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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump on Twitter blasts GOP for debt limit 'mess' | Trump lashes out at McConnell over ObamaCare | Timeline of McConnell, Trump feud | Shutdown odds rise | Interior wants to 'shrink' monuments | ESPN defends Robert Lee decision | DCA Chick-fil-A opens Friday | National Waffle Day

​​THIS A.M. -- IT'S ALL ABOUT DAT DEBT: President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE called out Congress for what he called the "mess" over the debt ceiling. His words: "I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval ... They didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!"

Some important context: From The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos: "For all the handwringing over Trump's tweets on the debt limit, there seems to be a recognition that it needs to be raised."

AND JUST FOR FUNSIES: President Trump also retweeted an image showing him eclipsing former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJudge denies bid to move lawsuit over Trump national monument rollbacks to Utah Tomi Lahren to former first lady: 'Sit down, Michelle' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser's account | Accuser may testify Thursday | Midterm blame game begins MORE with the caption "THE BEST ECLIPSE EVER!" Photo:

It's Thursday. 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.

THE BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD ALL WEEK -- WHEN DO I START MY CHICK-FIL-A CHANT?: Chick-fil-A is opening this Friday at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.! (h/t NBC's Sarah Baker)


NEW THIS MORNING -- CLIMATE CHANGE IS SO 2009: Via The Washington Post's Lenny Bernstein, a National Institutes of Health unit has deleted the phrase "climate change" from its site and replaced it with simply "climate." Screenshot:

SHORTER TRUMP -- SNAPPING IN A-TO-Z FORMATION: President Trump this morning attacked James Clapper. Tweet: "James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?" What sparked this: On CNN, Clapper questioned Trump's fitness for office after the president at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix defended his response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

ODDS OF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN -- UNCOMFORTABLY HIGH: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, the chances of a government shutdown are much higher after President Trump's threat over funds for a border wall. Why Congress could use a Xanax: Lawmakers return to Washington next month facing a full plate of must-pass legislation and a shutdown threat that looks more serious. Maybe two Xanax for Republicans: Republicans are already scrambling to mend deep internal divisions among rank-and-file members after the past few months. How this could play out:

TALK OF THE SPORTS WORLD -- WELP, THAT'S AN UNFORTUNATE COINCIDENCE: ESPN recently removed an announcer named Robert Lee from an upcoming University of Virginia football game. Because: Well, you know, his name. This obviously sparked blowback: ESPN's president defended the decision saying it was not that Lee's name "would offend anyone watching the Charlottesville game," but to avoid potential social media heckling. Full ESPN statement and reasoning:

JUST IMAGINE THIS WORK-DIVORCE SETTLEMENT: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Trump's White House are doing damage control, disputing reports of a growing rift between the two men. But here's a timeline of what the two have said about each other during August recess:

FORGET THE 'EASY BUTTON' -- WE NEED A '...AND ANOTHER THING!' BUTTON: During a series of morning tweets, the president again called out McConnell. "The only problem I have with Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord's lawyer: Hearing doesn't appear to be designed for 'fair', 'respectful' treatment GOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw MORE is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!"

THIS MORNING — YOU GOTTA WORK FOR YOUR NATIONAL MONUMENT STATUS: Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeUS to approve import of black rhino killed in hunt Zinke must change direction and support conservation Energy development will likely land one bird on the Endangered Species list MORE said he's asking President Trump to shrink "a handful" of national monuments that previous presidents designated to protect land and water. What that means: Zinke will not ask the president to eliminate any of the 27 protected areas that were under review since an April executive order. What's next: The White House said Thursday that Trump is reviewing the recommendations. Green groups are already blasting the decision.



NBC's Hallie Jackson (Lolol)
In his obit, Jersey man asks for 8 [Philadelphia] Eagles players as pallbearers - "so the Eagles can let him down one last time."



Congress is out. President Trump is at the White House today and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

This week: The 9th annual Washington, D.C., beer week. Events:

4:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Trump returns to UN praising Kim | Iran in crosshairs later this week | US warns Russia on missile defense in Syria Haspel delivers first public remarks as Trump’s CIA chief Dem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ MORE, director of national intelligence, to tour the National Counterterrorism Center.



2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives an on-camera press briefing. Livestream:

Keep in mind: The press secretary's last on-camera briefing was August 2.

11:30 p.m. EDT: "The President Show" airs a new episode on Comedy Central.



Today is National Waffle Day!

Tidbit: If you've seen posts on social media that today is National Burger Day, that's true in the United Kingdom

I'VE HAD WAY TOO MUCH FUN WITH THIS ARTICLE ALREADY: A dating app calculated the most hated food in every U.S. state. Some of them are hilarious. For example, Missouri hates "the last bite of a hotdog," while Montana hates "pumpkin everything." I'm with Illinois, which hates "biting string cheese." You can't trust those people... Full list:

SPOOKY, I SEE IT...: A Pennsylvania couple posted a sonogram of their baby, which they say shows someone watching over the baby. Photo:

WELL, THIS IS MAKING ME HUNGRY: Via DC Refined, here are 14 must-try breakfast sandwiches in the Washington, D.C., area. Challenge. Accepted.

And because ily guys, here are animals reenacting the solar eclipse. I can't get enough of it:


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