The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manchin decides to stay in Senate

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manchin to stay in Senate, declining run for governor | Trump tweetstorm as Dorian heads to southeast coast | Latest on hurricane | Stocks fall after Trump's China tweets | Congress faces chaotic fall | Seven issues on the agenda | Pence staying at Trump resort far from meetings during Ireland visit | Costco selling 72-pound cheese wheel

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

Senate Democrats, you may exhale:

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSchumer: I don't know any 'Democrat who agrees' with O'Rourke on gun seizures O'Rourke: Many Democrats 'complicit' in gun problem The Hill's Morning Report - Pompeo condemns Iran for 'act of war' while Trump moves with caution MORE (D-W.Va.) has decided he will not run for governor in 2020 and will instead stay in the Senate. http://bit.ly/30Psalw

Manchin said in a statement: "I have always said that 'public service is not self-service.' So, when considering whether to run for Governor, I couldn't focus just on which job I enjoyed the most, but on where I could be the most effective for the Mountain State. Ultimately, I believe my role as U.S. Senator allows me to position our state for success for the rest of this century."

Why this is a big win for Democrats: "Manchin, who has held statewide office since 2001, is one of the only Democrats who has proven capable of winning West Virginia as it turns increasingly red. He won reelection in 2018 by a slim 3-point margin over Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)." http://bit.ly/30Psalw

  

It's Tuesday and it's already September. Welcome back! 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

RIP, Trump's phone battery:

Via The Hill's Brett SamuelsPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE tweeted more than 100 times over the three-day weekend, mainly focusing on the impending hurricane. 

But there were a few shots at the media: For example, Trump tweeted that South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama would likely get hit by the storm. The National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala., quickly refuted Trump's forecast for Alabama. Trump then criticized ABC News anchor Jon Karl for a report about his inaccurate forecast. Karl wasn't the only journalist to receive Trump's ire.

Here's a quick catch-up: http://bit.ly/2ZPwAvH

  

The market didn't have the best morning:

"U.S. stock markets took a dive Tuesday morning, as President Trump vowed to keep up the pressure on China in the year-plus trade war." http://bit.ly/30PwKjI

Trump tweeted before the opening bell: "We are doing very well in our negotiations with China. While I am sure they would love to be dealing with a new administration so they could continue their practice of 'ripoff USA'($600 B/year),16 months PLUS is a long time to be hemorrhaging jobs and companies on a long-shot … And then, think what happens to China when I win. Deal would get MUCH TOUGHER! In the meantime, China's Supply Chain will crumble and businesses, jobs and money will be gone!" http://bit.ly/30TqLuk

Followed by: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average has since fallen 377 points to 26,062, a 1.43 percent drop."  

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/30SqaJ7

 

LATEST WITH HURRICANE DORIAN

Go away, Dorian:

Hurricane Dorian is headed for the southeast coast today after battering the Bahamas. Here's the latest forecast from The Weather Channel: https://wxch.nl/2ZAukIx

Watch CNN correspondent Patrick Oppman, who is in the Bahamas, describes what it has been like: It is heartbreaking.  http://bit.ly/3136rqB

Where is Dorian now?: Here's a CNN storm tracker: https://cnn.it/2pHnnl4

The view from space: Here is NASA video of Hurricane Dorian from space: http://bit.ly/2ZED1BE

Wow: Check out the lightning from Dorian. Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZDYudT

Deaths: At least five people have died so far: https://nyti.ms/30TiNkU

Flight cancellations: More than 1,600 flights have been canceled for Tuesday. http://bit.ly/2ZCSYbf

Evacuations: At least 1 million people are under evacuation orders. Here is a list of evacuations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina: http://bit.ly/30TyQ27

Walt Disney World is closing early: The parks are all closing by 3 p.m. EDT today. How Disney is handling the storm: http://bit.ly/30X2ALu

  

To give you an idea of the flooding:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZDZEpx

 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE D.C. AREA:

Via WTOP, "The immediate D.C. area is expected to see only showers with gusty winds on Dorian's outskirts. Places such as Virginia Beach and the Maryland and Delaware beaches, were being told to keep a close eye on the latest official forecast." http://bit.ly/2ZAun7b

  

IN CONGRESS

Congress rolls into September like...:

 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Congress is returning to a legislative sprint in the fall. 

How many days both chambers will be in session this year: Around 40 days. 

 

SEVEN ISSUES TO WATCH: 

Gun legislation: Congress is returning for the first legislative session since the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Lawmakers have floated responses to the shootings, including expanded background checks and studying mental health. 

Government funding: Congress has just 13 working days to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. "Though the House has passed 10 of its 12 annual funding bills, the Senate didn't pass any as they waited for congressional leaders and Trump to strike a two-year budget deal."

Impeachment: "Impeaching Trump isn't on the House agenda for the fall, but the debate within the chamber's Democratic caucus is likely to loom over the relationship between Capitol Hill and Trump." 

Trade: President Trump's trade deal with Mexico and Canada is expected to be a Republican priority this fall. 

Surveillance: "Congress will need to tackle an end-of-the-year surveillance fight, with three provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act set to expire in mid-December."

Saudi relations: "Senators are expected to force a vote this month on a resolution related to arms sales and U.S. security assistance to Saudi Arabia -- a growing flashpoint on Capitol Hill in the wake of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi's death last year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul."

Defense policy: "Congress needs to finalize a mammoth defense policy bill, viewed as must-pass legislation that has successfully made it through Congress for almost 60 consecutive years." 

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2ZAlSsN

 

It’s up to the big guy:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) said President Trump’s support is critical for gun legislation getting a vote on the Senate floor. http://bit.ly/2ZE6StF

McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt: "If the president is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly and I know that if we pass it, it will become law, I'll put it on the floor." 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2ZE6StF

   

Tidbit: 

The Hill's Miranda Green tweeted a photo of a Jamba Juice under construction in the Longworth House Office Building. Photo: http://bit.ly/314HkTW

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

August recess in the Capitol

Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZOxHM8

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. 

Vice President Pence is in Ireland. By the way: Pence is staying at a Trump resort in Ireland that is roughly 180 miles away from his meetings. http://bit.ly/2ZJaieN

6:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump issues Taliban warning at Sept. 11 memorial The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump doubles down on Dorian's threat to Alabama The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian MORE met with Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabrina Higgins

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participated in a roundtable with U.S.-Ireland business leaders in Dublin.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence land in Shannon, Ireland. 

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Pentagon waiting for Saudi assessment on attack | Defense bill talks begin | Border fight takes centerstage | Pentagon finalizes .5B in wall contracts | US withholds Afghan aid citing corruption Pentagon: Nearly .5B in border wall contracts finalized Pentagon waiting for Saudi assessment before blaming Iran for attack MORE in the Oval Office. 

 

WHAT TO WATCH

8:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivered joint remarks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ZC5XtT

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Welsh Rarebit Day.

  

USA, USA, USA:

Costco is now selling at 72-pound wheel of cheese for $900. Details: http://bit.ly/2ZEDPGG

 

And because you made it this far, here’s a turtle that really wants to play: http://bit.ly/314Ts7q