The Hill’s 12:30 Report

The Hill’s 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Paul LePage considering resignation | McCain, Rubio face primary election today | Roger Ailes at Trump's debate prep with a black eye (?) | Pumpkin is back at Dunkin Donuts

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BREAKING – USDA OFFICES CLOSED OVER THREATS: The U.S. Agriculture Department has closed some of its offices after receiving anonymous threats, the Associated Press reported. Which offices: Offices have been closed in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia.

DEVELOPING THIS A.M. — MAINE GOV. MULLING RESIGNATION: Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) is considering resigning after his recent statements on race and drugs. "I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it. ... If I’ve lost my ability to help Maine people, maybe it’s time to move on."

Backstory: LePage left a threatening, angry, profanity-laced voicemail last week for a state lawmaker, accusing the Democrat of calling him a racist. "Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c--- sucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I'm a racist. I've spent my life helping black people, and you little son of a b----, socialist c--- sucker. You — I need you to — just friggin'. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you."Name the part that doesn’t fit: The "thank you" at the end. Lol. It's worth listening to: 

It's Tuesday, and 50 days from today, we'll be heading into the final (!) presidential debate. Filing from a sleepy D.C. that is quickly realizing this is the calm before the fall storm, 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 puppy videos to, @CateMartel and on Facebook. 


ANOTHER HEADLINE THAT MAKES YOU THINK, "SIGH, IS IT 2017 YET?": "Pastor apologizes for tweet of Clinton in blackface" — yes, an African-American pastor who has become a prominent surrogate for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE apologized for sharing a cartoon of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery MORE in blackface earlier in the day. Lesson for the Trump team: Think before you RT.  


WHAT TO WATCH TOMORROW — TO BUILD A WALL OR NOT TO BUILD A WALL, TAKE 2: Donald Trump rescheduled his immigration speech for tomorrow in Arizona, and he's at a crossroads: He needs to balance clawing back in the polls against Hillary Clinton, appealing to Latino voters who have been cool on his hard-line immigration stance, and keeping his own base who loves his hard-line build-a-wall immigration stance. So which avenue will he pursue?  


HMM, IDK, I PICTURE HIM MORE AS A SWING DANCER KINDA GUY: Via ET Tonight, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will appear on "Dancing with the Stars." Note: Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (lol) will also appear on the season.  
Photo of Perry prepping: 



NBC's Bradd Jaffy (Awkward.)
Hey, Drudge Report, that's not Huma — it's Aung San Suu Kyi 

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman (??)
Two sources say [ousted Fox CEO Roger] Ailes showed up for Trump debate prep with a black eye  



Today: Primary races in Florida and Arizona. Think: Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainClimate change is a GOP issue, too It's Joe Biden's 2020 presidential nomination to lose Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump GOP senators work to get Trump on board with new disaster aid package MORE (R-Fla.). Here’s what to watch:

1 p.m. EDT: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE holds an organizing event in Erie, Pa. 

2 p.m. EDT: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mary Mathews BurwellWhy Trump will win the wall fight Price was a disaster for HHS — Time for an administrator, not an ideologue Overnight Healthcare: GOP chairman to introduce pre-existing condition bill MORE meets with President Obama in the Oval Office.

3 p.m. EDT: 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 holds a town hall in Dalton, Ga.

6 p.m. EDT: Tim Kaine holds an organizing event in Lancaster, Pa.

8 p.m. EDT: Mike Pence holds a rally in Winston-Salem, N.C.

10 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Everett, Wash.

Tomorrow: Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Legion National Convention in Cincinnati. Note: Trump will speak there on Thursday: 

Tomorrow afternoon: President Obama headlines the 2016 Lake Tahoe Summit.  

9 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump gives the postponed immigration speech in Phoenix.



Today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

I LOVE PUMPKIN JUST AS MUCH AS THE NEXT PERSON, BUT IT'S STILL AUGUST, DAMNIT!: Pumpkin is already back at Dunkin Donuts. But I guess I can't complain — they're also adding Reese's peanut butter squares and caramel apple croissant donuts to the menu.

Tweet of disdain from The Hill's Sylvan Lane: "Don't you take my last few days of the best season away from me, Dunkin. I've eaten too many of your donuts for this."


HARD CLICK: Via CNN's James Griffiths, a strong signal was detected from a sun-like star. It's complicated, but essentially, whenever a strong signal is detected, "It's a good possibility for some nearby civilization to be detected," said Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone

— Paul Gilster of the Tau Zero Foundation, which conducts interstellar research, said that if the signal was artificial, its strength suggested it would have to come from a civilization more advanced than our own (!!!!). This article is worth reading: 


HEY, LOBSTAH LOVAHS: Via DCist, here’s where to find the best lobster rolls in D.C. Yep, I'm rethinking lunch plans as we speak:  

And to leave you on a positive note, here are hilarious tweets of Nashville, Tenn., residents showing up for jury duty and finding out Taylor Swift is joining them:  


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