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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cruz blames 'staffing issue' after account likes porn tweet | Sanders to unveil 'Medicare for All' bill | Five memorable moments in Hillary's book | Immigration arms race on Capitol Hill | Apple's new iPhone launch | Lin-Manuel Miranda on Capitol Hill

HAPPENING AT 2PM WEDNESDAY -- ALL THE SINGLE PAYERS (ALL THE SINGLE PAYERS) ALL THE SINGLE PAYERS (ALL THE SINGLE PAYERS). NOW PUT YOUR HANDS UP!: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHarris presses young people to vote early in Iowa trip Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE (I-Vt.) is unveiling a "Medicare for all" bill Wednesday at 2 p.m. Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2xXUMKK

The bill's support: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Booker bill would create federally funded savings account for every child Affordable housing set for spotlight of next presidential campaign MORE (D-N.Y.) announced this morning that she is backing the bill. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris presses young people to vote early in Iowa trip We need economic progress for more Americans Booker bill would create federally funded savings account for every child MORE (Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOn The Money: Trump to seek new round of tax cuts after midterms | Mnuchin meets with Saudi crown prince | Trump threatens to cut foreign aid over caravan Booker bill would create federally funded savings account for every child Big Dem donors stick to sidelines as 2020 approaches MORE (N.J.), also possible 2020 presidential candidates, recently announced their support for the bill as well. http://bit.ly/2h2dFVO

....and anotha one: Via Vox's Jeff Stein, Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoKavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight Chris Cuomo: Presumption of innocence didn't apply to Kavanaugh because it wasn't a court case Lindsey Graham hits Dem senator: 'The Hirono standard is horrific' MORE (D-Hawaii) is announcing her support for Sanders' bill, as well. http://bit.ly/2wX6rdo

...and anotha one: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) just announced his support on Twitter. http://bit.ly/2jmeX2s

THE STORY WE ALL NEEDED TO GET THROUGH THIS WEEK -- DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE 'AWKWARD TURTLE' HAND GESTURE?: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump recounts 2016 feud with Cruz at Houston campaign rally Trump says he’s made up with ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says he is cutting foreign aid over caravan | Lawmakers point fingers at Saudi crown prince | DNC chair downplays 'blue wave' talk MORE (R-Texas) was trending on Twitter after his official Senate account "liked" a pornographic video last night. Account that tweeted it: @SexuallPosts. Lol. The like remained for nearly an hour before being undone by Cruz's team around 1:20 a.m., according to The Verge. http://bit.ly/2wVhPc9

UPDATE THIS MORNING: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blaming a "staffing issue" for the pornographic tweet being marked as a favorite. This is key: Cruz told reporters it was a mistake, not a malicious hack. http://bit.ly/2wUV1cr

It's Tuesday. 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 cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

JUST IN CASE YOU REALLY MISS 2016:

RELEASED TODAY -- A THERAPY SESSION IN BOOK FORM: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE's book on her 2016 presidential election loss, "What Happened," hits bookshelves this morning. One of the most memorable parts: When deciding whether to attend President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE's inauguration, Clinton turned to a surprising person for advice: former President George W. Bush. "Bush had his own family disagreements with Trump, who had ridiculed his brother Jeb Bush during the GOP primaries. But he advised Clinton to go to the inauguration, arguing it was for the good of the country. 'That gave me the push I needed,' Clinton wrote. 'Bill and I would go.'" Four other interesting anecdotes: http://bit.ly/2f2NfpQ

THIS A.M. -- I don't wanna hear it, Bern:  During an NPR interview this morning, Clinton was asked to respond to critics who say she ran in 2016 believing it was her turn to be president. Her response: "I find this criticism from Sanders supporters to be so off base. He's not even a Democrat. ... And I did well across the country. I won by 4 million votes. That's a landslide. I won, really, by March and April." http://bit.ly/2xi6lPI

ALSO RELEASED TODAY -- THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE: NBC News reporter Katy Tur chronicled her experiences covering Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Trump on stage during a rally: "She's back there, little Katy. She's back there. What a lie it was." Trump called her a "dishonest," "third rate" reporter for her coverage of the Muslim ban. Tur writes: "My heart stops. My lungs clench….I force a laugh...I throw in a wave for good measure. But inside I'm terrified. Men are standing on their chairs to get a look at me. They want to see me as they jeer." More colorful anecdotes: https://usat.ly/2wXzgX0 Her book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2y2lqTw

 

IN OTHER NEWS...:

BLAME IT ON THE KUSHNER: Via The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, White House lawyer Ty Cobb believes that former Trump administration staffers are trying to sabotage President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. How so: Cobb said he believes senior White House aides leaked internal discussions about whether Kushner should be forced from the White House to hurt Trump's son-in-law. http://wapo.st/2gYi7sd

JUST NOW — ANOTHER TRUMP IN THE FAM: First son Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump just announced the birth of their son Eric "Luke" Trump at 8:50 a.m. this morning. Photo of President Trump’s newest grandchild: http://bit.ly/2wn4gOa

THE NEXT BRAWL IN CONGRESS -- IM *CLAP* MI *CLAP* GRA *CLAP* TION *CLAP*:  Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is starting an arms race on Capitol Hill. What Republican leaders need to do: To get a bill to President Trump's desk, Republican leaders will have to balance the at-times contradictory demands of Senate Democrats and conservatives in the House. What Dems want: A stand-alone vote on the bill. What Ryan wants: Congress to address the "cause and effect" of illegal immigration first. http://bit.ly/2gYzhpP

ON THIS EPISODE OF 'PEOPLE ARE DUMB': During MSNBC's Hurricane Irma coverage over the weekend, the background of a live shot shows a person kite surfing on Miami Beach during the storm. The host's reaction is pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2fghZAN

FASCINATING READ FROM YESTERDAY -- WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE ON AIR FORCE ONE ON 9/11: Yesterday, Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, tweeted throughout the day what he remembers doing on September 11, 2001. Some of the tidbits are fascinating:

Wow, the security: Air Force One was diverted to Barksdale Air Force Base. "Here's the scene on the runway at Barksdale. We never have security like this." Photo: http://bit.ly/2wV07pc

Secret landing: "As we were about to land, I went to the press cabin to brief. I told reporters they could not divulge our location. As I was talking, the TVs showed local coverage of the plane landing at Barksdale. Local media was there to cover the drill underway. So much for keeping our destination a secret..."

Just in case they were hit with a biological attack: "Before we landed, the WH medical office distributed Cipro to the staff, just in case we had been hit by a biological attack." Photo of the medication and instructions: http://bit.ly/2f36NdZ

Photos of POTUS's office and bedroom on Air Force One: http://bit.ly/2gYSyY9

Air Force One's takeoff: "We took off at an unusually sharp incline and way faster than normal. AFOne Pilot Mark Tillman later told me there was a report of a sniper. It turns out the 'sniper' was one of ours. Part of the USSS counter-sniper team. It was one of many false alarms that day." http://bit.ly/2xvr8A0

The entire Twitter thread is worth reading: http://bit.ly/2eSyiD6

BOLD MOVE. BOOOOLD MOVE -- ARE YOU KIDDING, BRO?: Via WJLA-TV, tweets show a Metro bus driver in Washington, D.C., reading a newspaper while driving. Watch: http://bit.ly/2wYhQK2

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Politico's Daniel Lippman (Lolol, Manafort's facial expression!)
"SPOTTED, via a reader: Paul Manafort awaiting a flight from DCA to LGA on Fri. morning -- a penny for his thoughts?"  Photo: http://bit.ly/2ff9AgW

 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in.

Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda will be on Capitol Hill receiving the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's Freedom Award for his work on the musical "Hamilton." http://bit.ly/2h1Rv66

Noon: President Trump meets with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of Malaysia at the White House.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate's weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence will attend the Republican lunch.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWatchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US Trump administration rigging the game, and your retirement fund could be the loser Haley’s exit sends shockwaves through Washington MORE.

2:35 p.m. EDT: The Senate will vote on Kevin Hassett to be chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerMcConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump hosts a dinner for senators.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House.

7 p.m. EDT: A premiere of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new documentary series "The Vietnam War" is happening at the Kennedy Center. Featured speakers: Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump: 'You know what I am? I'm a nationalist' Graham on Saudi Arabia: 'I feel completely betrayed' Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family MORE (R-Ariz.), former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryNikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump Khashoggi prompts Trump to reconsider human rights in foreign policy Biden: ‘Totally legitimate’ to question age if he runs in 2020 MORE, former Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelTrump’s bogus use of cyber threats to prop up coal GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Latest on historic Korea summit | Trump says 'many people' interested in VA job | Pompeo thinks Trump likely to leave Iran deal MORE and ABC's Martha Raddatz.

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on DACA and reforms to guest-worker programs. Details: http://bit.ly/2gW76rv

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

1 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Apple's much-anticipated product release event. Livestream: http://apple.co/2eSPvAj

What to expect in the new iPhone: http://bit.ly/2f1UfUc

Interesting tidbit: Apple is inviting outsiders to Apple Park for the first time today for the announcement. It will be held at the new Steve Jobs Theater. It looks insanely nice: http://cnb.cx/2h28IfC

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing on-camera.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Chocolate Milkshake Day.

THIS IS AN INTERESTING CONCEPT: Via NPR's Merrit Kennedy, Nordstrom is opening a new type of store, "Nordstrom Local," which will not have clothing but instead offer personal stylists, consultations, drinks and manicures. http://n.pr/2y2TsqP

END OF AN ERA: Via PoPVille, Cantina Marina on the Southwest waterfront in D.C. is closing on Oct. 28. But, but: The announcement said they'll be back in 2020–2021 "with a new pier, a new coat of paint, and thankfully new bathrooms." http://bit.ly/2h1Ntuo

2026 OLYMPIC GAMES TALK: Via The Associated Press, there's talk of Salt Lake City or Denver bidding on the Winter Olympics in 2026. http://bit.ly/2gZWW97

 

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This story was updated at 7:14 p.m.