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Remembering our 41st president:

3,000 invited guests are gathered at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94.

Livestream of the funeral service:

Live blog of updates:



Video of Bush's casket leaving the Capitol as his family and congressional leaders watched:

D.C. has seen a lot of this today: "Heading north toward the Cathedral: four VIP buses under police escort." (Tweet from Time's Phil Elliott)

Photo of the VIP buses escorted by police:

Photo of Prince Charles at the funeral:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to D.C. for the memorial: Via journalist Emily Schultheis, here's a photo of her motorcade:

It's Rudy: Here's a photo of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani arriving at National Cathedral:

The press view of the funeral inside the cathedral:

Hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers are outside the Capitol watching: Photos from The Hill's Scott Wong:

Video of the Secret Service lined up to greet the casket as it passed the White House:

From former first daughter Barabara Bush: Bush, 37, told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie: "I think we're both heartbroken ... We of course expected our grandfather to pass away soon. I mean, he's 94. And yet it came as such a shock ... And yet, I think, I also get a lot of joy knowing that he's with our grandmother now.”

From former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney: During Mulroney’s remarks, he said Bush “taught him this about international relations: ‘The smaller the country, the longer the speech.’"

Mulroney on when world leaders met Bush: "they knew that they were dealing with a gentleman; a genuine leader; one who was distinguished, resolute and brave.”

From historian Jon Meacham: “A young George H.W. Bush once wrote to wife Barbara, ‘I love you, precious, with all my heart and to know that you love me means my life...”

This line is getting traction -- from former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.): "Those who take the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic." It even got a laugh from four presidents -- watch:

From former President George W. Bush: "I once heard it said of man that the idea is to die young [as] late as possible."

On Simpson's speech -- lol: "Bush says his father loved a good joke. 'That's why he chose Simpson to speak.'"

On finding the good in life: "He looked for the good in each person and he usually found it."

On his father's life: "He had two settings: Full-throttle ... and sleep"

On hating veggies: "The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli"

Meanwhile -- livestream of Walker's Point in Kennebunkport, Maine:


THE TALK OF SOCIAL MEDIA -- OH MY, THE BODY LANGUAGE HERE: Seated in the first row at Washington National Cathedral are President Trump, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump mobilizes military against 'angry mob,' holds controversial photo op Trump taken to underground bunker during White House protests: reports Melania Trump: 'No reason for violence' in George Floyd protests MORE, former President Obama, former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates seniors, tells them to 'breathe deep and dance your heart out' at virtual prom The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead Michelle Obama working with 31 mayors on increasing voter participation MORE, former President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines The Memo: Trump lags in polls as crises press Biden savors Trump's latest attacks MORE, former President Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter

16-second video of the greetings: You can really feel the tension over the livestream. Watch:

Their facial expressions are worth 1,000 words each:

Getting traction: Before the Trumps arrived, the Obamas and the Clintons laughed about something. Photo of the laugh:

When the Trumps arrived: Photos of President Trump greeting the Obamas.

Hillary Clinton's facial expression here is interesting:

More subtle facial expressions: Here's a photo of former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP How Obama just endorsed Trump Trump, Biden signal how ugly the campaign will be MORE watching as President Trump greeted former first lady Michelle ObamaPhoto:

Then when the Bushes arrived: Former President George W. Bush greeted President Trump and each of the former presidents. Watch -- it's a very nice moment:

If you watch more closely: It looks like George W. Bush passed something to Michelle Obama when he greeted her. See for yourself. Watch:


It's a somber Wednesday in Washington, D.C. 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 and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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How many people came to the Capitol to pay their respects: Around 57,000 people. (h/t NBC's Alex Moe)

A group of sports' legends passed through the viewing: Including "golfers Jack NicklausFred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman; tennis stars Chris Evert and Pam Shriver; Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski; former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning; baseball star Albert Pujols and Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa." Plus: CBS Sports Broadcaster Jim Nantz

^^The group later posed for a photo:

Photos of Bush's service dog Sully visiting Bush's casket in the Capitol: Sully has become a household name in the past few days.

Photo of mourners lining up outside to pay their respects: This is only a tiny part of the line.

^The line continued into the night: Photo of the expansive line outside the Capitol last night. Keep in mind: It was a chilly night.

An interesting tidbit -- one of Bush's favorite restaurants is in a strip mall outside of D.C.: "In a non-descript Falls Church strip mall, a culinary secret: the Peking Gourmet Inn, where George H.W. Bush dined with his family more than a hundred times over the last thirty years." The restaurant has plaques with their names and bullet-proof glass to protect the Bushes. Photo and full story:

Interesting trivia fact: "The summer of 1946 produced three presidents who will be here today. [President Trump] in June, George W Bush in July and [Bill Clinton] in August. Born weeks apart, their presidencies span a quarter century." (Via NBC's Kelly O'Donnell)

Keep in mind: George W. Bush is now the only living former Republican president.




Hey everyone else implicated in the Russia probe -- take notes:

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE has recommended that President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn not receive any jail time.

Why: Because of Flynn's cooperation and "substantial assistance" in the Russia investigation.

What the sentencing guidelines would recommend: Zero to six months in prison and a fine up to $9,500. 

Some context: It was about a year ago that Flynn pleaded guilty and agreed to help the special counsel.

When will Flynn be sentenced?: It is scheduled for Dec. 18.

What everyone is talking about: "The memo and attached addendum describing Flynn's cooperation, which total 13 pages, are heavily redacted in areas, to protect the subject of ongoing investigations."



Trump tries to reassure nervous investors: 

This morning, President Trump sought to calm fears about trade after the markets tumbled yesterday.

He tweeted: "Very strong signals being sent by China once they returned home from their long trip, including stops, from Argentina. Not to sound naive or anything, but I believe President Xi meant every word of what he said at our long and hopefully historic meeting. ALL subjects discussed!" 

What sparked this: Trump warned China yesterday that he is a "Tariff Man."



PETA is trying to make common phrases more animal-friendly and people have THOUGHTS:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says many common phrases are anti-animal and offered a few alternatives.

My favorite reaction: Via The Huffington Post's Nick Wing: "We should also address the 800-pound gorilla in the room who is the perfect weight because we don't body shame here."  

^Also from Wing: 

"∙ Curiosity gave the cat an upset tummy. 

∙ More than one way to pet a cat. 

∙ Let the cat out of its spacious cat carrier."

More reactions -- people were not pleased:



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The House is out. The Senate meets this afternoon. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C., attending the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.

2:30 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

4 p.m. EST: The Senate has a procedural vote on a nomination. It's full schedule today:



11 a.m. EST: The funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral. Livestream:



Today is National Comfort Food Day. That feels appropriate for a somber day.


Yes, you may hate this article, but you will want to read it:

The New York Times's Katherine Rosman writes about designer baby food with complex flavors and spices. Think: Cumin, chia seeds, mulligatawny, "buckwheat-infused kabocha squash and quinoa-fortified kale and pears."

The worst/best line: From a mother, "Luke has always been a foodie and has never really liked purée. From the age of 4 months, we would give him the skin of smoked whitefish with the fat on it and he would just demolish it."


And to lighten the mood a little, here's a dog who doesn't understand why his stick won't fit over the bridge: