The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: McCain rips 'half-baked, spurious nationalism' | Trump fires back | Trump drug czar nominee withdraws | California bans pet stores from selling non-rescues | Melania's hurricane PSA | National Pasta Day


Let's not name names here but let's see, what nationalists with power do we know....? an emotional speech last night after receiving the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE(R-Ariz.) blasted "half-baked, spurious nationalism." Hmmmm: McCain didn't name names, but as CNN put it, ripped the "instincts espoused by some of President Donald Trump's key advisers, without referring to Trump or his team by name."

EXCERPT: "To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history." 

VIDEO OF THE FULL SPEECH: The speech was pretty powerful. Watch:

UPDATE. LATE THIS MORNING -- TRUMP RESPONDS: On the Chris Plane Show this morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE warned McCain, "at some point, I fight back and it won't be pretty."

AND THEN -- DAYUMMMM, MCCAIN FIRES BACK: Sen. McCain responded to Trump saying, "I've faced far greater challenges than this."

It's a brisk Tuesday in Washington, D.C. It's finally starting to feel like fall. 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.


Announced this morning -- we're in the market for a new drug czar if you know anyone: Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) is withdrawing his name from consideration as the nation's drug czar. President Trump tweeted the news: "Rep. Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!"

WHY HE WITHDREW -- THE BACK STORY: His withdrawal comes after a Washington Post-"60 Minutes" investigation about Marino's support for legislation that critics say made it harder for the government to go after drug companies it believes are contributing to the opioid crisis. Full investigation:

BLOWBACK: A number of senators, including Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Wealthy outsiders threaten to shake up GOP Senate primaries MORE (D-W.Va.), a key centrist, called for the White House to withdraw Marino's nomination.

Getting traction -- bribery, kickbacks, extortion, money laundering and Vladimir Putin in the same sentence: The Hill's John Solomon and Alison Spann report that the FBI uncovered a Russian bribery plot before the Obama administration approved a controversial nuclear deal with Moscow. The controversial deal: In 2010, the Obama administration approved a deal giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium. But before that deal: The FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin's atomic energy business inside the United States. Uhh, this isn't good: Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMueller’s probe doesn't end with a bang, but with a whimper Mark Mellman: History’s judgment Congress should massively ramp up funding for the NIH MORE's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill. Full story and what that means:

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, the American Foreign Policy Council's Stephen Blank makes his argument that Russia has weaponized the energy sector in a war against the West.

Latest with the Russia investigation -- my advice: send an Edible Arrangement when you do finally respond to their requests: Via NBC's Ken Dilanian, Carol E. Lee and Mike Memoli, Michael Flynn's son reportedly hasn't responded to requests from the Senate Intelligence Committee for documents and testimony in the Russia investigation. What it could mean: He could ultimately be subpoenaed if he doesn't comply.

New vision for TSA — with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads: Via The Hill’s Melanie Zanona, the new head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this morning promised to unveil a new vision for airport security checkpoints in the coming months. What he wants: Improvement of public safety outside of screening areas. What he wants done differently: “In my ideal world, we don’t have hundreds of people queued up to go through security,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said at the Airports Council International – North America conference. “That in itself is a security vulnerability.” Could that mean ... shorter ... lines?!

Released this morning -- Melania, my girl!: First lady Melania Trump recorded a public service announcement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency urging Americans to help with hurricane relief efforts. Her appeal: "The President and I have witnessed firsthand the compassion and commitment of Americans. ... Your help is still needed." Watch Melania's 31-second video:

The latest in puppy news -- New California law for pet stores: California has become the first state to ban pet stores from selling animals that are not rescues. I.e.: No animals from mass breeding operations like puppy mills.



*coughs on my sip of coffee* -- oh hello there: 23-year-old Charlie Kirk, who founded an advocacy group for young conservatives posted this photo on Instagram with Donald Trump Jr. and Sebastian Gorka, the former controversial, outspoken aide to President Trump. The caption: "Wonderful surprise birthday party today! Thank you [Donald Trump Jr.] and Gorka for coming. Totally surprised and an amazing evening!"

This is real and current: Here are the latest updates of the cow on the loose in Brooklyn 



The Senate is in. This House is out.

Noon: President Trump meets with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece in the White House and has a working lunch.

Noon: Vice President Pence and Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsTax plans show Congress putting donors over voters The GOP tax bill will be a health care burden on American families Lobbyists in ‘frenzy’ over GOP’s tax-reform push MORE (R-N.Y.) attend a political reception and meetings with local leaders in Buffalo, N.Y., on tax reform.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons.

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in the ceremonial lighting of the diya for Diwali, a Hindu holiday.



Released today: Snapchat's Peter Hamby speaks with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats turn on Al Franken Minnesota's largest newspaper calls on Franken to resign Democratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday MORE (D-Calif.) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the opioid epidemic and the Trump administration's response during a new episode of "Good Luck America." Preview of the interview: How to watch the full interview: On Snapchat.

1 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenOvernight Tech: FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices | Biden scolds social media firms over transparency Medicaid funds shouldn't be used to subsidize state taxes on health care Biden hits social media firms over lack of transparency MORE and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) speak at the University of Delaware about political divides in the United States. Details and livestream:

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on Christopher Sharpley's nomination to be inspector general of the CIA. Livestream:

7:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the Heritage Foundation's annual President's Club meeting. Livestream:

9 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Sens. Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanDemocrats turn on Al Franken The Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him How four GOP senators guided a tax-bill victory behind the scenes MORE (R-Ohio) participate in a Washington Post event on America's opioid epidemic. Livestream



Today is Pasta Day, i miei amori!

For anyone who went to school in the Washington, D.C., area, I have some sad news: Via PoPville, the famous DuPont Circle bar Sign of the Whale has closed "until further notice. D.C. Tap House may take its place:

Come again for big fudge?!: Via CBS News, a Halloween costume depicting Holocaust victim Anne Frank has been removed from at least one online retailer. The problem: The same costume is available at other online retailers. Yep, the photo is not great:

A little unconventional, but overall I'm supportive: One baker-blogger created a new technique for making the perfect chocolate chip cookie: banging them on the oven several times. It sounds strange, but they do look good. Photos of the difference:

And because you made it this far, here's a red panda attempting to imitate a rock. So. Great.


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