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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump shows new frustration with Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Hints at immigration action | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying | GOP wants to move forward with hearing | Trump wants accuser to testify | Trump tours NC hurricane damage | 'Marg,' 'guac,' TL;DR' added to the dictionary



This a.m. — now that’s a diplomatic response:

Speaking to reporters on his way to North Carolina, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE expressed sympathy for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh without questioning Christine Blasey Ford’s story. On Kavanaugh: “Really, they’re hurting somebody’s life,” Trump said, referring to the senators working on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “I think it’s a very unfair thing what’s going on.” On Ford: “I really want to see her. I really would want to see what she has to say ... If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that’ll be very interesting.”


Ford or no Ford, the show will go on: 

Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, will not testify until the FBI investigates her claims. Why this is newsy: Her lawyer previously said she was generally willing to testify. Would this hearing be public?: GOP senators have offered to ban cameras. From Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee: "She has the option of a closed session, with cameras or without."

DEMOCRATS SUPPORT HER DECISION: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line MORE (D-Calif.) supported Ford's call for an FBI investigation. "An immediate FBI investigation is not only consistent with precedent, it is also quite clearly the right thing to do," Schumer said in a statement.

AND REPUBLICANS WANT TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE HEARING WITH OR WITHOUT FORD: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive | Dems question IRS on new tax forms | Warren rolls out universal child care proposal | Illinois governor signs bill for minimum wage Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (R-Iowa) is moving forward with Monday's planned hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay," Grassley said. Grassley also said Ford's claims are: "Serious allegations and Dr. Ford deserves to be heard. ... The invitation for Monday still stands."

OH AND -- KAVANAUGH'S CLASSMATE SAYS HE WON'T TESTIFY: Mark Judge, the former classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh whom Christine Blasey Ford says was in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, said he will not testify because he has no memory of the event. From Judge: "More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes. I have no more information to provide the Committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford's letter."

HOW KAVANAUGH IS PREPARING: Via The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey: “In a prep session for next week, Kavanaugh was grilled today in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building about his past, dating, the accuser's account and more for about two hours. Inquisitors included Donald McGahnDonald (Don) F. McGahnManafort pardon would be impeachable, indictable and convictable Both political parties guilty of weaponizing impeachment More questions than answers in too many Trump stories MORE, Bill Shine, Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah& more.”




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An active shooter situation has been reported at an office building in Wisconsin:

Via The Wisconsin State Journal, police and ambulances are responding to reports of an active shooter in an office building in Middleton, Wis. From a State Journal reporter: "[O]ne woman was taken out of the building screaming, saying it was 'a devastating loss.' She was being held up by another person." Keep in mind: Not much is known right now. Updates:



There's no way Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller CNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign MORE can read this and then proceed to have a 'good day' at work: 

During an exclusive 45-minute Oval Office interview with Hill.TV's John Solomon and Buck Sexton, President Trump gave one of his most ferocious attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and hinting at upcoming executive action on immigration.


The $$ line -- ouch: "I don't have an Attorney General. It's very sad," Trump said about Jeff Sessions.

And it's not just about Sessions's recusal from the Russia investigation: "I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things, not just this."

Jeff Sessions really isn't going to enjoy reading this: "I'm so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn't see it.  And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him."

Soooo, why doesn't Trump fire Sessions?: "We'll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did," he said, referring to the recusal decision.

ON IMMIGRATION: Hint, hint: President Trump hinted that he will soon use his executive powers to do more on immigration. "I'll be doing things over the next two weeks having to do with immigration, which I think you'll be very impressed at," he said.

His inspiration for a border wall -- a 9/11 memorial: "They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville. And I was there. I made the speech. And it's sort of beautiful, what they did is incredible," Trump said. "They have a series of walls, I'm saying, it's like perfect. So, so, we are pushing very hard."


Trump wants nine more Republicans in the Senate: "We gotta get to 60.  So 10 Democrats are controlling the Senate. We shouldn't have the filibuster rule. The first thing that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE would do if he ever took control of the Senate is get rid of the filibuster rule. And for whatever reason, and nobody can explain it, they just won't do it. Which means we need to get nine more Republicans. So, it's a very tough thing, even though we need it."


#NoRegrets: "If I did one mistake with Comey, I should have fired him before I got here. I should have fired him the day I won the primaries," Trump said. "I should have fired him right after the convention, say I don't want that guy. Or at least fired him the first day on the job. ... I would have been better off firing him or putting out a statement that I don't want him there when I get there."


The probe is a "hoax": Trump said the Russia investigation started as a "hoax" and that exposing it could become one of his "crowning achievements" of his presidency.



Michael Flynn may not be as important as we thought:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE requested that a federal judge move forward with sentencing for President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Why this is important: "Some observers interpreted the move, which followed months of delays in Flynn's sentencing, as an indication that Mueller is unlikely to call Flynn to testify at any future trials that may arise from the Russia probe." I.e.: Flynn may not be as critical to the investigation as was once thought. But others disagree. How to interpret this:



Ugh, nope: 

Back story: Yes, Heinz just announced they will begin selling a mayonnaise-ketchup combination. Details:



The House and Senate are out.

9 a.m. EDT: President Trump left the White House for Havelock, N.C., to survey the hurricane damage.

10:20 a.m. EDT: President Trump arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C.

Noon: Vice President Pence campaigns in Washington, D.C., for his brother Greg Pence, who is the Republican nominee for an Indiana congressional seat.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the Mongolian prime minister. 

6:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.



10:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump tours the storm damage in North Carolina and receives a briefing on the hurricane's relief efforts. Livestream:



Today is National Butterscotch Pudding Day.


'Marg' and 'guac' are important words in society:

Via CNN's Lauren Kent, Merriam-Webster has added 840 new words to the dictionary, including a few trendy words. Additions that will get a good reaction: "Rando," "adorbs," "fav," "mocktail," "hangry," "TL;DR," "Instagramming," "marg" and "guac." Definitions if you aren't sure


And because you made it this far, here's a puppy who thinks she's an elephant: