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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump labels Fed chief an 'enemy' | Powell says more rate cuts can't solve trade war | China announces $75B in new tariffs | Stocks sink as trade fight intensifies | Why Trump's immigration moves might not be a political winner | Dem field shrinks with Moulton dropping out | Says Biden would be 'fantastic president' | Disney+ prepares to challenge Netflix | National Sponge Cake Day


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They're dropping like flies:

Via The New York Times's Alexander Burns, Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonPardoning war crimes dishonors the military The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing We still owe LGBT veterans for their patriotism and service MORE (D-Mass.) is ending his presidential campaign.

Moulton said in an interview: "I think it's evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it's a debate about how far left the party should go."

What's next for Moulton: "Mr. Moulton said he would run for re-election to the House, representing a coastal district to the north and east of Boston. Several other Democrats filed to run for his seat while Mr. Moulton was a presidential candidate, and he is likely to face a contested primary." 


Moulton will say at the Democratic National Committee's meeting later today: "I will be campaigning my ass off for whoever wins our nomination in 2020." (Via The Wall Street Journal's Eliza Collins

Who Moulton supports: Moulton told The Washington Post, "I think Vice President Biden would make a fantastic president. He's a mentor and a friend, and I've been impressed by the campaign he has run so far."



They are all now running for other offices. But as The New York Times's Alexander Burns pointed out, "How long will it take to winnow the candidates who aren't under pressure to file for House or gov or Senate?"

Here's a list of the 2020 candidates who are left:


Happy Friday! 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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I'll take controversial statements for $400, Alex:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE slammed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, questioning whether his own hand-picked Fed chief is a bigger "enemy" than Chinese President Xi Jinping

Trump tweeted: "As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can 'speak' without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work 'brilliantly' with both, and the U.S. will do great. My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?"



This morning, Jerome Powell suggested this morning that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates, but he warned it may not be enough to head off trouble from Trump's trade wars.


Does it feel like everyone is looking at you? Because everyone is looking at you: 

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, all eyes are on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell amid fears of an impending recession.

Why Powell's speech this morning was important: "Washington and Wall Street will be parsing Powell's words Friday morning as he speaks for the first time since a recent series of economic red flags spurred fears of an impending recession. In the weeks following last month's rate cut by the Fed -- its first since 2008 -- Trump has escalated his trade war with China, stock markets have turned volatile and dismal data from around the world has signaled a potential economic slowdown."



Happy Friday! Here are more tariffs:

This morning, China announced that it will impose tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods.

The tariffs: "The country's State Council said tariffs of 5 percent to 10 percent will be imposed on a variety of American goods in two batches, with the first going into effect next month and a second scheduled for December, multiple media outlets reported, citing state-run media. The second batch of tariffs will reportedly include a 25 percent tariff on all U.S. automobiles." 



In a series of tweets, President Trump announced that he will be "responding" to China's tariffs.

Part of Trump's tweets: "We don't need China and, frankly, would be far...better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Read Trump's full series of tweets:



U.S. stocks dropped sharply after President Trump tweeted that he would respond to China's tariffs. The numbers: "The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 420 points, a 1.6-percent drop ... the Nasdaq composite fell 2 percent after Trump's tweets, while the S&P 500 index fell 1.7 percent."


It may not be a chicken dinner:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump is ramping up his rhetoric on immigration, but it may not be the political winner he thinks."

Why: "Trump's approach to immigration plays well with his base, but there are deep doubts about its political efficacy with the broader electorate."

Examples: "On Wednesday, Trump raised the idea of abolishing 'birthright citizenship' -- the concept, enshrined in the Constitution, that anyone born in the United States is automatically an American citizen. This came on the heels of a move to indefinitely extend the period for which families can be held in immigration detention facilities. Trump also continues to press the case for building a wall on the border with Mexico, while assailing Democrats for being overly lax, as he sees it, on border security." 


Rest in peace:

Billionaire conservative activist David Koch has died at the age of 79 after suffering from deteriorating health.

Read his obituary in The Wall Street Journal:



Interesting read -- not a good year to be a governor running for president:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Democratic governors are fizzling out in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

How so: Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeO'Rourke ends presidential bid Sunrise Movement organizer: Sanders, Warren boast strongest climate change plans Overnight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate MORE and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperKrystal Ball dismisses Rahm Emanuel's 'Medicare for All' criticism as a 'corporatist mantra' Trump says remark about Colorado border wall was made 'kiddingly' Colorado governor mocks Trump for saying he's building wall there MORE have both dropped out. That leaves Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockDeval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Biden, Buttigieg condemn rocket attacks on Israel Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE as the only remaining governor running for president. Bullock's campaign is also struggling.  

Why this is notable: "Governor's mansions were once reliable steppingstones to the White House for members of both parties."



In The Concord Monitor, Paul Steinhauser spoke with Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president Strategists say Warren 'Medicare for All' plan could appeal to centrists MORE (D-Ohio) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyPoll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Delaney to take message to Iowa voters on Sunday with infomercial MORE (D-Md.), who both vowed to stay in the race.



Omg, these are hilarious: 

Full-size photos:


Jay Inslee is embracing The Onion:



The House and Senate are out.

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard Pompeo2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Netanyahu calls Trump administration reversal on Israeli settlements a 'huge achievement' UN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements MORE

10:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBilly Ray Cyrus thanks Melania Trump after meeting with family of cyberbullying victim Trump rips speculation about his health after Walter Reed visit Trump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report MORE leave for France for the Group of Seven (G-7) summit.



11:30 a.m. EDT: "A federal appeals court hears oral argument on a case concerning a congressional subpoena for President Trump's financial records." Livestream:

6:30 p.m. EDTCindy McCain sits down with NBC's Andrea Mitchell on "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt." 

6:35 p.m. EDT: South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul Buttigieg2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Buttigieg surges to 10-point lead in New Hampshire: poll MORE (D) speaks at a town hall at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire. Livestream:



Today is National Sponge Cake Day.


A streaming competitor in town:

Via Forbes's Peter Csathy, "Disney recently announced that it would offer its three flagship direct-to-consumer video services (Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+) for an irresistibly low monthly price of $12.99. Yes, that's right. 'Magically,' the same price as Netflix's standard monthly plan."

Keep in mind: Netflix is losing "The Office" and "Friends" from its platform.


And to get your weekend off to a great start, here's a cat in a disguise. I'm pretty sure this cat is about to fire its owner: