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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump doubles down on Dorian's threat to Alabama | Hurricane lashes Carolina coast | DC council trolls Trump over forecast | Buttigieg says he feels sorry for Trump | Democrats face tough choices in Trump wall funding fight | Trump calls for NBC to fire Debra Messing | Pence in UK | Talks trade, Brexit with Boris Johnson | National Cheese Pizza Day



Stop trying to make Alabama happen. Alabama is not going to happen:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE doubled down on his claim that Alabama was in Hurricane Dorian's path.

He tweeted: "In the early days of the hurricane, when it was predicted that Dorian would go through Miami or West Palm Beach, even before it reached the Bahamas, certain models strongly suggested that Alabama & Georgia would be hit as it made its way through Florida & to the Gulf."

He also added: "Instead it turned North and went up the coast, where it continues now. In the one model through Florida, the Great State of Alabama would have been hit or grazed. In the path it took, no. Read my FULL FEMA statement. What I said was accurate! All Fake News in order to demean!"

Trump also tweeted a photo of the earlier paths of the storm: "As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies!"


Today in 'This Feels Like An Onion Headline':

President Trump on Wednesday used a chart of Hurricane Dorian's path that appears to be doctored with a Sharpie to include Alabama. Photo:



"I feel sorry for the president, and that is not the way we should feel about the most powerful figure in this country," the South Bend, Ind., mayor said on CNN's "New Day." "Somebody on whose wisdom and judgment our lives literally depend. I don't know if he felt it necessary to pull out a sharpie and change the map. I don't know if it was one of his aides believed they had to do that in order to protect his ego." Watch Buttigieg's full reaction:


The D.C. Council was feeling saucy: 


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The sea looks nice, Dorian. Maybe you should go out there:

Hurricane Dorian is pounding the Carolinas as it heads up the East Coast. Here's the latest forecast from The Weather Channel:

Dorian is producing tornadoes: Here is video of a possible tornado in North Myrtle Beach. Watch:

I'm sorry, what??: More than a dozen bricks of cocaine have washed ashore in Florida during the hurricane. Photo and details: 

This is pretty interesting: Here is video of Dorian's path over the past week:

In the DMV: Via WJLA-TV, here's the weather forecast in the D.C. area over the next few days:

Oh and: "Sunsets can be remarkably vivid out ahead of tropical systems, so be sure to be on the lookout for a good one if you're at the beach or east of I-95."



'But it's all an adventure that comes with a breathtaking view, walking the tightrope...'


 Via The Hill's Niv Elis and Cristina Marcos, Democrats are walking a tightrope in opposing President Trump's move to direct $3.6 billion of military funding to his border wall.

Why this fight is risky for Democrats: "The legislative responses available to Democrats are few, given that the courts have largely ruled in the administration's favor when it comes to emergency powers and the transfer of Pentagon funds. Pressing the issue runs the risk of derailing government funding legislation that Congress needs to pass by Oct. 1 to avert another shutdown." 

Why Democrats don't want to have this fight now: "Democrats know that trying to add stringent language about the wall to any funding bills this month could increase the odds of another shutdown. They're wary of risking a shutdown over what's likely to be a short-term stopgap measure and would rather address the issue as part of a wider funding debate later this year." 



Princess Charlotte is all grown up :

Four-year-old Princess Charlotte arrived at her first day at Thomas's Battersea school in London this morning. 

Photos of Prince George and Princess Charlotte:

In addition to their uniforms: "Charlotte also wore her navy Mary Jane shoes from Amaia and added a personal touch to her backpack: a sequined unicorn keychain!" 

Her name in school: She will go by Charlotte Cambridge in school. 

Aw -- watch them walk into school:



Trump compared Debra Messing to Roseanne Barr:

President Trump took a shot at "Will & Grace" actress Debra Messing after she said Trump's donors should be publicly identified.

He tweeted: "Bad 'actress' Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water. She wants to create a 'Blacklist' of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness. If Roseanne Barr said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!" 



Debra Messing responded to a tweet about a Beverly Hills fundraiser for President Trump by saying, "Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know."



Social media v. social media:



The House and Senate are out.

7:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Boris Johnson, the prime minister of the United Kingdom. Photo of Pence meeting Johnson:

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

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with General Motors CEO Mary Barra in the Oval Office.

1:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings MORE attend the Lord Mayor's International Trade Dinner.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence leave London and head back to Washington, D.C.

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jerry West. 

Sept. 12: The third Democratic National Committee primary debate. Yes, you read that right! There will only be one night of debating this time! Details:



Today is National Cheese Pizza Day!


I laughed out loud when I saw this photo:

A man was worried his Smart car would blow away in Hurricane Dorian, so he parked it in his kitchen. Yes, his kitchen! Photo:


And because you made it this far, here's a panda with not the best coordination, but definitely the most grace: