The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump disputes widow's account of phone call | How the FBI tracked a Russian spy trying to get close to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE | In state capitols, women see rampant sexual harassment | House to take up Senate budget | Trump to award Medal of Honor Monday | US nuke bombers back on high alert


Talk of the morning -- We have our 2017 'Khan family': Sgt. La David Johnson's widow appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America," where she confirmed Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTrump, Obamas and Clintons among leaders mourning Aretha Franklin Clyburn rips Trump over Omarosa 'dog' comment: 'I don’t know of anything that has been more troubling to me' Dem lawmaker calls Trump racist in response to 'dog' comment MORE's (D-Fla.) description of her phone call with President Trump. She said she was "hurt" by some of the things the president said to her after her husband was killed in an ambush in Niger. http://bit.ly/2xiOWDH

IN MRS. JOHNSON'S WORDS: "What he said was -- yes the president -- said that he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways. And I was -- it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. He couldn't remember my husband's name." Full interview: http://bit.ly/2xiOWDH

NEW DEVELOPMENT -- TRUMP FIRES BACK IN REAL TIME: Soon after Myeshia Johnson's interview aired, President Trump disputed her account of the phone call. He tweeted: "I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!" http://bit.ly/2gCdfcF

WE CAN ALL AGREE THIS TIMING IS AWKWARD: The president is presenting a Medal of Honor at 3 p.m. EDT today. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yJ6sEf

It's Monday -- welcome back! 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.

Latest Russia update -- the Russians' Clinton obsession: Via The Hill's John Solomon and Alison Spann, "As Hillary Clinton was beginning her job as President Obama's chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putin's machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCybersecurity for national defense: How many 'wake-up calls' does it take? Who's in control alters our opinion of how things are Obama adviser jabs Hillary Clinton over Monica Lewinsky comments MORE and members of their inner circle, according to interviews and once-sealed FBI records." Full story and context: http://bit.ly/2yD5av6

All right North Korea, you had your fun: Via Defense One's Marcus Weisgerber, the United States is preparing to have nuclear-armed bombers on alert 24 hours a day. Does this happen often?: This hasn't happened since 1991, the end of the Cold War. This does make sense: From Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff: "I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we're prepared going forward." http://bit.ly/2hZuReX

NEW -- ANOTHER SIGN THINGS ARE ESCALATING: Japan's defense minister reportedly said Monday that the threat from North Korea is both "unprecedented" and "imminent." The defense minister met with his South Korean counterpart on Monday. Timing: The meeting between the officials comes ahead of President Trump's trip to the region next month. http://bit.ly/2gw2C7z

OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, former acting Director of National Intelligence Michael Dempsey writes about a long-held maxim about the United States' national security. "Our national security apparatus can handle only two big foreign policy crises at once. The policy community just doesn't have the human bandwidth or resources to cope with more than two at the same time, and even two full blown crises would be stretching it. Having served in senior government positions across several administrations, I can attest to the accuracy of this maxim. That's why I'm worried." http://bit.ly/2yIcTr0

TIDBIT: "Another tidbit from WH Asia trip briefing: Trump likely to play golf with PM Abe in Tokyo. (They played a round at Mar-a-Lago.)" (From The Washington Post's David Nakamurahttp://bit.ly/2h2fnr3

This week in Congress -- time for the obligatory ice breakers!: Via The Hill's Christina Marcos and Jordain CarneyPresident Trump is going to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with the full caucus of Senate Republicans for the first time since taking office. Timing: This is amid a string of high-profile fights with several Senate Republicans. What they have to discuss: Iran, ObamaCare, tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and a government funding deadline of Dec. 8. http://bit.ly/2zxF9tU


Finalizing the budget: Republicans may agree on a budget this week to get tax reform moving. Trump spoke to House Republicans on a call Sunday and urged them to take up the Senate's budget. The House is expected to vote on it Thursday. http://bit.ly/2h10ZPR

Disaster relief: The Senate is expected to pass a disaster relief bill for communities affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires.

Sanctions: The House is expected to work on legislation to crack down on North Korea and Iran.

Regulatory reform: The House will spend time this week on legislation to limit donation terms in settlements made by the Justice Department and restrict federal agencies' ability to enter settlement agreements when facing lawsuits from special interest groups.

New reporting -- this is sad and not ok: Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, "More than a dozen female state legislators, staffers and lobbyists in states across the country interviewed by The Hill say they routinely face unwanted advances from their male colleagues, ranging from inappropriate comments about one's appearance and invitations to private meetings to physical contact and, in extreme instances, assault and rape. Many of the women used one word to describe the culture of harassment in their state capitols: pervasive." The full piece is fascinating: http://bit.ly/2zwEvNs

BILL O'REILLY ON HIS SETTLEMENT: Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly paid a $32 million settlement for a sexual harassment claim before the company originally extended his contract. O'Reilly then said he has gone through a "horrible" experience in the months since sexual harassment allegations levied against him were disclosed. http://bit.ly/2zKbEWI



Oh, well yikes:


Please, Lady Gaga. Take him up on this!



The House is in. The Senate will be in later today.

Noon: President Trump welcomes Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore to the White House and has a working luncheon.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate has a roll call vote on disaster aid for the recent hurricanes and wildfires.

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

8 a.m. EDT Tuesday: The Hill is hosting an event on the opioid epidemic and how older Americans battling chronic pain and illness are at risk. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2yDFeQc

8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonOvernight Energy: Political appointee taking over as Interior IG | Change comes amid Zinke probe | White Houses shelves coal, nuke bailout plan | Top Dem warns coal export proposal hurts military Overnight Energy: Political employee to replace Interior inspector general amidst investigations| White House pauses plan to bail out coal and nuclear| Top Armed Services Dem warns Trump coal plan on military bases could hurt national security HUD political appointee to replace Interior Department inspector general MORE joins The Hill's Newsmaker Series to discuss relief efforts in hurricane-affected areas. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2zg14qg

Thursday: The House is expected to take up and vote on the Senate's budget. (From The Hill's Niv Elishttp://bit.ly/2gwsPCZ



1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump gives a joint statement with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yD4vtT

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2yJ6sEf

7 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks at a George Washington University event on President Trump's first year. Other speakers include: Yahoo's Olivier Knox, Fox News's John Roberts, American Urban Radio Network's April Ryan, The New York Times's Glenn Thrush, GW's Sarah Binder, GW's Frank Sesno and Bloomberg's Margaret TalevDetails and livestream: http://bit.ly/2la9Frv

9 p.m. EDT: Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderNow is not the time to reject civility Former Clinton aide Reines: ‘Party of snowflakes’ suddenly remodeled as 'angry mob of terrorists’ Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? MORE will appear on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC.

8:09 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Game 1 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. Breakdown and preview: http://atmlb.com/2y0hd1f



Today is Boston Cream Pie Day.

Popping up around the city -- call me skeptical: A new vegetarian "impossible burger" that looks pretty identical to real beef is popping up around D.C. The Washington Post's Holley Simmons reviewed it. Photos: http://wapo.st/2xhoPwW

And because you made it this far, here's a talking dog with the cutest voice: http://bit.ly/2yHl5pQ


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