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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate | TheHill

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–> A midday take on what’s happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha–breaks down crying hysterically.

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TALK OF THE MORNING

Three debates down, only nine *nervous laugh* to go…:

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DEBATE:

  1. Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Castro ‘got the facts wrong’ Democratic senator warns O’Rourke AR-15 pledge could haunt party for years The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate MORE holds ground amid a barrage of attacks
  2. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Huntsman of ‘The View’ declares Castro campaign dead after Biden moment Infrastructure needed to treat addiction as chronic disease doesn’t exist MORE acts like a front-runner http://bit.ly/309Gmok
  3. Former President Obama’s legacy comes to forefront
  4. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Khanna: I ‘didn’t appreciate’ Castro’s attack on Biden Twitter takes down Texas GOP lawmaker’s AR tweet about O’Rourke MORE has a good night, but does it matter?
  5. Last night didn’t change a thing*

*Most importantly

It’s Friday … the 13th. Oh, and we will have a full moon tonight … just saying. 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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Booker’s best joke of the night: “Booker, asked if the country should go vegan: ‘First of all I want to say: no. I want to translate that into Spanish: No.’” http://bit.ly/30gzlSC 

Whooops: “Hello from a Bookuchar #DemDebate watch party in Des Moines. It seems both campaigns planned for the same bar” (Via Iowa Starting Line’s Pat Rynard) Photohttp://bit.ly/2lTVDuR

 The best part of the night: Right after the debate, Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Young Turks founder names Sanders, Yang as top winners of third Democratic debate Warren isn’t leading polls, but at debate she looks like front-runner MORE came close to the camera and blew a kiss. Photohttp://bit.ly/2I5hyYs

The candidate opening looks like ’90s sitcom opening creditshttp://bit.ly/2kIaW9X

Riiiiight as the debate startedPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Castro ‘got the facts wrong’ McCabe’s counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate MORE took the stage at House Republicans’ retreat in Baltimore. Republicans chanted, “four more years! Four more years!” http://bit.ly/2lNyKJI

Photo of the spin room before the chaos: http://bit.ly/2kzQt7l

Biden did it for the Gramhttp://bit.ly/2kkkjfU 

Maybe I was just delirious by the third hour, but I laughed out loud at this: “The Daily Show” tweeted, 

“BETO: We need to stop gun violence

BOOKER: I can unite the country

YANG: Guess what, America? You just got in THE CASH CAB.” http://bit.ly/30c75k7

Check out these candidate animations: The Huffington Post’s Peter Finocchiaro tweeted, “I’M UNCOMFORTABLE.” http://bit.ly/2kg2gHA

Photo of a protester getting escorted out: Don’t forget, the protesters started making noise when Biden mentioned his wife and daughter. http://bit.ly/2lTXpMx 

Omg, 30 is not old!: “OVERHEARD as reporters and embeds wait in spin room just now: ‘He’s old now. He’s about to turn 30.  So he can’t handle it anymore.’” http://bit.ly/2I3tYQI 

THE GIST FOR EACH CANDIDATE:

Joe Biden: “Nothing happened on Thursday night to fundamentally change the nature of the race, making it a positive night for Biden.” 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Huntsman of ‘The View’ declares Castro campaign dead after Biden moment Khanna: I ‘didn’t appreciate’ Castro’s attack on Biden MORE (I-Vt.): “Sanders was on-brand as always … [but] appeared to be hoarse or battling a cold, and it was a struggle for him at times to get his thoughts out with the usual emphasis.” 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): “Warren was steady on Thursday night, sticking to the script and refusing to be drawn into a confrontation with Biden.”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKrystal, Saagar, Ryan Grim react to last night’s debate The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Young Turks founder names Sanders, Yang as top winners of third Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.): “All in all it was a strong night for Harris, who was more at ease in a debate where she didn’t seem pressured to be leading the attacks against Biden.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “Buttigieg was steady, but he was one of several candidates who seemed to be operating in the background all night.” 

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang: “Yang is not a very polished public speaker, creating a negative contrast between himself and the more experienced debaters on stage next to him. Instead, the tech entrepreneur has gotten this far by pluck, charm and media savvy.” 

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas): “O’Rourke might have had one of the best nights of anyone on stage … [but] it may end up being too little too late for O’Rourke, whose fundraising has dried up as his poll numbers have stalled.”

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 2020 Democrats push back on Castro exchange with Biden: ‘So personal and so unnecessary’ MORE (D-N.J.): “Booker earned scores of headlines for vigorously attacking Biden at the previous debates. There was none of that on Thursday night, pushing Booker into the background for much of the debate. 

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden campaign: Castro ‘got the facts wrong’ The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Castro fundraises off of Biden attack following heated debate MORE (D-Minn.): “Klobuchar had several strong moments … [but] Klobuchar’s night was unremarkable overall and it’s tough to see her path to the nomination as she tries to sell herself as the pragmatic centrist in a race where Biden is dominating that lane.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro: “Castro bet big that going after Biden would be his best path to become a top contender. … The attacks were praised by progressives eager to see Biden taken down, but many Democrats viewed the attacks as nasty, unnecessary and hitting below the belt.” 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jonathan Easley: http://bit.ly/30iZikN

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Sad, just sad:

This morning, President Trump insulted Democrats over what he called a “sad” effort to impeach him. http://bit.ly/2I4m9Kz 

He tweeted: “How do you impeach a President who has helped create perhaps the greatest economy in the history of our Country? All time best unemployment numbers, especially for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians & Women. More people working today than ever before.” http://bit.ly/2I6uehB

Trump’s message to Republicans last night:

As Democratic presidential candidates debated in Houston, President Trump spoke to House Republicans at their annual retreat. http://bit.ly/2I89sOJ

The message: “The best is yet to come.”

IN CONGRESS

Sorry, we all can’t hear you:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Lawmakers are preparing to ignore President Trump’s request to loosen restrictions on border wall funding as part of a short-term spending deal.” http://bit.ly/2I4g40o 

Context: “The ask, included in the Trump administration’s 21-page wish list for a continuing resolution (CR), comes amid renewed tensions over the border ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline to avoid another government shutdown. The administration also announced recently it was moving forward with shifting $3.6 billion from military projects to wall construction.”

This morning — Congress vs. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Seems fun:

“House lawmakers are escalating their antitrust investigation of Silicon Valley, issuing expansive requests for internal documents to four of the nation’s largest technology companies.” http://bit.ly/30jokAh

How so: “Bipartisan leaders of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee sent letters to Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google on Friday seeking internal communications and documents regarding the use of their market dominance.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told The Christian Science Monitor that he hopes to “run again” for president. http://bit.ly/30aGBiV

“Look, I hope to run again. We came very, very close in 2016. And it’s the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. … The great thing is, every issue I was fighting for in the presidential campaign is front and center in the Senate.” 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Imagine the texts this number will receive:

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At Dulles airport:

Hyperlink http://bit.ly/30d4jv3

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is speaking in Baltimore.

Today–Sunday: The 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. http://bit.ly/2ZVAB1t

11: 45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

3: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary with Taliban warning | President rips into Bolton as ‘Mr. Tough Guy’ | More turmoil trips up government funding George W. Bush lays wreath at 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Trump commemorates 9/11 with warning to Taliban MORE.

Sept. 26: The Hill is hosting “The Future of Mobility Summit” in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVPhttp://bit.ly/2ZXafvW

12: 05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the 2019 House Republican Conference Member Retreat in Baltimore. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/30fhUlw

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:

Today is National Peanut Day.

Pssst, Krispy Kreme has a Friday the 13th deal:

And to get you in the right state of mind on a Friday afternoon, here’s a golden retriever smiling for the camera: http://bit.ly/30eoVTF

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