media's getting out of the fight: News organizations have reaped journalistic and commercial rewards from a White House that is unparalleled in its drama and volatility. Media outlets across the board have seen their audiences grow, often in ways that seem correlated with their willingness to confront Trump. More analysis from The Hill's Niall Stanage:  

YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE AWAY WHAT NOW? Trump threatened to "challenge" the broadcast licenses of networks that report on what he deems "fake news."


TIDBIT ABOUT TRUMP'S APPEARANCE ON HANNITY LAST NIGHT: "Hannity interview with @POTUS the 16th Fox News has gotten with him. Compared to other networks: ABC 1, CBN 2, CBS 1, CNN 0, NBC 3, TBN 1." (From CBS's Mark Knoller

Hello, I have a rock delivery for you. Oh, and yeah, there's your hard place: Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel, Republicans in Congress will face a wrenching choice if President Trump follows through on decertifying the Iran nuclear deal. Decertification would unlock a fast-track procedure for Congress to reimpose sanctions, leaving Republicans with two unappealing options. Unappealing option No. 1: Snap back the sanctions, and Iran likely walks, killing an agreement that top administration officials say is in the national interest. Unappealing option No. 2: Do nothing, and the deal likely stands, preserving a pact that Republicans have lambasted for years. How it will likely go down:

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, nuclear policy experts Jarrett Blanc and James M. Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace explain why they think ditching the Iran deal is a mistake by any measure. Excerpt: "This would be a serious mistake -- both on the merits of the decision and because it would undermine the United States' ability to constrain the long-term proliferation threat from Iran." Full op-ed:

This feels like Cersei Lannister's meeting with Daenerys Targaryen: Via Politico's Darren Samuelsohn, President Trump's lawyers are considering whether to offer special counsel Robert Mueller a meeting with the president amidst the probe into Russian meddling in the presidential election. Why Trump would agree to a meeting: To cooperate with the investigation. Timeline: If Mueller doesn't request an interview by Thanksgiving, they might make the offer in hopes of speeding up the probe.

Interesting read -- behind-the-scenes in the Capitol: Via Stat's Erin Mershon, "An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a little-known perk for the powerful." Excerpt: "Nearly every day for at least two decades pharmaceutical drugs have been brought by the carload to the Capitol -- an arrangement so under the radar that even pharmacy lobbyists who regularly pitch Congress on their industry aren't aware of it." Full story on how this works:

TIDBITFrom The Washington Post's Paul Kane: "How is this a perk? Members pay $600 a year for service. Anyone who's been in Capitol Physician office also knows it ain't 'elaborate.'"

Spotted -- at the State Department: Via NBC's Abigail Williams, "Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Cardin (D-Md.) arriving at the State Dept to meet [with Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson."

BREAKING -- A positive announcement from the D.C. metro!: "Mayor Bowser will announce that metro will extend service for one additional hour tonight for Nats game and Wharf concert."

TIDBIT ON HOW THAT HAPPENED: Via NBC Washington's Adam Tuss: "A sponsor has stepped up ... remember - it now costs $100,000 per hour to provide extra service on Metro ... multiple sources say energy provider Exelon is stepping up to provide extra Metro service tonight."




Back story: The cast of "Game of Thrones" traveled the Belfast to practice scripts for Season 8 of the show. Photos of the cast back together: 



If you forgot why he has a mug shot: Gianforte was charged with assault after an altercation with a reporter. Full back story: 



After this first clip: "At the end of his interview about Weinstein & other topics, Asner tells Chris Jansing, 'You still owe me a kiss.'" Watch:



The House is in today. The Senate is out.

11:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump signed an executive order on health care.

1 p.m. EDT: Reps. Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderRepublican state senator in Kansas demoted after endorsing Dems House bill offers B for Trump's border wall, security Lots of love: Charity tennis match features lawmakers teaming up across the aisle MORE (R-Kan.) and Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) will host a briefing on child care and the PACE Act. Where: Rayburn House Office Building.

3:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House then leaves for the weekend.

8:08 p.m. EDT: The Washington Nationals play the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NLDS. The series is now tied 2-2.

This Friday: It's Friday the 13th. Dun, dun, duuun.

Oct. 25: The Hill is hosting an event with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump walks a tightrope with comments on NATO Progressive politics have done nothing to help black America Is civility in America really dead? MORE about the housing needs in hurricane-ravaged regions. The Hill's Bob Cusack is moderating. Details and RSVP info:



1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: A House Homeland Security subcommittee is holding a hearing on the North Korean threat to the U.S. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump announces the new Homeland Security secretary nominee. Livestream:

8:30 a.m. EDT Monday: The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker sits down with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who is kicking off a tour for her new book, "Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back." Livestream:

Oct. 27: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia MORE (I-Vt.) speaks to The Women's Convention in Detroit. Keep in mind: It's the group that organized the Women's March the day after President Trump's inauguration. Details:



Today is National Gumbo Day.

What to know before you go to D.C.'s new Wharf:

Via The Washington Post's Holley Simmons and Lavayna Ramanathan, the $2.5 billion development on Washington, D.C.'s southwest waterfront is finally opening today! A few things to keep in mind: Some of the openings are delayed, cell service is spotty, you might not want to come hungry, and remember to figure out ahead of time where to have your Uber or Lyft driver drop you off. List of what's open and what's delayed:

This is right up my ally:

Oreo has released a new mystery-flavored cookie. Customers submit their guesses and could win $50,000. What to look for:

In fashion news -- goodbye to an iconic fashion brand:

Via Bloomberg's Stephanie Hoi-Nga Wong, the leather company "Coach Inc." is changing its corporate name to "Tapestry, Inc."

And because you made it to the end, here's a cat that is crazy good at soccer:


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