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 KingSteve King fundraising off controversy surrounding white supremacy comments Steve King's primary challenger raises more than 0k in first 10 days of campaign GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism 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 StiversHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism House Democrats offer measures to censure Steve King 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 RyanAEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King MORE (R-Wis.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King fundraising off controversy surrounding white supremacy comments House rejects GOP measure to pay workers but not open government McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-Calif.) and House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseDemocrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor Pelosi pulls State of the Union surprise on Trump House GOP blast Pelosi for suggesting State of the Union delay MORE (R-La.) did not comment.

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


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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 knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenKamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Congress should elevate those trapped in the gap – support ELEVATE Act Sen. Casey says he won't run for president in 2020 MORE, Obama's former attorney general Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderHolder: If Trump directed Cohen to lie, impeachment proceedings ‘must begin’ William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Protecting voices of all voters is critical to free and fair elections 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 ObamaPompeo’s retreat into chaos Barack Obama wishes Michelle a happy birthday: 'You’re one of a kind' NY Times prints special section featuring women of the 116th Congress 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 ObamaJulián Castro: No one can ‘out-gutter’ Trump The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story Ex-Michelle Obama aide says O'Rourke's road trip is a 'listening tour' in form of a travel blog 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: