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 TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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 WarrenOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds On The Money: Half of states deplete funds for Trump's 0 unemployment expansion | EU appealing ruling in Apple tax case | House Democrats include more aid for airlines in coronavirus package Warren, Khanna request IG investigation into Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds 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 SandersTrump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses Sirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE (D)

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangBiden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful Doctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls MORE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act What Kamala Harris' VP nomination means to us Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' MORE (D-Calif.)

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Next crisis, keep people working and give them raises MORE (D-Colo.)

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call MORE (D-Texas)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Minn.)

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election The movement to reform animal agriculture has reached a tipping point Watchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump MORE (D-N.J.)

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.)

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockCourt removes Pendley from role as public lands chief On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight 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