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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Bolton launches attack on International Criminal Court | DeSantis resigns House seat to focus on Florida gov race | Trump vows to write 'real book' to counter Woodward | Koch network creates super PAC ahead of midterms | Les Moonves out as CBS chief | Senate Republicans rally to help Cruz in tight race | East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence | Rat pulls fire alarm in DC



Things that are illegitimate: Jon Snow's childhood, sugar free desserts and now the ICC: 


Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, the Trump administration is threatening to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it continues with an investigation into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. How we know: National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has been a longtime ICC critic, is speaking at the conservative Federalist Society. Why this is important: This move could threaten the future of the court.

Context of the address: Bolton is giving his first major address since joining the Trump administration at the Federalist Society.



It's Monday -- tomorrow is the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 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.



Just announced -- campaigning is a full time job: 

Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida secretary of state who resigned apologizes for blackface photos The Hill's Morning Report — Trump complicates border wall negotiations Parkland parents ask Pulitzer panel to honor local paper for school shooting coverage MORE (R-Fla.) is resigning his House seat to focus on his increasingly competitive race against Democrat Andrew GillumWhen he will leave Congress: His resignation is effective immediately. Details:


I feel like the president had a dream last night about Bob Woodward's book:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE has been tweeting about veteran journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book, vowing to write his own version of the events it covers.

Trump tweeted: "The Woodward book is a Joke -- just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can't stand losing. I'll write the real book!" 

Stepping back -- this morning: "Trump has tweeted direct attacks at the Woodward book twice in less than 30 minutes and sent another tweet that's almost certainly in response to the book. Woodward really seems to have gotten under Trump's skin."


Welcome, Charles Koch:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the Koch network, has launched a new super PAC to help conservative and libertarian candidates in the midterms. What to expect:



Please don't hit us-- *switches to song* -- like a wreeecking baaaall: 

Hurricane Florence has picked up steam and is projected to hit the East Coast of the United States later this week. What we know: 

Storm tracker -- the latest storm path: 

Where Florence is now: South of Bermuda. It's expected to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas tomorrow and Wednesday.

When Florence could make landfall: Thursday, with wind picking up Wednesday evening.

Where Florence is expected to hit: Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are under a state of emergency. The storm could still veer as far south as Georgia and as far north as the mid-Atlantic.

What Virginia Beach looks like now. Livestream:

NEW TIDBIT — Navy ships leave Norfolk: "NEW: U.S. Navy orders 30 of its ships based at Norfolk, Virginia out to sea ahead of Hurricane Florence."



CBS's CEO is out: 

Via CNN's Brian Stelter, CBS chief executive Les Moonves has left the company amid allegations of sexual misconduct. CBS has said that any severance will depend on the results of an independent investigation of the claims. But there is still speculation that Moonves could leave CBS with millions.

New allegations: A few hours before the news, The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow reported that Moonves had been negotiating the terms of his departure and that more women had come forward to accuse him of harassment.


A police officer shot someone she mistook as an intruder:

Via ABC News, "A Dallas police officer who fatally shot a man she thought was inside her home when he was actually inside his own apartment has been arrested for manslaughter, records showed." What happened: Officer Amber Guyger returned home after a shift and accidentally entered the wrong apartment. The details of the incident are still under investigation.


Happening Wednesday -- excited for the new iPhone?: 

Via CNET, Apple is hosting a product announcement event Wednesday. The company is expected to release new iPhones.  What to expect in the new iPhones:


'You're a huge pain, but you're ~our~ huge pain': 

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzEl Chapo's lawyer fires back at Cruz: 'Ludicrous' to suggest drug lord will pay for wall Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again MORE (R-Texas) was the most disliked member of the Senate Republican conference for much of his first six years in Congress, but colleagues are rallying to his side in the face of a serious reelection challenge from Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket MORE (D)." How the race is going: Polls show a very tight race.



Today in college football fan signs: 



The House and Senate are out.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has a phone call with the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with USAID Administrator Mark Green

Tomorrow: Primaries in New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York. Keep in mind: These are the final primaries before the 2018 midterm elections. What to watch:

Thursday: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySmaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown MORE (R-Iowa) has announced the committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will happen on Thursday. Keep in mind: Democrats can delay that vote for a week. 



Happening now: National security adviser John Bolton gives an address at the Federalist Society. Livestream:

Not happening today: It has been 19 days since White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a press briefing. Oh and: Sanders has only held 13 briefings in June, July and August. Details and context:

Wednesday: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former Treasury Secretaries Tim Geithner and Hank Paulson speak at a Brookings Institution event on the financial crisis. Details and livestream:



Today is National TV Dinner Day.


This really is a step back for rat–human relations: 

Via NBC Washington, a rat pulled a fire alarm, leading to the evacuation of an entire condo building in Washington, D.C. Watch:


And because you made it to the end, here's a bear doing a terrible job at scaring a dog: