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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lashes out over impeachment inquiry | Says Dems wasting time on 'bulls---' | Dems threaten to subpoena White House over Ukraine docs | Pompeo confirms he was on call | Impeachment threatens to overtake 2020 fight | Sanders undergoes heart procedure | Cancels campaign events 'until further notice' | Putin jokes about interfering in election | Dem third quarter fundraising numbers | Yang raises $10M | Michelin Guide unveils 2020 stars



Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE underwent heart procedure:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had a heart procedure after feeling chest discomfort during a campaign event on Tuesday.

Medically, what happened: A blockage was found in one of his arteries and two stents were inserted.

What now: Sanders's campaign events are canceled "until further notice." 

From Sanders's senior adviser Jeff Weaver: "Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days." 

Read the announcement from his presidential campaign:

What we know:



Here’s a list of their reactions:


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Mike was here:

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring White House officials work to tamp down controversies after a tumultuous week MORE confirmed he was on the July 25 call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Pompeo's remarks at a press conference in Rome: "I was on the phone call. I know precisely what the American policy is with respect to Ukraine. It's been remarkably consistent and we will continue to try to drive those set of outcomes."

Watch Pompeo's full remarks:



Here are photos of Pompeo visiting the Colosseum. The photos look like the 'Game of Thrones' season 8 Dragonpit meeting:



NBC's Richard Engel tweeted, "Pompeo was so unpopular among many staffers at CIA for his bullying and outbursts that two well-placed sources tell us his security detail had an 'Emancipation Party' after he left."


Subpoena threats all around:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, House Democrats are threatening to subpoena the White House for materials related to President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

From House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Cher offers to pay legal fees for security guard fired for repeating racial slur Baltimore mayor looks to rename downtown courthouse after Cummings MORE (D-Md.): "Over the past several weeks, the Committees tried several times to obtain voluntary compliance with our requests for documents, but the White House has refused to engage with--or even respond to--the Committees."  

When the subpoena would be issued: Friday if the White House does not comply. 


Late this morning from Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Trump's insult-comic act enters danger zone  White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE -- 'Stop obstructing, please':

During a joint press conference with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump lashes out at Pelosi as she visits Jordan to discuss Syria Thomas D'Alesandro III, brother of Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90 MORE (D-Calif.) this morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said any efforts to stonewall the impeachment inquiry by the Trump administration will be taken as evidence of obstruction of justice.

In Schiff's words: "We are concerned that the White House will attempt to stonewall our investigation. Any action like that, that forces us to litigate, or have to consider litigation, will be considered further evidence of obstruction of justice." 

Livestream of the presser:

Photo of the media crowding to take a photo of Adam Schiff:

Tidbit: The Wall Street Journal's Natalie Andrews noted, "Speaker Pelosi routinely quotes Reagan and Lincoln, both Republican presidents. Since the impeachment inquiry began, she's also taken to quoting the nation's founders - primarily Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine."



President Trump slammed Democrats for wasting time on the impeachment inquiry.

He tweeted: 'The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone's time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you'll need it!" The full tweet if you'd like to see it:



President Trump is holding a joint press conference with the President of Finland. Expect the impeachment controversy to come up. Livestream 



Getting traction -- Well, someone watched a lot of Freeform's '30 Days of Disney' movies:

Via The New York Times's Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, during an Oval Office meeting last March, President Trump floated a few ideas to secure the border including a moat filled with snakes or alligators.

Details -- this is worth reading: "Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That's not allowed either, they told him." 

The full report:



The president tweeted, "Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moot stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!"

^Yes, he meant 'moat' not moot': Trump deleted and corrected his tweet. But here's a screenshot:


Why polling is worrying the GOP:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump is in new and dangerous territory this week, as some Republicans and administration veterans express unease about his actions, and polls show rising support for impeachment."

Adding to the worries: "Voices that are normally supportive of the president have fallen silent, partly out of fear that new revelations could be around the corner." 

What to expect:



How's everybody doing tonight?!:

Third quarter fundraising totals have been trickling in since Monday night's deadline. Here are the numbers so far: 



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): $25.3 million

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Buttigieg says he wasn't comfortable with Clinton attack on Gabbard Buttigieg: Trump undermining US credibility 'is going to cost us for years and years' MORE: $19.1 million

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Kamala Harris reacts to supporter who got tattoo of her handwriting Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE (D-Calif.): $11.6 million

Former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangWarren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Yang defends Gabbard: She 'deserves much more respect' MORE: $10 million

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Gabbard hits back at 'queen of warmongers' Clinton The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges MORE (D-N.J.): $6 million

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Bennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists MORE (D-Colo.): $2.1 million


2020 should be ... fun:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Lawmakers and strategists in both parties say impeachment could drown out almost every other issue in next year's elections, making races for the House and Senate a referendum on President Trump."

How so: "All presidential elections end up mostly being driven by the battle for the White House, but the high-stakes impeachment battle is threatening to ratchet things up to a whole new level." 

Which party will it help?: "Both parties believe the fight could work to their advantage by driving partisans to the polls, creating some real uncertainty -- especially for senators and House lawmakers in swing states or districts." 


An interview with Pete Buttigieg:

The Hill's Reid Wilson sat down with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Reno, Nev.

Buttigieg talked about Vice President Pence, who he used to text when Pence was governor: "The strange thing, of course, is that during the Clinton years [Pence] seemed very committed to the idea that the personal behavior, including the personal sexual conduct of the president, really mattered for public purposes," Buttigieg said. "And now he's persuaded himself that Donald Trump is fit to be not only the political but the moral leader of the American people. There are any number of explanations for how he went through that conversion. I'm guessing the answer is politics."

Other highlights:



Ha, ha ha, we're laughing, Vlad:

Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia's snub of Geneva Convention protocol sets dangerous precedent Trump's aversion to alliances is making the world a more dangerous place Gadhafi's ghost still haunts US policymakers MORE joked about interfering in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Putin told reporters: "I'll tell you a secret: Yes, we'll definitely do it," Putin said about interfering in the next U.S. elections. "Just don't tell anyone." 


One year ago today: 

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Here's a primer on what happened:



A troubling number about mass shootings this year:
"More than a third of all House lawmakers represent districts where a mass shooting has occurred this year, highlighting the bipartisan pressure on Congress to take action on gun legislation after a wave of killings in Texas and Ohio during August." 

The numbers:

158 congressional districts had experienced at least one mass shooting this year. 

52 of those districts are held by Republicans.

106 are represented by Democrats.

What to know about those districts: "An analysis by The Hill found that about two-thirds of those shootings have taken place in districts represented by Democrats, many of whom represent cities hard-hit by the scourge of gun violence, while a third occurred in Republican-held districts, from the suburbs to rural communities." 

Full analysis:





And here is video of Simone Biles's triple double-- wow:


Lol, after the mouse ordeal in the White House yesterday:

The initial story if you missed it:



The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is also in Washington, D.C., but is leaving for Arizona later today.

Noon: President Trump meets with the president of Finland and holds a working luncheon.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Washington, D.C., and heads to Phoenix, Ariz.

9:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence attends a victory reception for Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever Trump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing MORE (R-Ariz.) 

Oct. 17: President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Dallas. Details:



10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) held a news conference. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with the president of Finland. Livestream:



Today is National Pumpkin Seed Day. It's also National Fried Scallops Day.


Promoted and demoted:

The Michelin guide for Washington, D.C.-area restaurants announced the 2020 list.

What remained on the list: The Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple and Pearls and Minibar.

What was added: "The newcomers are Ivy City's industrial-chic Gravitas, hearth-fired Middle Eastern hot spot Maydan, Capitol Hill cafe-cum-wine-bar Little Pearl, and Sushi Nakazawa, the New York import located in the Trump hotel." 

What was taken off the list: Blue Duck Tavern.



Just announced -- A folding smartphone: 

Via CNBC's Annie Palmer, "Microsoft made a surprise announcement Wednesday of a new two-screened Android smartphone, the Surface Duo. The device will launch in late 2020, in time for the holiday season." Photo:


And because you made it this far, here's a dog who really wants to stay in tonight: