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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Clinton speech to hit Trump on race | Hard-liners shrug off new Trump immigration tone | EpiPen lowers price | Orlando hospitals won't bill Pulse survivors | Katie Ledecky makes Bryce Harper hold her medals | Pancake selfie truck in DC

NEW DEVELOPMENT -- EPIPEN PRICE COMPLAINTS NO LONGER IN VEIN: (Sorry, had to) The maker of EpiPens announced that it is reducing the price of the device following an uproar in Washington over the cost of the treatment for serious allergic reactions. Before: Mylan increased the price of its EpiPens from $57 in 2007, when it took over sales of the product, to $600 for a standard two-pack. New price, hot off the press: Mylan said it will provide a savings card worth up to $300 for people paying the full out-of-pocket price, effectively reducing the cost by 50 percent.

Where things got sticky: Via Bloomberg's Anna Edney and Billy House, the CEO of Mylan is Heather Bresch. Bresch is the daughter of Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump vows to 'always uphold the Second Amendment' amid ongoing talks on gun laws White House eyes September action plan for gun proposals Trump phoned Democratic senator to talk gun control MORE (W.Va.) Awkward. This put members of Congress in an unusual position. The usual process would mean that Bresch would be called up to Capitol Hill next month to explain her company's justification for the price.

Happy Thursday! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and plans to drink whiskey sours to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

RELEASED TODAY -- I HATE HOW MANY TIMES THE KKK HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP THIS ELECTION ... :Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE's campaign launched a video linking GOP rival Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MOREto the Ku Klux Klan. Watch

TRUMP REACTION: "Hillary Clinton and her campaign went to a disgusting new low today as they released a video tying the Trump Campaign with horrific racial images. This type of rhetoric and repulsive advertising is revolting and completely beyond the pale. I call on Hillary Clinton to disavow this video." -- Pastor Mark Burns

PREVIEW OF WHAT'S TO COME: Clinton is giving a speech in Reno, Nev., at 1 p.m. EDT today where she will attempt to tie Trump to the "alt-right" movement. Live stream:

TRUMP LAST NIGHT: "Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," he said at a rally in Jackson, Miss. "She's going to do nothing for African-Americans. She's going to do nothing for the Hispanics. She's only going to take care of herself, her husband, her consultants, her donors."

CLINTON RESPONDS: "[Donald Trump] is taking a hate movement mainstream. He's brought it into his campaign. He is bringing it to our communities and our country."

ANNOUNCED TODAY -- ORLANDO SHOOTING VICTIMS NOT CHARGED FOR TREATMENT: Via ABC's David Caplan, the healthcare network Orlando Health and Florida Hospital announced they will not charge any of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in June. "Orlando Health has not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to Pulse patients and we don't intend to pursue reimbursement of medical costs from them," Orlando Health said in a statement to ABC News. Who's picking up the tab: state and federal funds, private insurance, victim funds, disability insurance, Florida's crime victim compensation program, etc.

HAPPENING TODAY -- STEP INTO MY WEB: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is meeting with Latino and black activists today at the Trump Tower in Manhattan. Note: Trump was originally expected to give his immigration policy speech today in Colorado but postponed it. Here's what to expect from the meetings:

Tweet from Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs: "At Trump Tower today for meeting with minority activists in RLI program: Katrina Pierson, Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Ben Carson, Trump."

Scheduling: In addition to his meetings in New York, Trump is also scheduled for a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., and fundraising in Colorado. Racking up those miles, today!

OP-ED GETTING TRACTION: In The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof has a column titled, "Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian Girl."

-- "We all know that the Frank children were murdered by the Nazis, but what is less known is the way Anne's fate was sealed by a callous fear of refugees, among the world's most desperate people. Sound familiar?" A19 of NYT print edition:

THIS IS AN ASTOUNDING STAT: Via Third Way's Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, quoted in a Roll Call article, "If Clinton wins and Republicans keep control of at least the House, she will be the first incoming Democratic president whose party would lack full control of Congress since Grover Cleveland, in 1885."

EH, IT'S NOT AS FLASHY, BUT THIS WILL DO: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, immigration hard-liners are embracing Donald Trump's new, softer message on immigration. Why: This softer tone conveys a more practical approach to deportation without subverting the GOP presidential nominee tough positions on enforcement and border security. But his tough stance worked during the primaries: Trump's rise in the primaries has been credited in large part to an aggressive immigration platform that's included attacks on Mexicans and promises to deport all of the 11 million people living in the country illegally. But we're not in Kansas anymore!: On Saturday, Trump met with a group of Hispanic advisers for the first time.

MOST SHARED -- WHAT A HEADLINE: From The Washington Post: "A C-SPAN caller asked a black guest how to stop being prejudiced. Here's how she responded."



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AT THE ANN COULTER BOOKING SIGNING: Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, was spotted at Breitbart's "Embassy" on Capitol Hill, where he said in conversation that he would love to be labeled "alt-right" by Hillary Clinton.

AT THE ATLANTA AIRPORT: Former GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was spotted in the Atlanta airport security line. Via Politico's Ken Vogel: "Lotsa well-wishers. One said he wished he could vote Jeb! on 11/8."



The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller
Why is Trump in Mississippi tonight?
Think of his stops the way a teen thinks about life: The only goal is to get a lot of Instagram likes.

Author Mike Cernovich
"Hospital Hillary" signs spotted across Los Angeles.



1 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump returns to New Hampshire for a rally in Manchester, N.H.

1 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Reno, Nev.

3:30 p.m. EDT: David Keene, former head of the NRA speaks on the Sidewire app.

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Obama meets with Defense Secretary Ash Carter in the White House.

4:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven of Sweden.

1 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarren's pledge to avoid first nuclear strike sparks intense pushback Almost three-quarters say minimum age to buy tobacco should be 21: Gallup Overnight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador MORE tours a small business in Tallahassee, Fla.

2:15 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Tim Kaine holds a "Voter Registration Kick Off" in Tallahassee, Fla.

Tonight -- Saturday: HBO'S John Oliver performs his stand-up show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.



11:35 p.m. EDT: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will appear on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."



Today is National Whiskey Sour Day!

IN SPORTS NEWS -- EXCUSE ME, CAN YOU HOLD ALL OF MY GOLD MEDALS, PLEASE?: U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky threw the first pitch at the Nationals baseball game last night. But she made Nationals superstar Bryce Harper hold her Olympic medals while she did. Lol.

IMPORTANT PANCAKE NEWS: Via Popville, the Holiday Inn Express is bringing a food truck to the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, D.C., for its "Pancake Selfie Express" tour. "District residents can visit the truck at Adams Morgan to snap a selfie and have it printed on a free pancake made by the brand's super smart, one-touch pancake machine. Just push a button and get a pancake in 60 seconds." Deetz: It'll be on the corner of Columbia Road NW and 18th Street NW today from 2–6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ARE WE GONNA GET SOME NEW DIGS?! MAYBE SOME NEW FRIENDS?: Via The New York Times's Kenneth Chang, scientists discovered that another Earth could be circling the star right next to us. "Intriguingly, the planet is in the star's 'Goldilocks zone,' where it may be neither too hot nor too cold. That means liquid water could exist at the surface, raising the possibility for life." Why this is different: Scientists have discovered many Earth-like worlds throughout the galaxy, but this one is particularly intriguing because by cosmic terms, it's very close.

And to leave you on an upbeat note, here is a grown man -- and obvious train enthusiast -- completely losing it over seeing an unusual train. "That horn gives me the chills. Oh and the chills have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with how cold it is here. Ahhh!"


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