The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment fight enters new stage

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Impeachment fight enters new stage | Congress preps for public hearings | Dems, GOP digging in | Trump floats 'fireside chat' reading of Ukraine transcript | Economy adds 128K jobs in strong October | Warren offers plan to pay for 'Medicare for All' | New Hampshire becomes ground zero in Warren, Sanders fight | 14 candidates head to Iowa for weekend | Best celebrity Halloween costumes

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Omg, this could totally happen, too:

Last night while defending his dealings with Ukraine, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE said he would be willing to hold a "fireside chat" to read the transcript of his infamous July 25 call with the president of Ukraine. https://washex.am/2WwxE3a

Trump told The Washington Examiner: "This is over a phone call that is a good call. At some point, I'm going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it. When you read it, it's a straight call." 

 

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INTERVIEW:

On impeachment helping his campaign: "It's energized my base like I've never seen before," Trump said. https://washex.am/2N7sRT1

On the word impeachment: "I think [impeachment is] a very dirty word, it's a word that I can't believe that the do-nothing Democrats are trying to pin on me, and it's a disgrace. And I think it's going to backfire on them. I did nothing wrong, and for them to do this is a disgrace. To me, the word impeachment's a very ugly word." https://washex.am/2N7sRT1

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On his performance in office: "In 2016, it was talk, but now I've done it. I've got the strongest economy in the history of a presidential run by far. We've got a powerful military, the most powerful we've ever had, relatively speaking, and it's been rebuilt. The best job numbers that we've ever had ... I've done a great job."

  

Happy Friday! Wow, it's already November. 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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NEWS THIS MORNING

It's the first Friday of the month. You know what that means?:

The U.S. economy added 128,000 jobs in October, exceeding expectations, according to data released by the Labor Department. http://bit.ly/2NtM7ZP

The unemployment rate: The unemployment rate increased from 3.5 percent in September to 3.6 percent in October. 

Why this number exceeded expectations: Economists had predicted an increase of less than 100,000 because of a 40-day strike at General Motors plants. 

  

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY

Why yesterday's impeachment vote raises the stakes:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, House Democrats voted almost entirely along party lines to back an impeachment inquiry, setting the stage for public hearings that will intensify the drama. http://bit.ly/2C8cOO9

The situation now: "Trump has already suffered a steady drip of negative information, in testimony from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and others." 

Yeah, but: "The fact that witnesses have so far testified in private has blunted the impact of their accounts. It has also left Democrats open to the charge from Trump allies that they are hiding or minimizing information that may be exculpatory of the president. That is all about to change." 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2C8cOO9

 

KEEP IN MIND ABOUT THE TIMING OF THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS:

Via Politico's Marc Caputo, "A Senate trial could take 6 senators off the 2020 campaign trail just as the early states prepare to vote." https://politi.co/2qfCx4x

 

DEMS, GOP DIG IN FOR PUBLIC PHASE OF IMPEACHMENT BATTLE:

http://bit.ly/2JFxnG5

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Got a plan for that!:

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.) released a plan this morning on how she would pay for her "Medicare for All" proposal. http://bit.ly/335y4A1

The key talking point of her plan: That her plan would not raise taxes on the middle class, unlike her rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I-Vt.), who has said that tax hikes from the middle class are necessary to pay for the proposal. 

How she plans to fund the proposal: She plans to redirect funds from the states but will also require new federal spending. "After incorporating the $6 trillion we will redirect from states to help fund Medicare, the experts conclude that total new federal spending required to enact Medicare for All will be $20.5 trillion." That estimate is lower than the $34 trillion the Urban Institute estimated would be needed.

Read her plan -- she posted it on Medium: http://bit.ly/33aTagw

 

WHY THE BATTLE BETWEEN WARREN AND SANDERS WILL BE GRUELING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:
http://bit.ly/2N8Br3U

  

Happening today -- welcome to Iowa:

14 presidential candidates are in Des Moines today for the Iowa's Democratic Party 

Liberty and Justice Celebration. Details: http://bit.ly/33iWZA8

Event livestream: https://cs.pn/32cdHjG

 

Who is speaking -- in order of their appearances:

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Failure to embrace Sanders as nominee would 'destroy' Democratic Party MORE (D)

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 MORE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders allies in new uproar over DNC convention appointments Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' MORE (D-Calif.)

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerSteyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests South Carolina woman behind popular Obama slogan says she backs Steyer MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Impeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators MORE (D-Colo.)

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign MORE (D-Texas)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders opens up 15-point lead in New Hampshire: Poll Poll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll MORE (D-Minn.)

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Defense: White House threatens to veto House Iran bills | Dems 'frustrated' after Iran briefing | Lawmakers warn US, UK intel sharing at risk after Huawei decision White House Correspondents' Association blasts State for 'punitive action' against NPR Senate Democrat demands State Department reinstate NPR reporter on Pompeo trip MORE (D-N.J.)

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyThe Iowa Democratic caucuses, mapped Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules MORE (D-Md.)

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBrent Budowsky: Bloomberg should give billion to Democrats Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive MORE (D)

 

NOTABLE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Amazing: 

 

OK, this is pretty clever:

Close-up photos of the costume: http://bit.ly/2qhpfEH

Back story: "Pittsburgh bus plummets into sinkhole while waiting at red light" http://bit.ly/336GBCJ

  

This is also well done:

  

AND HERE IS A LIST OF THE BEST CELEBRITY COSTUMES THIS YEAR:

http://bit.ly/2C3eCby

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a meet and greet at Shep's Place in Kentucky.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with first responders at the Williamsburg Tourism and Convention Center.

3:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a campaign rally in London, Ky.

6:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Tupelo, Miss. Livestream: https://cs.pn/33aXtZe

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cinnamon Day.

 

Bahahaha:

A mom thought she saw a ghost on her baby monitor. The real outcome is pretty funny. Here's a photo of what she saw: http://bit.ly/2N4Lbfe  

 

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a dog discovering rain for the first time: http://bit.ly/2N8KrpI