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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's mixed messages give Congress whiplash | Senate passes 2018 budget | What it means for tax reform | Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonLongtime Clinton confidant blames Comey for 2016 loss Trump’s national monument rollbacks take effect A year after Obama, Dems still looking for replacement MORE sought permission to meet Russian official during Obama uranium decision | Uninsured rate rises for first time since ObamaCare | Churchill's grandson calls Trump 'daft twerp' | Fraternity's jorts and fanny pack dance goes viral

 

Trump in this photo -- 'I dunno. What do you want from me?!'*said in a strong New York accent*: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, President Trump's mixed messaging is increasingly throwing a curveball into negotiations on Capitol Hill, leaving lawmakers struggling to keep up with his changing opinions. How so: The president this week reversed course on a bipartisan health-care deal. And let's not forget: Republican leaders were left flat-footed when Trump agreed with Democrats on a government funding and debt ceiling deal. He has also shifted and shifted again in his message on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. http://bit.ly/2yC8dS1

Happy Friday! 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.

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*Clears throat and practices my Olympic announcer voice* -- 'Everyone, meet your fiscal 2018 budget!': Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Niv Elis, senators voted 51-49 to narrowly pass the fiscal 2018 budget after a grueling hours-long marathon on the Senate floor. What this means: Senate Republicans took the first step Thursday evening toward passing a tax reform plan. Why they had to do it this way: The spending blueprint is key to Republicans' efforts to pass tax reform because it includes instructions that allow the plan to avoid a Democratic filibuster. http://bit.ly/2gxiVEO

THIS MORNING FROM TRUMP -- HALLELUJAH: The president praised the passage of the budget resolution. His tweets: "The Budget passed late last night, 51 to 49. We got ZERO Democrat votes with only Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE (he will vote for Tax Cuts) voting against. This now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform), which will be the biggest in the history of our country!" http://bit.ly/2irTV2s

Another exclusive on the Russian corruption case: Via The Hill's John Solomon, who has broken these developments: "As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom -- which at the time needed the Obama administration's approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show." http://bit.ly/2xSPXSp

New numbers -- uninsured are on the rise: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, the percentage of people who do not have health insurance rose to 12.3 percent in the third quarter of the year, the first such rise since ObamaCare took effect in 2014. The hike: The uninsured rate is up by 1.4 percent since the beginning of the year, according to Gallup. http://bit.ly/2gqdunl

MEANWHILE: Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSanders wants pharma CEOs to testify on opioid crisis Trump expects us to trade clean air and water for updated infrastructure House GOP warming to ObamaCare fix MORE (R-Tenn.) is struggling to find a health-care breakthrough. If he fails, it would be a blow not only to his reputation but perhaps also to the political prospects of the Republican Party in 2018. Oh and: The Congressional Budget Office projects health insurance premiums are projected to rise 20 to 25 percent without congressional action. http://bit.ly/2zFmltQ

NEW DEVELOPMENT: Health groups and insurers are praising the bipartisan bill by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayLawmakers eye retirement help for gig economy workers Overnight Regulation: Labor Department reportedly hid unfavorable report on tip-pooling rule | NY plans to sue EPA over water rule | Senators urge FTC to probe company selling fake Twitter followers Trump's vows to take on drug prices, opioids draw skepticism MORE (D-Wash.) to stabilize ObamaCare markets, urging Congress to take action on it. Read the joint statement from eight groups: http://bit.ly/2yBu4sO

British insults are the best insults. Even Trump couldn't be angry: Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill's grandson, called President Trump a "daft twerp." Why: He was criticizing the president for comments connecting the United Kingdom's rise in crime to "radical Islamic terror." Keep in mind about Soames: He is a Conservative member of Parliament. http://bit.ly/2znSDbK

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Uhhhhm what?:
And because this leads to more questions than answers, here's the back story: http://nbcnews.to/2xSVBst

 

Hello, Mr. President! Oh and does anyone know if that's Melania to his left sporting a poncho?:

 

Meanwhile on weather.com:

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out until Monday. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with the secretary-general of the United Nations. This is the last public event on his schedule today.

Noon: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) speaks about the United States' Iran policy during a National Press Club event. Details: http://bit.ly/2yVSzDQ

Saturday: "Pumpkin Palooza" at Washington, D.C.'s new Wharf. Details and Facebook invitation: http://bit.ly/2xUycGY

October 25: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonEPA to jumpstart 'war on lead' with strategy meeting Emails show Carson family involvement in HUD affairs: report Officials raised ethics concerns over Ben Carson's son assisting HUD event: report MORE joins The Hill's Newsmaker Series to discuss relief efforts in hurricane-affected areas, his priorities for the department and the growing need for affordable housing. Details and the RSVP: http://bit.ly/2zg14qg

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

11 a.m. EDT: A public meeting of President Trump's commission on combating drug addition and opioid crisis. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2yWWkJs

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

Saturday: "All 5 living former U.S. presidents to attend concert benefiting hurricane relief efforts ... at Texas A&M arena." http://bit.ly/2zCucrY

Sunday: California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Regulation: Labor IG to investigate tip-pooling rule | Mulvaney reportedly puts brakes on Equifax probe | Dems want new restrictions on Comcast Becerra, other state AGs call on DOL to scrap tip-pooling rule California considers state-run bank for pot businesses MORE (D) will appear on "Fox News Sunday."

Sunday: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Stock slide bites boastful Trump, but rising wages great for GOP Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans MORE (I-Vt.) attends the Stratford County Democrats' fall gala in New Hampshire. http://bit.ly/2ytgauA

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is Brandied Fruit Day. Saturday is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day and Sunday is National Nut Day.

Viral video -- work it, guys!: An Oklahoma fraternity dances to their own choreographed routine while wearing jorts and fanny packs. It's amazing: http://wapo.st/2xbese8 

If you haven't had lunch yet, this will be hard to read: The Washington Post's Going Out Guide has a new list of the best breakfast spots in Washington, D.C. I'm lookin' at you, Wicked Waffle. http://wapo.st/2gUA1Jz

And because you should kick off your weekend with some happy thoughts, here's a penguin waddling around in a pig costume. http://bit.ly/2xT5di1

 

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