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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Comey testimony on Clinton emails reportedly inaccurate | Five takeaways from Yates on Flynn | WH eyes Warren as 2020 foe | Kimmel blasts critics | Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE officiates 14th (!) wedding | #NuggsforCarter breaks retweet record

NEW TODAY -- I BET FBI HAS A 'YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING US' BUTTON ON THEIR KEYBOARDS: Via ProPublica's Peter Elkind, FBI officials have decided that FBI Director James Comey inaccurately stated the number of 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 emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop during his Senate testimony last week. Why Clinton's emails were on Weiner's laptop: Longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded emails to her husband's laptop with a request to print them out. Comey told lawmakers there were "hundreds and thousands" of emails. But the FBI believes it's only a handful. So, uh, how do we, uh, fix this?: The FBI hasn't decided how to correct the record. They may send a letter to Congress.

Happy Tuesday. #NuggsforCarter has succeeded and D.C. has its biggest sports night in years! 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 and on Facebook.

FIREWORKS, NOISE MAKERS, STREAMERS -- GIVE! US! FLASHY!: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates's testimony yesterday was a huge media event, commanding hours of live cable news coverage. Takeaways:

  1. Yates's testimony is trouble for the White House
  2. The battle over Trump's 'travel ban' has not ended
  3. No break from partisanship -- questioning stayed on party lines
  4. It was bad for Trump, but there was no smoking gun
  5. Speculation about Yates running for office could get louder

Biggest takeaway for Flynn: Yates's account builds the drama over Flynn's Russia ties.

WHAT EVERYONE'S BEEN TWEETING ABOUT -- THIS IS THE SOCIAL MEDIA EQUIVILANT OF ROLLING ON THE GROUND LAUGHING AT YOUR OWN JOKE: President Trump updated his Twitter header to include a superimposed image of one of his tweets from just hours before. Let's just say social media had a good time with this...

Justin Hendrix: "Nothing says "I'm innocent! Innocent I tell ya!" like changing your Twitter header to say "I'm innocent! Innocent I tell ya!"

"GAME ON, LIZZY": Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, The White House is keeping tabs on Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Mass.), viewing her as a potential challenger to President Trump in the 2020 election. How so: The Republican National Committee, in coordination with the White House, is assembling a research file on Warren and other possible 2020 opponents and frequently circulates memos critical of her to reporters.

USEFUL READ -- THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN WASHINGTON THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, as the Senate's chief procedural referee, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough will decide how much of President Trump's agenda can pass without any Democratic votes. "The parliamentarian makes the calls," said former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who worked with MacDonough in 2010 when Democrats passed a major revision to the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority. "She's able to say what can be voted on with a simple majority versus what requires a supermajority, so this gives the parliamentarian extraordinary influence on the outcome."

UPDATE ON JIMMY KIMMEL'S SON: Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son is on the mend after open heart surgery. "He's eating. He's getting bigger. He's sleeping well. He can read now, which they say is unusual," Kimmel quipped Monday night in his monologue. "My wife took a little video of him today. You can see -- he's smiling because so many people donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Either that or he has gas. We don't know." Family photo:

Kimmel also responded to his critics: "I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have healthcare," he said. "It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

FUN FACT -- THE 'I DO' MAN: Via TMZ, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has officiated 14 weddings. His most recent wedding was for Gena Boyle Berger, a former staffer when Kaine was governor of Virginia. Photos:

OH SNAP: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wagged his finger at a protester and told her, "Be nice. Don't be rude." (h/t The Hill's Timothy Cama) Watch:

SPOTTED: ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos was just spotted at the White House. (h/t Breitbart's Charlie Spiering)



Politico's Helena B. Evich
Obama on post-presidency life: "I have been fighting Michelle to get more closet space." 

Michael Viqueira
Vice President Pence arrives Senate. I ask, "r u concerned Flynn kept job 18 days after lying to you?" He pats my shoulder, walks on



The Senate is in. The House is out.

This morning: Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE spoke about food security and climate change at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy.

Tidbit: "So funny: Obama is speaking at SEEDSandCHIPS with his shirt unbuttoned. Someone appeared to shout that he forgot his tie."

Trump's schedule: Very, very quiet. The only events on his calendar are a meeting with national security adviser H.R. McMaster and a presidential daily briefing.

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the Senate Republican policy lunch.

Tomorrow: "The Wizards will be in Boston for Game 5. The Caps will be at Verizon Center for Game 7. The Orioles will be at Nationals Park for game whatever. And Wednesday night could be the biggest night for Washington sports fans in at least a decade -- and possibly a lot longer than that." (Via The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg



1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily briefing. Livestream:

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence hosts military families for an event celebrating National Military Appreciation Month. Second lady Karen Pence and first daughter Ivanka Trump will also attend. Livestream:

Thursday night: NBC's Lester Holt is interviewing President Trump. It will air Thursday on NBC "Nightly News" and on Friday's "Today."



Today is National Moscato Day. It's also National Butterscotch Brownie Day. 

THE NEXT BIG KICKSTARTER PRODUCT: Via Fortune, Kickstarter's new viral product is a weighted pillow -- 15, 20 and 25 lb. options -- to simulate being hugged. The creators say it helps with sleeping disorders. The product raised more than $2.5 million with 21 days left.

TRENDING -- SORRY, ELLEN. THIS KID WAS ON A MISSION: Remember the high school kid who tweeted at Wendy's for free chicken nuggets for a year? Well, as of this morning, Carter Wilkerson officially beat Ellen DeGeneres's record for the most retweeted tweet. You go, Glen Coco! Official announcement from Guinness World Records:

Wendy's tweeted: "Carter Wilkerson is now the most retweeted tweet of all-time. That's good for the nuggets, and $100k to [The Dave Thomas Foundation]. Consider it done. #nuggsforcarter" Photo of his certificate:

And because we could all use a smile, here are eight ducklings rescued by the D.C. fire department after falling into a storm drain.


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