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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — House postpones Rosenstein meeting | Dems plan ambitious agenda if they take House | Hurricane Michael nears landfall | Trump rips Dems over Medicare for all | Five people on short list to replace Haley | Senate Dems force health care vote | Trump to hold rally in Pennsylvania tonight



Published at 3:15 a.m. -- I picture Trump heatedly hitting the keyboard while a single candle illuminates the Oval Office:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE published an op-ed in USA Today where he slammed Democrats' "Medicare for all" plan.

Line that's getting traction: "The truth is that the centrist Democratic Party is dead. The new Democrats are radical socialists who want to model America's economy after Venezuela."

^Because quoting Taylor Swift is festive today -- "I'm sorry, the old Democrats can't come to the phone right now." "Why?" "Oh, 'cause they're dead."

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Paragraph that sums up Trump's argument: "The Democrats' plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised. By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care." 

REACTION FROM SEN. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders endorses Oakland teachers strike Dem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 News media has sought to 'delegitimize' Tulsi Gabbard, says liberal journalist MORE (I-Vt.): Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, "Bernie Sanders tells reporters he counted the "blatant lies" in trump's oped. Notes his plan would improve Medicare for seniors by covering more benefits, not end it."


It's a warm, summery Wednesday in the DMV. 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.




Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall at 1 p.m. as a Category 4:

Hurricane Michael is about to hit the Florida Panhandle. Keep in mind: This is the first time a Category 4 storm or stronger has hit that area. 

The latest forecast from The Weather Channel:

Maps of the storm from the National Hurricane Center:

Evacuations: More than 375,000 Florida residents have been asked to evacuate. And for those who haven't evacuated yet: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) tweeted, "The time for evacuating along the coast has come and gone. First responders will not be able to come out in the middle of the storm. If you chose to stay in an evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY." Evacuation details:

Livestream of a beach in Destin, Fla.:



Democrats are ready to spring into action if they win the House: 

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, if the House flips next month to Democratic control, committee leaders are ready to roll out an ambitious agenda after eight years in the minority. What they're hoping to do: "Democrats have big plans, from shoring up ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank financial rules to protecting 'Dreamers' and the integrity of elections." What each committee has on its wish list:

THERE'S ALWAYS A TEA PARTY: "Democrats urged voters not to hand over power to an angry Tea Party mob in 2010 ... eight years later, the tables have been turned, and it is [the GOP that is warning] voters against putting a radical, left-wing mob in charge of Washington.

HAPPENING TODAY -- PUT YOUR VOTE WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, "Senate Democrats on Wednesday plan to force a vote on a health-care measure in an effort to put Republicans on the record against pre-existing condition protections ahead of the midterm elections."



It's the Trump admin shuffle: 

Via The Hill's Jordan FabianPresident Trump said he has five people on his short list of replacements for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Who we know is on the list: Trump's former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell

Who is not on the list: "Trump said Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, is not on the short list but he is willing to consider him for the post. Grenell is well-liked among Trump allies and White House staffers."

What else we know about Trump's short list:



Having no protester interruptions must have felt strange:

Three days after the intense battle concluded for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump steps up attack on Planned Parenthood  Smollett saga shows it's no mistake when media target conservatives Supreme Court clamps down on 'excessive fines' by states MORE's confirmation, Kavanaugh sat on the bench for his first oral arguments. 

Courtroom sketch from yesterday:

Any protests?: Nope, no outbursts during the oral arguments.

Yeah, but: There were barriers outside the court for extra security.

Lol: "There was a long line of onlookers seeking to snag a seat for Kavanaugh's first session (or because they have [an] unusually keen interest in how the law treats slight-force robberies)."

Who else attended for Kavanaugh's first day: Former Justice Anthony Kennedy.



Because we take ice cream news very seriously in this newsletter: 

A new ice cream shop called Nicecream opened in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Think: Ice cream frozen on the spot with liquid nitrogen.





Hey, John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerEx-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group Crowley, Shuster moving to K Street On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE, heyyy:




The Senate is in. The House is out.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenImmigrant advocacy groups seek restraining order to block Trump asylum policy The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration 2,000 asylum seekers return home, decide to stay in Mexico: report MORE and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Dems tee up Tuesday vote against Trump's emergency declaration | GOP expects few defections | Trump doubles number of troops staying in Syria to 400 Trump administration ups to 400 number of troops staying behind in Syria Kurdish-led Syrian administration cheers Trump decision to leave troops in region MORE.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs two bills. 

2:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Wisconsin GOP event in Green Bay.

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a procedural vote on a nomination.

3:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House for Erie, Pa.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Wisconsin GOP event in Eau Claire. 

6:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with supporters.

9:55 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Postponed: "Two House committees have postponed a scheduled meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinEx-Trump aide: Can’t imagine Mueller not giving House a ‘roadmap’ to impeachment Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump MORE, sparking irritation from conservative lawmakers who had sought to grill the official over a report he had considered wearing a wire to record President Trump."



7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Erie, Pa. Livestream: 



Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.


Never miss an opportunity:

Via Adweek, McDonalds agencies are rushing to create fry art referencing Banksy's painting that shredded at auction. Photos:


MAC is going au naturale: 

Via Refinery29, makeup company MAC has decided to no longer edit facial hair out of photos. What the new advertisements look like:


And because you made it this far, here's a dog who makes it onto a soccer field and DEMANDS belly rubs from players: