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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Watchdog to probe Price's use of chartered jets | Trump warns Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast MORE over ObamaCare repeal | DeVos rescinds Obama-era sexual assault policy | Special counsel bears down on Manafort | Alabama Senate race - Trump to attend Strange rally tonight; poll shows Moore up | Trump travel ban expires Sunday | National Ice Cream Cone Day

BREAKING — HELPFUL HINT TO Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWhite House officials discussing potential replacements for FEMA chief: report Overnight Health Care: CBO finds bill delaying parts of ObamaCare costs B | Drug CEO defends 400 percent price hike | HHS declares health emergency ahead of hurricane HHS should look into Azar's close ties to the drug industry MORE: THERE’S A NEW CHICK-FIL-A AT DCA. PLUS THE OPTICS ARE A LITTLE BETTER​...​: Via The Washington Post’s Aaron C. Davis, Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson is launching an investigation into HHS Secretary Tom Price's use of chartered jets paid for by taxpayers. How many flights: At least two dozen. Cost for taxpayers: A combined $300,000. What spurred this: On Wednesday, House Democrats requested an investigation. "Democrats cited a Politico report this week that Price had taken five private charter flights last week along routes and at times when commercial flights were available for a fraction of the cost."

Happy Friday! Today is the first day of fall. *Insert stereotypical excitement about pumpkin spice flavored everything here.* 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

GRAHAM, CASSIDY LINE SENATE WALLS WITH 'VISIT BEAUTIFUL ALASKA' TOURISM PAMPHLETS: Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills Outdated global postal system hurts US manufacturers MORE (R-La.) are going into overdrive to win over Alaska Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiProgressive group targets Collins, Murkowski after Kavanaugh allegation Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas GOP can't sweep Kavanaugh bombshell under the rug MORE (R), a pivotal vote for their bill to dismantle ObamaCare and give states more authority over health care. Why Murkowski: Murkowski was one of three Republicans to sink the GOP's last repeal bill.

The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller: "If you want to know how great the Graham-Cassidy bill is for states, the bribe for Alaska is that THEY GET TO KEEP OBAMACARE!!"

This morning -- Trump threats: President Trump early this morning tweeted, "Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as 'the Republican who saved ObamaCare.'"

Also this morning -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reacts:Paul tweeted a series of responses including, "Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare 'repeal' doesn't make it true. That's what the swamp does. I won't be bribed or bullied."

Interesting read: Via USA Today's Eliza Collins, here's what the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill would mean for you:

HAPPENING SUNDAY -- COME ONE, COME ALL!: Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, a core piece of President Trump's travel ban is set to expire this Sunday. Which part: The 90-day pause in travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. The ban was announced in the winter. Why does 90 days expire now?: That original policy was halted because of the uproar. Trump revoked the ban, issued a new order excluding Iraq from the banned countries, and the Supreme Court allowed that to begin in June. In two weeks: The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the policy's legality.

PAUL MANAFORT SPOTTED ORDERING THIS FROM AMAZON --> ;) Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are ratcheting up the pressure on Paul Manafort, who once led President Trump's election campaign. The big question: How high any potential criminality could reach. What investigators are looking for:

LATEST IN ALABAMA -- THINGS HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE MOORE STRANGE: *giggles to self about the bad pun* A new poll shows former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore leading Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeAnn Coulter believes Kushner wrote anonymous op-ed bashing Trump Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost The Hill's Morning Report — General election season underway with marquee Senate races set MORE by 8 points just days before the Senate Republican primary runoff in Alabama. Strange: The establishment incumbent, who is also endorsed by Trump. Moore: The favorite of conservatives.

The "no, Trump loves ME more" fight: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, Thursday night's debate for the Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff served to deepen the rift between Strange and Moore as the two sparred over who would be the better steward of President Trump's agenda. Good catch-up on the debate:

Tonight: President Trump will speak at a rally for Strange in Huntsville.

UPDATE FROM THE MEXICO CITY SCHOOL -- FALSE ALARM: Via The New York Times's Gerry Mullany, "after a day in which Mexico was captivated by frantic rescue operations to reach a girl believed to be trapped beneath the rubble of a collapsed elementary school, officials said Thursday that they believed there was no girl there. Angel Enrique Sarmiento, undersecretary general of the Mexican Navy, said that all the children from the school ... had been accounted for." But: "Mr. Sarmiento said there may still be someone, believed to be an adult, alive inside." Full story:

CHEERIO FOR NOW, MATE: Uber is losing its license to operate in London, its biggest market, according to the city's transportation authority. When it expires: Sept. 30, but Uber can appeal the decision. Why: Transport for London charged that Uber did not properly report criminal offenses and challenged how its medical certificates are obtained.



FAN 590's Alex Seixeiro (This is an insane rant from ESPN's Don La Greca.)
No words. Watch:



Congress is out until Monday.

Today: "Apple's iPhone 8 has been released. The reaction: Meh -- they're releasing the iPhone X in November.

1:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with business leaders in Indianapolis about health care and tax reform.

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey for Huntsville, Ala., to hold a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

9:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump heads back to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence heads back to Washington, D.C.

Sunday: Washingtonian's "Taste of Georgetown." How to buy tickets:



This morning: Former FBI Director James Comey spoke at Howard University. Important to note: Protesters have been interrupting his speech. You can hear them in the livestream. Watch:

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about health care and tax reform at the Wylam Center of Flagship East in Indiana. Livestream:

8:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) Livestream:

10 a.m. EDT Saturday: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency MORE sits down with MSNBC's Joy Reid on "AM Joy" to discuss the latest Russia developments, the health-care debate and more.



"Fox News Sunday": Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, discussing the philanthropic work of the Gates Foundation.

"Fareed Zakaria GPS": Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran;  Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan.



Today is National Ice Cream Cone Day! It's also National White Chocolate Day!

TRENDING -- I JUST THOUGHT YOU SHOULD ALL KNOW: "Dadbod" fanny packs now exist. Lol, if I had to see this, then you had to see this...

ONE WEEK FROM TODAY -- JUST IN TIME FOR TRADER JOE'S PUMPKIN​-PALOOZA​ '17: Via PopVille, the first Trader Joe's will open on Capitol Hill next Friday.

COMING THIS MONDAY -- SIGN. ME. UP.: Via WTOP Radio, an electric bicycle share system is coming to Washington, D.C. next week.  Cool!: "Each e-bike has a 250-watt electric motor that can boost riders with a maximum speed of 19 mph. Bikes also have GPS to help locate them and integrated U-locks." Pricing: "Trips will be priced at $2 for 30 minutes. The company said the bikes can sync with SmarTrip cards so people without smartphones can use the bikes."

And because Fridays mean happy thoughts, here are some of some of the best corgi butt shakes. THOSE. HIPS.


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