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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on Hurricane Florence | House leaders monitoring storm, no change to votes for now | Trump scraps rallies | Trump, Pence mark 9/11 anniversary | 17 years later, cyberattacks are new fear | Update on Senate fight eight weeks from midterms | New GOP worry as Trump approval slips | Cynthia Nixon defends bagel order (!)

 

LATEST WITH HURRICANE FLORENCE

Fun fact: Florence + the Machine have a song titled, 'Hurricane Drunk': 

I bet we'll be hearing this a lot --> http://bit.ly/2x2ll31

Via The Weather Channel, Hurricane Florence is headed for the Carolinas as a Category 4 hurricane. Here's what we know:

When and where are the mandatory evacuations: Mandatory evacuations are in place for coastal Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The mandatory evacuation for the South Carolina coastline is effective as of noon today. Details: https://cnn.it/2O6MkRH

When Florence will make landfall: Thursday and early Friday, but storm-force winds could start Wednesday evening. 

Category: Florence is currently a Category 4 hurricane, but "some additional strengthening is possible, and it's not out of the question that Florence could come close to Category 5 status for a time."

A warning for everyone on the East Coast: The hurricane is causing dangerous rip currents and waves along the East Coast. 

The latest Weather Channel forecast -- bookmark this page: https://wxch.nl/2O1VDSP

WOW -- VIDEO OF THE STORM FROM SPACE: Here's what Hurricane Florence looks like from the International Space Station. Watch: https://cnn.it/2x2wOip

 

What to expect in the Washington, D.C., area:

Via The Capital Weather Gang, Washington is already saturated with rain, so a few inches of rain and wind could lead to serious flooding and falling trees. 

Specifically for the DMV: "Depending on the track of Category 4 Hurricane Florence, a storm surge could come up the tidal Potomac and Chesapeake like a bulldozer, pushing water multiple feet above normally dry land along their shores." 

And watch out for tornadoes: "In addition, quick-hitting tornadoes could form in some of the storm bands that pass through the region."

The full D.C.-area forecast, with graphics: https://wapo.st/2oXQyA1

NEW — House monitoring storm: Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, House GOP leadership was weighing whether to cancel votes for the entire week, but is planning for now to go ahead with votes. They will "continue to monitor" the storm. The announcement: http://bit.ly/2NAUox5

 

It's Tuesday. It's the 17th anniversary of 9/11, Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the East Coast and the midterms are eight weeks from today. So, you know, slow day. 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.

 

TALK OF THE POLITICAL WORLD

Bob Woodward's book is out:

This morning, veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward released his bombshell book on President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE's presidency. Buy "Fear: Trump in the White House" on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NgAvLp

Tidbit about Pence: USA Today's Maureen Groppe writes that Vice President Pence is mentioned only a few times in the book. "As usual, Pence was staying out of the way," Woodward writes. https://usat.ly/2N2xjUy

How many copies will be printed: Woodward's publisher says 1 million copies will be printed. https://cnnmon.ie/2Mntzbb

INTERESTING TWITTER THREAD -- REPORTING IS HARD, ESPECIALLY WHEN PEOPLE STRAIGHT-UP LIE: This morning on NBC's "Today," journalist Bob Woodward told NBC's Savannah Guthrie that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisArmy chief: Poland doesn’t have space for ‘Fort Trump’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump Overnight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes MORE are lying when they deny quotes from his new book, 'Fear: Trump in the White House." http://bit.ly/2QoEzbx

NBC's Jonathan Allen chimed in: "Woodward also said it 'happens frequently' that a source will publicly deny something the source told the author -- and suggested authors understand that sources have to. [The Hill's Amie Parnes] and I can attest to that."

And so did CNN's Brian Stelter: "People lie on the record & tell the truth on background. But how can we in the press convey this to the public?" http://bit.ly/2x3T3ol

And Axios's Jonathan Swan: "They also lie on background. A lot. Reporting is hard! And the most cunning trick of all: They also lie off the record, hoping you'll smuggle it into your copy some day." http://bit.ly/2MlEAJJ 

ALSO OUT TODAY -- BILL PRESS'S NEW BOOK: Veteran journalist Bill Press, a columnist for The Hill, just published a book titled "Trump Must Go: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (and One to Keep Him)." The book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Nzv4ax

 

17 YEARS AGO TODAY

This is still the most powerful, poignant Sept. 11 piece I have ever read:

Journalist Garrett Graff published an oral history of the 9/11 attacks, told in short snippets by those on board Air Force One that day. Why it's so interesting: It gives a very detailed account from the perspective of President George W. Bush and his staff.  If you read one 9/11 piece today, let it be this one: https://politi.co/2MmzrBk

On the president's knowledge of the attack during a Florida event: "All of a sudden it hits me: The president's the only one who doesn't know that this plane has hit the second building. It was a discomfort to all of us that the president didn't know." (Via the Secret Service's Dave Wilkinson)

On news coverage from the air: "We didn't know where we were going, but they must've been circling, because we kept watching the local feed of a Florida station going in and out. That was our tiny window into the outside world." Keep in mind: The plane didn't have satellite TV. 

When Bush landed on the ground: "The guy was driving really fast, and in a Humvee the center of gravity isn't as low as you think. The president said, 'Slow down, son, there are no terrorists on this base! You don't have to kill me now!'"

WHERE WERE YOU THAT DAY? Journalist Garrett Graff posted: "As some of you know, I'm working on turning my oral history of being aboard Air Force One on 9/11, 'The Only Plane in the Sky,' into a book that will be published next year, a full oral history of America on 9/11. I'm collecting stories from across America about what the day was like for people and what they remember. If you would, please share your own 9/11 story with me." How to share your experiences: http://bit.ly/2N7Jlfc

 

9/11 memorials today:

A FEW OF THE MEMORIAL SERVICES TODAY: 

President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE attended a memorial service in Shanksville, Pa., for the victims of Flight 93. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2x1guiT

Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Falling Trump approval worries GOP | Florence nears coast | Trump touts Puerto Rico response The Hill's 12:30 Report — East coast braces for Florence | Trump, Pence mark 9/11 anniversary The Hill's 12:30 Report — White House counsel to depart this fall MORE attended a ceremony at the Pentagon. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2x7pmCy

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyGraham knocks South Korea over summit with North Publisher says Woodward book sales largest in its history Bianca Jagger visits DC to spotlight 'brutal assault' on 'people of Nicaragua' MORE is in New York for the memorial service. Livestream of the ceremony: http://bit.ly/2QlreAs

Wow, this photo isn't what I would have expected: Photo of President Trump greeting supporters on the way to the Flight 93 service: http://bit.ly/2O6uyxR

 

A new fear since that day:

Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen, 17 years from the Sept. 11 attacks, cyberattacks have been a constant fear and threat for the United States. How so: "Airports and airlines increasingly rely on cyber networks to operate, yet there are no federal regulations specifically governing their use. Lawmakers say they are drafting legislation that would impose new standards for cybersecurity as experts argue U.S. airlines are vulnerable to attacks." Where that stands: http://bit.ly/2oZyAgs

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2x4uZBv

 

IN OTHER NEWS

The last North Korea summit was just peachy -- let's do it again sometime: 

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, the White House is planning a second meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. What sparked this: Kim sent a letter requesting another summit. Where and when: Still unclear. http://bit.ly/2x5LIEr

 

New CNN poll -- Trump's approval drops 6 points in a month:

Via CNN's Jennifer Agiesta, President Trump's approval rating has dropped 6 points in one month. The numbers: 36 percent approve of his performance, down from 42 percent in August. An all-time low among independents: 47 percent of independents approved of the president last month, but just 31 percent still do. The full poll: https://cnn.it/2x3bJEr

TRENDING -- SOME CONTEXT: "It's not just CNN's poll. All polling shows Trump's approval rating dropping." Analysis from CNN's Harry Enten: https://cnn.it/2O4uHls

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Psh, woman of the people... ;) 

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon ordered lox, capers and red onion on, wait for it, a cinnamon raisin bagel. The internet was not pleased.

Watch her defense of the flavor combo: I'm not impressed. http://bit.ly/2N2OSUq

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump get back to the White House.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Defense Secretary James Mattis.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenFEMA administrator nearly quit amid feud with DHS chief: report DOJ looking into 'concerning' behavior by employee in Project Veritas video New Defense cyber strategy gives military power on preventative cyberattacks MORE and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long

Just canceled -- Thursday: President Trump has canceled his Thursday campaign rally in Cape Girardeau, Mo. http://bit.ly/2N4hugf

Canceled -- Friday: President Trump is no longer holding a campaign rally in Jackson, Miss., on Friday. http://bit.ly/2CFIRIu 

Eight weeks from today: The midterm elections. The latest predictions: http://bit.ly/2x0LejW

 

WHAT TO WATCH

7:40 am. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump left the White House for Shanksville, Pa., for a Sept. 11 memorial service. Livestream of their departure -- yikes it's foggy: http://bit.ly/2x7aT9I

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence attended a Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon. Livestream of the ceremony: http://bit.ly/2x7pmCy

9:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a memorial service for Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2x1guiT

6 p.m. EDT: Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRubio wants DOJ to find out if Kerry broke law by meeting with Iranians Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Pompeo doubles down on criticism of Kerry: The Iran deal failed, 'let it go' MORE will be interviewed on Fox News Radio.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Hot Cross Bun Day.

 

And because there's a lot of heavy news today, here's a toddler wrestling a pack of ferocious golden retriever puppies: http://bit.ly/2N3ppdr