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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump calls for “good shutdown” |  Hearing on airline companies’ overbooking |  Clintons makes two public appearances today |  Kimmel chokes up during reveal | Ladurée opens in D.C.


BREAKING THIS MORNING — SHUT. IT. DOWN.: President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE on Tuesday called for a "good shutdown" in September to fix the "mess” in government. His tweets: "The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"

Mic’s Emily Cahn: “If the government shut down, Veterans' benefits wouldn't get processed. Think about that when Trump says we need a shutdown.” 
NBC’s Shaquille Brewster: “Wait wait, 'shutdown' is in quotes. Previous practice shows its definition will likely change in subsequent explanations from White House.” You heard it here first!
Dem reaction – Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.): “Nope. Our country needs a White House shutdown. Working on it.”


It’s Tuesday. D.C. sports fans got a glimmer of hope last night in the Caps’ overtime win against the Penguins. 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

TRENDING — JIMMY KIMMEL’S EMOTIONAL REVEAL: Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel made an impassioned plea for ObamaCare during his latest show as he revealed that his son was born this week with a heart defect. Details: Kimmel choked up throughout the nearly 13-minute monologue, telling how nurses noticed his baby had a heart murmur. His son was eventually diagnosed with a rare heart defect. Kimmel ended his monologue in tears, pleading with Americans to set aside partisan differences when it comes to healthcare. Watch:

DEVELOPING NOW — IF THE PHRASE ‘OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT’ DOESN’T GIVE CONGRESS MEMBERS NIGHT TERRORS NOW, IT WILL SOON: Former House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton(R-Mich.) told GOP  leadership he cannot support the revised GOP health care bill. Context: Upton’s defection brings to 22 the number of GOP no votes on the revised health bill; one more Republican “no” could kill the measure, given that Democrats all plan to vote against it.

THE EQUIVILANT OF ‘TAKE DEEEEP BREATHS’: House GOP leaders, acknowledging they do not have the votes to pass their ObamaCare replacement bill, sought to ease concerns that the new legislation would weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Timeline?: Leadership gave no timeline for a vote on the bill, despite hopes from the White House that the vote count was getting closer and that it could happen this week.


FLASHBACK TO 2009 — NEW PLAYERS. OLD PLAYBOOK: Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia MORE (N.Y.) is using the same strategy as the one Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (Ky.) used against President Obama eight years ago: keep the minority unified and use every opportunity to slow down the president’s agenda. How that’s been going: Pretty effectively for Schumer in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. Breakdown of that strategy: 

FINALLY, THE AIRLINE COMPANIES WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE US FOR A DAY: United Airlines and other air carriers are on Capitol Hill today for a high-profile hearing, where lawmakers are expected to grill the airlines about their overbooking and bumping policies. 

Jokes, jokes: “Folks, I can tell this is a hearing on the air travel experience because I have zero leg room and I'm crammed between two strangers. jk jk” (From CQ NOW’s Jacob Fischler) 
Dun, dun, duuuun: “Oscar Munoz, CEO of United, just walked into Transportation Committee hearing room and there were like 1 billion camera shutters.” 
Something we can all rally around: “Applause at the House T&I airline hearing when American executive references eliminating Gate 35X at DCA.”


YA WIN SOME, YA LOSE SOME: Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis, Congress is poised to approve the first major bipartisan legislation of Donald Trump’s presidency this week after lengthy negotiations. Here are the winners and losers of the battle to pass an omnibus spending deal. Winners: Congressional Democrats, Republican leaders, coal miners, defense hawks, Planned Parenthood and the National Institutes of Health. Mixed: President Trump. Losers: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, the House Freedom Caucus and health insurers. 

Break it down now: Here’s a quick primer of seven things to know in the government funding deal.



Vox (The ultimate Vox headline.)

Turns out North Korea’s economy is actually doing pretty well



The House and Senate are in.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin by phone.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Senate caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence will attend the Republican policy lunch.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

4 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.           

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with national security adviser H.R. McMaster.

6 p.m. EDT: The Charles Koch Institute is hosting an event titled “Police Body Cameras: Building Effective Guidelines that Support Accountability and Civil Liberties” featuring Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottAfter Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward GOP senator: FBI failure in Florida shooting 'a separate issue' from Russia probe Sunday shows preview: Russian charges, Florida shooting dominate coverage MORE (R-S.C.) and a panel of experts who will weigh in on the pros and cons surrounding the implementation of police body cameras. Details:

7:30 p.m. EDT: The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation are hosting a gala to mark what would be President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday and to debut a new photo exhibition. Featured speakers include: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, journalist Tom Brokaw and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.).

Tonight: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE will speak at Planned Parenthood's 100-year anniversary gala in New York.

8 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The Beagle Freedom Project’s 3rd Annual Red, White and Beagle fundraiser in Washington, D.C. President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump will speak.



1 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton will speak at a Women for Women International event moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. It will air live on CNN.

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Livestream — because they’re too entertaining to miss:

3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in an Israel Independence Day commemoration event. Livestream:

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Livestream:



Today is National Truffle Day!

OPENING TODAY IN GEORGETOWN — HELLO, MACARONS: “Ladurée, the fashionable food boutique straight out of Paris,” has officially opened its Georgetown shop.

And because you made it this far, here’s the funniest video I’ve seen in awhile — narration of a puppy’s day:


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