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The Hill's 12:30 Report: On to Philly -- Clinton VP watch | Buzz builds for Kaine | Obama on Trump's speech | Cleveland winners, losers | Trump doesn't want Cruz endorsement | Ex-KKK leader Duke running for Senate | Reporter scolded for playing Pokémon Go

Happy Friday! Thousands of delegates, politicians, activists and media are clearing out of Cleveland –– and the airport has been total chaos. Everyone collectively looks sleep-deprived, a bit delirious and pretty hungover. On to Philadelphia! The 12:30 Report will be live from the Democratic convention next week, so get excited for week two of the madness. Filing from the airport gate – seriously eyeing Chick-fil-A across the terminal – I'm Cate Martel with a behind-the-scenes wrap-up of the convention in Cleveland and a preview of next week. Send any comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

I'M GLAD WE CAN ALL HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR ABOUT THE AIRPORT CHAOS: While a flight was boarding in Cleveland​, the announcer told travelers over the intercom: "Remember, no pushing or shoving. We do that on Saturdays in here in Cleveland."

Tweet from Matt Mackowiak: Probably 400 people in line at CLE Southwest Air to rebook due to 1,150 canceled flights in last 24 hours. Unbelievable disaster. Photo

NEWS TO WATCH TODAY -- CLINTON VP CHATTER: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE and her tight inner circle have made a decision about who her running mate will be, and the campaign is expected to make that announcement Friday, sources say. When: Possibly before her event in Tampa, Fla., this afternoon!

JUST ANNOUNCED – FORMER KKK LEADER RUNNING FOR SENATE: ...yes, you read that right. Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is launching a run for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana. "I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. However, what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European Americans," he added. I'm going back to bed...

Reaction from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC): "[David Duke] will not have support of the NRSC under any circumstance." 

EHHH, I'M NOT BUYING IT: President Obama says he didn't watch the convention.  But he did question some of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's claims in his convention speech:

CNN's Manu Raju: "'This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse doesn't really jibe with the experience of most people.' -- Obama on Trump" 

Mic's Emily Cahn:
"Obama: 'The violent crime rate in America has been lower during my presidency than any time in the last 3 or 4 decades.'"

LATE THIS MORNING – TRUMP ANNIHILATES CRUZ IN HIS VICTORY LAP: Donald Trump tore info former presidential primary rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Senate GOP votes to permanently ban earmarks Jim Carrey fires back at 'Joe McCarthy wanna-be' Cruz MORE on Friday morning, saying he would not accept the Texas senator's endorsement and threatening to fund a Senate challenger against Cruz -- who refused to endorse Trump at the GOP convention. He also praised the convention as being "probably one of the most peaceful, most beautiful, most love-filled conventions in the history of conventions."

PUMP THE BRAKES, DON'T JINX YOURSELF HERE: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Donald Trump is already focused on picking his Cabinet. A day before accepting his the GOP presidential nomination, Trump met with his inner circle at the Cleveland Westin to discuss his possible transition. Eric Trump told The Hill what his father is looking for:

WORTH A READ -- A VIEW FROM THE ARENA: Politico's Julia Ioffe has a fascinating depiction of the Republican National Convention last night that makes you feel like you were there.

-- "When Donald Trump finally came on stage to deliver his speech, Newt Gingrich wiped away tears. And as he bent to hear what Callista said to him, a big, clear, heavy drop fell right from his eye to the floor ... The only time he really brightened and laughed was when the crowd began to chant, "Lock her up! Lock her up!" That's when he and Callista looked at each other and smiled two naughty, knowing smiles."

WINNUHS AND LOSUHS: Some of the convention speakers saw their stock rise after a wild week in Cleveland, but others found themselves caught in the storm.

Winners: Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., David Clarke Jr., state and local police, Cleveland and Laura Ingraham

Mixed: Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Dozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address MORE

Losers: Ted Cruz, Paul Manafort, GOP unity :( and the Never Trump movement.

Context for each from The Hill's Cristina Marcos:


Spot the error: These signs were all around the convention hall. Maybe they should have gotten a second opinion before printing ...

Megyn Kelly's security: "Biggest security phalanx I've encountered in arena so far: for Megyn Kelly. (Via The Atlantic's James Fallows)" Note: this was after Roger Ailes's resignation was announced:

New Trump theme song:

Driver: "At the Cleveland airport, this driver is wearing a bullet proof vest." (Via Townhall and The Hill columnist Katie Pavlich) Photo:

Outfit on the floor: A man in an orange jumpsuit and a Hillary Clinton mask. Photo:

Journalists swarm: Here's what the convention floor looked like as journalists swarmed before Trump's speech:

Better safe than sorry: "Police at Public Square yelled at this group to drop the bag, they inspected it, and found .... bananas." Video:

Trump kids: "Trump kids giving standing ovation for Peter Thiel when he proclaims he's proud to be gay & to be an American." (Via Politico's Ken Vogel) Photo:



-- Rep. Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopDozens of states consider move to permanent daylight saving time Statehood bill could make Puerto Rico a state before 2020 Here's why Congress, not the president, should lead on environmental protection MORE (R-Utah) walking outside of the convention center, where he politely turned down a "Trump That Bitch" shirt a street vendor was selling. Lol.

-- Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) roaming around convention center concourse early in the afternoon, hours before the program began.

-- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) outside of Hodge's restaurant, The Hill's hub in Cleveland.

-- Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) walking on the convention floor mid-afternoon.



4:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla. Info:

12 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Miami, Fla. Her VP pick is expected to be there. Info:



Charles Moore
Almost literally bumped into Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE at DCA just now. Said "sorry" then "good luck!" He laughed and said thanks.

Michael Q. Sullivan
I'm so excited that our GOP nominee has the same trade philosophy as a self-declared socialist ...

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker
This is a very 2016 moment for GOP.
What Trump said: LGBTQ citizens.
What he hasn't discussed (yet): God, faith, church, religion.



Today is National Penuche Fudge Day!

DOUBLE TAKE ON THIS HEADLINE: From The Washington Post, "Two bulls are on the loose in West Baltimore"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PRINCE GEORGE: Prince George just turned 3 -- and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released some really cute pictures.

NOW WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY ORIGINAL DISNEY TAPES?!: Via CNN, the world's last VCR will be manufactured this month. They still make VCRs?!  Most surprising: Funai sold 750,000 units last year, but it was getting harder to find the parts to build them.

And to leave you on a good note, here's the State Department spokesman stopping the briefing to call out a reporter for playing Pokémon Go. It's hilarious:


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