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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance -- McCain lies in state at US Capitol | Leaders honor him at ceremony | Why its been a brutal summer for Republicans | Trump's future hinges on midterms | Manafort associate charged with illegal lobbying | Kavanaugh's doing hearing prep with fake protesters | Trump gives himself an 'A-plus' 



Honoring 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 in Washington, D.C.:

Lawmakers and leaders gathered at the U.S. Capitol this morning for a memorial service to honor the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).



11 a.m. EDT: A ceremony at the U.S. Capitol to honor McCain. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week GOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) and Vice President Pence are speaking. Livestream:

1 p.m. EDT: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol for mourners to pay their respects. Livestream:



Video of the hearse arriving at the Capitol:



Mourners lining up: "People are already lining up outside the Capitol -- more than three hours in advance -- to go in and pay final respects to John McCain." Photo:

The casket arriving in the Capitol Rotunda:

This image is powerful: Here's a shot taken from the top of the rotunda:

Photo of McCain's good friend, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Kim, Moon toss ball to Trump in ‘last, best chance’ for Korean peace GOP senator: Kavanaugh accuser 'moving the goalposts' MORE (R-S.C.), standing at the casket:

Tidbit: "If you zoom in, you can see Lindsey Graham is in the section with what appears to be family, friends and other officials rather than standing with the group of sitting senators to the left." (Via Politico's Nolan McCaskill) Photo:

From Speaker Ryan: "We share your anguish in losing this great man," Ryan says to the McCain family. And a little lighter: "He really does talk like a sailor," Ryan also said

during his remarks.

From Senate Majority Leader McConnell: "He had America's fighting spirit.  I will miss a dear friend whose smile reminded us that service is a privilege. We thank God for giving this country John McCain." 

From Vice President Pence: "The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life, in uniform and in public office," Pence said. "As President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE said yesterday, we respect his service to the country."

More live updates from CNN:



10 a.m. EDT Saturday: A memorial service for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at Washington National Cathedral. 2,500 guests are expected to attend. Who will speak: Former Presidents George W. Bush and Obama; former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.); former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; McCain's children Meghan, Jimmy and Sidney; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

1:45 p.m. EDT Sunday: A private ceremony and burial for McCain at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md. Keep in mind: McCain will be buried next to his lifelong friend Adm. Chuck Larson, who passed away in 2014.


A few streets around the Capitol closed Thursday evening and will remain closed through 11 p.m. EDT Saturday. The list:


Here's the difference between lying in state, honor and repose:


It's Friday and today is the last day of August. 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.


PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 12:30 Report will be off Monday for Labor Day. Enjoy the long weekend! 




JUST POSTED -- a possible Don McGahn replacement: 

Via The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, "President Trump is eying Washington litigator Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahnDonald (Don) F. McGahnThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — McCain honored at US Capitol Trump didn't inform McGahn of hush-money payments in 2016: report MORE, according to two people familiar with the president's thinking." Full report


I mean, I get it. I give myself A-pluses all the time:

During an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg's John Micklethwait, Margaret Talev and Jennifer Jacobs yesterday, President Trump gave himself an A-plus because "the level of love" at his campaign rallies is "just a beautiful thing to watch."


On trade: Trump called the European Union "almost as bad as China, just smaller." 

On the Mueller investigation: The president called the investigation into Russian election interference "illegal." He also said his impeachment isn't possible because Congress can't "impeach somebody that's doing a great job.'' 


Some who worked with Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDem warns Trump: 'Obstruction of justice' to fire Rosenstein Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report Former White House lawyer sought to pay Manafort, Gates legal fees: report MORE might be a little nervous:

Via Bloomberg's Tom Schoenberg and Andrew M. Harris, a former associate of Paul Manafort, Sam Patten, has been charged with failing to register as a foreign agent in the United States. Why: Prosecutors say he was lobbying for a Ukrainian political party.



How I imagine Brett Kavanaugh trying to have a relaxing long weekend


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will sit for three days of confirmation hearings next week with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Tuesday: Opening statements by Kavanaugh and members of the committee. It will start at 9:30 a.m. and will likely end around 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Senators will have 30 minutes each to grill Kavanaugh. It will start at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to wrap around 9:30 p.m. (!) 

Thursday: Senators will have an additional 20 minutes to ask Kavanaugh questions. It will start around 9:30 a.m. and is expected to end around 6 p.m.

Friday: 28 outside witnesses are scheduled to testify. 


WHAT TO EXPECT -- EH, DON'T GET TOO EXCITED: "Nominees know they do not have much to gain from discussing how they would rule on particular cases, and senators largely know how they will vote before the hearing ever starts."

NEW TIDBIT -- OOH, OOH, ARE THEY LOOKING FOR MORE PEOPLE TO PLAY THE PROTESTERS?! THAT SOUNDS FUN: Via Politico's Andrew Restuccia, Elana Schor and Lorraine Woellert, Judge Kavanaugh is undergoing a series of rigorous mock hearings and fake protesters to prepare for next week. Details of the mock hearings:



'It's been a brutal summer for the GOP'

^You can say that again:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Alexander Bolton, "President Trump's secret meeting, and stunning press conference, with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Felony convictions for Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and a guilty plea from his longtime personal fixer, Michael Cohen. Returning flags atop the White House to full-staff less than 48 hours after Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) death."

Why this could be worrisome for the party: "Some Republicans say the president's actions these past few months amount to a series of costly errors that distract from the party's strong economic message and raise more doubts about whether the GOP can keep control of the House -- and perhaps the Senate -- in the upcoming midterm elections."




This seems pretty stressful to me!:

Watch -- it's pretty cool:  


*face palm*:

New update: Here's a statement from the White House Correspondents' Association. Excerpt: "The [Trump] campaign has taken him off the road, and promises that this will not happen again." Full statement:



The House and Senate are out.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House for Charlotte, N.C.

2:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a signing event on strengthening retirement security in America.

3:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Charlotte, N.C.

4:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Charlotte, N.C.

7:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

This weekend: Funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Op-ed from former deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy Seth Cropsey: 

Noon Tuesday: The House returns.  



Today: The funeral for singer Aretha Franklin. Livestream:

Sunday morning: Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.) and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Spotlight shifts to Kavanaugh ahead of hearings GOP senator: Trump firing Sessions wouldn't be 'politically wise' MORE (R-Alaska) will appear exclusively on NBC's "Meet the Press." Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, will also appear.



Today is National Trail Mix Day.


And to get your weekend off to a funny start, here's a dog who really can't stand humans. I didn't think it was possible, but we have found one: