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The Hill's 12:30 Report: RNC chair furious at Trump's Ryan snub | DC Metro cop arrested for trying to help ISIS | Inside Ryan's primary strategy | Libertarian town hall tonight on CNN | Olympics begin | National Watermelon Day (!)

BREAKING -- THIS IS COMFORTING. SO COMFORTING.: Via ABC News, a veteran D.C. Metro police officer has been arrested for allegedly trying to help the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. How: "[Nicholas] Young allegedly purchased technology-related items to send to the ISIS operatives so they could evade authorities when contacting each other, according to the sources."

It's Wednesday, and we're officially in the miserably sticky heat D.C. is famous for. An out-of-towner complained to me the other day that the air here "now feels like a solid." Great. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

THE WHEELS ON THE TRAIN ARE COMING OFF THE TRACKS, OFF THE TRACKS, OFF THE TRACKS: Republican leaders appear to be getting sick and tired of how Trump is handling the campaign – and that frustration may boil over soon. Here's how:

IN [CLAP] TER [CLAP] VENTION: NBC's Chuck Todd and Hallie Jackson are reporting that top Republican Trump allies including RNC Chair Reince PriebusRudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich are plotting an "intervention" with Trump after his week from hell.

EXIT STRATEGY: ABC's John Karl is reporting that Republican officials are exploring how to handle a scenario where Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE drops out. Yep, bet that got your attention! Keep in mind: He would have to voluntarily exit – there's no way to force him out. Replacement process: the 168 members of the RNC would choose the successor. This would need to happen by early September though, to have time to choose the replacement and get that name on the ballot. Full scenario and replacement process:

PEACE OUT, GOP: Via The New York Times's Jonathan MartinMeg Whitman, a Hewlett-Packard executive and Republican fundraiser (!) said Tuesday she will back Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president How to end the Electoral College and elect our next president by popular vote CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE for president. Why: To stop Trump, who she argues is a threat to American democracy.

TRUMP REBUTTAL: Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort appeared on Fox News just now: "The campaign is focused and the campaign is moving forward in a positive way. The only need we have for an intervention is maybe with some media types who keep saying things that aren't true."

INSIDE RYAN'S REELECTION STRATEGY: The Hill's Scott Wong has a fascinating look behind the scenes of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE's (R-Wis.) reelection campaign against Tea Party challenger Paul NehlenThe gist: Do. Not. Pull. An. Eric. Cantor. How: Run a positive campaign with no negative ads (!), focus on national security and trust and don't look "too D.C." and out of touch with constituents. The problem: Some are now casting Ryan's primary as a proxy war with Trump.

TALKED ABOUT ON THE MORNING SHOWS -- ONE OF THE BIGGEST SLAPS IN THE FACE THIS CYCLE: ...and that's a high bar! Donald Trump has declined to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLou Dobbs: Political criticism of McCain 'not an exhumation of his body' Trump rips McCain, says he gave Steele dossier to FBI for 'very evil purposes' The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSchultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid Bottom Line US, allies must stand in united opposition to Iran’s bad behavior MORE (R-N.H.) -- who are all reluctantly supporting his campaign -- in their primary races.

WELL THAT WENT WELL: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is livid. I'm picturing literal steam coming out of his ears.

Tweet from Republican strategist Jim Merrill: "The time for Reince to be 'apoplectic' was many, many months past."

AND IT ALL COMES FULL CIRCLE: Khizr Khan, whose son died serving in Iraq, told CNN that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was his son's hero.

LATE THIS A.M. – DON'T BRING US INTO THIS!: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, the White House pushed back on Donald Trump's claim that the presidential election could be "rigged" against him. "This is not a new claim," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. "It is often a claim of people who don't end up winning elections ... The president has confidence in the integrity of our electoral process and everybody should too."



The New York Times's Carl Hulse
Turns out Speaker BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner says it's Democrats' turn for a Tea Party movement House Republicans find silver lining in minority Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE is indeed enjoying Kansas primary night. Just received this from former staffer!

Context: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), who helped push out Boehner, lost his Republican primary Tuesday night.

Real Clear Politics's James Arkin
Spotted on the Hill: staffers eating ice cream cones and carrying cases of Mountain Dew #recess



1:30 p.m. EDT: 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 is campaigning in Greensboro, N.C.

3 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a town hall in Daytona Beach, Fla.

3:20 p.m. EDT: (gotta love how specific the times are) President Obama is participating in a Young African Leaders Initiative town hall at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

5:15 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Commerce City, Colo.

7 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Jacksonville, Fla.

10 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump holds a town hall in Portland, Maine.

2 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump holds a town hall in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

2:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Hillary Clinton tours the Mojave Electric Company in Las Vegas.

3 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: Trump officials sued over Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire | Analysis contradicts HHS claims on Arkansas Medicaid changes | Azar signals HHS won't back down on e-cigs Trump health chief backs needle exchanges in anti-HIV strategy Pence travels to Nebraska to survey flood damage MORE campaigns in Virginia Beach, Va.

3:45 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Las Vegas.

7 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Mike Pence campaigns in Norfolk, Va.



9 p.m. EDT: CNN's Anderson Cooper hosts a Libertarian presidential town hall with nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonPotential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge MORE and running mate Bill Weld.



Today is National Watermelon Day! -- typed at my desk with a giant container of watermelon ready to celebrate. 

*BEGINS HUMMING THE OLYMPIC THEME SONG*: The 2016 Summer Olympics begin today! The opening ceremony isn't until Friday, but soccer is starting a bit early to finish on time. The U.S. women's soccer team is playing New Zealand at 6 p.m. EDT tonight! Here's today's full schedule of events:

"IMITATION IS THE SINCER..." ...NAH: Via ReCode, Instagram has added a story feature that is cloning Snapchat. General first reaction: This is absurdly similar. Followed by: Can they do this? Now: This is actually pretty cool and I may use it.

And to perk up your Wednesday, here's a man who captured his mailman stopping everyday to play with his dog:


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