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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 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 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE says he was being "sarcastic" when he said he hopes Russian hackers obtain deleted emails from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery 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 RubioFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump GOP senators work to get Trump on board with new disaster aid package 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 CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan 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 SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP 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 WhitehouseOvernight Energy: Democrats push EPA to collect 4K in 'excessive' Pruitt travel expenses | Greens angered over new rules for rocket fuel chemical | Inslee to join youth climate strikers in Las Vegas Democrats push EPA to collect 4K from Pruitt for 'excessive airfare expenses' Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan 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 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 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 CoonsOil companies join blitz for carbon tax Mnuchin says carbon capture tax credit guidance will be out soon Mnuchin signals administration won't comply with subpoena for Trump tax returns MORE (Del.), Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas 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 SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' 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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