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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | Questions lack of border wall funding | FBI mired in new political fight | How Kavanaugh controversy is affecting the Supreme Court's term | Latest on Maryland shooting | Puerto Rico, one year after Maria | How a blue wave could bring trouble for Dems | Trump heads to Vegas rally



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This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE slammed Congress for passing a spending bill without funding for his border wall. He tweeted: "I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!" 

WHAT THE BILL INCLUDES: $854 billion to fund the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services,  Labor and Education. It also includes a continuing resolution to fund all other agencies through Dec. 7. I.e.: After the midterms. 

WHERE THE BILL STANDS: The Senate passed the funding bill 93-7 -- six Republicans and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide MORE (I-Vt.) opposed the bill. The House is expected to take up the legislation next week. The deadline: Sept. 30 to avoid another government shutdown. 

COULD THERE BE A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFTER THE SEPT. 30 DEADLINE?: Via Bloomberg's Erik Wasson: "So far no real sense on Capitol Hill this morning that Trump will actually cause a Oct. 1 shutdown by vetoing either of two spending bill packages coming to his desk this month." 


It's Thursday. 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



Shooting at a business park in Maryland:

Three people were killed in a shooting at one of Rite Aid's distribution centers in Harford County, Md.


Where it happened: Aberdeen, Md., which is approximately 70 miles northeast of Washington, D.C.

The FBI Baltimore field office is responding: The FBI confirmed an "active shooter situation."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted: "We are closely monitoring the horrific shooting in Aberdeen. Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support."



The FBI should line their offices with bipartisan purple flags:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, once again, the FBI is in the center of a political controversy in Washington. How so: "Democrats are clamoring for the bureau to reopen a background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after an allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced amid his confirmation proceedings. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is refusing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI fully investigates her accusations." What would need to happen for the FBI to get involved: The White House would have to direct the FBI to investigate, but President Trump has signaled he has no intention of doing so.

Interesting question: "Hm. If both Kavanaugh and Ford testify under oath Monday and tell opposite stories, one could be committing the federal crime of lying to Congress. Would there be precedent for FBI to then investigate?" (Via Bloomberg's Steven Dennis 

WHAT'S REAL AND WHAT'S NOT: The New York Times's Kevin Roose debunked five viral rumors about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey FordThe five rumors and the truth: 

HOW THIS COULD AFFECT THE SUPREME COURT'S TERM: Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, "the political fury surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process could prompt the Supreme Court to hold off on tackling high-profile cases on issues like abortion and affirmative action in its upcoming term, according to legal experts who say Chief Justice John Roberts may want to take steps to depoliticize the court."



FiscalNote's Wendy Martinez was killed in D.C. while jogging:

Via Roll Call, FiscalNote's chief of staff Wendy Martinez was stabbed while jogging in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday. She was brought to a local hospital and was pronounced dead. 

LATE THIS MORNING -- A SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED: "D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham identified the suspect as Anthony Crawford, 23, of Northwest, who has been charged with first-degree murder while armed. He also said that Crawford has a criminal history and that investigators are still combing through it." The motive: Still unclear.

REST IN PEACE, WENDY: Martinez was killed less than a week after her engagement. Her engagement photos and tributes from family and friends: 

THE SUSPECT WAS CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Homicide detectives were asking the public if anyone recognized the suspect.  Video of the suspect: 

FROM FISCALNOTE'S CEO TIM HWANG: Hwang said in a statement: "The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night. Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy's family and friends."

WENDY HAD BEEN A CONGRESSIONAL INTERN: Martinez interned for Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartBipartisan group reveals agricultural worker immigration bill GOP lawmakers offer new election security measure Trump calls on Supreme Court to strike down DACA, says deal possible MORE (R-Fla.) in 2005. Diaz-Balart tweeted: "She was a motivated young woman who was taken from us far too soon. My thoughts are with her family as they face this unthinkable tragedy." 



Today is the anniversary of Hurricane Maria:

A year ago today, Hurricane Maria battered island of Puerto Rico. Via The Hill's Rafael Bernal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, here's where the recovery stands now: Op-ed:

MEANWHILE IN THE CAROLINAS: Flooding in the Carolinas is expected to get worse over the next couple of days in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. What to expect


The worry for Democrats if they win the House:

Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, a Democratic blue wave could cause turmoil in the Democratic Party. How so: "As a progressive wave grips the party -- producing upset primary wins in places like Boston and the Bronx -- Democrats are bracing for their own version of the Tea Party insurgency that swept House Republicans back to power in 2010." Remember how the Tea Party insurgency went?: It led to Republican infighting.




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The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is traveling to Las Vegas this afternoon for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

Noon: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence attends a National Republican Senatorial Committee lunch.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony MORE attend the Women Mayors of America Conference in Washington, D.C.

1:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the prime minister of Macedonia.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has a phone call with the president of Ecuador.

4:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Las Vegas.

9:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in Las Vegas.

7:30 p.m. EDT Friday: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Springfield, Mo. Details

October 18: CNN is hosting a town hall with Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators at White House Senators confirm Erdoğan played 'propaganda' video in White House meeting MORE (R-Texas) and his Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (Texas).



11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the presentation of the U.S. flag to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation. Livestream: 

10 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Las Vegas. Livestream:



Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day! It's also National Fried Rice Day.


For a good laugh:

Young nature conservationist Robert Irwin, son of the late Steve Irwin,  brought exotic animals onto "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and comedian Kevin Hart was absolutely terrified. His reactions -- including to a baby ostrich -- are incredible. Watch -- it's so funny: 


And because you made it to the end, here's a dog with a slightly different approach to stairs: