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 WarrenArtist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D) held 34 campaign stops between January and July 2019. Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDelaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates 2020 Democrats thank Harris for friendship, candidacy after senator drops out 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 BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE made just 13 total campaign appearances in the state from January to July. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE did not visit at all in that time frame. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee MORE (I-Vt.) only held 17 campaign stops, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events 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 GillibrandWhite House, Congress near deal to give 12 weeks paid parental leave to all federal workers Bloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Harris posts video asking baby if she'll run for president one day MORE: 53

Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldGeorgia GOP submits only Trump's name for primary Democrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges Weld: Trump using border wall as a 'scare tactic' MORE: 44

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonDemocrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges Chicago suburb to use recreational marijuana sales tax to fund reparations program: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Witness dismisses 'fictional' GOP claims of Ukraine meddling MORE: 44

Elizabeth Warren: 34

Andrew YangAndrew YangYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events MORE: 34

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage MORE: 32

Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair MORE: 31

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE: 28

Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE: 27

Julián Castro: 22

Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Biden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee MORE: 21

Seth MoultonSeth MoultonDeval Patrick beefs up campaign staff Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death Pardoning war crimes dishonors the military MORE: 21

Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBloomberg on 2020 rivals blasting him for using his own money: 'They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money' Senators want FERC to protect critical infrastructure from Huawei threats Krystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates MORE: 18

Bernie Sanders: 17

John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment enters new crucial phase Bullock drops White House bid, won't run for Senate 2020 hopes rise for gun control groups after Virginia elections MORE: 16

Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanGM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio San Francisco 49ers suspend announcer after reference to quarterback's 'dark skin' More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign MORE: 15

Kamala Harris: 14

Joe Biden: 13

Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeKrystal Ball: What Harris's exit means for the other 2020 candidates Bullock drops White House bid, won't run for Senate O'Rourke ends presidential bid MORE: 10

Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioMayor accuses de Blasio of dumping New York's homeless in Newark Conservatives must absolutely talk politics at the Thanksgiving table Booker campaign announces six-figure ad buy to qualify for December debate MORE: 9

Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached Steve Bullock exits: Will conservative Democrats follow? MORE: 6

Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week The Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment Democrats debate scope of impeachment charges MORE: 23

Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage MORE: 5

Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamWayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum The Memo: What the leading 2020 Dems need to do MORE: 2

Donald Trump: 0

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

 

LAST WEEK: 

GOP presidential candidate Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Michigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire 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 PelosiHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills 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 RomneyStatesmen seek bipartisan solutions to big challenges Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race Impeachment can't wait 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 SchiffTrump denies report that he still uses personal cell phone for calls Schiff asks Pence to declassify more material from official's testimony Schiff: Impeachment testimony shows Trump 'doesn't give a shit' about what's good for the country 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 approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices 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 McConnellOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties 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