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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Live from Philly -- Trump hopes Russia gets Hillary emails | Reagan shooter to be released | Bernie supporters swarm media center | Trump won't release taxes | National Scotch Day

Happy Wednesday from Philly! Filing from the warm pretzel bar (!!) at the Facebook brunch, 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. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

BREAKING THIS A.M. -- REAGAN SHOOTER TO BE RELEASED: The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago will be released from a mental hospital to live with his mother in Virginia. When: A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Wednesday that John Hinckley could be released as early as next week. But there's a caveat: Hinckley will not be allowed to contact his victims, their relatives or knowingly travel to areas where the current president or members of Congress are present.

HAHA AND YOU THOUGHT I'D BE QUIET THIS WEEK...: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE had quite the press conference this morning. He said he hopes that Russian hackers accused of breaching the DNC have obtained the tens of thousands of emails that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE deleted from her private email server. He also criticized former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? Barr says he's working to protect presidency, not Trump MORE's speech to the convention, saying he left out "the most interesting chapter." I.e.: his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky

TALKED ABOUT – CLINTON BREAKS "GLASS CEILING":  Hillary Clinton spoke to the Democratic National Convention late Tuesday night via video, playing up the historic nature of her selection as the party's presidential nominee. The video is pretty cool. Watch: 

THIS PRESS COVERAGE IS LIKE SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL: Dozens of Bernie SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE delegates walked out of the arena in protest and swarmed the media tent yesterday right after Hillary Clinton was officially declared the Democratic presidential nominee. Let's set the scene for you:

Video of the protest:

Photo of crying Bernie supporters:

The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau: "'Occupying' the press file is like walking into a kindergarten classroom with cookies."

Video of protesters lighting signs on fire:

OOOOH, A GAME OF THRONES FAN!: At a Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers MORE (D-Mass.) event, a supporter kept heatedly agreeing by yelling "Shame!" How festive. 

WOMP, WOMP: A top aide to Donald Trump said this morning that the Republican presidential nominee "will not be releasing" his taxes. "It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing process," said Paul Manafort. Backstory: Some Democrats and Republicans (including Mitt Romney) have pushed for Trump to release his taxes. Conservative columnist George Will this week argued Trump doesn't want to release his taxes because they show "he is deeply involved in dealing with Russia oligarchs."



Spotted at the Facebook media brunch #ImWithBrunch – complete with a Bloody Mary bar and a warm pretzel station: Andy Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC; ABC's Zunaira Zaki and Rick Klein; and MTV's Ana
Marie Cox.

Actor David Schwimmer (Ross from "Friends"!) was spotted at a Creative Coalition luncheon at the Hotel Monaco.

Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), or "Dodd-Frank," chatting at the convention. Photo:

Facebook and Glamour hosted an event with Chelsea ClintonLena Dunham and America Ferrera at the Facebook Lounge. Spotted: Actress Constance Wu from "Fresh off the Boat"; "CBS This Morning" co-anchors Gayle King (who is best friends with Oprah Winfrey) and Norah O'Donnell; Annella Kaine, vice presidential nominee Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran Senate passes bill to undo tax increase on Gold Star military families The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE's daughter; former NBA players Jason Collins and Jarron Collins; Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.); Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.); Amy Dacey, DNC CEO; and Crystal Patterson, government and politics outreach manager at Facebook.

Outgoing DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the convention hall in Philadelphia: She was later spotted at the Ke$ha concert, rolling VIP with a half-dozen staffers. YOLO! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass on the convention floor:

Spotted at the "Latinos Unidos" party, which was sponsored by The Hill Latino: Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.); Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.); former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio VillaraigosaMickey Ibarra, who served as director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Clinton administration; California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; and actress Rosie Perez from Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing."



"Science Mike" (Hahaha.)
My youngest daughter: "who's that?" Me: "That's Bill Clinton." Her: "Is he related to Hillary Clinton?"

The Washington Post's Rebecca Sinderbrand (You make good points.)



3:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a "Pints and Predictions" event with the Center for American Progress's Brian Katulis, Purple Strategies's Steve McMahon and American Bridge 21st Century's Rodell Millineau.

4 p.m. EDT: "Women Rule" event featuring Jill Abramson,formerly of The New York Times; author and writer Jane Mayer; SKDKKnickerbocker's Hilary Rosen; and former White House communications director Nicole Wallace. 

4:30 p.m. EDT: The convention gavels in. 

Tonight's speakers: Erica Smegielski, daughter of the principal killed at Sandy Hook Elementary; Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two of the survivors of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, S.C.; Jamie Dorff, whose husband was killed in Iraq; Vice President Biden; and President Obama. Full schedule:

4:30 p.m. EDT: The Washington Post is interviewing House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) for a "Women in Power" event.

6:45 p.m. EDT: Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.) joins the Sidewire app to chat. 

8–11 p.m. EDT: Come hang with The Hill for the convention watch party. There will be cocktails!

10 p.m. EDT: Bully Pulpit Interactive is hosting a private concert featuring The Roots.

10 p.m. EDT: The Creative Coalition is hosting a benefit gala featuring singer Fergie.

Note: The Black Eyed Peas are also performing at a benefit concert in Philly -- sans Fergie!

Tonight: "Rock the Vote" is hosting a Truth to Power Concert at the Fillmore featuring The Black Eyed Peas.

8:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: President Obama's campaign veterans Stephanie Cutter and David Axelrod speak with The Atlantic for an event.



11 p.m. EDT tonight and tomorrow: HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" is airing a special installment from the Democratic National Convention. 



Today is National Scotch Day!

MOST SHARED -- I CAN'T STOP LOOKING, BUT IT'S MAKING ME FEEL SICK: Via CNN, cockroach milk may be the next big food supplement. I can't even read past this without getting squeamish, so click here if you want to know more:

And with that, here's a cat meowing under water: 


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