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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California | Fundraisers in state that is heart of resistance | Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads Trump shakes up campaign leadership, demotes Parscale Trump World boils over as campaign hits skids MORE to testify before House panel | White House blocks two former aides from testifying | GOP seizes on Times's Kavanaugh correction | Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick Ron Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director as part of Russia origins probe Juan Williams: Older voters won't forgive Trump for COVID MORE says voter suppression has created a 'crisis' | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing with the Stars' | Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts dies | Fitness hall coming to DC



Corey Lewandowski is attending a Capitol open house:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who is mulling a Senate run in New Hampshire, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today for a Democratic probe on whether President Trump obstructed justice. 

Livestream of the 1 p.m. EDT hearing:

But you won't see these two other faces today:

The White House has ordered two former aides to defy subpoenas for a House Judiciary Committee hearing today.

Who will not testify: Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter

Why: "Because of the constitutional immunity that protects senior advisers to the president from compelled congressional testimony, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of President."



Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers



National Law Journal's Jacqueline Thomsen spotted Corey Lewandowski having lunch in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., yesterday.


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How the Times correction has helped the GOP:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "New allegations against Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE have sparked a political furor, but the picture has been complicated by a media misstep. A Sunday New York Times story highlighted a fresh sexual misconduct complaint against the Supreme Court justice, only to belatedly clarify that the woman involved is said by friends to have no recollection of the incident. Conservatives have seized on that point to blame the media for a supposed witch hunt against Kavanaugh."

Conservatives' argument: "They say that prior outrage about the treatment of Kavanaugh was a key motivating factor for right-leaning voters to turn out in last year's midterm elections -- and they assert the same pattern could be repeated in the wake of the current controversy."

But what they are ignoring: "Their argument skips past the fact that the same Times story also found that at least seven people were aware of a pre-existing charge: that Kavanaugh, while a student at Yale, had pulled out his penis and thrust it toward a female student of the time, Deborah Ramirez." 


Impeachment for one, impeachment for all:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill No signs of breakthrough for stalemated coronavirus talks Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans MORE (D-Calif.) is now facing pressure from progressives to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in addition to President Trump. "They say that Kavanaugh deserves impeachment over the new allegations, which conservatives have decried, because it suggests he lied under oath."



Via CNN's Ellie Kaufman: 



Oh, California dreamin':

President Trump has begun a two-day fundraising trip to California, a state that has been the epicenter to his administration's resistance.

Today: Trump is holding fundraisers in Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

Tomorrow: Trump is fundraising in Los Angeles and San Diego. 


This morning -- Locked and loaded:

This morning, Vice President Pence said the United States is "locked and loaded" to defend our allies after the oil attack in Saudi Arabia.

In Pence's words: "In the wake of this unprovoked attack, I promise you, we're ready. We're locked and loaded and we're ready to defend the interests of our allies. Make no mistake about it."

Yes, that wording should sound familiar: Trump used a similar phrase yesterday.

Oh and: Pence said Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Esper confirms plans to drop below 5,000 troops in Afghanistan | State Department says it's cleared of wrongdoing in emergency arms sales before investigation's release State says it will be cleared by watchdog report US 'deeply concerned' over election in Belarus MORE is traveling to Saudi Arabia to discuss the attack. 

Livestream of Pence's remarksLivestream:



Hillary Clinton has a few thoughts on voter suppression:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, this morning, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said voter suppression to prevent women and people of color from voting is a "crisis to democracy." 

In Clinton's words: "This is one of those moments we stand at a crossroads of our own a crisis in democracy. Racists and white supremacist views are lifted up in the media and the White House. Hard fought for civil rights are stripped back. Rule of law is being undermined, our norms and institutions ... are under assault, and that includes the single most important fight of our times ... the fight to protect the right to vote."

Livestream of Clinton's remarks at George Washington University:


Rest in peace, Cokie Roberts:

ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts passed away at the age of 75. "Roberts won countless awards, including three Emmys, throughout her decades-long career. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. She was named a 'Living Legend' by the Library of Congress in 2008."

Read ABC News President James Goldston's note to colleagues:

Here are photos of Roberts appearing on C-SPAN over the years:



The talk of social media -- welp, I have officially seen everything


Video of Spicer's appearance:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tweeted in support of Spicer: His tweet:

Spicer responded to Huckabee, but later deleted the tweet: Spicer tweeted, "Thank you @GovMikeHuckabee  Clearly the judges aren't going to be with me. Let's send a message to #Hollywood that those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted. May God bless you." He then deleted the tweet later this morning. 



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

Noon: The House meets.

Noon: The Senate votes on a confirmation. The Senate's full schedule today:

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence attends the Republican meeting.

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in Palo Alto, Calif.

3:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Palo Alto.

3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the National Automobile Dealers Association. 

3:55 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee luncheon.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

10:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Beverly Hills, Calif.

10:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Beverly Hills.

Sept. 26: The Hill is hosting "The Future of Mobility Summit" in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP:



This morning: Hillary Clinton spoke at the In Defense of American Democracy event in Washington, D.C. Livestream:

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gave a speech on trade at the Heritage Foundation. Livestream:

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Livestream:

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a naturalization ceremony. Livestream:



Today is National Monte Cristo Day.


It's not a gym. It's a 'fitness hall.' Duh.:

Via Washingtonian's Mimi Montgomery, "BYNDfit (pronounced "Beyond Fit") will be the first fitness hall in D.C. when it opens downtown next year."

How it works: "The all-in-one space will provide not only a traditional gym area and machines for working out, but also individual exercise studios that mirror the high-end experiences you'd get at boutique spots like SoulCycle or Barry's Bootcamp." 

Basically: "Think of it as a Union Market-like concept, but instead of sampling the food at different stalls, you're hopping between fitness studios." 


And because you made it this far, here are French bulldog puppies trying to walk on a slippery floor: