The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dorian lashes Florida's coast

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dorian lashes Florida's coast
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dorian lashes Florida's coast | Aerial footage of devastation in Bahamas | Fifth Texas Republican to retire | Pence office now says hotel stay wasn't Trump's idea | Watchdog details trauma of separated children | 10 counties that will decide 2020 | Dems struggle to find right swing-state candidate | YouTube hit with record $170M fine over kids' privacy | Washingtonian's 100 best restaurants



Not the best optics, guys:

Google has agreed to pay $170 million in fines over charges that YouTube made millions of dollars from violating children's privacy laws.

Details: "The fine is by far the largest ever imposed on a website for violations of the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which requires companies to obtain parental consent before collecting data on children under the age of 13." 

Part of the deal: "YouTube will also have to require content creators uploading videos to designate whether they're intended for children." 

By the way: "Last week, the site announced that it was launching a separate site for children's content."  


It's already Wednesday! 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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New report on the trauma of separated children:

Migrant children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border have suffered more several mental trauma than children who have not been separated, according to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector general.

What those children experienced: They “exhibited more fear, feelings of abandonment, and post-traumatic stress,” according to the report.  

Read the report:



Dorian is heading up the East Coast:

Via The Weather Channel, "Hurricane Dorian is lashing the northeast coast of Florida and will soon begin its siege of storm surge flooding, high winds and flooding rain from Georgia to South Carolina, North Carolina and southeast Virginia." Dorian's latest path:

Ugh, this is so sad -- Here is aerial footage of the devastation in the Bahamas:

I'm sorry, WHAT?: Via WPBF-TV in Florida, here's a man taking his monkey out for a quick stroll before the storm. Yes, you read that right. Watch:

The storm surges on the East Coast: Via The National Hurricane Center, here are what the storm surges look like:

Dorian isn't the only named storm right now: Fernand and Gabrielle are also in the Atlantic. Keep in mind: "During 2013-2015, there were 0 occurrences of 3+ storms simultaneously." Radar image from meteorologist Philip Klotzbach:



Let's blow this popsicle stand:

Republican Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresDemocrats push to end confidentiality for oil companies that don't add ethanol The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising The Hill's Morning Report — Trump broadens call for Biden probes MORE (Texas) announced this morning that he will not seek reelection for a sixth term in Congress.

Why this is especially newsy: Flores is the fifth (!) Texas Republican who is retiring from Congress next year.

What about his seat?: Republicans will likely hold on to this Texas seat.



Why China is giving Trump a headache:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, "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 is facing an acute challenge with China that could define his first term and directly impact his chances for reelection. Trump has made toughening up against China a key prong of his administration's work. But a trade deal with Beijing has eluded him, with both sides instead ratcheting up tariffs on one another in an extended back-and-forth."


Jk, jk:

Vice President Pence's office is now saying it was not President Trump's idea to stay at his resort in Doonbeg, Ireland, roughly 180 miles away from the meetings in Ireland Pence is attending.

From Pence's office: "Because of some misreporting, we want to clarify that the decision to stay at Trump National in Doonbeg, Ireland was solely a decision by the Office of the Vice President and was based on the requirement to find accommodations near the Vice President's ancestral hometown that could satisfy official meetings on both coasts of the Emerald Isle." 

Why this is newsy: Earlier on Tuesday, Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, told reporters that Trump suggested that Pence stay on his property. 

Why Pence's office says he wanted to stay in Doonbeg: Because of the proximity to his great grandmother's home before she emigrated to the United States.

The full back and forth:



What to watch -- these 10 counties will decide whether Trump will get a second term:

The Hill's Reid Wilson interviewed two dozen strategists, political scientists and observers and pulled together a list of the 10 counties that will determine the 2020 presidential election.

Keep in mind: About 77,000 votes in three Midwestern battlegrounds decided the 2016 presidential election.

The list of 10 counties, with the reasons for each:


^ Now which candidate can pull in these swing districts?:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, Democrats are struggling to find a candidate who will perform well in swing states.

Why Democrats are worried: "National polls show most of the front-line Democratic candidates defeating Trump in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups. But those are not surveys of Pennsylvania, Michigan or Wisconsin, where Clinton's losses have haunted Democrats."

Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE's argument: "Biden's argument is that he is a better cultural fit for the traditional Rust Belt states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (I-Vt.), the two progressives he's battling at the top of the polls." Don't forget Biden's roots in Scranton, Pa.

Some think Bernie Sanders is better suited: "Several sources who spoke to The Hill noted that Sanders had also been an appealing candidate to working-class voters in his 2016 campaign, while hewing to a significantly more left-wing ideology than Biden." 







The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Iceland.

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participated in a roundtable discussion on U.S.-Iceland trade. 

1:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a briefing on North Atlantic security. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an update on Hurricane Dorian.

12:45 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

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a bilateral meeting with Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

3:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony MORE leave Iceland and head to London.

September 10: The Hill is hosting an event, "Leadership in Action: Bipartisanship and Young America," featuring Reps. Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterRepublicans storm closed-door hearing to protest impeachment inquiry Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control MORE (R-Ga.), John Curtis (R-Utah) and Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Democratic lawmakers, 2020 candidates pay tribute to Conyers Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars MORE (D-Mich.). Details:



2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump announces state grants to help respond to the opioid crisis. Livestream:



Today is National Macadamia Nut Day.


This *clap* is making *clap* me hungry:

Via Washingtonian, here's a list of the 100 best restaurants in Washington, D.C:


And because you made it this far, here's a raccoon who does NOT want to share: