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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Debate sites plan for third podium | Trump throws shade at GOP national security officials | Phelps death glare at the Olympics | Trump hotel to serve wine by the spoon

'SCUSE ME. COMING THROUGH. SORRY. EXCUSE ME. -- OH, HELLO THERE!: The venues for the presidential debates starting next month are reportedly preparing to add a third podium for Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBuzz grows Rep. Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian Potential 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 MOREWhy now: He's pushing to secure 15 percent in polls.

It's a slow Tuesday morning, i.e., peak August. 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 weekend plans to and on Facebook.

TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING -- *CUE RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES SCREAMING*: Via The New York Times's David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman, 50 of the country's most senior Republican national security officials have signed a letter declaring that GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE "lacks the character, values and experience" to be president and "would put at risk our country's national security and well-being." Ouch: They warn that Trump "would be the most reckless president in American history."

Notable names: Former CIA and NSA director Michael V. Hayden; former Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte; former deputy secretary of state, U.S. trade representative and World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick; former secretaries of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Michael ChertoffEric S. Edelman, who was Vice President Dick Cheney's national security adviser; Robert Blackwill and James Jeffrey, two key strategists in George W. Bush's National Security Council; and William H. Taft IV, a former deputy secretary of Defense and ambassador to NATO. Full list and original letter:

Trump reaction: "They are nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power, and it's time they are held accountable for their actions." Trump also accused them of being the same voices guiding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE's poor foreign policies. But they're Republicans, so...

YOU'D THINK CLINTON WAS THE REPUBLICAN THESE DAYS: Two former Republican (!) Environmental Protection Agency chiefs are backing Hillary Clinton in November. William Ruckelshaus, who served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and William Reilly from the George H.W. Bush administration said Republicans should be outraged by Donald Trump's threats to undo major environmental policies.

CLINTON'S STRATEGY – ALL ABOUT DAT TRUMP, NO TROUBLE: Via The Hill's Niall StanageHillary Clinton is trying to frame the election as a referendum on Donald Trump -- a strategy that echoes efforts to sink John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts Judd Gregg: The dangers of the Bolton Doctrine Rubio asks Barr to investigate Kerry over Iran meetings MORE's candidacy in 2004 and Mitt Romney's campaign in 2012. Here's how 

PREDICTION – YOU'LL BE HEARING ABOUT THIS STORY FOR A WHILE: The father of the Orlando mass shooter backs Hillary Clinton for president, telling WPTV that Clinton is "good for the United States" while Donald Trump "has no solutions." Seddique Mateen attended a Clinton rally on Monday: He defended his attendance at the Clinton rally, saying "I love the United States, and I've been living here a long time." On his son: "I spoke a lot about that and wish that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better." Clinton campaign reaction: Mateen was not invited to the event. They were unaware of his attendance until after the event.



Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
For those watching synchronized diving [in the Olympics]: John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE have been doing this in the Senate gym for years.

NBC's Mark Murray
Trump camp still hasn't spent a single cent on general-election TV ads. Clinton camp $52M, Trump camp $0

ESPN's Darren Rovell (Ummm, I'm all for these things but this looks disgusting.)
At Wisconsin State Fair: A "Wisconsin Margarita," a cup of PBR with beer cheese and pretzel rim.



President Obama and his family are vacationing on Martha's Vineyard until Aug. 21.

Congress is out until Sept. 6.

2 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Wilmington, N.C.

2:15 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton will tour a healthcare center in Miami.

3 p.m. EDT: Women's gymnastics team finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

3 p.m. EDT: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems McConnell, Kaine introduce bill to raise tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 MORE attends a volunteer appreciation event in Austin, Texas.

3 p.m. EDT: Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' Congress has a duty to go through with the impeachment and public trial of President Trump MORE holds a town hall in Lancaster, Pa.

6 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Fayetteville, N.C.

7 p.m. EDT: Mike Pence campaigns in Pittsburgh.

11 a.m. EDT tomorrow: BuzzFeed's Karla Zabludovsky will interview Argentina's President, Mauricio Macri, on Facebook Live.



Today is National Rice Pudding Day.

SLAY, USA. SLAY!: Here's what to watch on Day 4 of the Olympic games in Rio. The main event today is the women's team final in gymnastics. And here are viral moments everyone's talking about:

LIKE A BULL: While gearing up in the dressing room, U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps was spotted giving his South African rival Chad Le Clos – who beat him to the gold in the same event in 2012 – a death glare while he was dancing around. It's so funny.

OH HAYYL NO: American swimmer Lilly King made a clear finger wag in disapproval Sunday night of a Russian rival who has suspended for doping. King then won gold last night, beating the accused swimmer. Worth watching:

MEDALS WON SO FAR: United States: 19; China: 13; Japan: 10; Russia: 10; Italy: 9; Australia: 7

THE SPOON BETTER BE THE SIZE OF A SHOVEL: Donald Trump's D.C. hotel will serve wine by the spoon -- a crystal spoon that is. The reason why ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ :

SEE YA, HULU: Via The Wall Street Journal, Hulu is phasing out its free video streaming service -- even with all of the ads.

And with that, here's an amazing reaction from Olympic gymnast Ali Raisman's parents during her routine. I get it, Raismans. I get it.


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