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Trump on the canceled meeting -- Psych!: 

A day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE announced his planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will no longer happen, he takes it back. He said this morning: "We'll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We're going to see what happens." I.e.: Don't take today's comments or yesterday's comments that seriously 

'GOOD NEWS' CAN BE DEFINED IN A FEW WAYS: Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Mattis open to meeting with Russian defense chief: report 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 added, "We have got some, possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on."


Now that the dust has settled a bit, here's what to know about the (for now) canceled Kim Jong Un summit:

Via The Hill's Rebecca KheelPresident Trump's canceled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has left a sense of unease over the country's future. 


  1. The likelihood of war has increased.
  2. The cancelation could be a negotiating tactic.
  3. Rocky relations with China may have had ripple effect.
  4. Both sides may have gotten cold feet.
  5. Trump's hawks are flexing their muscles.

Context and details for each:



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Programming note: The 12:30 Report will be off Monday for Memorial Day. Enjoy the long weekend and have a glass of wine for me to celebrate National Wine Day!




Harvey Weinstein is arrested: 

Via The New York Times's Benjamin Mueller, this morning, former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself him and was arrested on charges of rape.

How Weinstein is pleading: Weinstein's lawyer says he is pleading "not guilty." His lawyer told reporters: "We intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. We believe they are constitutionally flawed. We believe they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that at the end of the process Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated."

How the arrest went down: "Around 7:30 a.m., Mr. Weinstein walked into a police station house in Lower Manhattan, flanked by several sex crimes detectives. Toting three large books under his right arm, he looked up without saying a word as a crush of reporters and onlookers yelled, 'Harvey!' "

Details of the charges: "He was expected be arraigned on charges of first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and first-degree criminal sex act in another, law enforcement officials said."

Details on the allegations:

Tidbit: Weinstein was taken to court, "his arms pinned behind him in several sets of handcuffs to accommodate his girth, the police said." 

Video of Weinstein surrendering to police -- yikes:

Then -- video of Weinstein leaving the station in handcuffs:

Weinstein's bond: "Weinstein's bond was set at $10 million. He'll be required to wear a GPS monitoring system and is only allowed to travel within New York state or Connecticut. He also surrendered his passport."



If you're going to spy on me, at least check out my drafts on Twitter. They're gold: 

This morning, President Trump once again raised the claim that the FBI spied on his presidential campaign, suggesting that the bureau used a top-secret informant to surveil his team long before it began investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.




Why you're getting lots of emails about data privacy: 

May 25 is the day the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation takes effect. What this means: Companies in Europe must alert users to how their private data is used. Many companies extended this alert to users in the United States. What this means for you:

Op-ed on why data privacy is critical:



New development -- Cohen's Russia meeting 11 days before the election:

Via The New York Times's William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess and Mike McIntire, "Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, according to video footage and another person who attended the meeting." What they discussed: Russia relations with the U.S.


Two thumbs up for Bob:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.) said he still backs special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE after yesterday's classified briefing. McConnell said on NPR: "The two investigations going on that I think will give us the answers to the questions that you raise -- the [inspector general] investigation in the Justice Department and the Mueller investigation. I support both of them, and I don't really have anything to add to this subject based upon the Gang of Eight briefing that we had today, which was classified."





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If Senate Republicans are looking for a clever way to protest, they can park cars with their alarms set outside the White House on a windy day: 

Republican senators are scrambling to shut down President Trump's idea to impose tariffs on imported cars. Which senators -- for example: Finance Committee chairman Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOn The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment Hatch threatens legislative action to rein in Trump tariffs GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki MORE (R-Utah) and Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Pa.). Hatch warned the tariff would backfire on American families. How this issue is playing out:

SPEAKING OF CARS -- ANNOUNCED TODAY: Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles for a glitch that prevents drivers from deactivating cruise control. Which cars:


Just now -- hoooboy:

Via Politico's Rachael Bade, Alex Isenstadt and Kyle Cheney, "Freshman Rep. Tom GarrettThomas (Tom) Alexander GarrettOhio State sex scandal complicates Jordan’s possible Speaker bid RNC mum on whether it will support Trump-backed Corey Stewart Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE(R-Va.) and his wife turned the congressman's staff into personal servants, multiple former aides told Politico -- assigning them tasks from grocery shopping to fetching the congressman's clothes to caring for their pet dog, all during work hours. ... They were even expected to watch and clean up after Sophie, their Jack Russell-Pomeranian mix, the aides said." Details:


Immigration -- that's a June problem: 

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, "House Republicans left Washington for their 11-day Memorial Day recess without solving the vexing immigration issue that is dividing them just months before the midterm elections." Keep in mind: "The effort by GOP centrists to force immigration votes gained steam before Thursday's exit, suggesting Republican leaders may soon be forced to address legislation protecting the so-called Dreamers, perhaps as early as next month." How many signatures does the petition need to bypass Speaker Ryan: Just five more Republicans need to sign on.



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Congress is out until early June.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting Pence, Pompeo urged Trump to clarify Russia remarks: report Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash MORE.



10 a.m. EDT: President Trump spoke at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony in Annapolis, Md. Livestream:

10:20 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue Pence'Our Cartoon President' takes on Mueller probe, NATO and Melania in second season The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Mueller indicts 12 Russian officials for DNC hack | Trump does damage control after bombshell interview The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE spoke at the TAPS Good Grief Camp Opening Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Livestream:

7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday: 'The Fourth Estate" airs on Showtime. Plotline: For the past year, the documentary filmmakers embedded with New York Times reporters covering the White House. Trailer:

Newly reported -- June: Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump's fashion line dropped from Hudson's Bay due to 'performance' Trump's harsh immigration policies are a gift for human traffickers Let’s not talk about family leave without talking about child care MORE will campaign for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Pelosi: 'The Russians have something on the president' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (R-Calif.). Details:



Today is National Wine Day! Not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day in February. America <3 wine.

TO CELEBRATE: Whole Foods is celebrating by offering 20 percent off bottles of rosé, plus a few other wine specials.


And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s a koala bear who swam right up to a canoe and boarded the vessel: