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--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.


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 TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll 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 WarrenResurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' The STATES Act will expose flawed marijuana legacy Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent 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 DingellAlaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat Cummings shows how oversight should be done - and that's bad news for Trump 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Pompeo rejects North Korean call for him to leave negotiations | Trump talk with rebel Libyan general raises eyebrows | New setback to Taliban talks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems face tricky balancing act after Mueller report Pompeo: 'I'm still in charge of' North Korea negotiation team 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: Mueller report reveals Russian efforts to sow division over coal jobs | NYC passes sweeping climate bill likened to 'Green New Deal' | EPA official says agency may ban asbestos | Energy Dept. denies Perry planning exit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report The very early, boring Democratic primary: Biden v. Bernie 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 PenceMelania Trump, Karen Pence say they're ready to serve four more years in White House Pence on Buttigieg's criticism: He 'knows better' Pence told allies Buttigieg should have raised concerns privately: report 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 CruzMichael Bennet declared cancer-free, paving way for possible 2020 run Booker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign MORE (R-Texas) and Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump 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: