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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking: Ryan says he'd step down as convention chair if Trump wants | NC sues feds over bathroom law | Christie to lead Trump transition team | FLOTUS, Prince Harry in Orlando | Curry NBA MVP for second straight year

JUST NOW – RYAN OFFERS TO STEP DOWN AS CONVENTION CHAIR IF TRUMP ASKS: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan moving family to Washington Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway MORE (R-Wis.) says he's willing to relinquish his duties as chairman of the Republican convention in July if Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE requests it. The willingness to hand over the convention position comes ahead of Ryan's Capitol Hill meeting this Thursday with Trump and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Anyone else excited to find out how Thursday's meeting goes?

Happy Monday. Capitol Hill is gearing up for a total circus when three top GOP figures, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, duke it out in a room ... err, I mean, catch up. ;) I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

BREAKING -- D-DAY FOR NORTH CAROLINA: Deadline Day, that is. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) had until the end of the day to respond to a letter from the Justice Department claiming that the state's controversial bathroom law violates the Civil Rights Act. Response: North Carolina is filing a lawsuit against the federal government.

UPDATE: Attorney General Loretta Lynch is holding a 3:30 p.m. press conference to announce law enforcement action related to the North Carolina law.

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- THE MEDIA CIRCUS HITS CAPITOL HILL: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain CarneyDonald Trump is coming to Capitol Hill Thursday to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and House GOP leadership to lower tensions. What else is happening: 

  • Opioid crisis: The House is expected to consider multiple bills this week to help address the rise of prescription drug abuse. 
  • Appropriations: The Senate will take a third shot at moving forward with an energy and water appropriations bill as they try to save the stalled legislation. 
  • Puerto Rico: House Republicans are aiming to introduce revised legislation this week to help Puerto Rico with its debt crisis after the island nation defaulted while Congress was out on recess last week.

GIVE US THE GOODS, SAY GOP OPERATIVES: Via The Hill's Jonathan Swan, Republican operatives are scouring the country for transcripts, notes or secret recordings of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE's paid speeches to Goldman Sachs in hopes of finding damaging material for the general election. But they aren't just crossing their fingers: Republican opposition researchers have taken matters into their own hands, aggressively seeking any information about the speeches, including from Goldman employees who were in the room.

DOES HE SUPPORT? DOES HE NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION: Via The Hill's Peter SchroederDonald Trump has become a wild card in Speaker Paul Ryan's effort to win House passage of a debt relief package for Puerto Rico. Several confusing interviews with Trump have left competing impressions on whether he supports the House legislation to fund relief for Puerto Rico. 

  • Wednesday: Trump told CNN that he opposed a "bailout" of the island, even though the current House proposal does not direct any new federal dollars to the territory.
  • Thursday: Trump told Fox News that it was inevitable the island would have to restructure its debt, which is a move that can only be forced by an act of Congress.

SO HOW EXACTLY WOULD THIS ADMINISTRATION WORK?: Politico's Darren Samuelsohn and Ben White interviewed nearly five dozen GOP policy veterans. The consensus: They want nothing to do with a Donald Trump administration.

ANNOUNCED THIS A.M. -- WHAT CHRISTIE'S GETTING OUT OF THE DEAL: Donald Trump is tapping New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead his transition team, which would prepare the political neophyte turned presumptive GOP nominee for the White House if he wins in the general election. The campaign said it expects to have the transition team running in an "official capacity" in November.

IT'SSSS DAMAGE CONTROL TIME! Ben Rhodes, the White House aide who led the public push for the Iran nuclear agreement, is defending his handling of the campaign after he was quoted in a New York Times Magazine profile claiming he created an "echo chamber" to sell the deal.

The Washington Post's Ben Terris
Nothing says: ""He truly gives zero [expletive] about what most people in Washington think," like a Medium retort 

DON'T LOSE HOPE. THINGS COULD HAPPEN THIS YEAR!: The Washington Post's James Hohmann argues why criminal justice reform could actually get done this year. But here's the catch: Two hurdles must be overcome. The first is getting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Hobbled NRA shows strength with Trump MORE (R-Ky.) on board. He still hasn't said whether the most recent version of the Senate bill will merit a floor vote. The second hurdle is "mens rea," a legal phrase to describe state of mind. "Basically, the fight boils down to whether prosecutors should be forced to prove that someone intended to break the law, specifically when it comes to white-collar corporate crimes."

TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING -- FLOTUS AND PRINCE HARRY TEAM UP: Via ABC's Karen Leo and Carolyn DurandPrince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama opened the second annual Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday night, saluting "the very best of the human spirit." The two are pushing for more support for service members when they return home. Watch the interview: 



NBC's Mark Murray
After full WA allocation & Guam results, Hillary needs to win just 15% of remaining delegates to hit magic number; [Sanders needs 85%]

The Hill's Timothy Cama
D.C.'s hottest new super PAC is: Can You Not?



The House is out until Tuesday.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate will take a procedural vote on the energy and water appropriations bill.

6 p.m. EDT: Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderJuan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts GOP governor vetoes New Hampshire bill to create independent redistricting commission Why target Tucker Carlson? It's part of the left's war on the right MORE holds a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C.

11 p.m. EDT: Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE holds a rally in Sacramento, Calif.

8 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The Hill is hosting an event titled "The Internet of Things: The Next Frontier in Tech Innovation." Speakers include: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.); Justin Brookman, policy director, Office of Technology Research and Investigation, Federal Trade Commission; Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa; TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore; and Senthil Ramakrishnan, AT&T's lead principal architect of the internet of things. Details and live stream: 



Today is National Moscato Day!

WHAT A WORLD WE LIVE IN: Via the AP, "An Ivy League professor said his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the math equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist."

IN SPORTS NEWS -- STEPHEN CURRY NAMED MVP. BIG SURPRISE...: Via ESPN's Marc Stein, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors to be named Most Valuable Player for second straight season.

And with that, here is a baby beaver that took a stroll in downtown D.C.:


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