The Hill's 12:30 Report

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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 ClintonTrump's strategy for North Korea and beyond James Comey's higher disloyalty to America IG report doesn’t fault Comey for ‘partisanship,’ but it should have for his incompetence 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.

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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.

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 PaulRand Paul's neighbor sentenced to 30 days in prison over assault Dems best GOP as Scalise returns for annual charity baseball game The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? 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!"

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."

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.

MEANWHILE: Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderIBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms GOP senator: DOJ's ObamaCare argument 'as far-fetched as any I've ever heard' 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.

NEW DEVELOPMENT: Health groups and insurers are praising the bipartisan bill by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayIBM-led coalition pushes senators for action on better tech skills training Members of Congress demand new federal gender pay audit Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Health chief grilled on Trump drug pricing plan, ObamaCare case MORE (D-Wash.) to stabilize ObamaCare markets, urging Congress to take action on it. Read the joint statement from eight groups:

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.



Uhhhhm what?:
And because this leads to more questions than answers, here's the back story:


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


Meanwhile on



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:

Saturday: "Pumpkin Palooza" at Washington, D.C.'s new Wharf. Details and Facebook invitation:

October 25: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson walks back plan to triple rent for poor Ben Carson's rent increases can empower domestic abusers The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Washington's week of 'we'll see' 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:



11 a.m. EDT: A public meeting of President Trump's commission on combating drug addition and opioid crisis. Livestream

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

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

Sunday: California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: New controversies cap rough week for Pruitt | Trump 'not happy about certain things' with Pruitt | EPA backtracks on suspending pesticide rule EPA backpedals on suspending pesticide rule following lawsuit Overnight Health Care —Sponsored by PCMA — Spotlight on Trump drug pricing plan MORE (D) will appear on "Fox News Sunday."

Sunday: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders If Congress takes no action, the Social Security trust fund will become depleted in 2034 Ex-campaign manager: Sanders is still eying another presidential bid DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) attends the Stratford County Democrats' fall gala in New Hampshire.



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: 

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.

And because you should kick off your weekend with some happy thoughts, here's a penguin waddling around in a pig costume.


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