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 KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge Steve King: One 'good side' of climate change could be shrinking deserts 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 StiversThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Congress can open financial institutions to legal cannabis industry with SAFE Banking Act 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 RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Congress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit On The Money: Congress, White House aim to include debt limit increase in spending deal | McConnell optimistic budget deal near | Carson defends HUD eviction plan | Senate votes to undo tax hike on Gold Star families MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Trump hits Amash after congressman doubles down on impeachment talk Trump encouraged Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana: report 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 TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech MORE, Obama's former attorney general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder: 'There are grounds for impeachment' in Mueller report Prosecutor appointed by Barr poised to enter Washington firestorm Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes 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 ObamaHarris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers North Korean media rips Biden: a 'fool of low IQ' Lessons from Australia: Voters put pocketbooks over climate change, again 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 to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour 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: