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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Presented by Citi -- Trump calls into 'Fox & Friends' | Vows to overrule Sessions on criminal justice reform | Latest on Hurricane Michael | 2 deaths reported | Storm moves over Georgia toward Carolinas | Trump defends holding campaign rally | Kanye to have lunch at White House | GOP split over potential 2020 Supreme Court vacancy | Some ObamaCare premiums to drop



Trump's Fox News show audition:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE called into "Fox & Friends" for an interview lasting nearly an hour. 


On Republicans losing the House majority: "If we lose the majority in the House, which is always a possibility, we will probably just have to fight it out, and it's a shame. It would be a shame because we'd be wasting a lot of time. But we'll just have to fight it out because there are a lot of haters and they're just absolute haters." http://bit.ly/2QLeAu9

On Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcGahn departs as White House counsel The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump requests Turkey's evidence on missing journalist | Takeaways from Texas Senate debate | Key Mueller findings could be ready after midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms MORE -- you know this can't be positive: Trump said if Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries to oppose criminal justice reform, "then he gets overruled by me."  Trump added: "There has to be a reform because it's very unfair right now. It's very unfair to African-Americans. It's very unfair to everybody. And it's also very costly." http://bit.ly/2pPaoy6

On Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesJuan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy Senate Dem: Trump's 'fake, hyperbolic rantings' an insult to real Medal of Honor recipients MORE: Trump praised House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) for his efforts to push back on the Russia investigation. "If this turns out as everyone thinks it will, Devin Nunes should get the Medal of Honor." Keep in mind: The Medal of Honor is awarded to military service members recognized for acts of valor during war. Later in the interview: Trump referenced the highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. http://bit.ly/2EeHCAW

The last question for Trump: "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt ended by asking Trump to wish her father a happy birthday. "Today is my father's birthday. I forgot to send him a present, I had it on the agenda. But if you wish him a happy birthday, that will be the best birthday present I will ever be able to get him." http://bit.ly/2IOkaJt Watch the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2ydenZA

How Fox News host Steve Doocy ended the interview: "Go run the country." http://bit.ly/2RIyw1N


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 cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.




Ugh, the damage so far looks to me more like a tornado than a hurricane: 

Where Michael is headed: Northeast towards the Carolinas. It should head out to sea by Friday. The latest forecast: https://wxch.nl/2OUqTae

Deaths: At least two people have been killed in the storm, including a child in Georgia. https://wxch.nl/2QJAyh8

Power outages: More than 900,000 homes and businesses don't have power. https://wxch.nl/2QJAyh8



Yikes, this is the scariest video I've seen of the storm: Here's a house in Alabama as the storm surge rolls in. Watch: http://bit.ly/2OMzGen

Wow, this photo of the hurricane's destruction at sunset: http://bit.ly/2A4Yx4Z

Aerial footage of Panama City, Fla., after the hurricane: It looks more like a tornado hit. Watchhttp://bit.ly/2IQz3Lg

Remember our dear friend, the flag livestream during Hurricane Florence?: It's back! Watch: http://bit.ly/2ycCCau

This would be about the time I questioned my career choicehttp://bit.ly/2RGukje


THIS A.M. -- TRUMP DEFENDS HOLDING A CAMPAIGN RALLY DURING THE STORM: "Trump defends decision to campaign in Pennsylvania amid destruction from Hurricane Michael in Florida, says he didn't want to disappoint 'thousands and thousands' of people in PA and claimed that in some cases, there were people waiting 'a day-and-a-half' just to enter the arena." http://bit.ly/2A5nIEx



The things I would do to see President Trump wearing some Yeezys:

President Trump is having lunch with rapper Kanye West and football Hall of Famer Jim Brown at the White House todayTrump's daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage Watchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy MORE and her husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMueller assembles team of cooperators in Russian probe Secret Service: Agent who blocked reporter questioning Kushner reacted to ‘abrupt movement’ Kushner and Saudi crown prince communicated informally on WhatsApp: report MORE will also attend. What they will discuss: "[M]anufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago." https://cnn.it/2NB3Egp

Details of the meeting: http://bit.ly/2ydLZqg

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2A42k28



The most fascinating story I've read in weeks:

New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi was working on a story about how White House Chief of Staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has kept his job. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked Nuzzi to come back to the White House Tuesday, leading to as Nuzzi writes, "My Private Oval Office Press Conference With Donald Trump, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceHillicon Valley: Russia-linked hackers hit Eastern European companies | Twitter shares data on influence campaigns | Dems blast Trump over China interference claims | Saudi crisis tests Silicon Valley | Apple to let customers download their data Dems blast Trump for 'conflating' Chinese, Russian election interference claims A strong Kurdistan region is good for US in Iraq MORE, John Kelly, and Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump asks Turkey for evidence on missing journalist | Key Dem calls for international probe | Five things to know about 'MBS' | Air Force struggles to determine cost of hurricane damage to F-22 jets GOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Washington Post to publish special Opinion page with new Khashoggi column MORE." Read it -- trust me: https://nym.ag/2OTzKsH


Just in case we don't have enough political disputes, let's start arguing over hypothetical ones:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Early lines of division are opening up among top Senate Republicans over a potential 2020 Supreme Court fight. Days after the Senate confirmed Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughProtesters confront Cruz at airport over Kavanaugh vote Trump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE to the court, key GOP lawmakers are giving different answers over whether they'd fill a Supreme Court seat if there is an opening in 2020, the next presidential election year." How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2pPi2Zk


If you like your stamp prices, you can keep them:

Via USA Today's Ashley May, the U.S. Postal Service is considering the biggest stamp price hike since 1991. The difference: From 50 cents to 55 cents for a stamp. Yeah, but: "USPS said the change would also reduce the additional ounce price of letters." Details: http://bit.ly/2pODzkw


ObamaCare premiums could drop:

Via The Hill's Nathaniel Weixel, "Average premiums for the most common "silver" level insurance plan sold under ObamaCare will fall 1.5 percent in 2019, according to the Trump administration, the first time rates have fallen since the law took effect. In contrast, average premiums for the same mid-level plans increased by 37 percent between 2017 and 2018 and by 25 percent between 2016 and 2017." http://bit.ly/2yfC2sC


This is well done:

The New York Times published a feature, "What does life look like for girls turning 18 in 2018? We gave young women photographers around the world an assignment: Show us 18 in your community. This is 18 -- through girls' eyes." https://nyti.ms/2RFgEoR





This is mesmerizing:



The Senate is in. The House is out.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump signed two bills.

12:10 p.m. EDT: The Senate is voting on a nomination. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2yvjPqo

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueOvernight Energy: US greenhouse gas emissions fell in Trump's first year | EPA delays decision on science rule | Trump scolds California over wildfires Trump: California ‘better get their act together’ on wildfires The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a briefing on Hurricane Michael.

Dec. 1: Vice President Pence will attend the inauguration of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obradorhttp://bit.ly/2OUOZl0




2 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Annual Meeting. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2CBINc7



Today is National Sausage Pizza Day.


This is important:

Via Bon Appetit, here's a list of the best cheeses at Trader Joe's. http://bit.ly/2OfQ5Z4


Getting traction -- I feel ya, kid. It's a tough life being the birthday boy:

ABC's "Good Morning America" posted a video of a little boy, named Walter, on his birthday. Clearly Walter is not a morning person. Watch: http://bit.ly/2CD2cZY


And because you made it this far, here are penguins playing with bubbles: http://bit.ly/2CCJaDg