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The Hill's 12:30 Report: US opens embassy in Jerusalem | Dozens of Palestinians killed in protests | Trump offers hope for peace in video message | Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting | Trump to head to Capitol Hill | Trump, Hannity reportedly speak several times a day | Float catches fire at Disney World



Come on, video is so 2002 -- why couldn't a holographic President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE speak instead?:

This morning, President Trump delivered recorded video remarks at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The gist: "Congratulations, it's been a long time coming ... We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, Palestinians and all of their neighbors. May there be peace." Full remarks:

Livestream of the embassy's opening:

Livestream of the Gaza protests -- yikes:

Protest fatalities: The New York Times is reporting at least 41 deaths in the Palestinian protests.

Photo of the new seal: First daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpWhite House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report Omarosa telling friends she has tapes of Ivanka, Kushner too: report The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts MORE unveiled the embassy's new seal.

Context for the embassy's move: It breaks with decades of U.S. foreign policy that the disputed status of Jerusalem should be negotiated in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but Palestinians hope the eastern part of the city could be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Argument from supporters of the move: "US officials say will create greater regional stability." Argument against the move: "Critics say the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more combustible."

REACTION FROM SCHUMER -- WHOA, THEY ACTUALLY AGREE: Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh Montana GOP Senate hopeful touts Trump's support in new ad Strong job growth drives home choice for voters this election MORE (D-N.Y.) applauded President Trump for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Schumer said in a statement: "In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital. I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it."

HEY, KUSH, HEY: President Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerCanada may secure America's nuclear nonproliferation bacon Omarosa telling friends she has tapes of Ivanka, Kushner too: report Saudis show separation of oil and state in spat with Canada MORE spoke during the embassy's opening. Excerpt: "While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American Embassy once they were in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it," Kushner said. Watch Kushner's full remarks:


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Maybe I'll become a betting shark: 

Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state across the country. I.e.: The ruling opens the door to more states allowing sports betting. The opinion of the court: "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not," Justice Samuel Alito said.

REACTION FROM CHRIS CHRISTIE: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) tweeted, "A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ." Why Christie is so involved: New Jersey has been fighting the ban since 2010. This is a major win for Christie.

BACK STORY TO THE CASE: "New Jersey has been fighting since 2010 to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992."

GET EXCITED FOR THE RUNNING OF THE INTERNS: Starting this week, the Supreme Court will deliver a flood of rulings. Five cases to watch:



Trump on da Hill: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans. Timing: Trump's meeting comes as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Republican strategist: Trump is 'driven by ego' Senate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report MORE (R-Ky.) is under pressure to delay or cancel August recess if the Senate isn't finished passing government funding bills or caught up on nominations.


Farm bill: On Friday, the House will vote on the controversial farm bill. Lawmakers are split on how to handle sugar subsides and work requirements for food stamps. Keep in mind: Passing the bill is a top priority for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanVulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders Trump ally suspends reelection campaign Congress should prohibit members from serving on company boards MORE (R-Wis.) because it contains elements to reform welfare. How Ryan is scrambling:

CIA nominee Gina Haspel: Gina Haspel is working to receive support from enough senators to be confirmed as the CIA director before the Memorial Day recess. Timing: The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote this week on her nomination. 

Judicial nominations: The Senate is continuing to grind through Trump's appeals court picks.

Context and details for each:



Behind-the-scenes -- they're the two best friends that anyone can have: 

A New York Times feature describes the close relationship between President Trump and Fox News host Sean HannityDetails: "On some days, they speak multiple times, with one calling the other to inform him of the latest developments. White House staff are aware that the calls happen, thanks to the president entering a room and announcing, 'I just hung up with Hannity,' or referring to what Hannity said during their conversations, or even ringing Hannity up from his desk in their presence." Full story -- it's an interesting read:

Another day, another internal administration dispute: 

Via The Hill's Miranda Green, Political infighting that has been a hallmark of the Trump White House is spreading to the rest of the administration -- and to K Street as well. Here's how it's spread to the EPA:



ON THE MARC TRAIN: "Spotted on the MARC train to D.C. this morning: Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield reading the latest Congo Ebola data reports." (Via Politico's Tyler Weyant) 

DOING SOME WEEKEND SHOPPING: Former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) doing some Sunday afternoon shopping at the Merrimack outlets in New Hampshire. 



Haha, this tweet has received a lot of attention:

Back story -- I bet the cupcakes were worth it






The House is out. The Senate meets later this afternoon.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to confirm judicial nominees.

Tuesday: President Trump attends the Senate Republican lunch on Capitol Hill.

Tuesday evening: Jimmy Kimmel performs at ABC's upfront, when the networks meets with major advertisers to prep them on the new season of programming.

Not happening in the next month: President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Trump will not speak to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in the next month. Why: Trump is too busy prepping for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to prepare.

June 14: The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins. Game schedule:



12:30 p.m. EDT: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Turkey in crisis as lira hits new low | Watchdog calls for Wilbur Ross stock probe | CBO downgrades growth projection for 2018 Watchdog accuses Wilbur Ross of violating conflict of interest laws, calls for probe into finances FCC commissioner: US in 'great shape' in 5G network race with China, other countries MORE speaks at a National Press Club event. Livestream:

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah holds a press briefing. Livestream: 

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Israel's 70th Independence Day celebration at the Andrew W. Mellon auditorium in Washington, D.C. Livestream:

10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma will be interviewed at a Washington Post event. Details and livestream:



Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.



A float caught fire during a Magic Kingdom parade at Walt Disney World last Friday. No one was injured. Photo and video:


And because you made it to the end, here's a puppy who had way too much fun over the weekend: