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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump 'very troubled' by Tulsa shooting | Don King stumps for Trump | Lawmaker munches Skittles at hearing | CNN denies Lewandowski suspension | 'Buffalo Nite' on Capitol Hill 

NOT THE FIRECRACKER STATEMENT WE'D EXPECT: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE in a tweet called on Americans to come together after separate police shootings of black men in Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla. "The situations in Tulsa and Charlotte are tragic. We must come together to make America safe again ... Hopefully the violence & unrest in Charlotte will come to an immediate end. To those injured, get well soon. We need unity & leadership."

Context: This is a much more subdued response than Trump's reaction to the Orlando shooting, for example:

Trump later spoke about the shooting at an event, adding... that he is "very troubled" by the Tulsa shooting. Trump said that it looked like the man killed did everything he should have done when he was confronted
by police. 

Happy Hump Day! 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.

BREAKING -- ANOTHER JOB, ANOTHER 'IS HE IN? IS HE OUT?' STORYLINE: Mediaite's J.D. Durkin is reporting that former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who joined CNN as a political contributor, has been suspended from CNN. Why: The network found out Lewandowski was still being paid by the Trump campaign, separate from (!) his severance package. How we know: Federal Election Commission filings show the Trump campaign gave Lewandowski $20,000 for "strategy consulting." Keep in mind: Lewandowski's hiring at CNN was very controversial at the network.

OH BUT WAIT...: CNN is denying the report saying, "No he is not suspended. He will be on our air later today."

REACTION FROM TRUMP CAMPAIGN SPOX HOPE HICKS: "Corey Lewandowski, who is no longer involved in the campaign, continues to receive monthly severance payments. The campaign will continue to honor its contract with Mr. Lewandowski, which stipulates he will be paid through the end of the year. These payments are in no way compensation for services rendered." 

ONE TRUMP, TWO TRUMP, RED TRUMP, BLUE TRUMP: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, in closed-door sessions, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump dismisses reports of Russian meddling, labels them Democratic 'misinformation campaign' The new American center MORE is prepping for multiple Donald Trump personalities. Think: Subdued Trump vs. full-punches Trump willing to bring up the Clintons' marriage and the suicide of Vince Foster. What we don't know: Who is playing Trump in the sessions.

For some reason, this is exactly what I'm picturing debate prep looking like -->

BABY'S...ER, PRESIDENT'S FIRST VETO OVERRIDE: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, the Senate will stay in session next week for a looming showdown with President Obama over legislation making it easier for the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. What's next: Obama is expected to veto the legislation by Friday. However, it has overwhelming bipartisan support and could reach the two-thirds majorities in both chambers to override the veto. Why it's big: This would be President Obama's FIRST congressional override.

THROWBACK -- ROMNEY RELEASED HIS TAXES FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY: On Feb. 28, 2016 (yes, this year!), Donald Trump tweeted: "Mitt Romney didn't show his tax return until SEPTEMBER 21, 2012, and then only after being humiliated by Harry [Reid]! A bad messenger for estab!" And here we are, Sep. 21 and Trump has still not released his taxes. Hey, pot? It's kettle. 

DEVELOPING THIS MORNING – DUUUUUDE, REALLY?? Via The Daily Mail, Anthony Weiner reportedly carried on a months-long online relationship with a troubled 15-year-old girl. It involved him asking the girl to dress up in a 'school-girl' outfit and pressing her to engage in 'rape fantasies.' 

BREWS AND BROS: Last night, BuzzFeed Brews relaunched at the Newseum, where reporter Tarini Parti interviewed Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' The 8 Republicans who voted to curb Trump's Iran war powers MORE (R-Utah), who had quite the bromance brewing. Isn't it ironic: Booker and Lee are two senators who don't drink alcohol. Funniest part of the night:

Booker, talking about Republicans who support criminal justice reform: "When I have the Koch brothers general counsel, Mark Holden, who is now legitimately a friend of mine..."

Parti: "And he's here"

Booker: "Is he here? Really? That rat bastard didn't give me a hug? ... Hey, Mark." 

SPOTTED: Rick Tyler, former national spokesman and communications director for Cruz for President; Mark Holden, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Koch Industries, Inc.; The Daily Beast's Tim Mak; The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau; The Washington Post's Kelsey Snell; Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski; Politico's Hadas Gold; and Rachel Thomas, national press secretary, EMILY'S List. Also, BuzzFeed's Ben SmithJohn Stanton, Kate Nocera and many more.



Los Angeles Times's Mike Memoli (Keep reading for a refresher on King's bio...)
"Every white woman should cast a vote for Donald Trump" -- Don King

Josh Marvine
"The iPhone doesn't have a headphone jack but the Galaxy literally explodes" is a perfect metaphor for this election. 

The Washington Examiner's Sarah Westwood (Yes, this is actually happening.)
Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic primary fight shifts to South Carolina, Nevada Democrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire Dem leader says party can include abortion opponents MORE, w/ mouth full of Skittles, says at IRS hearing: "Every now & then I get a bad Skittle..doesn't mean I want to ban them"




The House is in and working on the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, which would make public details about Iranian leaders' financial assets. The House is voting at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

1 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump is holding a rally at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo, Ohio, with Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceRivals worry Sanders building 'insurmountable' Super Tuesday lead Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Stephen Miller's uncle says he donated to pro-refugee group as a wedding gift MORE. Note: Boxing promoter Don King, who was convicted for non-negligent manslaughter in 1966, is traveling with Trump today

1:05 p.m. EDT: President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

2 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Orlando, Fla., at the Frontline Outreach Youth and Family Center.

2 p.m. EDT: President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

6-9 p.m. EDT: The 38th annual "Buffalo Nite" on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the New York State Congressional Delegation. Yes, that's Buffalo wings. It's a beautiful thing.

8 p.m. EDT: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Democratic senators ask FDA to ban device used to shock disabled students MORE will attend a fundraiser in San Francisco.

10 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing on cosmetic safety practices. 



10 p.m. EDT: Fox News's Sean Hannity will host a town hall with Donald Trump at a black church in Cleveland.



Today is National Pecan Cookie Day. Ehh, I guess everything deserves its day.

NEW LUNCH OPTIONS: Via The Washington Post's Becky Krystal, a start-up "MealPal" has just launched in Washington, D.C. It's a subscription-based lunch program that gives customers several lunch options to pre-order for $5.99. The service is also live in Chicago, New York, Boston, Miami and San Francisco. Side note: The sandwich in that photo looks amazing:

FREE COFFEE ALERT: Via PopVille, Compass Coffee is opening a new location in Farragut Square. To celebrate, they are giving away free coffee all day today!

And because you read this far, here are puppies smiling: 


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