The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump to speak on immigration | Dems confident 5 days to midterms | Pittsburgh suspect pleads not guilty

The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump to speak on immigration | Dems confident 5 days to midterms | Pittsburgh suspect pleads not guilty

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump to speak on immigration | 5 days to midterms | Why Dems are confident | GOP sees Trump attack on Ryan as scapegoating | Republicans under pressure to denounce Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: 'Pathetic' Republicans who stormed closed hearing are 'boring, nerdy-looking white guys' Overnight Defense: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey | 'Small number' of troops to remain by Syrian oil fields | Defense official's impeachment testimony delayed five hours after Republicans storm secure room MORE | Pittsburgh suspect pleads not guilty | Obama world divided over 2020 | Google employees stage walkout over workplace harassment | Trump defends 'enemy of the people' attack



Why Steve King may not be getting as many holiday party invites this year:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Naomi Jagoda, pressure is growing on GOP leaders to denounce Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for racially offensive comments and his support of white nationalist candidates. What the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling for: The ADL "urged GOP leaders to formally censure King and called on Ryan to strip King of his subcommittee chairmanship."

RARE REACTION FROM NRCC CHAIR: Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversWaters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows MORE (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement, "Congressman Steve King's recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate. We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior."

REACTION FROM GOP LEADERS SO FAR -- CRICKETS: Spokespeople for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanIs Joe Biden finished? Krystal Ball previews fifth Democratic debate Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySaagar Enjeti expresses concern over MSNBC hosting debate after Weinstein scandal Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Saagar Enjeti blasts alleged Epstein cover-up by media MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseChris Wallace: Trump testifying 'would be akin to Prince Andrew testifying about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein' Fox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage This week: Round 2 of House impeachment inquiry hearings MORE (R-La.) did not comment.

CORPORATE DONORS PULL BACK: Purina, Intel and Land O'Lakes have pulled their financial support of King.


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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty:

Robert Bowers, who is accused of killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh Pa., pleaded not guilty this morning during his arraignment hearing on federal charges. Bowers also requested a jury trial.

How a CBS News Pittsburgh journalist described his demeanor: "KDKA's Andy Sheehan described him as appearing 'unpenitent' and 'Perhaps somewhat defiant.' "

How Bowers looked: He walked into the courtroom in a red jumpsuit and had a large bandage on his arm. 

List of the 44 charges against Bowers:



President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE was pressed on his 'enemy of the people' comments:

In an interview with Axios, Jim VandeHei pressed President Trump on his rhetoric that the media is the "enemy of the people." After some back and forth: Trump justified his strategy. "It's my only form of fighting back. I wouldn't be here if I didn't do that." Watch -- the 58-second clip is pretty fascinating:



Does Google have a Doodle for this?:

Google employees are staging a walkout to protest how the company handled misconduct allegations against executives. Where the walkouts are happening: At offices around the world. When: At 11:10 a.m. in each time zone.

HOW GOOGLE'S CEO REACTED: Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement: "Earlier this week, we let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for today and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate. Employees have raised constructive ideas for how we can improve our policies and our processes going forward. We are taking in all their feedback so we can turn these ideas into action."

WHAT SPARKED THIS WALKOUT: Last week, The New York Times reported that Google had offered general exit packages to male executives who were accused of harassment. The original report:



Scapegoats are the best goats:

"President Trump's stunning attack on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday is being interpreted by many on Capitol Hill as an attempt to deflect blame and throw the retiring Speaker under the bus should the GOP lose its House majority next week."

How so: Trump tweeted yesterday, "Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!" Trump, though, later insisted to reporters that he will not blame anyone for the midterms.




Maybe they should have a mock Iowa caucus to decide:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "With as many as 30 candidates expected in the 2020 field, Obama World -- famously a tight-knit group -- may be divided for the first time."

For example: Some of former President Obama's allies are divided between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, Obama's former attorney general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderPelosi refers to Sinclair's Rosen as 'Mr. Republican Talking Points' over whistleblower question Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Obama celebrates 'great night for our country' after Democrats' victories in Virginia and Kentucky MORE and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

Keep in mind: As many as 30 Democrats are thinking about running for president in 2020. I'm getting tired just thinking about it.

How this could play out: 


Rest in peace:

Longtime Obama aide Michael Robertson died from cancer on Tuesday night, four days before his 42nd birthday. From former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Debate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Is Joe Biden finished? MORE: "Fourteen years ago, a young man named Michael Robertson moved to Chicago to join my staff. He was driven and dedicated, a constant source of wisdom and kindness, someone who jumped into public service because he believed his efforts could help change this country for the better."


Getting traction -- a shooting in Manhattan by a man in a mask:

"A man wearing a Scream mask shot two people in New York City just hours after Halloween. The man, who was wearing a ghostly mask from the horror movie Scream and a green jacket, shot a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman in the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, the New York Police Department says." Keep in mind: The suspects are both reportedly in stable condition.



This is literal fake news:




The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at the White House but is heading to Columbia, Mo., this afternoon for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is campaigning for Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

11:40 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Chattanooga, Tenn.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives a briefing on "election integrity."

3:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Augusta, Ga.

4:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Columbia, Mo., for a campaign rally.

6:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence campaigns for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Savannah, Ga.

11:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Sunday: Daylight Saving Time ends. I.e.: Set your clocks back an hour.



4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump will speak about what his administration is calling an "illegal immigration crisis."

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Columbia, Mo. Livestream:



Today is National Bison Day.


The next Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama receives Grammy nomination for audio version of memoir Hundreds turn out to see Michelle Obama on one-year anniversary of 'Becoming' Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award MORE:

Remember the little girl who went viral for being awestruck from former first lady Michelle Obama's portrait? Well, that girl dressed as Michelle Obama for Halloween. She's even wearing a replica of the dress Mrs. Obama wore in her portrait. Photo:

Throwback: Here's the original viral post if you want a refresher: 


And because you made it this far, here's a baby who found a more efficient way to go to bed: