The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - House GOP opens probe into DOJ Clinton investigation | Happening soon - Trump meets Senate GOP | Trump, Corker reignite feud before meeting | Ryan says tax plan coming next week | Taliban hostage speaks out | World Series Game 1 tonight — Sponsored by I Save Team



Does anyone have Judge Judy's contact info??: The feud between President Trump and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Drama surrounding Shulkin — what is the future of VA health care? Blackburn pushes back on potential Corker bid: 'I'm going to win' MORE (R-Tenn.) was reignited this morning right before Trump's highly anticipated policy luncheon with Senate Republicans.


HOW IT STARTED THIS MORNING: Corker appeared on NBC's "Today," where he said presidential visits to Capitol Hill are not "really about substance." "But I think it's fine for him to come over. I do look at these things as more of a, you know, photo op. ... They're not really about substance but you know, more power to him." Watch:

TRUMP THEN TWEETED: "Bob Corker, who helped President [Obama] give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts. Corker dropped out of the race in Tennessee when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!"

THEN SHORTLY AFTER, CORKER TALKED TO CNN IN THE SENATE: Corker escalated his criticism, calling Trump a serial liar, saying he regretted supporting him for president, accusing him of "debasing" the country and refusing to say whether he trusted Trump with the U.S. nuclear codes.

CORKER ALSO ADDED: Asked if he regrets supporting Trump's 2016 campaign, Corker responded, "Let's just say this: I would not do it again," smiling and grabbing CNN reporter Manu Raju's shoulder.

LATEST -- SO TRUMP OBVIOUSLY KEPT TWEETING: "Sen. Corker is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn't have a clue as he entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle' Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!"

It's Tuesday -- Halloween is a week from today and Thanksgiving is 30 days away! 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.



New timeline -- Ryan says to expect the tax reform bill next week (!): Via The Hill's Scott Wong, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.) said Republicans will pass the Senate budget this Thursday and unveil their long-awaited tax reform legislation next week. Ryan said they are also planning to send the bill to the Senate before Thanksgiving.

Some insight: “[Republicans] think tax bill will come early in week, either Mon or Tues.” (Tweet from The Hill’s Scott Wong)



​In a land far, far away -- it's a bad day for President Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE: House GOP leaders are opening an investigation into the FBI's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Florida shooting reopens CDC gun research debate Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban MORE (R-S.C.) said they have questions about the FBI's decision to openly declare the bureau's investigation into Clinton's handling of classified information, while quietly investigating Trump campaign associates.



Happening soon -- is anyone else just as nervous/excited to see how this will go as I am? Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, President Trump is about to meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill for a policy luncheon. Keep in mind: This meeting is the first he's attending since taking over the White House. Why they're having it: To coordinate on a crowded end-of-the-year agenda and rally Republicans on tax reform. Yeah, but: Trump has sparred with several key Republicans. This will test Trump's ability to stay on message, especially after this morning's escalation with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).


1. Does GOP iron out any details on tax reform?
2. Does Trump weigh in on latest health-care push?
3. Do senators bring up Stephen Bannon's primary threats?
4. Does Trump lash out at GOP senators?
5. Will anyone skip the meeting?
Context for each:

12:45 p.m. EDT livestream: Here's a video livestream for Trump's arrival at the Capitol. Watch:

2 p.m. EDT livestream: Senate Republican leaders brief reporters following the policy luncheon. Watch:



New today -- first sit-down with Taliban hostage: Caitlan Coleman, the 31-year-old American who was held captive with her Canadian husband by Taliban-linked militants for five years, sat down with the Toronto Star to give her side of the story. Keep in mind: While she was captive, she gave birth to two sons, who are two and four, and a daughter, who is six months old. Full interview:


On her abortion: Coleman said she was forced to have an abortion as retaliation for her husband refusing to join the Taliban-linked group. In her words: "They were very angry because Joshua had been asked to join them, to work for them, and he said no," she said. "They killed her by dosing the food. They put massive doses of estrogen in the food."

On criticism for getting pregnant three times while captive: "It has always been important to me to have a large family," she said. "This took our life away from us -- this captivity with no end in sight. And so I felt that it was our best choice at that time. We didn't know if we would have that opportunity when we came back. We didn't know how long it would be."

On wearing a hijab: "She has continued to wear a hijab since returning to Canada but declined Monday to speak about whether she has converted to Islam."

Pick your favorite Mark: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has burnished a reputation as a conservative hard-liner, unwilling to compromise with Democrats or his own GOP leadership. But lately ... a fellow North Carolina Republican ... [has] been taking a more conservative stance." Who: Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark WalkerHow so:

Happening Thursday -- it's 1963 all over again: Via ABC's Luke Barr, 5 million pages of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will be released Thursday, according to President Trump. Keep in mind: A White House official said it could be held up, but only if the president formally objects to the release. What to know about these documents:



Ok I actually believe him:


Looking good, everyone!:



The House and Senate are in.

Noon: President Trump holds a swearing-in ceremony for Callista Gingrich, the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump heads to Capitol Hill to have lunch with Senate Republicans. The details:

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. Their schedule today:

4:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

Thursday: The White House is holding an event on the opioid crisis. Keep in mind: President Trump may announce a national emergency for opioids.



2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republican leaders brief reporters. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert briefs reporters. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream:

8:09 p.m. EDT: Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Breakdown and preview:

8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD watchdog looking into involvement of Carson's family at agency Ethics watchdog calls for probe of Carson family role at federal agency Thanks to Trump and Pence, America's relationship with Israel is stronger than ever MORE joins The Hill's Newsmaker Series to discuss relief efforts in hurricane-affected areas. Details and how to RSVP:

7 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Lou Dobbs sits down with President Trump for an interview on Fox Business Network.



Today is Bologna Day. And get this, it's also National Food Day.

Trending -- I bet whatever Bush told him was a bad dad joke.: During a hurricane relief concert with all five living former U.S. presidents, George W. Bush cracked a joke to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE during Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonShould the Rob Porter outcome set the standard? Make the compromise: Ending chain migration is a small price to legalize Dreamers Assessing Trump's impeachment odds through a historic lens MORE's speech. Obama's reaction is hilarious and went viral. Watch:

That was a short run: Via DCist, the futuristic Jetson's-style restaurant Eatsa is closing right around their one-year mark. Why: "According to Eatsa, they were so-focused on their expanding empire that they neglected to make sure they got the dishes right." The closing D.C. location: It's at 17th and K Street NW.

We have a contender for the coolest job ever: The New York Times is hiring a journalist to travel around the world. Basically, the Times publishes 52 Places to Go every year. The paper is now looking for a reporter to travel to each destination. How to apply:

And because you made it to the end, here's an enormously fat cat with the best reaction to its favorite toy:


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