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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 ClintonGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family 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 Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll 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 SandersBernie SandersSinger Neil Young says that America's presidents haven't done enough address climate change New poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide 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 ReidThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Bottom Line Lobbying world 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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE (D-N.Y.), Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDemocratic senators seek documents on Trump's alleged call for Barr press conference Senate committee advances budget reform plan Bipartisan Enzi-Whitehouse budget bill a very bad fix for deficits MORE (D-R.I.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallBureau of Land Management staff face relocation or resignation as agency moves west Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows Hillicon Valley: Twitter to refuse all political ads | Trump camp blasts 'very dumb' decision | Ocasio-Cortez hails move | Zuckerberg doubles down on Facebook's ad policies | GOP senator blocks sweeping election reform bill MORE (D-N.M.) and Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Senate committee advances budget reform plan MORE (D-Ore.) hold a press conference on the need for gun legislation.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Bill Gates visits Capitol to discuss climate change with new Senate caucus 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 eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group Overnight Energy: Automakers group sides with Trump in emissions lawsuit | Latest on California wildfires | Walden won't seek reelection | Park Service scraps plan to charge protesters for security MORE and Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellMicrosoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Senators introduce cybersecurity workforce expansion bill Boeing chief faces anger over 737 crashes at hearing MORE (D-Wash.).

1:30 p.m. EDT: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThe Trump strategy: Dare the Democrats to win Trump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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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