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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Bolton out | Trump says he fired national security adviser in stunner | Says he 'disagreed strongly' with his ideas | Bolton says he offered to resign | Move comes at critical time for Trump's foreign policy | All eyes on NC special election tonight | Trump delivers last-minute pitch | GOP leaders to huddle with Trump on fall agenda | McConnell tiptoes toward gun legislation | How Dems are trying to sway Trump on gun control | Alex Trebek returns to 'Jeopardy' | Apple to unveil new iPhone | White Claw faces nationwide shortage



John Bolted: 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE just announced that he fired John BoltonJohn BoltonTrump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Barr back on the hot seat The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE as his national security adviser, citing disagreements in policy suggestions.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter: "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore ... I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week." Read Trump's tweets:

Keep in mind about the timing: Late this morning, the White House had announced a 1:30 p.m. EDT press briefing with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo promotes economic ties, takes aim at corruption in Africa visit Russian foreign minister says he sensed 'more constructive' approach after meeting with Pompeo Donald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim MORE, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law On The Money: Deficit spikes 25 percent through January | Mnuchin declines to say why Trump pulled Treasury nominee who oversaw Roger Stone case | Lawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law MORE and national security adviser John BoltonAwkward.  Livestream of the briefing today

Reaction from Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDonald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Yes, Democrats have to defend their African-American base against Trump MORE (R-Utah): Via The Huffington Post's Igor Bobic, Romney called Bolton's resignation a "huge loss" for the administration.


Just now — John Bolton explained a little of the process:

Bolton just tweeted: “I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, ‘Let's talk about it tomorrow.’"

And Bolton just texted The Washington Post’s Robert Costa: “Let’s be clear, I resigned, having offered to do so last night.”


It's Tuesday. 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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Meeting with the Taliban three days before 9/11 -- not the ~best~ optics I've seen: 

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerPentagon exodus extends 'concerning,' 'baffling' trend of acting officials in key roles Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE (R-Ill.) slammed President Trump's planned meeting with the Taliban at Camp David, which was canceled over the weekend, just a few days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Kinzinger told CNN: "To bring Taliban leaders ... to Camp David, not that far from New York City, a couple days prior to 9/11, I don't know how that went through the good idea filter and made it as far as it did." 



"They're dead," President Trump said Monday on whether U.S.-Taliban talks would happen. "As far as I'm concerned, they're dead."


New polling:

President Trump's approval rating dropped 6 points in a new ABC News–Washington Post poll amid worries about the U.S. economy. 

The numbers: Trump's approval fell from July's career-high 44 percent to 38 percent. 

Read the full poll, with graphics:



Insert sound of '60 Minutes' ticking:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Olivia Beavers, House Democrats are racing against the clock in deciding whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump

Why: Some Democrats say any impeachment efforts need to wrap up by the end of the year for fear of facing political backlash in 2020. 

From Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDemocrats call for Twitter, Facebook to take down Pelosi video posted by Trump The Memo: Sanders supporters sense victory in Iowa Democrats look to ramp up fight over Trump's war powers MORE (D-Calif.): "Iowa votes in early February, and I don't think we want ... the very serious inquiry about the president's misconduct to be conflated with the political calendar. We would unfairly get accused of being political."

What to expect:


Gun legislation may come down to suburban swing voters:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Ky.) is treading carefully around the debate over gun proposals as suburban swing voters -- seen as a crucial demographic for Republicans keeping the Senate -- are increasingly supporting gun proposals such as expanded background checks.

From Republican sources close to McConnell: They "say [McConnell] sees a political benefit to moving a bipartisan measure in response to a spate of mass shootings this year, and that he acknowledges the politics surrounding expanded background checks have shifted in recent months." 




Sometime in the next month:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote to try to nix President Trump's emergency declaration transferring military construction money to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall."

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBarr to testify before House Judiciary panel Graham won't call Barr to testify over Roger Stone sentencing recommendation Roger Stone witness alleges Trump targeted prosecutors in 'vile smear job' MORE (D-N.Y.) on the Senate floor: "The president's national emergency declaration was and is an outrageous power grab by a president who refuses to respect the constitutional separation of powers. ... Does our country truly have checks and balances, particularly when we have such an overreaching president?"



Let's try this again:

Via CNN's Gregory Krieg, "More than 10 months after Election Day, the final votes of the 2018 midterms will be cast on Tuesday in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District." 

What happened in the midterms: "Democrat Dan McCready, a Marine Corps veteran, appeared to suffer a narrow defeat -- by fewer than 1,000 votes -- to Republican Mark HarrisMark HarrisBevin says he lost because liberals are 'good at harvesting votes' in urban areas The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate Why my American Indian tribe voted Republican in NC's special election MORE last November, but evidence of ballot fraud by a GOP operative connected with Harris surfaced before the results could be certified. State investigators' long inquest drew national attention and, after a dramatic February finale, the North Carolina election board voted to re-run the race." 

But without Harris: "Harris stood down almost immediately and Republican voters subsequently nominated state Sen. Dan Bishop." 

When do the polls close in North Carolina today: 7:30 p.m. EDT. 

Here's what to watch:



President Trump campaigned for Republican candidate Dan BishopIn Trump's words: "You must defeat open borders, and you have a Democrat named Dan McCready, and he wants open borders. He wants sanctuary cities. He's not going to protect your Second Amendment. ... Our great Republican candidate Dan Bishop will fight with everything he has to stop sanctuary cities."


At 1 p.m. EDT -- get ready for Apple upgrades:

Apple is holding an event today to announce new products, likely include a new line of iPhones.  

Livestream -- Apple's event page:

What to expect:

Livestream of analysis from CNET:


Alex Trebek is back for another season of Jeopardy!:

"Jeopardy!" is returning tonight for another season with host Alex Trebek, who is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

From Trebek: "Today, 'Jeopardy!' begins its 36th season on the air, and I'm happy to report I'm still here." 

About Trebek's health: He told People magazine in May that he was "near remission." 



For he's a jolly good fellow:
Former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says Biden likely won't get Democratic nomination Judd Gregg: Honey, I Shrunk The Party The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (R-Wis.) is joining the American Enterprise Institute as a distinguished visiting fellow in public policy.



Wow, it looks like the Tour de France



The House and Senate are in. 

Noon: Vice President Pence meets with the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. 

2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on nominations. The Senate's full schedule today:

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule today:

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with congressional Republican leadership.

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a swearing in ceremony for the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

8 p.m. EDT Thursday: The third Democratic presidential primary debate. Debate logistics and what to expect:



2 p.m. EDT: The House Judiciary Committee debates gun proposals. Livestream:

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is National Ants on a Log Day


Getting traction -- what have we done?!:

White Claw hard seltzer is facing a nationwide shortage.

From White Claw's senior vice president of marketing, Sanjiv Gajiwala: "We are working around the clock to increase supply given the rapid growth in consumer demand. White Claw has accelerated faster than anyone could have predicted."


Today in 'Don't Read This Until You've Had Lunch':

Bon Appetit released its list of 50 nominees for America's best new restaurants. 

Here's the list, including one in Washington, D.C.:


And because you made it this far, here's a dog hanging out with a butterfly: