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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - North Korean official calls Trump comments declaration of war | Trump doubles down on NFL, anthem remarks | Anthony Weiner sentenced | GOP faces likely failure on ObamaCare repeal | Senators make changes to last-ditch bill | How Bannon tried to spy on Facebook | Megyn Kelly's morning show debuts | National Lobster Day

ANNOUNCED THIS A.M. -- KEEP IT IN YOUR EMAIL DRAFTSAnthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman, was sentenced on Monday to 21 months in prison for sending lewd texts to a minor. Keep in mind: He pleaded guilty to one count of the transfer of obscene materials to a minor.

At the sentencing: "Weiner cried at sentencing. Must register as a sex offender. Said he hit 'rock bottom.' Says he has 'a disease but it's not an excuse.'" (From Fox's Chad Pergram)

We were all wondering: Weiner's soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abedin was not at his sentencing.

When he has to surrender: By Nov. 6.

Courtroom sketch of Weiner crying: ​


BREAKING -- TELL ME NOT TO PANIC. EVERYTHING'S DANDY: Via The New York Times's Rick Gladstone, North Korea's foreign minister said that President Trump's threatening rhetoric is a "declaration of war." He also threatened to shoot down American warplanes, even outside of North Korean airspace.

It's Monday. 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.

TRUMP ON THE NFL THIS A.M. -- IF YOU HAD ASKED ME FRIDAY WHAT THE STORY OF THE MORNING WOULD BE, THIS WOULDN'T HAVE MADE MY TOP 50: President Trump this morning said that fans who booed NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem were demanding respect for the country's flag. Tweets: "Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag! The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!"

Reaction from the NFL -- oh damnnnn: NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart fired back at Trump, saying the NFL protests against racial inequality are "real locker room talk." What he's referencing: The leaked "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump talking about his treatment of woman, including the infamous "grab them by the pussy" line. Trump had downplayed the controversy as "locker room talk."

Back story -- what happened this weekend: "Protests during the national anthem to draw attention to racism and social injustice, which began during the summer of 2016 with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, had slowed to a trickle this season. Trump reignited them with inflammatory comments Friday at a political rally before a nearly all-white crowd in Alabama in which he challenged NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem. Most of the players who have done so are black."

Some bars didn't show the games during the national anthem: Photo:

Players who kneeled: Trump's comments sparked a wave of protests during games. Here's a list of the NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem.

Oh jeeeez: Here's the back cover of today's New York Daily News. Photo of a sign:

NFL vs. hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico: "Trump has mentioned athlete protests more than a dozen times since he last mentioned Puerto Rico." (Via The Washington Post's Philip Bump) 

*INSERT INSPIRATIONAL HALLMARK QUOTE ABOUT THE MERITS OF FAILURE*: Congressional Republicans are facing the prospect of failing this week -- perhaps for a final time -- in their bid to repeal ObamaCare. Who has opposed it so far: Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (R-Ky.). Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGrassley panel scraps Kavanaugh hearing, warns committee will vote without deal Collins 'appalled' by Trump tweet about Kavanaugh accuser Poll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it MORE (R-Maine) is leaning strongly against it; Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE (R-Texas) said he and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeReexamining presidential power over national monuments Utah group complains Mia Love should face criminal penalties for improper fundraising Senate approves 4B spending bill MORE (R-Utah) would oppose the bill as it stands now.

JUST NOW -- Trump weighs inPresident Trump sounded a pessimistic note this morning on the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, and blamed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for costing his party a victory. His words: "Looks like Susan Collins and some others who will vote against," Trump said during an interview on the "Roy & Bubba" radio show. "We're going to lose two or three votes and that's the end of that."

Last night -- last-ditch of the last-ditch of the FINAL last-ditch effort: Senate Republicans circulated a revised draft of the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill. Change: Boost in funding for Arizona and Maine, plus a small drop in funding for Alaska.

Expected today: "CBO says they 'aim' to release the preliminary score for the NEW version of Graham-Cassidy today" (From NBC's Frank Thorp)

LAST NIGHT -- NEW TRUMP TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: President Trump is replacing his controversial travel ban with a targeted list of restrictions that will enhance vetting for nationals from eight countries. Which countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Which countries were also part of the original travel ban: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia; Sudan was removed from that list. When it goes into effect: Oct. 18.

NEW THIS A.M. -- IT'S LIKE FACEBOOK POKING 8.0: Via BuzzFeed's Joseph Bernstein, former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon tried to spy on Facebook by planting a mole in the company. How it went down:

IF I HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT ANOTHER OFFICIAL WHO USES A PRIVATE EMAIL FOR WHITE HOUSE BUSINESS...: Via Politico's Josh Dawsey, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has used his private email for official White House business. But keep in mind!: "There is no indication that Kushner has shared any sensitive or classified material on his private account, or that he relies on his private email account more than his official White House account to conduct government business. Aides say he prefers to call or text over using email."



CNN’s Jeff Zeleny
Trump calls into 'Rick & Bubba' show, calls Roy Moore 'Ray." Supports Strange, but says will campaign for Moore.

Journalist Jim Roberts
McCain says doctors gave him "poor prognosis" on cancer. But he’ll "celebrate, with gratitude, a life well-lived.”



This morning: Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly made her debut on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." When it airs: During the third hour of "Today."

Today: Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' MORE (R-Fla.) and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long travel to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief efforts.

Noon: The Senate meets.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

4 p.m. EDT: The Senate is in.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on the confirmation of William Emanuel for the National Labor Relations Board.

5:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with grassroots leaders.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes.

Tuesday–Thursday: The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute are hosting the 2017 Washington Ideas conference. Featured speakers include: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Trump signs first 2019 'minibus' spending package | Mueller probing transactions by Russian organizers of Trump Tower meeting | Stocks brush off trade fears On The Money: Cohen reportedly questioned over Trump dealings with Russia | Trump hails economy | Tells workers to 'start looking' if they want a better job | Internal poll shows tax law backfiring on GOP Trump announces tariffs on 0B in Chinese goods MORE chef Jose Andres SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and documentary filmmaker Ken BurnsFull schedule and speakers:

Tomorrow -- Oct. 1: The 2017 Presidents Cup golf competition in Jersey City, N.J. Details:



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

2 p.m. EDT: The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy health-care proposal. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), co-chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, speaks at a National Press Club event on the opioid crisis and mental health. Livestream:

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump makes an announcement on American jobs.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a rally in Birmingham, Ala., for 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 (R-Ala.). Strange is up against Roy Moore in a special election primary runoff for the Republican nomination for Senate on Tuesday.



Today is National Lobster Day!

OPENING TODAY -- NOT YOUR COLLEGE RAMEN: Via Washington City Paper, JINYA Ramen Bar is opening on 14th street in Washington, D.C. today. The first 100 guests in line will get free ramen.

ALSO OPENING TODAY ON 14th: Jeni's Ice Cream! The official grand opening is on Oct. 5. It feels like a hot August day in D.C. today -- how festive!

And because you read this far, here's an amazing video of girls taking selfies on an elevator when Bill Nye walks on. His reaction is perfect.


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