The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump defends call as Ukraine controversy deepens

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump defends call as Ukraine controversy deepens
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump under Ukraine controversy | Defends raising corruption on call | Pelosi threatens 'new stage of investigation' | Schiff says impeachment may be 'only remedy' if Trump sought dirt on political rival | Controversy follows Trump to UN | Top-tier 2020 candidates overlooking NH | Climate protests disrupt DC | Protesters start dumpster fire, block street with pink boat | Congress races to avoid shutdown | First day of fall | 'Frozen 2' trailer out



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While on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, voters told me the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state is feeling underappreciated in this campaign cycle. But candidates are actually visiting more this year than in the 2016 cycle, according to an analysis by The Hill. http://bit.ly/2mb2LDe

How much more: The two dozen Democratic candidates averaged 23.9 campaign stops in the first seven months of the year, compared to 14.5 visits by Democrats in 2015. 

High on the list of New Hampshire campaign stops: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBecerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D) held 34 campaign stops between January and July 2019. Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.) held 79 campaign events in the same time frame, the most of any 2016 or 2020 candidate.

Yeah, but that doesn't mean all candidates are prioritizing the state: Many of the biggest names are neglecting the state. And that's why New Hampshire is feeling underappreciated. 

^ For example -- low on the list of N.H. campaign stops: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE made just 13 total campaign appearances in the state from January to July. President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE did not visit at all in that time frame. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) only held 17 campaign stops, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes MORE (D-Calif.) held 14. 

Are candidates here fewer days?: No, Democratic presidential candidates spent roughly the same number of days in the state, meaning they are cramming in more events per day this year. Dems averaged 9.3 days spent in New Hampshire from January to July, higher than the 7.1 days Dems spent in 2015.


For reference, here is the number of campaign stops that each 2020 presidential candidate held in New Hampshire from January to July: 

John Delaney: 79

Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCapito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed Lobbying world The Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats MORE: 53

Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads Biden picks up endorsements from nearly 100 Republicans MORE: 44

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonRush Limbaugh dead at 70 Marianne Williamson discusses America's "soulless ethos" Marianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention MORE: 44

Elizabeth Warren: 34

Andrew YangAndrew YangNYC's largest union endorses Maya Wiley in mayoral race Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race Yang hits donation requirements to get city funds in NYC mayor's race MORE: 34

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Growing number of House Republicans warm to proxy voting MORE: 32

Cory BookerCory BookerCongressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line MORE: 31

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE: 28

Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack MORE: 27

Julián Castro: 22

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau Biden's infrastructure plan needs input from cities and regions MORE: 21

Seth MoultonSeth MoultonLawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot House chairman endorses Michele Flournoy for Biden's Pentagon chief Trump critic: I am not afraid of Trump MORE: 21

Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen Senate Democrats unveil health care proposal with public option MORE: 18

Bernie Sanders: 17

John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's second impeachment trial begins Sanders says Biden sees progressives as 'strong part of his coalition' Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms MORE: 16

Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanSix ways to visualize a divided America Six Capitol Police officers suspended, others investigated after Capitol riot Former Ohio GOP chairwoman Jane Timken launches Senate bid MORE: 15

Kamala Harris: 14

Joe Biden: 13

Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington state officials warn providers offering VIP vaccine access Legislators go after governors to rein in COVID-19 powers Inslee rebukes hospital over vaccine appointments for donors MORE: 10

Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan New Yorkers should double mask until at least June, de Blasio says NYC reports fewer than 1,000 vaccine doses amid winter weather shipment delays MORE: 9

Steve BullockSteve BullockOvernight Health Care: CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions | Cuomo faces rising scrutiny over COVID-19 nursing home deaths | Biden officials move to begin rescinding Medicaid work requirements Montana governor lifts state mask mandate Lobbying world MORE: 6

Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial New security video shows lawmakers fleeing during Capitol riot Newly released footage shows Schumer's 'near miss' with Capitol rioters MORE: 23

Tom SteyerTom SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE: 5

Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE: 2

Donald Trump: 0

The full breakdownhttp://bit.ly/2mb2LDe 



GOP presidential candidate Mark SanfordMark Sanford5 lawyers leave Trump impeachment team ahead of trial: reports South Carolina GOP votes to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial MORE is the only presidential candidate who visited New Hampshire at all last week. http://bit.ly/2NmCBcw



Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, here are seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa: http://bit.ly/2mcAI6o


It's Monday. Today is the first day of fall!  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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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What's some dirt between friends?:

President Trump is under fire for confirming that he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son. 

How Trump is reacting: Trump admitted discussing the matter with Ukraine, then went on the offensive against Biden and the whistleblower who filed the complaint. http://bit.ly/2mxlF7N

And said he would consider releasing the call transcript: "We'll make a determination about how to release it, releasing it, saying what we said," Trump said. "The problem is, when you're speaking to foreign leaders, you don't want foreign leaders to feel that they shouldn't be speaking openly. And the same thing with an American president. You want them to be able to express themselves without knowing that every single word was going to be going out and going out all over the world." http://bit.ly/2l1hdxs

NEW -- This morning in New York, Trump was asked about his call with Ukraine: "It's very important to talk about corruption," Trump said. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt? ... It's very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption." http://bit.ly/2m55fTY 



Speaker Pelosi's reaction is key: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber MORE (D-Calif.) stressed that the whistleblower complaint "must be addressed immediately" because "this violation is about our national security." Pelosi warned if the Trump administration blocks the whistleblower, there will be a "new stage of investigation." http://bit.ly/2m2Azmi

Romney said it would be "troubling in the extreme": Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate Biden's picks face peril in 50-50 Senate Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Utah) tweeted, "If the President asked or pressured Ukraine's president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme. Critical for the facts to come out." http://bit.ly/2m9gKK8

Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBiden administration open to restarting nuclear talks with Iran Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward House Democrats renew push for checks on presidential pardons MORE is using the I-word: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said impeachment "may be the only remedy" if Trump asked a foreign leader to find dirt on a competitor. http://bit.ly/2kQbWZT



If more House Democrats, especially those who have been on the fence about impeachment proceedings, shift their stances.

Right now, more than half of House Democrats back an impeachment inquiry, according to The Hill's whip list: http://bit.ly/2Qp6sk9 

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2kBJWsI



Avoid *clap* driving *clap* in D.C. *clap* today:

Activists have been blocking Washington, D.C.'s roads today to try to cripple the city as a way to protest climate change. 

What to expect with Monday's commutes: https://wapo.st/2maOcj4



Protesters set a dumpster on fire on Massachusetts Avenue: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/2mzaZpj

Part of Dupont Circle was blocked by protesters: Here is a photo of what Dupont Circle looked like during rush hour: http://bit.ly/2l2hyzY

And here is the intersection at 16th and K streets Northwest -- a major artery in the city: Photo: http://bit.ly/2kQ7FFP

The protesters even brought a big, pink boat: http://bit.ly/2mqs9VN

Watch the protesters lower the boat's mast: http://bit.ly/2m2Ngxj



Baby steps, that's all we're asking for now:

Lawmakers are trying to pass a continuing resolution through Nov. 21 to buy more time to fund the government. 

Where the CR stands: "The House already passed the short-term bill in a 301-123 vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has started the process of bringing it to the Senate floor, but it hasn't been scheduled yet for a vote." 

To fund the government: Congress must pass 12 funding bills. "While the House passed 10 out of its 12 funding bills, many of them are loaded up with Democratic priorities meaning they won't get taken up as is by the GOP-controlled Senate." 



Emergency declaration: "Senate Democrats could force a vote as soon as this week on a resolution to nix President Trump's emergency declaration on the wall."

Border wall: "House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerGeorge Floyd police reform bill reintroduced in House House conservatives push back on efforts to revive earmarks Hoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday MORE (D-Md.) announced Friday that the House will take up two Democrat-led bills aimed at improving 'how the Department of Homeland Security oversees border issues in a humane and responsible manner, including the care of children.'" 

Nominations: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo MORE (R-Ky.) has teed up a few nominations, including Brian McGuire to be deputy under secretary at the Treasury Department.

Context and details for each from The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke: http://bit.ly/2l1Qm4w



Show us the money:

Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda and Jonathan Easley, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is coming under increasing pressure from her 2020 rivals to spell out how she'd pay for her 'Medicare for All' proposal." http://bit.ly/2m6mXGy

Timing: "The pressure comes as Warren builds momentum in the presidential primary race and suggests she is likely to come under a harsher spotlight as other candidates seek to compete with her for the 2020 Democratic nomination." 



Tales from Elizabeth Warren's selfie line:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2mxSmlv


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The House is out. The Senate will meet later today.

President Trump and Vice President Pence are in New York City for the annual United Nations General Assembly. Live updates from New York: https://cnn.it/2kyDFhj

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Pakistan.

2:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Poland.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of New Zealand.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

3:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Singapore.

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Egypt.

5:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of South Korea.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a cloture vote on a nomination. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2kYTfD9

6:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at Trump Tower where he will stay for the evening. 



11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump led the United Nations event on religious freedom. Vice President Pence also attends. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2m5KuHL



Today is National White Chocolate Day.


Released this morning -- don't let it go:

Disney released a new trailer for "Frozen 2" this morning. https://eonli.ne/2kBGz52

Watch the new trailer: http://bit.ly/2mcx5gN


Do as I say and you shall be rewarded:

If you're a fan of the TV show "Friends" -- or just like cool things -- try this: Google "Ross Geller" and look for the little couch icon next to the character's name. Click the couch animation with your sound on. Other hidden Easter eggs: http://bit.ly/2m8vWHq


And because this made me question society a little bit, here's one of the worst baby gender reveal ideas. Hint: It involves a hippo.: http://bit.ly/2kRzIEO