The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Clinton 'sure' no damaging revelations in emails | Leaks show Dems split on how to hit Trump | States under pressure on ObamaCare premiums | National Dog Day (!)


THIS MORNING -- BOOKMARK THIS QUOTE. LET'S SEE HOW MANY TIMES IT POPS UP IN CAMPAIGN ADS: MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski asked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE if she is "certain that there are no emails or [Clinton] Foundation ties to foreign entities that will be revealed that could perhaps permanently impact your presidential prospects." Clinton replied: "Sure."

Happy Friday. Filing from the pancake selfie truck in D.C., (just kidding -- or am I??) 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 weekend plans to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

NEWS OF THE MORNING -- TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER 3.0 ONCE CHARGED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE: Via the New York Post's Daniel Halper and Kelly Hartog, Stephen Bannon, the new CEO of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE's presidential campaign, reportedly roughed up and threatened his wife during their marriage. Bannon grabbed his then-wife "by the throat and arm." "I took the phone to call the police and he grabbed the phone away from me throwing it across the room, and breaking it as he [was] screaming that I was a 'crazy f---ing c---!' " according to the document.

PILING ONTO BANNON'S NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The Guardian broke the story today that Bannon is registered to vote in Florida -- a swing state -- at an empty house where he does not live. This is an apparently violation of Florida's election law. So how did that vetting process go?

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP -- WHY DEMS MAY NOT WANT TO GROUP TRUMP AND RYAN: According to emails released by WikiLeaks, Senior Democratic Party officials balked at plans by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to distinguish GOP nominee Donald Trump from House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (Wis.) and other Republicans. Why: "We would basically have to throw out our entire frame that the GOP made Trump through years of divisive and ugly politics," then-communications director Luis Miranda wrote. "It just doesn't work from the Party side."

DON'T GET TOO COMFY WITH THE CURRENT OBAMACARE PREMIUMS: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, state insurance officials say they are feeling pressure to approve large ObamaCare premium increases to prevent more insurers from dropping out of the marketplaces altogether. For example: Tennessee approved premium hikes of 62 percent, 46 percent and 44 percent, respectively, for the three insurers on the state's marketplace. How widespread: An early estimate finds that for nine states, the average approved premium increase for next year is 27.6 percent (!)

WHAT'S TRENDING ON SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY: Today is #WomensEqualityDay, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote.

FASCINATING READ -- WHY BAKING SODA IS ESSENTIAL FOR RESCUING EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS: Via Stat News's Eric Boodman, one of the most dangerous medical issues and common causes of death for victims buried in rubble is kidney failure. Lots of patients end up requiring dialysis when rescued from earthquakes. Here's why: "When a muscle gets crushed ... its cells explode, releasing a flood of myoglobin into the blood ... a lot of it ends up accumulating in the kidney's tubules and blocking them." Where baking soda comes in: The sodium bicarbonate helps reduce the myoglobin buildup. Rescuers can use a fluid made with baking soda even before the victim has been fully extricated.

AW, THAT'S NICE -- HOMEMADE COOKIES! NOW TELL ME EVERY INGREDIENT YOU USED: The Hill's Ben Kamisar gives a fascinating firsthand account of having severe allergies and desperately needing EpiPens. "And it's a cardinal sin to leave them behind, especially when something as benign as eating a sandwich cut with a contaminated knife or a meal cooked in a pot that hasn't been thoroughly scrubbed could spell trouble."



Mic's Sage Boggs (Oh my god these are mortifying.)
There's a museum in Washington D.C. called Newseum that lets anyone stand in front of a green screen & pretend like they're a reporter ... They can put in any name they want & say whatever they want. And as far as I can tell, they have no clue their video is uploaded to YouTube ... This will be a chain of my favorites. I hope they bring you as much joy as they bring me:

Free Beacon's Alyssa Canobbio
Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE loves Britney Spears. Everything is right in the world.

NBC's Kasie Hunt
This is how alt-right American Renaissance defines the alt-right, from their statement in response to Clinton speech



1 p.m. EDT: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran Senate passes bill to undo tax increase on Gold Star military families The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE tours a small business in Tallahassee, Fla.

1 p.m. EDT: Jess McIntosh of the Hillary Clinton campaign and Kate Black, executive director of American Women, chat on the Sidewire app.

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

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event announcing new investment in rail service that will benefit Amtrak.

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Obama visits the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

5 p.m. EDT: GOP vice presidential nominee Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' Congress has a duty to go through with the impeachment and public trial of President Trump MORE speaks at the opening of a new campaign office in Carmel, Ind.

3 p.m. EDT Saturday: Mike Pence is holding a campaign rally in Purcellville, Va.

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



Sunday: Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, Dr. Ben Carson, DNC Chair Donna Brazile and Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzHouse Dems seek to make officials feel the pain Lawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ MORE (R-Utah) join CBS's "Face the Nation."



Today is National Cherry Popsicle Day. But more importantly, today is National Dog Day!

EVERYBODY, MEET 'THE CHORK': The chork can either be used as a fork, as "a trainer" for those looking to use chopsticks, or snapped off into actual chopsticks.  It's, surprisingly, very controversial:

And because I couldn't say it any better if I tried, here's a tweet from defense analyst Matthew Vallone: "Reading about the exploits of this drunken squirrel committing property damage has been the high point of the day":

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