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The Hill's 12:30 Report: United stock drops as CEO defends crew | United's awkward app update | GOP fights to hold Kansas seat | Latest on Syria | 'Daily Show's' Hasan Minhaj to host WHCD | Ryan spotted at Universal Studios | #NationalPetDay

ANNOUNCED ON 'MORNING JOE' -- AND WE THOUGHT NOTHING COULD TOP 2016 FOR POLITICAL SATIRE...: "The Daily Show's" Hasan Minhaj is headlining the first White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner with President Trump in the Oval Office. Keep in mind: It's going to be a weird WHCA dinner this year. Trump will not be there, and several news organizations have opted to nix soirees that are tied to the dinner. http://bit.ly/2onkRAU

It's Tuesday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

THE FUNNIEST THINGS I'VE READ ALL DAY -- ANYONE KNOW WHAT OLIVIA POPE'S UP TO THESE DAYS...?: Actor Nick Nicotera tweeted a screenshot of United Airlines' new iPhone app update with the caption: "Bad timing on your app update, United!" The unrelated iOS update says, "Supports new drag and drop feature." *peeks through one eye to keep following this story* Photo: http://bit.ly/2o3xU7O

LATEST IN THE UNITED DEBACLE -- TO CHANNEL MY INNER DORY FROM FINDING NEMO, 'JUST KEEP [DIGGING], JUST KEEP [DIGGING]': Via USA Today, "The intense firestorm against United Airlines and its unrepentant CEO raged on Tuesday after his letter to the airline's employees lauded the behavior of the flight's crew when a 'disruptive and belligerent' Kentucky physician was dragged off a plane in Chicago. The letter: http://usat.ly/2ovBQBq

STOCKS DROP: Shares of United Airlines' parent company on Tuesday dropped by more than 3 percent. CNBC reported the shares were the worst performer in the S&P 500. http://bit.ly/2nZUYDu

POLITICS AND SEX SCANDALS -- IT'S LIKE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY: What began as a sex scandal that cost him his 50-year marriage ended with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's (R) resignation Monday, hours after he pled guilty to two misdemeanor crimes. Back story if you missed this: http://bit.ly/2oUk5N1

WHEN YOUR BRO LEAKS THE FAMILY DISCUSSION -- WHAT SWAYED TRUMP TO BOMB SYRIA: Via The Telegraph's Simon Johnson and Gordon RaynerPresident Trump's decision to bomb Syria last week was motivated by his daughter Ivanka Trump's reaction. President Trump's son Eric Trump told a British newspaper that his sister Ivanka was "heartbroken and outraged." http://bit.ly/2o3lwEJ

I WOULDN'T WANT TO BE THE PHOTOG THAT CAPTURED THIS 'PUTIN GLARE': Via Reuters, Russian President Vladimir Putin will reportedly press the United Nations to officially investigate last week's chemical attack in Syria, claiming, without evidence, that there are plans to fake the use of chemical weapons. Putin claimed Russia also has information that the U.S. is planning to launch new missile strikes in Syria following last week's attack. http://reut.rs/2p3rhmM

DAT MILITARY ACTION BUMP: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, President Trump's missile strike on Syria has drawn favorable reviews from critics and only scattered criticism from Democrats. Yet unlike other Republican presidents who enjoyed a boost in the polls from their military actions, early signs suggest Trump may not be politically rewarded. Example -- the good news: A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Monday showed that 51 percent of U.S. adults supported the action -- only 40 percent were opposed. The bad news: The same poll indicated that just 25 percent said the action made them more confident in Trump's leadership abilities. http://bit.ly/2p32e3z

"THIS IS NOT OUR KANSAS ANYMORE, TOTO": Via The Hill's Lisa Hagen, As Democrats focus on flipping a conservative Georgia House district next week, the GOP is scrambling to put resources into a special election in a surprising place: deep-red Kansas. Whose seat: CIA Director Mike Pompeo previously represented the 4th Congressional District. Why it's so close: A Kansas Republican strategist described GOP candidate Ron Estes as a poor candidate who isn't out campaigning enough for votes. By comparison, the strategist described Democratic candidate James Thompson's campaign as "active" and full of energy. http://bit.ly/2ovghkz

A TWEET FROM THE BIG GUY: President Trump tweeted support for the Republican candidate this morning. "Ron Estes is running TODAY for Congress in the Great State of Kansas. A wonderful guy, I need his help on Healthcare & Tax Cuts (Reform)," Trump wrote on Twitter. http://bit.ly/2ovj7pJ

NEW — DON’T GET RYAN’S HOPES UP AGAIN: Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the House Freedom Caucus chair said this morning that Republicans are "close" to an agreement on a plan to repeal ObamaCare, indicating that discussions are still continuing while Congress is in a two-week recess. Meadows said that he expects to hear back from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNow we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin Zaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power MORE (R-Wis.) by noon about "two options" on the table. He did not elaborate. http://bit.ly/2omOWPm

SPOTTED IN A PLACE WHERE MAGIC ACTUALLY HAPPENS: Via TMZ, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was spotted at Universal Studios in Hollywood Sunday, kicking off his two-week recess. "One of the visitors says he was at Ollivanders, where Harry Potter got his magic wand." Take notes, Ryan. You'll need to work your magic in a few weeks. ;) http://bit.ly/2omznat

WOMP, WOMP: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the most unpopular governor in the U.S., a new poll finds. Numbers: 71 percent of New Jersey votes disapprove of Christie, while just 25 percent approve, according to the Morning Consult poll. http://bit.ly/2o2XWs4



Sarah Mimms (*covers eyes*)
When Disneyland becomes WestWorld... http://bit.ly/2oUlMKy 

The Boston Globe's Matt Viser
For the first time in what seems like forever, Trump's name is not in a front page headline. Photo: http://bit.ly/2p30s2a



Congress is out.

Today–Thursday: The Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C. List of events: http://bit.ly/2o3foMJ

This afternoon: President Trump meets with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.

Tonight: President Trump has a working dinner with senior military leaders.

Announced today: Former President Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a forum in Berlin next month. http://bit.ly/2nZrlm0



1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ovl3yx



Today is National Cheese Fondue Day! And trending on social media, today is also National Pet Day! Now, send me pictures of your favorite critters. ;) 

HOW #DC ARE YOU?: Via The Washington Post's Becky Krystal, here are 14 staple dishes in Washington, D.C., that everyone should try: http://wapo.st/2p1r06Q

WHAT THE WHAT??: A Wisconsin couple has three sets of twins -- all with the same birthday. http://abcn.ws/2nZYw95

And to leave you on a good note, here's a video of a woman chatting with her friends last night in San Diego while an actual meteor flew behind her. Her reaction is great: http://cnn.it/2omys9R


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