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

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Stay a while:

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 Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE (D) held 34 campaign stops between January and July 2019. Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Warren's surge brings new scrutiny to signature wealth tax 'We lost a giant': 2020 Democrats mourn the death of Elijah Cummings 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 BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE made just 13 total campaign appearances in the state from January to July. President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE did not visit at all in that time frame. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money MORE (I-Vt.) only held 17 campaign stops, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris campaign releases web video highlighting opposition to death penalty Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money 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 GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE: 53

Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldGOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff George Conway donates to Trump challenger Joe Walsh MORE: 44

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges 'We lost a giant': 2020 Democrats mourn the death of Elijah Cummings Williamson slams DNC, Tuesday's debate: 'This would all be funny if it weren't so dangerous' MORE: 44

Elizabeth Warren: 34

Andrew YangAndrew YangSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Private flight spending soars in Democratic presidential race MORE: 34

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Clinton suggests Russia grooming Gabbard to run as third-party 2020 candidate MORE: 32

Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Former public school teacher: Strikes 'wake-up call' for Democratic Party MORE: 31

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE: 28

Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden struggles to reverse fall Krystal Ball rips media for going 'all-in' on Buttigieg's debate performance The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE: 27

Julián Castro: 22

Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden seeks to fundraise off fact he's running out of money Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE: 21

Seth MoultonSeth Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year MORE: 21

Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE: 18

Bernie Sanders: 17

John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis Gardner dodges questions about Trump's call for Biden probe 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE: 16

Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy MORE: 15

Kamala Harris: 14

Joe Biden: 13

Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: Farmers say EPA reneged on ethanol deal | EPA scrubs senators' quotes from controversial ethanol announcement | Perry unsure if he'll comply with subpoena | John Kerry criticizes lack of climate talk at debate John Kerry calls out lack of climate questions at debate CNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate MORE: 10

Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City lawmakers vote to close Rikers Island jail by 2026 2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement MORE: 9

Steve BullockSteve BullockSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Private flight spending soars in Democratic presidential race MORE: 6

Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMulvaney admission deals blow to White House impeachment defense Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump MORE: 23

Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges 2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart MORE: 5

Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamWayne Messam raised this quarter for presidential run The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown MORE: 2

Donald Trump: 0

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

 

LAST WEEK: 

GOP presidential candidate Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordGOP presidential challengers condemn decision to host G-7 at Trump resort One person shows up to Trump challenger Mark Sanford's formal 2020 campaign kickoff George Conway donates to Trump challenger Joe Walsh MORE is the only presidential candidate who visited New Hampshire at all last week. http://bit.ly/2NmCBcw

 

MEANWHILE IN IOWA:

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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TALK OF THE MORNING

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 

 

REACTIONS: 

Speaker Pelosi's reaction is key: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found 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 RomneyTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump Fighting continues in Syrian town despite cease-fire deal 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 SchiffHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Kasich says he'd back impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House does damage control after Mulvaney remarks 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

  

WHAT TO WATCH NOW:

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

  

HAPPENING IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TODAY

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

  

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

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

  

IN CONGRESS

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." 

 

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK:

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 HoyerHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Scalise, Cole introduce resolution to change rules on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data 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 McConnellMcConnell: Trump's troop pull back in Syria a 'grave strategic mistake' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump TSA head rules himself out for top DHS job   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

  

IN OTHER NEWS

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." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Tales from Elizabeth Warren's selfie line:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2mxSmlv

   

It is only fair that I share this important content with you:

 

  

ON TAP

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. 

 

WHAT TO WATCH

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

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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