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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Live from Philly: Dems worry about Trump poll bounce | Talks underway for Sanders to nominate Clinton | Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? MORE, Nancy Pelosi to speak | Convention media center troubles | Demi Lovato's security snag

Happy Tuesday from Philly! Filing from an adult-sized White House moon bounce (can't make these things up), where actress Connie Britton is about to stop by, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning, what events are coming up, who's speaking where and fun insider tidbits along the way. Basically: where to find free food and alcohol. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

'CAN WE START FREAKING OUT NOW?' SAID WITH AN OVERLY CHEESY, FAKE SMILE: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Democrats are alarmed over a cluster of new polls showing GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE's bounce in support after the Republican National Convention. Why: They thought the "dark" themes Trump and his allies raised in Cleveland wouldn't gain traction in modern-day America. Oops, looks like they did.

THE MEDIA CENTER HAS BEEN ... FUN: Hundreds of people descended to the sweltering media tents -- yes, tents in a parking lot -- to find few spots with cold water or food, with just two eateries open inside the convention center serving food and drinks around lunchtime. Oh, and the water bottles were priced at $4.50. Temperature: Outside, temperatures reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit by 3 p.m., with a heat index of 109 degrees. Here's a description from The Hill's Sarah Ferris: 

Photo of the workspace: 

TIMES MEDIA FILING CENTER WAS EVACUATED: Two, with one of them during prime time.

The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus: "They just handed out plastic bags to protect our equipment should...the ceiling cave in? The tent flood?" Photo:

Alaska Dispatch News's Erica Martinson: "Press room feeling less than sturdy in the storm." Um this, video is terrifying.

Mother Jones's Patrick Caldwell: "Waited in line for nearly 30 minutes, only for them to announce they're out of food 2 The DNC has been great."

GIVE ME A U-N-I-T-Y: Negotiations are underway to have Sen.  Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.)officially nominate presumptive nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE for president at the Democratic National Convention tonight, a move that would further signal party unity.

THE PHOTO ON THIS STORY SUMS IT UP SO WELL: Hillary Clinton's campaign is bracing for the possibility of more damaging emails being leaked to the public as the presidential campaign enters its home stretch. 

WELL, THAT'S GOTTA KEEP YOU LEVEL-HEADED: Via The Hill's Judy Kurtz: A tipster told The Hill that singer Demi Lovato was stopped by security on her way into the Wells Fargo Center. Since she didn't have any credentials on her, a companion had to vouch for her.



-- Instagram hosted a "Posts and Toasts" happy hour in the Wells Fargo Center. Spotted: Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrats seize on IRS memo in Trump tax battle Momentum grows to create 'Do Not Track' registry Senate chairman says bipartisan health care package coming Thursday MORE (D-Ore.); Carri Twigg, senior vice president at DKC and former White House director of public engagement; Katie Dowd, digital director at Hillary for America; Teddy Goff, partner at Precision Strategies and former digital director for President Obama's campaigns; Jenna Lowenstein, digital director at Hillary for America; Andrew Bleeker, president of Bully Pulpit Interactive and veteran of Obama's presidential campaigns; Ann Marie Cox, journalist and founder of Wonkette; and Shripal Shah, CEO of MOKO Social Media.

-- Tony Podesta and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenStudy finds misconduct is the top reason CEOs are leaving large companies Hirono electrifies left as Trump antagonist Miss USA pageant winner celebrated for addressing 'Me Too' movement on stage MORE (D-Minn.) were spotted sitting together at the Podesta Group Brunch this morning. Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyChances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight Immigration fight imperils deal on disaster aid package Graham says Bolton briefed him on Iran, tells Trump to 'stand firm' MORE (D-Vt.) was also spotted. 

-- Politico hosted singer Alicia Keys for an event about criminal justice reform. Spotted: Hip-hop artist MC HammerCecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president; Dede Lea, executive vice president of government relations at Viacom; Gayle King, co-anchor of "CBS This Morning" and friend of Oprah Winfrey; Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America; Gloria Dittus, chairman of Story Partners; Jim Messina, former Obama campaign manager; Alan Kreuger, former chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers; Jesse Watters of Fox News; and John Stanton of BuzzFeed. 

-- Spotted at the Charlotte airport: Rob O'Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden. 12:30 Report reader Kathryn Mulvaney approached him and asked, "Are you..." and before she could finish her sentence, he responded, "Yeah, but he deserved it." 



Politico's Burgess Everett (Uhh, ohhh)
Turns out if you black out some words on "stronger together" it spells "stop her" 

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake (Hahaha.)
The look on [Sen. Al] Franken's face 

The Washington Post's Charles Lane
CNN camera cuts to Bill Clinton studying Booker like baseball scout sizing up AAA pitcher Video: 

MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin
Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE has clearly been holding some thoughts in this election year 

The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery
This is a pretty subdued Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE. "We're with her." "Ok."



12:30 p.m.: The Washington Post interviews California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) at an event.

3:30 p.m.: The Hill's Bob Cusack is hosting a "Pints and Predictions" event with Park Street Strategies' Chris Kofinis, Venn Strategies' Penny Lee and Ohio state Sen. Capri Cafaro (D).

5 p.m.: Ranking member of the House Budget Committee Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) speak at a Morning Consult happy hour. 

5–7 p.m.: First Look Media and Tumblr are hosting a "Cartoons and Cocktails" event.

5–7 p.m.:Roll call vote for the Democratic nomination.

6 p.m.: The Washington Post is interviewing Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) at their hub. 

Speakers tonight: Democratic National Committee vice chair and incoming interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); former President Bill Clinton; actresses America Ferrera and Lena Dunham; and "Mothers of the Movement," mothers of children who have been killed in altercations with police or by gun violence. 

9 p.m.: Planned Parenthood event titled "Sex, Politics & Cocktails" at Union Transfer. Info

8:30 a.m. tomorrow: Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: Trump moves forward with rule on California drilling | House panel advances bill that resumes participation in Paris climate fund | Perry pressed on 'environmental justice' | 2020 Dem proposes climate corps Trump administration moves forward with final rule to allow new California drilling Overnight Energy: Interior chief says climate response falls on Congress | Bernhardt insists officials will complete offshore drilling plans | Judge rules EPA must enforce Obama landfill pollution rules MORE (Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Gene Sperling, former director of the White House National Economic Council; and Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden join The Atlantic for a morning event. 

10 a.m. tomorrow: The Hill is hosting a policy event discussing real estate and the U.S. economy.



8 a.m. tomorrow: Vice President Biden will appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."



Today is National Bagelfest Day!

GO, MAN, GO!: Stephen Colbert made it past security and onto the podium of the convention yesterday. It's pretty funny:

And with that, here's the job I'm vying for next convention. Hint: It involves balloon removal: 


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