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Looots of immigration drama: 

Look, I did it. Your turn, Congress!


House Republicans are trying to pass an immigration bill today. The two options: One bill is a compromise between conservatives and centrists. The other is a conservative alternative. 

Live blog of updates -- bookmark this page:

But didn't Trump sign an executive order yesterday to reunite families?: Yes, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE caved after negative images flooded the media and pressure, to reverse his policy of separating families caught crossing the border illegally. But he is still calling for broader immigration legislation that also includes funding for his border wall.

BREAKING -- Melania flies to the U.S.-Mexico border: First lady Melania Trump is visiting the U.S.-Mexico border to meet immigrant children.

ALSO BREAKING-- Halting the charges: Via The Washington Post, "[The] Trump administration will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children, official says."

How optimistic should we be about the bills passing?: Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHill.TV poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump best represents the values of the GOP Meadows says FBI made 'right' decision firing Strzok Republicans have spent .5 million at Trump properties since he took office: report MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Hill.TV's "Rising" this morning that he is "not optimistic. Meadows's reasoning:

Livestream of protests on Capitol Hill:

Livestream of the House floor:


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Ever get that comforting feeling from a headline because it's familiar?: 

President Trump renewed his call for the end to the Senate filibuster. Why: His frustration with his immigration agenda stalling. He tweeted: "What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms). Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!"

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NEW POLL ON IMMIGRATION: A new Gallup poll shows a record number of Americans say immigration is good for the country. The numbers: 75 percent said immigration is good for America; 19 percent said it's bad. Some context: The number who said immigration is a good thing rose 4 points since 2017.

THIS A.M. -- HEY, COMEY, HEY: Via The Guardian, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTucker Carlson attacks press as ‘state media’ after Trump strips ex-CIA chief’s clearance Comey: Trump revoking Brennan's security clearance shows 'he will punish people who disagree with him' Trump draws bipartisan fire over Brennan MORE weighed in on the child separation. He said: "When you stare at children crying, being taken away from their mothers, it forces your eyes above statutes and numbers, to: 'What kind of people are we, for God's sakes?' That's a lifting of the national eyes that is powerful and potentially the kind of inflection point that I'm talking about. That's the kind of thing that awakens the giant."


Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's next fun task -- finding jurors who aren't following the investigation:

Via Politico's Darren Samuelsohn, special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a motion asking that potential jurors for Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortManfort's defense team works to raise doubt among jurors Jury to begin deliberations Thursday on Manafort Top Senate Intel Dem: Trump compiling a 'Nixonian enemies list' MORE's trial fill out a questionnaire about their biases on the case because of the "widespread media attention." From one of Mueller's prosecutors: "Furthermore, the amount of publicity about this case is only likely to grow as the trial date approaches, and such publicity increases the possibility that jurors will form biases or pre-formed opinions that may prejudice one or both parties."



We have some intel on Intel: 

Via CNBC's Sara Salinas, Intel's CEO and chairman of the board, Brian Krzanich, has stepped down after a "consensual relationship with an employee." Who will be Intel's CEO?: CFO Robert Swan will serve as the interim CEO. Why he had to step down: A company policy that he couldn't have a relationship with anyone who reports directly to him.


Why leave out online sellers from all the sales tax fun?: 

Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda and Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court ruled that states are allowed to require certain out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax. The ruling: 5-4. Back story: "The court overturned a 1992 court precedent barring states from requiring businesses that have no physical presence in the state to collect their sales taxes."




I realize this shouldn't be my top takeaway, but I'm now craving Starbursts: 

Via Eurasia Group President Ian BremmerPresident Trump tossed Starburst candies on the table in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's direction during a tense meeting and said, "Here, Angela. Don't say I never give you anything." Watch Bremmer describe how it went down -- I'm on the edge of my seat:



Trump in his happy place:

President Trump held a campaign rally last night in Duluth, Minn. 


On immigrants: "They're not sending their finest. We're sending them the hell back. That's what we're doing."

On a protester: As a protester was escorted out of the rally, the president joked, "Was that a man or a woman? Because he needs a haircut more than I do. I couldn't tell. Needs a haircut."

What about that crowd? Was it ... *looks around* ... big?: This morning, President Trump tweeted, "Last night in Minnesota was incredible. What a crowd!"

During the rally: The crowd chanted "Space Force!" Watch:



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*Double take* -- wow:


Lol, oh.:

The Hill's Olivia Beavers chimes in: "A reporter joked back, 'I think you write a letter of resignation.' "


I'm intrigued:



The House and Senate are in today.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence had a call with the prime minister of Iraq.

11:30 a.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump holds a Cabinet meeting.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoKavanaugh has 'productive' meeting with key swing votes 17 times Brennan has torched Trump Diplomats who have kids with special needs say Pompeo is ignoring their pleas: report MORE.

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Bolton heading to Geneva for Putin summit follow up | Pentagon spokeswoman under investigation | Trump statement on defense bill objects to Russia, Gitmo measures Pentagon spokeswoman investigated for misusing staff: report Hundreds gather in Yemen to mourn children killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrike MORE.

5:15 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

Friday: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is meeting in Vienna. Op-ed:

Monday: President Trump campaigns for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) in Columbia, S.C.



11:30 a.m. EDT: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump revokes Brennan's security clearance The Hill's 12:30 Report Poll: Republicans favor Scalise for Speaker; Dems favor Pelosi MORE (R-Wis.) held a press briefing. Livestream:



Today is National Cookie Dough Day!


Get out of your offices -- it's summer!: 

Via Thrillist, here's a list of where to get free food today for the first day of summer. I'm looking at you, Dunkin Donuts's frozen lemonade. List of today's specials:


And to keep your spirits high on the first day of summer, here's a dog who absolutely loves its stuffed animal twin: