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 KingIowa governor: Steve King needs to decide if he wants to represent ‘the values of the 4th District’ Conservative magazine posts recording of King using derogatory language against immigrants How Steve King turned his back on states’ rights for Big Ag 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

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

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." http://bit.ly/2SBo6Sj

RARE REACTION FROM NRCC CHAIR: Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversDemocrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses Conservative magazine posts recording of King using derogatory language against immigrants 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." http://bit.ly/2SBo6Sj

REACTION FROM GOP LEADERS SO FAR -- CRICKETS: Spokespeople for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow this year’s freshmen can save the Congress — and themselves Democrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters Amazon fleeced New York, Virginia with HQ2 picks MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds McCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general Democrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy, other Republicans back Ratcliffe to be next attorney general Rep. Mike Johnson wins race for RSC chairman Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE (R-La.) did not comment. http://bit.ly/2SBo6Sj

CORPORATE DONORS PULL BACK: Purina, Intel and Land O'Lakes have pulled their financial support of King. https://nbcnews.to/2zufXXd

 

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 cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

  

BREAKING

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: https://cbsloc.al/2yNXsNH

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMia Love pulls ahead in Utah race as judge dismisses her lawsuit Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey Trump congratulates Kemp, says Abrams will have 'terrific political future' 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: http://bit.ly/2SCz1uQ

 

HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD TODAY

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. http://bit.ly/2AFQj3a

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." http://bit.ly/2AFQj3a

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: https://nyti.ms/2RtN1FN

 

T-MINUS 5 DAYS UNTIL THE ELECTION

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." http://bit.ly/2SAxTrD

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.

WHY DEMOCRATS ARE NOW MORE CONFIDANT ABOUT THE HOUSE: http://bit.ly/2CVbaBm

  

IN OTHER NEWS

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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenEntrepreneur touts big solutions, endorsements in discussing presidential bid Avenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP MORE, Obama's former attorney general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder endorses Pelosi for Speaker Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke Trump's shortlist for attorney general takes shape 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: http://bit.ly/2OkHpfl 

 

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 Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural Trump's take on midterms: ‘Epic' win in Senate, ‘better than other sitting Presidents’ in House NASA's carpool to Space Station is back on as Russian rocket Soyuz quickly returns to flight 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." http://bit.ly/2qo8C72

 

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. https://ti.me/2RqAdAf

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

This is literal fake news:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2Dh1t16

 

ON TAP

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. http://bit.ly/2PBGf3w

  

WHAT TO WATCH

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump will speak about what his administration is calling an "illegal immigration crisis." http://bit.ly/2AG3JfO

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Columbia, Mo. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2DggwrU

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Bison Day.

 

The next Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama's stylist downplays controversy over Melania Trump jacket Michelle Obama's book sells 725,000 Michelle Obama says she snuck out of White House to celebrate gay marriage legalization 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: https://cnn.it/2P0lmQ4

Throwback: Here's the original viral post if you want a refresher: https://cnn.it/2PyVhqZ 

 

And because you made it this far, here's a baby who found a more efficient way to go to bed: http://bit.ly/2DdDYG2