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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump vows to protect students after 'horrific' Texas school shooting | Multiple fatalities | Suspect in custody | House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt on immigration | Trump to tap acting VA chief to lead agency | Trump suggests FBI 'framed' him | What you need to know for the Royal Wedding

 

BREAKING

A shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas

At least nine people have been killed this morning after a high school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. https://abc13.co/2rUgLR1

President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE just addressed the shooting, calling it an "absolutely horrific attack." Trump also said: "This has been going on too long in our country, too many years, too many decades now. My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others." http://bit.ly/2KxIOxB

 

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE INCIDENT:

The suspect: Not much is known yet, but a suspect, who appears to be a student, is reportedly in custody. Another student has also been detained. https://abc13.co/2rUgLR1

Injuries: NBC News reports that nine people have been killed, but law enforcement sources said this number could rise. https://nbcnews.to/2Ivl7VW

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From a student: "Sophomore Leila Butler tells ABC13 that at about 7:45 a.m. fire alarms went off and students left their classrooms. She reports some students believe they've heard shots fired. She is currently sheltering with other students and teachers near campus." https://abc13.co/2rUgLR1

The location: Santa Fe, Texas is about a 45-minute drive south from Houston.

Graduation: Santa Fe High School's graduation is scheduled for tomorrow. https://cnn.it/2KCK9mT

Live updates from CNN: https://cnn.it/2KCK9mT

 

Ughhhh: 

Watchhttp://bit.ly/2k77bXJ  

 

Getting traction -- a man walks to the crime scene with a gun and an American flag:

Watch the man explain his planhttp://bit.ly/2Kzz9qc

 

Photo of the scene: 

 

It's Friday. 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@CateMarteland on Facebook.

 

ALSO BREAKING

Oh wow, the farm bill just went down:

In a stunning vote, House conservatives just banded together to take down the farm bill over a dispute about immigration. Wait, what happened?: House conservatives had threatened to block the farm bill unless GOP leaders agreed to schedule a vote on a conservative immigration reform bill. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyElon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show Eric Holder: Calls to abolish ICE are 'a gift to Republicans' Jordan weathering political storm, but headwinds remain MORE (R-Calif.) assured conservatives there would be an immigration vote in June, but members of the House Freedom Caucus still withheld their vote and voted with Democrats to block the measure. The final vote: 198-213.http://bit.ly/2KBbC8j

 

Trump: 'Will you accept this rose?':  

President Trump announced that he will nominate acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently fill the position. Was this announcement expected?: It was a bit of a surprise. Trump even noted that he hadn't shared the news with Wilkie. What to know about Wilkie: He is a longtime government official who took over as the acting head of the Veterans Affairs department when former Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinVA nominee heads to full Senate confirmation The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Anticipation builds for Trump’s SCOTUS pick The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Dramatic battle looms after Kennedy’s retirement MORE left the agency. http://bit.ly/2LehYf4

  

FROM THE WEST WING

Late this a.m. -- Trump's latest target: 

President Trump questioned why former FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFormer FBI lawyer Lisa Page gets closed-door grilling from House Republicans The dishonesty of the deep state 5 takeaways from wild hearing with controversial FBI agent MORE was not being investigated for his role in the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDHS secretary: No sign Russia targeting midterm elections at 2016 level Twitter suspends Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks accounts after indictments Elon Musk donated nearly K to Republican PAC, filings show MORE email probe citing his wife's political ties. He tweeted: "Why isn't disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe being investigated for the $700,000 Crooked Hillary Democrats in Virginia, led by Clinton best friend Terry M (under FBI investigation that they killed) gave to McCabe's wife in her run for office? Then dropped case on Clinton!" http://bit.ly/2k6BgGM

 

Trump: I was being framed: 

President Trump tweeted an unverified claim that the FBI placed a mole in his presidential campaign, suggesting the agency tried to "frame" him. Quoting Fox Business anchor David Asman, Trump tweeted: "Apparently the DOJ put a Spy in the Trump Campaign. This has never been done before and by any means necessary, they are out to frame Donald Trump for crimes he didn't commit." Trump then added: "Really bad stuff!" http://bit.ly/2IPBnEQ

TEAM TRUMP TO MUELLER -- COME AT ME BRO: Via The Hill's Niall StanagePresident Trump and his team are intensifying their attacks on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia probe as the investigation enters its second year. Rudy Giuliani told The Hill  -- one year to the day since Mueller was appointed: "it is an absolute requirement that the investigation and the investigators are put under scrutiny." http://bit.ly/2IKmVOr

 

RIP, White House daily internal meetings:

After the blunder over a White House aide joking about Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet MORE's (R-Ariz.) brain cancer, the White House communications team scrapped its large daily meetings. http://bit.ly/2IrHpMl

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Getting traction -- Bill Gates dishes it out on Trump: 

In newly revealed footage aired on MSNBC, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said that President Trump twice asked him to explain the difference between HIV and HPV. In Gates's words: "Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HPV and HIV," Gates said. "So I was able to explain that those were rarely confused with each other." http://bit.ly/2k6CsKg

ON VACCINATIONS: Gates: "In both of those two meetings, [Trump] asked me if vaccines weren't a bad thing, because he was considering a commission to look into the ill effects of vaccines. And I said, 'no, that's a dead end. That would be a bad thing, don't do that.'" http://bit.ly/2k6CsKg

FUNNY ANECDOTE: Gates recalled that his daughter met Trump at an equestrian event in Florida. "But then, twenty minutes later, he flew in in a helicopter to the same place, so clearly he had been driven away and he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter." Watch Gates telling the story: http://bit.ly/2KBPHh8

  

TOMORROW'S ROYAL WEDDING

I'm going to leave these details here and you can pretend you didn't read them: 

First, here are the most absurd royal wedding-themed deals: Via The New York Times, some of the strangest wedding-themed products include dishrags, beer, condoms, cars, swimsuits, still water called "Still Harry" and sparkling water called "Meghan Sparkle." Everyone wants a slice of the pie! https://nyti.ms/2IwRL9K 

Moving onto the details -- How to watch: You'll have to hide under a rock tomorrow to miss it. But, here's the YouTube livestream: http://bit.ly/2KBrlEw

What time: The wedding will start at 7 a.m. EDT -- that's noon in London.

Answers to 104 frequently asked questions about the royal wedding: I can't believe there even are 104 questions about the event. https://nyti.ms/2GuHQzA

Who's walking Meghan Markle down the aisle?: Markle's father is no longer attending, so she has decided to walk down the aisle solo. Once she reaches where the royal guests are seated, Prince Charles will accompany her for the rest of the walk. https://cnn.it/2IqN1X7

Why won't Markle's dad attend?: Her father, Thomas Markle, just had heart surgery. Markle reportedly changed his mind a few times about whether to attend the wedding, but is now in the hospital for a few days recovering from surgery. https://cnn.it/2IvV5lB

Fun fact -- why brides wear white: The trend started in 1840 with Queen Victoria. Most brides at the time wore dresses they already owned and without modern cleaning techniques, a white outfit was very difficult to maintain. I.e.: A crisp white dress showed opulence. https://cnn.it/2Ivbx5D

Happening today: Via The Daily Mail, Meghan Markle's mom Doria is having tea with the queen today. What Doria's been up to -- it's a pretty cool schedule: https://dailym.ai/2KwP4FN

OK, this is actually brilliant: The baker creating the royal couple's lemon and elderflower wedding cake is also baking tiny cupcakes for street parties. Photo: https://dailym.ai/2rTSwCv

It's a party: Here's a list of the 9 best places in the U.S. to watch the royal wedding. Like: The Ritz Carlton is decking out its ballroom for a royal wedding watch party. The party list: http://bit.ly/2k6I1Za

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

The struggle is real: 

 

These are pretty clever letter combinations, tbh: 

  

ON TAP

12:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Indianapolis.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

6:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Republican fundraising event in Indianapolis.

9:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

7 a.m. EDT Saturday: The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle begins and will last around an hour. 

Sunday: Hillary Clinton speaks at Yale University. 

May 22: The 6th annual Congressional Soccer Match.

May 29: President Trump is holding a rally for Tennessee Republican Senate candidate Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnLawmakers press Apple, Google on data collection Election Countdown: Calls to abolish ICE test Dem candidates | First round of House GOP 'Young Guns' | How Tester is handling Trump's Montana visit | Dem candidate won't back Schumer as leader | Super PACs ramp up Missouri ad buys Senate GOP PAC books millions in red state ad spending MORE. (Via Politico's Burgess Everetthttps://politi.co/2wSXGEH

  

WHAT TO WATCH:

10:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence deliver remarks at The White House Prison Reform Summit in the East Room of the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Lbe1rt

4:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about tax cuts at an event in Indianapolis, Ind. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Gv7TGP

Released today: Season two of the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why." Why it's controversial: The show depicts a teenage girl who takes her own life and leaves 13 tapes to explain why. Details and recap of season one -- there are no season two spoilers!: http://bit.ly/2k8SZO0

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Cheese Soufflé Day.

 

Glitter beer is now a thing:

Via Refinery29, there's a new trend of brewing glittery beer. It's beautiful, but "edible" is not the first word that comes to my mind...  Video: http://bit.ly/2IMJKRz

 

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here's an 18-month old girl making a very important business call: http://bit.ly/2IPSMx2