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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Justices block Obama on immigration | Obama decries ruling | Dem sit-in enters 25th hour | Brexit vote today | Bernie's awkward Senate return

BREAKING – IT'S A NO FOR OBAMA: The Supreme Court dealt a blow to President Obama on Thursday, blocking his controversial immigration programs. The court tied 4-4, upholding a lower court ruling that will keep the program from going forward. Why parts of it were controversial: Some states claimed they would be burdened by having to spend more on public services like healthcare, law enforcement and education if undocumented parents of both American citizens and legal permanent residents are allowed to stay in the country.

It's Thursday, and heads up, tomorrow is national Bring Your Dog To Work Day! Now is a good time to remind your colleagues. ;) Filing from the press gallery of a WWE match (Congress), I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning (and overnight!) and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

JUST NOW - OBAMA REACTS: President Obama just delivered a statement on the blow to his immigration policy, blaming the decision on Republicans (duh) for not confirming a ninth justice. "It takes us further from the country we aspire to be," Obama said. What it does: It blocks allowing illegal immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to remain in the U.S. for three years and to apply for work permits.

Morning Consult's Eli Yokley: Obama says the #SCOTUS decision today is "a consequence of the Republican failure" to consider his SCOTUS nominee.

The Hill's Jordan Fabian: Obama: "During an election years, politicians tend to use immigration to scare people with words like amnesty with hopes that it will whip up votes"

Mic's Emily Cahn: Shorter POTUS to Congress: #$%^ you (Nice 'Friends' gif)

TIME's Zeke Miller: A reminder Obama once said he didn't have the authority to take the action he subsequently took on immigration.

4 MORE YEARS. 4 MORE YEARS.Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI Why Mueller's hedge on obstruction decision was a mistake Giuliani says news media treat Dems better than GOP MORE on Thursday bashed the Supreme Court's stalemate as "unacceptable." In a statement (written in English and Spanish!), she said she'd defend Obama's proposals if she's elected.

ALSO BREAKING -- IT'S A YES FROM SCOTUS : Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court ruled today in a 4-3 decision that it is lawful for the University of Texas at Austin to consider race when determining student admissions. Why 4-3: Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case. Court watchers had been expecting a 4-4 tie before Justice Antonin Scalia died.

DEM SIT-IN UPDATE: House Democrats (and some Senate Democrats) have been on the House floor since about 11:25 a.m. yesterday holding a sit-in to force votes on gun control. The biggest blow-up happened when Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R-Wis.) came to the floor late last night to finish regular business, all during raucous chants. He then dismissed the House early until July 5 -- i.e.: We're going home. Your move, Dems Let's set the scene for you

  • Side-stepping the lack of coverage: Because the sit-in couldn't be broadcast on C-SPAN (cameras are only on when the House is in session unless the Speaker says otherwise), members used their phones to live stream the scene. Overheard on the House floor: "There's an app called Periscope." Lol.
  • Seating: Most chairs on the House floor were empty, but the floor was overcrowded. Members seemed to prefer sitting cross-legged on the ground.
  • Senators donated snacks: The cloakroom of the House is filled with food and drinks. Senate Democrats donated snacks as a show of support. The volume points to how long this could go on -- and Republicans last night noticed. Photo:
  • Rep's mom gets involved: Rep. Keith Ellison's (D-Minn.) mom reportedly called his office and passed along the message that she wanted Ellison to join the sit-in. "Your mom called and wants you on the floor!" said a note given to Ellison.
  • Pizza delivery: Someone in California paid $344 to deliver 10 to 12 Domino's pizzas to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Here's a photo of the overly excited woman delivering them:
  • #AmericaRunsOnDunkin: Warren delivered Dunkin' Donuts while tweeting, "Massachusetts knows: America -- and #NoBillNoBreak -- runs on @DunkinDonuts." What. An. Ad.
  • Other legislation passed: Overnight, House Republicans passed a controversial $1.1 billion plan for combating the Zika virus.
  • Let's stand back from it all: From AP's Josh Lederman: "This food fight on the House floor is reminiscent of something you see in foreign parliaments, not in the US. Remarkable moment in politics"
  • People to follow: With all the chaos on the House floor and conflicting reports, these are the reporters you need to follow to understand the play-by-play: The Hill's Scott Wong, Politico's John Bresnahan, The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller and The Hill's Cristina Marcos.

"HONEY, I'M HOOOOOOOOME!" -- 'WELL, LOOK. WHO'S. BACK.": Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Treason narrative collapses; who bears responsibility? Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC MORE is back in the Senate and it's been a bit awkward. He's been calling for an overhaul of the Democratic Party. You can't sit with us!: That message has been less enthusiastically received in the Senate, where lawmakers often note that Sanders enjoys the full privileges of membership in the Democratic caucus despite being an Independent.

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, DEMS: Via Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski, Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid slams Comey for Russia election meddling Suicide is not just a veteran problem — it is an American problem The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Democrats are calling on the GOP baseball team to play with eight players instead of nine because, yes, they want to be symbolic and punny about blocking a ninth Supreme Court justice from being confirmed. Oh, politics ...

IF YOU'RE IN DC: Major thunderstorms are expected between 3-8 p.m. Hail is possible and according to the Capital Weather Gang: "We can't rule out a tornado or two."



Talk show host Hugh Hewitt

"I would be inclined to do that" Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE tells me about naming some of his cabinet during the campaign

The Daily Beast's Jackie Kucinich responded: Does he know that's illegal?

The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller
Asked about the zero debate on Zika, Paul Ryan says "you think" Democrats were interested in a meaningful debate.
I mean, fair point.



The House is now out until July 5. The Senate is in as of 9:30 a.m. today with no votes scheduled.

Today–Saturday: The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) holds its annual conference in Washington. Speakers and agenda:

Today: Donald Trump heads to Scotland.

12 p.m. EDT: The House Oversight Committee meets to consider whether to hold Howard Shelanski, head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, in contempt.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Sens. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseGreen New Deal vote tests Dem unity in Senate Dems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties Sanders announces first staff hires in Iowa, New Hampshire MORE (D-R.I.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallJosé Serrano says he has Parkinson's, will not seek reelection Udall says he will not seek reelection in 2020 Overnight Energy: DC moves closer to climate lawsuit against Exxon | Dems call for ethics investigation into Interior officials | Inslee doubles down on climate in 2020 bid MORE (D-N.M.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Judge halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change | Dems demand details on Interior's offshore drilling plans | Trump mocks wind power Dem senators demand offshore drilling info before Bernhardt confirmation hearing Business groups urge Congress to combat LGBTQ discrimination in workplace MORE (D-Ore.) hold a press conference on the need for gun legislation.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain Sixteen years later, let's finally heed the call of the 9/11 Commission  Senate Dems introduce bill demanding report on Khashoggi killing MORE (D-Del.) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations about the Iran agreement one year after it was finalized. Live stream:

1 p.m. EDT: The United States Energy Association hosts an energy efficiency forum. Speakers include EPA chief Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Senate Dems introduce Green New Deal alternative | Six Republicans named to House climate panel | Wheeler confirmed to lead EPA Overnight Energy: Joshua Tree National Park lost M in fees due to shutdown | Dem senator, AGs back case against oil giants | Trump officials secretly shipped plutonium to Nevada Overnight Energy: Ethics panel clears Grijalva over settlement with staffer | DC aims to run on 100 percent clean energy by 2032 | Judges skeptical of challenge to Obama smog rule MORE and Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine Cantwell737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington State rules complicate push for federal data privacy law Hillicon Valley: Cohen stuns Washington with testimony | Claims Trump knew Stone spoke to WikiLeaks | Stone, WikiLeaks deny | TikTok gets record fine | Senators take on tech over privacy MORE (D-Wash.).

1:30 p.m. EDT: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonPotential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge MORE gives an immigration policy address at the NALEO conference in D.C.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders delivers a speech called "Where We Go From Here" in New York City.

7 p.m. EDT: The NBA draft is live on ESPN. Deetz:

Overnight: The result of the Brexit vote is expected to come in "breakfast time" in London on Friday. Note: They don't use exit polling.



11:35 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders joins Stephen Colbert on CBS's "The Late Show."

Between 6-9 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Bernie Sanders will appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."



Today is National Pecan Sandy Day!

HEY, ADRENALINE JUNKIES: The world's tallest and longest tunnel slide is opening tomorrow in London. It looks awesome.

And to leave you on a high note, here's a dog that may be regretting having all those puppies. "Have kids, they said. It'll be fun, they said."


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