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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Car rams police van in Paris | Dems in overdrive to flip Georgia seat | Data on 198M voters exposed by GOP contractor | Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin gerrymandering case | Republicans may cancel August recess (!) | British authorities treat London attack as terrorism

JUST NOW -- POTENTIAL TERRORIST ATTACK IN PARIS: An armed man was killed by Paris Police after a car crashed into a police van on the Champs Elysees. The vehicle burst into flames after the collision, and the suspect is dead. Motive?: Still unclear, but the Paris prosecutor's office has opened an anti-terror investigation into the incident. From France's interior minister: "The car contained weapons, explosives, enough to allow him to blow up this car." Latest information -- this is page is being updated:

Video of the scene right after  

Ugh, for context: "This is the fifth time in four months that security forces have been targeted in Paris."

AND OVERNIGHT -- ATTACK IN LONDON: Via The New York Times's Dane Bilefsky, "Shortly after midnight, a van rammed into a group of pedestrians near the Finsbury Park Mosque, in North London, and the imam of a nearby community center was credited with preventing an angry mob from attacking the driver after worshipers subdued him." Injuries: One person died; at least 10 were wounded. Is it terrorism?: British authorities have said they are treating this as an act of terrorism against Muslims. The latest in London:

It's Monday. 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.

BREAKING THIS A.M. -- *INSERT MONKEY COVERING ITS EYES EMOJI HERE*: A data analytics contractor employed by the Republican National Committee left databases containing information on nearly 200 million (!) potential voters exposed to the internet without security, allowing anyone who knew where to look to download it without a password. Yikes -- the magnitude: Chris Vickery, a prominent researcher with the security firm UpGuard, discovered the account. "In terms of the disc space used, this is the biggest exposure I've found. In terms of the scope and depth, this is the biggest one I've found," said Vickery.

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- SCOTUS TAKES UP GERRYMANDERING CASE: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear Wisconsin's appeal of a lower court ruling that found its 2011 state redistricting plan was unconstitutional due to partisan gerrymandering. What this means: The potential landmark case could decide how far state legislatures can go in drawing up district lines for partisan gain.

OTHER BREAKING SCOTUS NEWS — THE REDSKINS PROBABLY GET TO KEEP THEIR NAME: Via The New York Times’s Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court struck down a law that banned "disparaging trademarks." What this means: The government cannot deny a trademark to a brand some may find offensive — it protects First Amendment free speech. 

'DO YOU LIKE HAVING STAFF...? DO YOU THINK HAVING A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF IS NICE...? *INTENSELY ANGRY GLARE*: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Niv Ellis, worried about the lack of progress on the GOP's agenda, Republicans are increasingly considering canceling August's monthlong congressional recess. Why now: Republican negotiators report they are not close to a deal on a Senate healthcare bill and the self-imposed July 4 deadline is likely unrealistic. 

WHAT TO WATCH TOMORROW -- HOW TO GET A HANDEL ON THIS OSSOFF RACE: Via The Hill's Lisa Hagen, national and local Democrats are in overdrive trying to flip the ultra-tight Georgia House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceWhy this race is so important: The race has become the eye of the political storm since 2016 and Democrats' hopes are riding on a traditionally GOP district that narrowly voted for Trump. The Democrat: Jon Ossoff, who has a massive campaign operation of more than 12,000 volunteers. The Republican: Karen Handel in a traditionally GOP district. How much money has been spent: A whopping $50 million.

UPDATE THIS MORNING -- A TWEET FROM THE BIG GUY: President Trump voiced his support for the Republican candidate. Tweet: "The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security. Their ObamaCare is dead with 100% increases in [premiums]. Vote now for Karen H."

SO SPEAKING OF OBAMACARE -- WHAT'S IN THE SENATE GOP's HEALTHCARE PLAN?: While Senate Republicans are drafting their healthcare plan behind closed doors, they've given reporters a general idea of what might be in it. The gist: Similar to the House's bill, but much more centrist. Six things to expect: 

1. It will slow down the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion.
2. Tax credits will be beefed up.
3. It will keep some ObamaCare taxes.
4. It will include more funding to combat the opioid crisis.
5. It will try to stabilize the ObamaCare exchanges.
6. It will include more funding to handle preexisting conditions.

NEW DEVELOPMENT: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, a leading option in the Senate's ObamaCare repeal debate is to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid spending than the bill passed by the House, according to lobbyists and aides. How so: The proposal would start out the growth rate for a new cap on Medicaid spending at the same levels as the House bill, but then drop to a lower growth rate that would cut spending more, known as CPI-U, starting in 2025.

NEWT WEIGHS IN -- PUMP. THE. BREAKS.: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) offered some advice to Republicans on the repeal of ObamaCare: slow down. Excerpt: "Washington Republicans are operating under the faulty assumptions that they must pass a healthcare bill quickly ... and that the collapsing individual health insurance marketplace is giving them the momentum ... Republicans must solve the immediate crisis in the individual markets and take time to write a responsible health care bill. Both are possible." Full op-ed in The Hill:

OVER THE WEEKEND -- CHAFFETZ GOES OUT WITH A BANG: Outgoing Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzDem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Chaffetz replacement sworn in as House member Democrats expand House map after election victories MORE (R-Utah) laid into President Trump and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock MOREHis words: "The reality is, sadly, I don't see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration. ... In many ways, it's almost worse because we're getting nothing, and that's terribly frustrating and, with all due respect, the attorney general has not changed at all." Full reasoning on Sinclair Broadcast Group:

JUST POSTED -- BILL O'REILLY CALLS OUT MEGYN KELLY: Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly published an op-ed in The Hill, criticizing former colleague Megyn Kelly for interviewing InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Excerpt: "There simply was not enough news value ... to mitigate the pain to families who buried their innocent children, yet had to endure a national circus about it on Father's Day. I mean, what did we learn? ... The victims of Sandy Hook deserve far better from their country than programs that feature sadistic liars." Full op-ed in The Hill

Background: Jones previously called the Sandy Hook mass shooting a "hoax." Kelly's interview sparked controversy before it was aired, with some questioning giving Jones a prominent platform on Kelly's new NBC show. The network defended the interview.

On the other side: Tweet from ABC's Dan Abrams: "Watching Megyn Kelly's interview with Alex Jones, I'm even more convinced that her piece wasn't just ok to do, but important journalism."

Video of the interview and how Twitter reacted:



@krystalbepsi (Twitter changed its icons from square to round. This is a funny effect.)
This twitter UI update is great

Al-Hayat’s Joyce Karam (Yikes.)
- So, last 12 hrs in Mideast
- Iran Missile flew into Syria
- US shot down Assad jet
- IRGC boat captured in Saudi
- Turkey mil. drills in Qatar

The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay
This is so bizarre. Fox is basically running a promotion for a Trump campaign fundraising effort. Screenshot:



The House is out until tomorrow. The Senate is back later today.

4 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a meeting with tech and business leaders to begin the long process of modernizing the government's information technology systems. Keep in mind: This is part of son-in-law Jared Kushner's initiative. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to confirm Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

6 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence host Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE (R-Wis.) and his wife, Janna Ryan, for dinner at the vice president's residence.

Tonight: Senate Democrats are holding a late-night protest over the GOP's ObamaCare repeal. Estimate: Democrats are expected to speak on the Senate floor until at least midnight. What to expect: 



7 a.m. EDT Tuesday: CBS's Norah O'Donnell sits down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his first U.S. broadcast television interview since being elected.

11:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Vice President Pence speaks at the National Association of Manufacturers' summit at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Livestream and info: 

12:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks at the National Association of Manufacturers' summit at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Ryan will deliver what's being billed as a "major" speech on tax reform. Livestream and info: 



Today is National Martini Day.

BABY, WE WERE BORN TO PERFORM: Via The New York Post's Michael RiedelBruce Springsteen is performing on Broadway for an eight-week run this fall. Why: "He wants to play a smaller house," a source told the Post. "He wants to try something more intimate, and he likes the idea of being on Broadway." What to expect: "A pared-down version of the set he usually performs in huge arenas and stadiums all over the world." 

JUNE WILL BE A GOOD MONTH FOR NETFLIX USERS: Here are the new movies and TV shows that have been added to Netflix. Cough, cou-MOANA-gh, cough. 

HOW NPR CELEBRATED FATHER'S DAY: ... by posting dad jokes all day.

And because Mondays need happy thoughts, here's a dog throwing a hilarious temper tantrum when he doesn't want to leave the beach. 


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