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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet with Saudi king | Says 'rogue killer' could be behind journalist's disappearance | Trump denies offering $1M for Warren DNA test, even though he did | How Trump could work with Dems if they retake House | Trump heads to Florida to see hurricane damage | Sears files for bankruptcy | Meghan Markle is pregnant 

  

LATEST WITH THE MISSING JOURNALIST

New development — this won’t be a tense meeting or anything:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE said he's sending Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump admin to discuss sending additional military force to Middle East amid Iran tensions: report Buttigieg: Iran situation 'disturbingly reminiscent' of lead-up to Iraq War Buttigieg: Iran situation 'disturbingly reminiscent' of lead-up to Iraq War MORE to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after the king denied any role in the disappearance of journalist Jamal KhashoggiTrump tweeted: "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen.’ He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!” http://bit.ly/2yi3INo

ALSO THIS A.M. — TRUMP SUGGESTS ‘ROGUE KILLERS’ COULD BE TO BLAME FOR KHASHOGGI’S DISAPPEARANCE: "Trump told reporters at the White House that "rogue killers," and not Saudi officials, may have gotten to Khashoggi. The president cited no specific evidence, but noted he had just spoken with Saudi King Salman, who denied that Riyadh was involved." http://bit.ly/2pVk75M

YESTERDAY — TRUMP WARNED SAUDIS ON '60 MINUTES’: Trump warned that Saudi Arabia would face “severe punishment” if the country is involved with Khashoggi’s disappearance. 

HAPPENING TODAY: Turkey will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was last seen. https://wapo.st/2yjGWVv

TIDBIT — HAPPENING AT THE CONSULATE BEFORE THE INVESTIGATORS ARRIVE: 

HELPFUL READ — HERE’S EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE: Via The Huffington Post’s Antonia Blumberg, “Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist living in self-imposed exile, went missing on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance has sparked international outrage and a slew of conflicting theories about what happened to him.” What we know and the lingering questionshttp://bit.ly/2CJ9wDp 

 

It’s Monday — welcome back! 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.

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Sears files for bankruptcy — everyone, go buy a new vacuum:

Via CNN’s Chris Isidore, Sears has filed for bankruptcy after it could not make a $134 million debt payment. But keep in mind: Sears says it plans to stay in business, keeping the websites and its profitable store locations. https://cnn.it/2IZ21Zg

 

Well, Princess Eugenie had the spotlight for the weekend, right?:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the duke and duchess of Sussex, are having a baby next spring. How far along is she?: Around 12 weeks. Keep in mind: Meghan wore a long coat to Princess Eugenie’s wedding, sparking speculation that she may be pregnant. Photos that led to speculationhttps://bbc.in/2ygE7Va

The couple’s Instagram announcement: http://bit.ly/2NMvEy4

WILL THE BABY BE A PRINCE OR PRINCESS?: Not automatically. Technically only the first born of Prince William would be a prince or princess, but the Queen bent the rules with a decree that any child of William would be a prince or princess. The Queen would have to do the same for Prince HarryLine of succession: This new baby would be seventh in line to the throne, bumping Prince Andrew to eighth. Details and the line of succession: http://bit.ly/2CJ3d2R

 

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE is trying to cash in on her bet:

Via The Boston Globe’s Annie Linskey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren(D-Mass.) publicly released the results of a DNA test that show she has a Native American ancestor. How far back: Six to 10 generations. Who did the DNA test?: Stanford University professor and MacArthur fellow Carlos BustamanteThe full breakdown: http://bit.ly/2pTvWcI

Timing: Warren is a potential 2020 presidential contender. President Trump often questions her Native American heritage and mocks the senator by calling her “Pocahontas.”  

WARREN TWEETED AT PRESIDENT TRUMP THIS MORNING: “By the way, @realDonaldTrump: Remember saying on 7/5 that you’d give $1M to a charity of my choice if my DNA showed Native American ancestry? I remember — and here's the verdict. Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.” http://bit.ly/2RR1RXZ

TRUMP THEN RESPONDED: "I didn't say that. You'd better read it again," Trump said. http://bit.ly/2PBgUU7

I DON’T WANT TO GET IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS, BUT TRUMP ~DID~ SAY HE WOULD…: Trump said at a campaign rally on July 5, “I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian. I have a feeling she will say 'no.' " http://bit.ly/2NHS82Y

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

The president had a lot to say on “60 Minutes”:
Last night, CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired a wide-ranging interview with President Trump. Here are the highlights:

On the special counsel investigation: Trump said he has “no intention” of shutting down special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “Well, I don’t pledge anything. But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind.” http://bit.ly/2QPPSZu

On Russian President Vladimir Putin: Trump admitted that Putin was “probably” involved in assassinations and poisonings, but said those crimes were “not in our country.” http://bit.ly/2OsEs0W

On whether he trusts people in the White House: Trump said he doesn’t “trust everybody” in the White House. Why this came up: Last week, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report White House mulling restoring daily press briefing with Sanders replacement: report Trump compares Melania to Jackie Kennedy: 'We have our own Jackie O' MORE said there are people in the West Wing she can’t trust. http://bit.ly/2yAPBCe

SIX TAKEAWAYS FROM THE INTERVIEW: Via The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake: https://wapo.st/2yqzsAf

FULL TRANSCRIPT AND INTERVIEW: https://cbsn.ws/2pUztaX

IF YOU WANT TO WATCH ONE SHORT EXCERPT: Here’s a fascinating back and forth between President Trump and Lesley Stahl about North Korean leader Kim Jong UnWatch: http://bit.ly/2OrmFXZ

  

22 DAYS UNTIL THE MIDTERMS

New reporting — when you need your enemy:

Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian and Mike Lillis, “President Trump is making overtures to Democrats about working together next year, a move that would mark a major shift in his approach to dealing with Congress but one that could prove necessary in order to secure big legislative achievements ahead of his reelection campaign in 2020.” http://bit.ly/2pTXyyB

Why: Trump will need Democrats if they take control of the House next year.

The double-edged sword: “But the partisan animosity in Washington is likely to increase if Democrats win majorities in one or both chambers of Congress, which could make bipartisan dealmaking all but impossible. Trump could also risk a backlash from his base if they believe he has gone too far in dealing with Democrats.”

An example of an issue where Trump and Democrats could agree: An infrastructure package.

TIDBIT — WHY SOME MAIL-IN BALLOTS MAY NOT BE COUNTED: Via The Miami Herald’s Steve Bousquet, “A study of Florida’s past two presidential elections finds that mail ballots were 10 times more likely to be rejected than votes cast at early voting sites or on election day.” 

Later in the story — why ballots are usually rejected: “The main reasons why mail ballots are rejected are that a voter didn’t sign the ballot envelope or that the voter’s signature on the envelope did not match the voter’s signature on file with the county elections office.” https://hrld.us/2Ackn6v

  

SPOTTED

‘Hey kid, it’s my turn’:

Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel MORE and her husband, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFinancial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel Kim Kardashian West joins Trump at White House event for ex-prisoners MORE, were spotted at Chuck E. Cheese’s yesterday. 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

This painting is incredible

The zoomed-in photo: http://bit.ly/2NGWuaM

 

This is a power move:

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

Today: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump assess the damage of Hurricane Michael in Florida. 

Today: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leaving for Saudi Arabia amid the investigation into missing journalist Jamal KhashoggiDetails on the trip: https://reut.rs/2CLCaE0 Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2ROU78S

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE.

5:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns for congressional candidates Jay Webber and John Chrin in Washington, D.C.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

9 p.m. EDT: Arizona Senate debate between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democratic challenger to Susan Collins announces Senate bid MORE (R-Ariz.) for retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeDemocrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE’s (R-Ariz.) seat. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2OWeWRr

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cheese Curd Day.

 

And to brighten your Monday, here’s a cat who could really use some more practice scaring people: http://bit.ly/2IXupeo