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The Hill's 12:30 Report: US opens embassy in Jerusalem | Dozens of Palestinians killed in protests | Trump offers hope for peace in video message | Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting | Trump to head to Capitol Hill | Trump, Hannity reportedly speak several times a day | Float catches fire at Disney World



Come on, video is so 2002 -- why couldn't a holographic President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE speak instead?:

This morning, President Trump delivered recorded video remarks at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The gist: "Congratulations, it's been a long time coming ... We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, Palestinians and all of their neighbors. May there be peace." Full remarks: http://bit.ly/2rFwJzn

Livestream of the embassy's opening: https://cs.pn/2IfCaiS

Livestream of the Gaza protests -- yikes: http://bit.ly/2Get6VA

Protest fatalities: The New York Times is reporting at least 41 deaths in the Palestinian protests. https://nyti.ms/2II6LFj

Photo of the new seal: First daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage Watchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — Latest on Hurricane Michael | Trump, Kanye West to have lunch at White House | GOP divided over potential 2020 high court vacancy MORE unveiled the embassy's new seal. http://bit.ly/2jTb5U2

Context for the embassy's move: It breaks with decades of U.S. foreign policy that the disputed status of Jerusalem should be negotiated in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but Palestinians hope the eastern part of the city could be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Argument from supporters of the move: "US officials say will create greater regional stability." Argument against the move: "Critics say the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital could make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more combustible." https://cnn.it/2IF9pLD

REACTION FROM SCHUMER -- WHOA, THEY ACTUALLY AGREE: Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE (D-N.Y.) applauded President Trump for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Schumer said in a statement: "In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital. I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it." http://bit.ly/2Ifgu6o

HEY, KUSH, HEY: President Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Khashoggi disappearance tests US-Saudi relationship The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | How Trump could work with a Dem House | Trump heads to Florida to view hurricane damage Virginia judge calls Manafort’s plea deal ‘highly unusual,’ but is it? MORE spoke during the embassy's opening. Excerpt: "While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American Embassy once they were in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it," Kushner said. Watch Kushner's full remarks: http://bit.ly/2Kp4J9V


It's Monday -- the World Cup kicks off one month from today! 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.



Maybe I'll become a betting shark: 

Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state across the country. I.e.: The ruling opens the door to more states allowing sports betting. The opinion of the court: "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not," Justice Samuel Alito said. http://bit.ly/2rGK0rv

REACTION FROM CHRIS CHRISTIE: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) tweeted, "A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ." Why Christie is so involved: New Jersey has been fighting the ban since 2010. This is a major win for Christie. http://bit.ly/2rGK0rv

BACK STORY TO THE CASE: "New Jersey has been fighting since 2010 to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992." http://bit.ly/2rGK0rv

GET EXCITED FOR THE RUNNING OF THE INTERNS: Starting this week, the Supreme Court will deliver a flood of rulings. Five cases to watch: http://bit.ly/2jUhP3W



Trump on da Hill: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, President Trump is heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans. Timing: Trump's meeting comes as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE (R-Ky.) is under pressure to delay or cancel August recess if the Senate isn't finished passing government funding bills or caught up on nominations. http://bit.ly/2wEm4tJ


Farm bill: On Friday, the House will vote on the controversial farm bill. Lawmakers are split on how to handle sugar subsides and work requirements for food stamps. Keep in mind: Passing the bill is a top priority for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost Adelsons donated M in September to help GOP in midterms MORE (R-Wis.) because it contains elements to reform welfare. How Ryan is scrambling: http://bit.ly/2wF5J8a

CIA nominee Gina Haspel: Gina Haspel is working to receive support from enough senators to be confirmed as the CIA director before the Memorial Day recess. Timing: The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote this week on her nomination. 

Judicial nominations: The Senate is continuing to grind through Trump's appeals court picks.

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2wEm4tJ



Behind-the-scenes -- they're the two best friends that anyone can have: 

A New York Times feature describes the close relationship between President Trump and Fox News host Sean HannityDetails: "On some days, they speak multiple times, with one calling the other to inform him of the latest developments. White House staff are aware that the calls happen, thanks to the president entering a room and announcing, 'I just hung up with Hannity,' or referring to what Hannity said during their conversations, or even ringing Hannity up from his desk in their presence." Full story -- it's an interesting read: https://nym.ag/2jWyO5P

Another day, another internal administration dispute: 

Via The Hill's Miranda Green, Political infighting that has been a hallmark of the Trump White House is spreading to the rest of the administration -- and to K Street as well. Here's how it's spread to the EPA: http://bit.ly/2IcQatw



ON THE MARC TRAIN: "Spotted on the MARC train to D.C. this morning: Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield reading the latest Congo Ebola data reports." (Via Politico's Tyler Weyant) http://bit.ly/2L231wC 

DOING SOME WEEKEND SHOPPING: Former Rep. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) doing some Sunday afternoon shopping at the Merrimack outlets in New Hampshire. 



Haha, this tweet has received a lot of attention:

Back story -- I bet the cupcakes were worth ithttp://bit.ly/2IgMarU






The House is out. The Senate meets later this afternoon.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to confirm judicial nominees.

Tuesday: President Trump attends the Senate Republican lunch on Capitol Hill. http://bit.ly/2wEm4tJ

Tuesday evening: Jimmy Kimmel performs at ABC's upfront, when the networks meets with major advertisers to prep them on the new season of programming. http://bit.ly/2Ie94jP

Not happening in the next month: President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Trump will not speak to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in the next month. Why: Trump is too busy prepping for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to prepare. http://bit.ly/2jWaNfb

June 14: The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins. Game schedule: http://bit.ly/2wKvGD0



12:30 p.m. EDT: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossSessions attacks judge who ordered officials to sit for depositions in challenges to Census citizenship question Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census DOJ: Commerce chief spoke with Bannon, Sessions about census citizenship question MORE speaks at a National Press Club event. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2IDeQLf

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah holds a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2rGUXsZ 

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Israel's 70th Independence Day celebration at the Andrew W. Mellon auditorium in Washington, D.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2GhgX2g

10:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma will be interviewed at a Washington Post event. Details and livestream: https://wapo.st/2GeUWAN



Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day.



A float caught fire during a Magic Kingdom parade at Walt Disney World last Friday. No one was injured. Photo and video: https://abcn.ws/2wBtspH


And because you made it to the end, here's a puppy who had way too much fun over the weekend: http://bit.ly/2IBCAPN