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 TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' 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 SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings 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 ButtigiegButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (D)

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California MORE

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew Yang 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting Panel devolves over new Russian accusation about Tulsi Yang unveils '21st century approach' to regulating tech MORE

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Democratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement MORE (D-Calif.)

Billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Bloomberg's path to the convention — and beyond Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy MORE

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting Biden, Buttigieg condemn rocket attacks on Israel Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (D-Colo.)

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal MORE (D-Minn.)

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic senators introduce bill to push ICE to stop 'overuse' of solitary confinement Krystal Ball: Patrick's 2020 bid is particularly 'troublesome' for Warren 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting MORE (D-N.J.)

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyWhat are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? Delaney to take message to Iowa voters on Sunday with infomercial Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't MORE (D-Md.)

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBiden, Buttigieg condemn rocket attacks on Israel Press: Another billionaire need not apply Obama's former chief economist advising Buttigieg 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