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The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House counsel to lead Supreme Court search | Cohen says 'first loyalty' is to family and country, not Trump | Dems struggle with generation gap | Mexico gets new president | Why Trump isn't talking about the stock market | Mueller team may have access to NRA donor list | Man accused of plotting July 4 attack in Cleveland | Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE gets a puppy | Wimbledon begins

 

LATEST IN THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Major development -- add Michael Cohen to the list of Trump's exes: 

Via ABC's George Stephanopoulos, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has a new lead legal counsel, Guy Petrillo. And once Petrillo takes over in the coming days, the joint defense agreement between Cohen and Trump will be terminated. https://abcn.ws/2Kp8As1

How Michael Cohen's tone has changed: Cohen has always touted his loyalty to the president, but he appeared to change his tune in a new interview. The $$ line: "To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty." 

When Stephanopoulos asked Cohen his plan if Trump's lawyers come after him: Cohen sat up straight and said, "I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy. I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way."

 

Why the National Rifle Association may want to send fruit baskets to their private donors -- and to Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE: 

Via McClatchy's Greg Gordon and Peter Stone, legal experts says that special counsel Robert Mueller has likely accessed the National Rifle Association's (NRA) tax filings and a list of secret donors. Keep in mind: Private donors have funded $21 million in pro-Trump spending and because the NRA is a nonprofit, the group can hide the names and companies. Full story: http://bit.ly/2tNSD4p

WHY THIS IS SO NEWSY: "A central question for Mueller's office is whether any of the confidential donors' names hold clues that could enable investigators to trace a donation camouflaged to hide its Russian origins – such as a shell company that might be the end point in a chain of offshore transactions. It is illegal for foreign funds to be spent to influence U.S. elections." http://bit.ly/2tNSD4p

 

It's Monday of the holiday week. 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@CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

NEWS THIS A.M.

Where to send your resume if you're interested in replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: 

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, White House counsel Don McGahn is overseeing the search for President Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee. What McGahn will do: Vet potential nominees and prepare materials for Trump. Why McGahn: "The move is part of a temporary reshuffle of the West Wing designed to swiftly confirm a new justice on the high court by the fall." http://bit.ly/2tYd5z3

 

A possible Fourth of July terrorist attack was stopped: 

Via The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the FBI has arrested 48-year-old Demetrius N. Pitts, who is accused of planning to set off a bomb during the Fourth of July celebration in Cleveland. Any ties to terrorist organizations?: Pitts told an undercover agent of his desire to join al Qaeda and kill Americans. "Pitts is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization, authorities said during a news conference at the FBI office in downtown Cleveland." Full story: http://bit.ly/2z1BHfP

When Pitts was arrested: Sunday. 

Watch the FBI's press conference this morning on the case: http://bit.ly/2tYErom

 

OVER THE WEEKEND

'I look forward to battle.' 

'As do I.':

A left-wing populist who has vowed to take a tougher stance against President Trump has won the presidential election in Mexico.

The New York Times rundown of the campaign and election results: https://nyti.ms/2MBxG3y

How Trump reacted: President Trump congratulated the winner of Mexico's presidential election. He tweeted: "Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!" http://bit.ly/2tNjj5u

Mexico's current president: Trump has had a tense relationship with Mexico's current president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Why the U.S.-Mexico relationship is so tense: Trump's vow to build a wall on the southern border and have Mexico pay for it. Trump also announced new tariffs on Mexican imports to the U.S., leading to retaliatory tariffs. http://bit.ly/2tNjj5u

Miss the Mooch?: Former White House director of communications Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciMegyn Kelly grills Sean Spicer over whether he stands by past White House claims Trump: Media only says I was 'rude' to NATO leaders, ignores 'the money' Trump criticizes media amid growing criticism of his handling of Putin MORE wrote an op-ed in USA Today, saying President trump is "largely correct" about immigration. His reasoning: https://usat.ly/2MBsdty

Op-ed on the Mexican election: http://bit.ly/2lQ0vhC

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Interesting read -- Why the stock market is no longer part of Trump's daily tweets: 

Via The Hill's Niv Elis, "President Trump spent the first year of his presidency singing the praises of the stock market, which rose precipitously in anticipation of GOP tax cuts and business-friendly deregulation. Nearly seven months into 2018, Trump barely mentions the markets anymore." Why: The stock markets have become volatile, partly due to concerns over Trump's tariffs. Reasoning: http://bit.ly/2lOFdAZ

 

Age before beauty:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "Some septuagenarian House Democrats have a message for their younger colleagues clamoring for a spot at the leadership table: Age ain't nothin' but a number." But Dems in their 70s are pushing back at younger members: "They say it's their decades of experience fighting in the trenches on a range of issues -- from the gender pay gap and gun control to LGBT rights -- that make them the right ones to lead the fight against President Trump and the Republicans." http://bit.ly/2tND2BO

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Hey, Sen. Warren: If you want to share custody of this adorable new pupper, just let me know! ;) 

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea: report Russian diplomat calls on Pompeo to free accused Russian agent Pelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress MORE.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of the Netherlands.

Wednesday: The Fourth of July. How to celebrate all week in D.C.: https://wapo.st/2MJfZzt

July 9: President Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee. What we know: https://nyti.ms/2lNDBas

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

3:45 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2IKwSXU

Something you can't watch -- CNN's Jim Acosta on Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerTrump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Megyn Kelly grills Sean Spicer over whether he stands by past White House claims Spicer: I believe Trump is a truthful person MORE's new talk show: CNN's Jim Acosta said he politely declined appearing on former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's new talk show. Acosta's reasoning: "My sense of it is that Sean has crossed the line from being somebody who was a former press secretary to somebody who wants to resurrect his career and go on Fox News and bash CNN." http://bit.ly/2z0G76T

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Anisette Day.

 

Wimbledon kicks off: 

The Wimbledon tennis tournament kicked off this morning. The bracket of matchups and TV schedule: http://bit.ly/2tKsLGQ

 

A useful read with an entertaining headline: 

Via The Washington Post, "How to roast peppers -- the unsung heroes of your produce bin." Full story: https://wapo.st/2tPzVJG

 

And to keep your holiday weekend vibes going, here's a raccoon doing parkour: http://bit.ly/2KDjZE0