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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Live from Philly -- Trump says Russia remarks were 'sarcastic' | All-star night for Dems | Philadelphia ready for convention to end | Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege MORE dad jokes | Celebs spotted | National Hamburger Day

Happy Thursday from Philly! (It's Thursday, right?) Filing from The Hill's event hub with a beautiful view of the skyline, I'm  Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning, what events are coming up, who's speaking where and behind-the-scenes tidbits along the way. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

CLASSIC PLAY OUT OF THE POLITICIAN HANDBOOK RIGHT HERE: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE says he was being "sarcastic" when he said he hopes Russian hackers obtain deleted emails from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' MORE's private server. Trump really is coming around to being a politician: "The real problem is what was said on those emails from the [Democratic National Committee]," Trump told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. "They talk about religion, they talk about race, they talk about all sorts of things, including women." 

THIS FACE? YOU'LL BE SEEING A LOT OF ME: Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, spoke at the convention last night, playing attack dog against Donald Trump. The audience was not entirely friendly, with a few protests from anti-trade supporters. Here's his reception:

BuzzFeed's Hayes Brown
Tim Kaine is your dad performing in the PTA talent show and you're proud of him but also kind of want to die

Tim Kaine is the best hype man your company's softball team has ever seen

Tim Kaine is the star of that corny-ass sitcom that you really hope gets renewed for a second season 

Mic's Sage Brooks
As we all know, you can't be VP unless you're corny as hell 
CLINTON: I'm looking for a VP
KAINE: hi looking for a VP, I'm Tim
CLINTON: oh my god 

The Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi
I dunno that mocking someone's voice is a good strategy. I mean ask Chris Christie and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats Stop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave MORE how good of a strategy it is. It makes Kaine look small. And by all accounts, Kaine is not small. 

LET'S PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE: One week ago Wednesday, the big speakers at the Republican National Convention were Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke raised .1 million from over 128,000 donors on campaign's first day O'Rourke on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'We don't have the best negotiating partners on either side' O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020 MORE (Texas) and former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Last night at the Democratic convention, the headliners were Vice President Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama.

BUT IT'S MY PARTY, SO LET ME CRY IF I WANT TO: Hillary Clinton has a tough act to follow tonight and she has a serious chance of being upstaged. Let's just say, thousands of balloons dropping from the ceiling definitely can't hurt.

WHAT TO EXPECTHillary Clinton will tell Americans that the nation faces a "moment of reckoning" as it decides between her and Donald Trump, campaign manager Robby Mook told reporters on Thursday. Shall we start the "drink every time she says 'Trump' game?"

BEHIND-THE-SCENES FUN FACT: President Obama cracked a birth certificate joke on stage at the convention. That joke was NOT in the teleprompter: 

IF NEITHER CANDIDATE TICKLES YOUR FANCY: ...I know, I know. I hate that expression, too, but it just felt right. Anyway, Time has a fascinating profile of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein 

COME ON, GUYS. CAN WE JUST PLAY IT COOL FOR ONCE?: Via The Philadelphia Inquirer's print edition, residents of Philadelphia are totally ready for the convention to be over. Best (but worst) line: "I understand if you want to protest [and exercise] First Amendment rights, but don't be disgusting about it," said Sandra Costanzo. "They were in Marconi Park [at Broad and Oregon] running around naked. There's children around here. They see that and wonder what kind of America this is." Welp.



While celebs rehearsed on the convention stage for their song, "Glee" star Darren Criss asked another singer to take a photo as he ran to the middle of the stage and jumped in the air. Behind-the-scenes video of their rehearsal: 

Actor Bradley Cooper eating dinner downtown with his supermodel girlfriend Irina Shayk at Vernick in Rittenhouse Square (via's Howard Gensler): 

Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses RNC says it raised .6 million in February Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 MORE in the back row of the arena signing autographs (!) while Hillary Clinton made her surprise appearance. This couldn't epitomize the Democratic convention anymore. (h/t to The Hill's Sarah Ferris): 

"[Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee] Bill Weld working the DNC concourse" (h/t to The Texas Tribune's Patrick Svitek): 

The Roots played at a Bully Pulpit Interactive concert last night. Attendees included: Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties Sanders announces first staff hires in Iowa, New Hampshire McConnell works to freeze support for Dem campaign finance effort MORE (R.I.); former Philadelphia Mayor Michael NutterRonan Farrow; MSNBC's Ari Melber; Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder and former New Republic owner; Pandora's Sean DugganShannon Lee and Drew Thurlow; Sidewire's Tucker Bounds and Meredith Carden; Slack's Adam ConnerJon Favreau and Tommy Vietor; NextGen Climate Action's Josh Fryday, Priorities USA's Tara McGowan, Lauren Miller; Strategy Group's Pete Giangreco; Analytics Media Group's Gaurav Shirole; Lyft's Lauren Belive; Yelp's Laurent Crenshaw;  Twitter's Jenna Golden; Snapchat's Rob Saliterman; Facebook's Kaiya Waddell; Pew's Elise Shutzer; and NGP VAN's Michelle Stephenson.

Spotted at the Latino Leaders Luncheon in Philadelphia: Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros; former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar; House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; Puerto Rico Senate President Eduardo Bhatia; Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Sada; Spanish Ambassador to the U.S. Ramon Gil Casares; Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar; and California Democratic Reps. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia Assembly Speaker pens fiery response to Pence Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto Uber to pay million to settle fight over driver benefits, pay MORETony Cardenas and Linda Sánchez.



C-SPAN's Howard Mortman (Oh how times have changed)
Barney Frank at Dem Conventions: On the left, right now ... On the right, 1984 

Politico's Burgess Everett (Yipes.)
Not down with Bloomberg 

The Hill's Megan Wilson
I would watch a reality show centered around this super uninterested security guard at the Kesha concert. 

The New Yorker's Evan Osnos
"I started without a million $ loan from my father" Boom! Hot billionaire on billionaire action. 



Noon: 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 (Del.), Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP MORE (Calif.) and Jake Sullivan, senior policy adviser for Hillary Clinton's campaign, speak about Democrats and foreign policy at a Politico event. Live stream: 

3:30 p.m. EDT: The Washington Post is hosting Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (N.Y.) for an event.

4 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump campaigns in Davenport, Iowa.

8 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Tonight: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gives her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.

2 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump holds a town hall event in Colorado Springs, Colo. 



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



Today is National Milk Chocolate Day and National Hamburger Day!

JUST ADD A BOWTIE AND MY DAY WILL BE MADE: Via CBS New York, for the first time in 120 years, a baby "fairy" penguin was born at the Bronx Zoo.

And to leave you on a good note, here's a video (that made me cry from laughing) of a bird enjoying an airport moving walkway, as one does: 


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