The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on Texas church shooting - Suspect sent threatening texts - Family loses 8 members | Trump calls shooting 'mental health' problem | House panel begins tax bill markup | What to watch for on Election Day Tuesday | Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Energy: Reporters barred from Day 2 of EPA summit | Dems blame Trump for gas price increases | Massachusetts to get new offshore wind farm Senate Democrats look for traction on gas prices GOP Senate primary heats up in Montana MORE recovering from assault | National Nachos Day



This is horrible: At least 26 people were killed Sunday when a man opened fire on a Texas church. What we know:

Where it happened: Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small rural town of less than 1,000 people.

Victims: 26 people were killed and about 20 others were wounded. The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72. One family lost eight extended family members. More about that:

The shooter: Law enforcement identified the gunman as Devin Kelley, who was 26. What we know about him: Kelley reportedly received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2014 over allegations of domestic violence.

Mid-morning New York Times alert: Here's everything we know about Devin Kelly's past:

NEW INFO -- how he was stopped: A local resident grabbed his own rifle and engaged the shooter, who then got into his vehicle and drove off. Latest development: Two individuals followed the suspect after he fled, the Wilson County sheriff said this morning. "There was some gunfire exchanged I think on the roadway also. And then he wrecked out," Tackitt said. "And at this time we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound." Full explanation:

NEW INFO — more about the church: Via Reuters, the Texas gunman sent threatening texts to his in-laws, who worshipped at the church where he killed at least 26 people. 

Ooph, this timing: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton noted that Sunday's shooting took place eight years to the day after 13 people were killed in a shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE'S REACTIONS: The president initially tweeted, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan." Then at a press conference today: Trump called the shooting a "mental health" problem, not a "guns situation."

It's Monday. 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.



Get well soon, Sen. Paul: Via The Associated Press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is recovering from five broken ribs after he was attacked while doing yard work on Friday. His injuries: Three of the five broken ribs are displaced fractures, which pose a risk for life-threatening problems and could cause him lasting pain for months. The suspect: Rene Boucher, Paul's next-door neighbor, has been charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. Officials haven't released a motive. When is Paul coming back to the Senate?: It's unclear right now.

A truer headline has never been written -- 'One year later, neither party can get past last year's election': Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Ian Swanson, "A year after President Trump shocked the world by winning the White House, both parties are dealing with the scars." Where the GOP stands: "Republicans have control of the government but are a divided party in the age of Trump, whose war with the establishment has created fissures throughout the GOP." Where Democrats stand: "Democrats are united in opposition to Trump but seem to agree on little else, and the party has yet to move past the divisive primary battle between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller moves ahead with Papadopoulos sentencing What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California BBC: Ukraine paid Cohen 0K to set up talks with Trump MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump Senate sends major VA reform bill to Trump's desk What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California MORE (I-Vt.) -- a fact underlined by former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile's stunning allegations." The challenges for both parties going forward:

Trump takes Japan: Standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo earlier today, President Trump on Monday ramped up his war of words against North Korea, saying the U.S. and its Asian allies "will not stand" for its nuclear aggression. "Some people say my rhetoric is very strong, but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric over the past 25 years."

AND ON CAR MANUFACTURING: During an event with Japanese business executives, President Trump called on Japan to build more cars in the U.S. instead of shipping them over. (Roughly 75 percent of Japanese automobiles sold in the U.S. are built in North America.)

TIDBIT ABOUT TRUMP'S FOOD PREFERENCES ON THE TRIP: Via CNN's Jeff Zeleny and Kevin Liptak, "a premium has been placed on avoiding snags that would bring the President outside his comfort zone -- including, according to one official involved, a mandate that familiar food be available during Trump's meals. 'No whole fish with the heads still on, nothing too spicy,' is how one person involved in the trip's planning characterized the instructions for Trump."

VIDEO THAT'S GETTING TRACTION: "[President] Trump joined his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in feeding fish, emptying the whole box of food into a koi pond." Watch:

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, former National Security Council adviser Gillian Turner writes how President Trump packs a punch against North Korea on his Asia tour.

In local news -- say it ain't so: Via Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon, the popular Washington publication DCist abruptly shut down last week. Why: The owner of its parent company shut it down when employees voted to unionize.

FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE: Via Benjamin Freed, "The Death of DCist Wasn't Just a Labor Decision. It Was a Digital Book Burning."



Rolling through the stop sign so slowly it looks like you stopped: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, the House Ways and Means Committee will begin its markup of the Republicans' tax reform legislation today, as they aim to pass it on the floor by Thanksgiving. Why that's an especially steep timeline: Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyIRS to issue guidance on state efforts to circumvent tax-law provision Push for NAFTA deal continues as uncertainty increases Tax reform postmortem reveals lethal dose of crony capitalism MORE (R-Texas) wants to finish the markup by Thursday. The House is scheduled to adjourn the following Thursday (!) for Thanksgiving.

OP-ED -- NOT A GREAT SIGN FOR THE CURRENT BILL: The Wall Street Journal slammed the GOP's tax plan, calling on the House Ways and Means Committee to fix the income tax rate. Excerpt: "In other words, Republicans are embracing higher tax rates a la Democrats to redistribute the money to non-taxpayers a la Democrats. Remind us again why college-educated suburbanites who are successful in business or the professions and are unenthralled with Donald Trump should vote Republican?"

BACK STORY ON THE INCOME TAX RATE: On Thursday, Politico's Danny Vinik reported the GOP's hidden 45.6 percent tax rate in their new tax plan. How that happened: Republicans advertise their tax plan as keeping the current top tax rate at 39.6 percent. Well: "Thanks to a quirky proposed surcharge, Americans who earn more than $1 million in taxable income would trigger an extra 6 percent tax on the next $200,000 they earn--a complicated change that effectively creates a new, unannounced tax bracket of 45.6 percent."



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The House is in. The Senate will meet later today.

Today: Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonOn North Korea, give Trump some credit The mainstream media — the lap dogs of the deep state and propaganda arm of the left Maybe a Democratic mayor should be president MORE speaks at a Georgetown University symposium to reflect on his presidency 25 years after his first election. Details:

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes.  Their schedule today:

8 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves Japan for South Korea.

10:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in South Korea, where he has a series of meetings and a joint press conference with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea.

Tuesday: Election Day, including the must-watch Virginia governor's race. What to watch:



Noon: The House Ways and Means Committee marks up the newly released Republican tax bill. Livestream:

Live blog of updates from the markup: 

8 a.m. EDT Tuesday: The Hill is hosting an event on the opioid epidemic and strategies for prevention. Featured speakers: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Details and how to RSVP:

2:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Trump makes Manchin top target for midterms Wyden: I object to Trump’s DHS cyber nomination over demands for Stingray information MORE (R-Colo.) speaks at a Heritage Foundation event on North Korea. Livestream:



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What people think of the iPhone X so far:

Via CNN's Heather Kelly, the iPhone X takes some getting used to. Review of each of the new features:

And because you read this far, here's a very intimidating dog who puts on a ski mask by himself:


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