The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in on Hurricane Dorian projection

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in on Dorian projection | Trump reportedly marked up Dorian map himself | Hurricane makes landfall over Outer Banks | Economy adds 130K jobs in lackluster August | Dems seek records on officials staying at Trump properties | Why Sanders is struggling with older voters | Howard Schultz drops plans for 2020 run | Facebook launches dating feature



The plot thickens:

An unnamed official told The Washington Post's Toluse Olorunnipa and Josh Dawsey that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE edited the hurricane map projection himself to include the state of Alabama.

For context: President Trump is not backing down on his claim that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian. "Multiple news reports have pointed out that the map displayed by Trump during the meeting appeared to be altered and contained information that was out of date following Hurricane Dorian's northward turn toward the Carolinas after making landfall in the Bahamas."


By the way, Trump is still tweeting about Alabama: The president tweeted this morning, "The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. They went Crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn't). Check out maps." Read his full series of tweets:


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It feels like Dorian has been here for months:

Hurricane Dorian is hitting North Carolina and southeast Virginia today. The latest Weather Channel forecast:

Where Dorian's eye was this morning: At Cape Hatteras in North Carolina



You can really get a sense of the wind intensity here: Here's video of the storm hitting Ocracoke, N.C. Watch:

A waterspout formed in North Carolina: Here is video of the damage. Watch:

Jeez, the flooding: Check out the streets at the Medical University of South Carolina. Video:

This is heartbreaking -- It's worth zooming in on these photos:

Full size photos:



A blah jobs report:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, the U.S. added 130,000 jobs in August, falling below expectations amid an escalating trade war with China.

What was expected: Economists predicted around 164,000 jobs created for the month. 

The jobless rate: The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent.

For the global context: "While the U.S. economy has added jobs at a slower rate in 2019 than last year, it has remained largely resilient as European and Asian powers face sharper downturns amid rising trade tensions. But the August jobs report is not likely to soothe concerns that a global slowdown could trigger a recession within the U.S. after more than a decade of consistent economic growth." 



“The Economy is great. The only thing adding to ‘uncertainty’ is the Fake News!” Trump tweeted.



Oh yeah, him:

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told supporters this morning that he is no longer considering a run for president in 2020.

From Schultz's letter to supporters: "I was fueled by a love of country, a profound concern for people's well-being, and optimism about our nation's potential to live up to its ideals." 

On why he is not running: "Not enough people today are willing to consider backing an independent candidate because they fear doing so might lead to re-electing a uniquely dangerous incumbent president."

Read Howard Schultz's letter to supporters:


Challengers, you're canceled:

Via Politico's Alex Isenstadt, four states are planning to cancel their 2020 Republican presidential primaries, hurting the chances of Republican candidates challenging President Trump

Which states: Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina

Why this is important: "The moves are the latest illustration of Trump's takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus. They underscore the extent to which his allies are determined to snuff out any potential nuisance en route to his renomination -- or even to deny Republican critics a platform to embarrass him."

What the Trump team argues: They say the move will save state parties money. They also argue that it has been done in the past.


Bernie is struggling with a ~familiar~ demographic:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPresident Trump faces Herculean task in first debate The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments MORE (I-Vt.) is popular among young voters, he is lacking support among a major voting bloc of the party: older voters.

For example: "A Quinnipiac University poll out late last month highlights the conundrum for Sanders, who is 77. Only 4 percent of likely voters over 65 -- those in the senator's age group -- support him."

Compared to: "In the Quinnipiac poll, Biden wins 48 percent from voters over 65 years old, while Warren wins 20 percent." 

Why this may be the case: Sanders may be too visionary for many older voters, according to some Democratic strategists. 



Hotel receipts, please:

Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers, House Democrats are pushing to see records from White House officials staying at Trump-owned properties.

Why: To know the cost for taxpayers and whether the Trump administration is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

For example: Vice President Pence's stay at a Trump resort in Ireland and President Trump's proposal to host a Group of Seven summit at Trump National Doral Miami in 2020.

From House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Schumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenTennessee Rep. Steve Cohen wins Democratic primary Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities MORE (D-Tenn.) in a joint statement: "Potential violations of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution are of grave concern to the Committee as it considers whether to recommend articles of impeachment." 




Read the messages:



Not much.

The House and Senate are out. President Trump has no public events on his schedule.



Sunday morning: Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly MORE (R-Mo.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."



Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day!


Ooh la la:

Facebook just launched a dating app in the United States. How it works: Users are able to create a dating profile and meet people who are either friends of friends "or, if that makes you uncomfortable, completely outside of your existing friend network." What to know:


And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here's the most dramatic dog I've ever seen: