The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Stormy Daniels trade fire on Twitter | Three weeks to midterms | Pompeo meets Saudi king

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tweetstorm -- Calls Stormy Daniels 'Horseface' | Daniels, Avenatti fire back | Trump mocks Warren DNA test as 'useless' | Warren calls Trump 'creepy' in response | Trump threatens aid to Honduras over migrant caravan | Dems fear Avenatti's approach | Three weeks to midterms | Cruz, O'Rourke debate tonight | Pompeo meets Saudi king



*Sees Trump's 'horseface' tweet*

*Long sigh*

*Instead clicks on the next tweet on my timeline -- "Your Horoscope" in The Onion:


In case you're on my level today and are also stooping to reading your Onion Horoscope


President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE called Stormy Daniels "Horseface" and denounced her legal efforts against him.

He tweeted: "Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees." @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!"

Timing: Yesterday, a New York judge dismissed Daniels' defamation suit against Trump. She was also ordered to repay the president's legal fees.

REACTION FROM DANIELS'S LAWYER -- DAYUMMichael Avenatti tweeted back at the president, "You are a disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States. Bring everything you have, because we are going to demonstrate to the world what a complete shyster and liar you are. How many other women did you cheat on your wife with while you had a baby at home?"

The former adult film star later hit back at Trump, making a ribald reference to his genitals. Stormy tweeted: "Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your president. In addition to his...umm...shortcomings, he has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN! And perhaps a penchant for bestiality. Game on, Tiny."

KEEP IN MIND ABOUT TRUMP TODAY: The president has no public events on his schedule. 


It's Tuesday -- the midterms are three weeks from today. 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.



Sooo, the DNA test will be the next news cycle I'm tapping out of:

President Trump and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Dem voters split on importance of women atop the ticket in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) have been feuding after she revealed that she had a distant Native American ancestor. Trump and Republicans have long questioned her claims of Native heritage.

BASED ON THE DNA TEST: Warren is somewhere between 1/32 and 1/1,024 American Indian.

HOW THE CHEROKEE NATION REACTED: The Cherokee Nation in a statement said using a DNA test to claim connection with a tribal nation is "inappropriate" and "wrong." More from the statement: "Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven."

TRUMP SLAMMED WARREN AGAIN TODAY: Trump went on a Twitter tirade this morning. For example -- he tweeted: "Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed. She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, 'DNA test is useless.' Even they don't want her. Phony!" Full series of tweets against Warren:

HOW SEN. WARREN REACTED -- 'CREEPY.' SHE CALLED HIM 'CREEPY': "We all know why [Donald Trump] makes creepy physical threats about me, right? He's scared," Warren tweeted. "He's trying to do what he always does to women who scare him: call us names, attack us personally, shrink us down to feel better about himself. It may soothe his ego – but it won't work."

This feels like a John DingellJohn DingellJohn Dingell on Trump's 'steel slat barrier' wall: 'Sit on it, you imbecile' Annual 'Dingell Jingle' mocks Trump for lack of wall funding This is no time to destroy great foundation of our Constitution MORE tweet:



The next major immigration story to watch:

This morning, President Trump threatened to cut off aid to Honduras if the country doesn't stop a migrant "caravan" heading towards the U.S. border.

Trump tweeted: "The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!"

WHAT SPARKED TRUMP'S TWEET: Via BuzzFeed's Adolfo Flores, "A caravan of about 1,600 hungry and tired Honduran immigrants crossed into Guatemala on Monday with the hopes of making it to the United States." Keep in mind: This is the second group of Hondurans to make this trip this year. Photos of the migrants:


Latest with the missing journalist -- Pompeo's Saudi meetings:

Via CNN, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump travels to Dover Air Force Base to meet with families of Americans killed in Syria Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation MORE met with Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Meanwhile: According to CNN's sources, Saudi Arabia is preparing a report to admit that Khashoggi was accidentally killed during an interrogation gone wrong. "One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible. One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change." What we know:


Job openings hit a new record:

Via CNBC's Jeff Cox, job openings hit 7.14 million in August, according to a survey from the Labor Department that has been tracking this data since December 2000. What this means: The new record indicates that "companies could face more inflationary pressures ahead with a tight labor market." Details:

MEANWHILE IN THE STOCK MARKET -- DOW SURGES 374 POINTS: "Stocks rose on Tuesday after the release of strong quarterly results from some of the largest U.S. companies helped the market recover from last week's sell-off."


Why Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Pompeo in Iraq for unannounced visit GOP commissioner on federal energy panel dies MORE is having a bad day:

Via Politico's Eric Wolff and Darius Dixon, "One of the Trump administration's major efforts to prop up ailing coal companies has run aground in the White House, a setback to an industry that had hoped for a major resurgence after Donald Trump won the presidency." Why Energy Secretary Rick Perry likely isn't pleased: Perry has spent a year pushing to help struggling coal plants.



Everything is political in this town:

Pizza Paradiso has created pizzas named for women running for Congress. The political menu:  



The Dems' Avenatti problem:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, Stormy Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is considering running for president as a Democrat, is creating new friction within the Democratic Party about how to take on President TrumpAvenatti told The Hill: "I think they're out of touch. I don't think they understand what's required. I think they're clueless. We're not living in 2012 or 2008 or 1992 anymore. You've got to engage in smash-mouth politics if you're going to beat Donald Trump."



Ummm, what if we prefer butter or jelly, Apple?!:



The House and Senate are out.

President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceCNN's King questions taxpayers funding Karen Pence's security while teaching Pence to critics of wife's new job: 'Attacking Christian education is deeply offensive' LGBT group sends John Oliver book about gay Pence bunny to school where Karen Pence teaches MORE visit Albany, Ga., to tour damage from Hurricane Michael.

6:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence get back to Washington, D.C.

3 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The Brookings Institution is holding an event on President Trump's attacks on the press. Details:



9 p.m. EDT: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Congress can stop the war on science MORE (R-Texas) and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeEx-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog Howard Dean looking for a 'younger, newer' Democratic nominee in 2020 Former staffer accuses Jackson Lee of retaliation after rape claim MORE (Texas) debate in San Antonio. Livestream:



Today is National Liqueur Day.


Attention, New York friends:

Here's a cereal café in New York. Think: Cotton candy on top of cereal. Video:


I must try this:

A restaurant in D.C. is serving burgers with fried hash browns as the buns. Photo -- it will change your weekend plans:


And because you made it to the end, here are baby elephants who are learning to ride with the group: