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White House communications team added to the list of 'most dangerous jobs':

How I imagine Sarah Huckabee Sanders reacting: 'I mean, do YOU want this job?'


In The New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich has a fascinating, behind-the-scenes feature on the White House press shop and "the risky business of speaking for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE." If you don't have time to read the entire feature -- bookmark it for later:


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on being called a liar: "It certainly bothers me.  Because one of the few things you have are your integrity and reputation ... there's a difference between misspeaking or not knowing something than maliciously lying." 

On the deputy press secretary: "Who is Hogan Gidley? Or 'What's a Hogan Gidley?' as Senator Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit Hillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI MORE asked of Senate aides after Gidley, a deputy White House press secretary, accused the South Carolina Republican in March of supporting an immigration policy 'that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully.'" 

^On Gidley: "Gidley is an unmarried 41-year-old from South Carolina whose West Wing office is stocked with bottles of Muscle Milk. He is a mop-haired Republican flack who has bounced around government and campaign jobs and dresses better than most political operatives do." 

Tidbit from Sanders on this article: "'Am I going to hate this story?' Sanders asked as she walked me to the door. This was also the first thing she said to me when I walked in. She laughed as she said it, something between plaintive and resigned, and she ended on a playful suggestion. 'Make Hogan look bad and me look good,' Sanders said."

Oh and if you're curious: Here's the actual list of most dangerous jobs in America:


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Coming up on the season finale of Real World: West Wing — Will Trump meet with Kim Jong Un? Or will he not?: 

President Trump said he will decide next week whether to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong UnDetails: U.S. officials are expected to meet with North Korea’s representatives in the coming days about planning for the summit, which has been thrown into doubt by comments from Trump and Kim.



I know Trump called it 'spygate,' but when did we officially decide against 'spyghazi?':

This morning, President Trump continued to push his claim that there was a spy embedded in his campaign. He tweeted: "Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around comes around!" He later added: "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!

HAPPENING TOMORROW: Top U.S. officials will brief lawmakers about a confidential source in the Russia probe. This is important: No Democrats have been invited to this briefing (!) and they are not pleased.

Tidbit -- 'We ah fam-ily": "House Intel Ranking Member Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump's increasingly questionable pardons should make Congress act DOJ offers House Intel some Mueller materials if Schiff drops Barr threat Judiciary Democrat: 'Most of us have been led to the position that an impeachment inquiry is warranted' MORE says they have been told by the Department of Justice and FBI that Chairman [Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRoger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Schiff says DOJ hasn't complied with subpoena for Mueller report MORE] has 'refused' to receive briefings alongside Democrats ... DOJ is still providing the same information to Schiff, they're just not receiving the briefings at the same time."


I meeean, what are a few FBI raids between friends?:

Via Reuters, President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRoger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI Ukrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud Feds ask judge to postpone ex-Trump campaign aide's sentencing MORE is asking a federal judge to exclude evidence obtained in FBI raids. Manafort's argument: "FBI agents unlawfully conducted an initial warrantless search of a storage locker housing documents from his consulting company by improperly getting a low-level staffer to unlock it and let a special agent look around."


Don't get too cozy, Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats talk subpoena for Mueller Klobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook MORE

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, President Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon just predicted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be fired "very shortly." Bannon's prediction: Rosenstein "either ... is going to take the direct order of the President of the United States or I think Rosenstein will be fired." Where Bannon said this: The Hill obtained an audio recording of the unedited interview between Bannon and the BBC's Emily Maitlis. 



Centrist Republicans: It's not just hard-liners that get to have all the fun:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "Some moderate House Republicans are threatening to use a tactic typically employed by conservative hard-liners in the Freedom Caucus: voting down a rule to block what they view as bad legislation." What legislation?: Several moderate Republicans want a vote to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The legislation is bipartisan, by the way. But House leadership is instead first bringing a vote on a more conservative immigration reform proposal. Centrists say that if they don't also get a vote on their bill they will vote no on the rule. Who -- for example: Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDisinvited GOP lawmaker turns up at Dem hearing Overnight Energy: 2020 rivals rip Biden over expected 'middle ground' climate plan | Dems cancel plans to invite Republican to testify on climate change | House passes .2B disaster aid bill over Trump objections Dems cancel plans to bring in Republican as climate change witness MORE (R-Fla.) and Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamEx-GOP Rep. Denham heads to lobbying firm Crazy California an outlier? No, we are the canary in the coal mine Polling editor says news outlets should be more cautious calling elections MORE (R-Calif.). What to expect:

HOW CLOSE ARE CENTRISTS GETTING TO A VOTE ON THEIR BILL?: Very close. 204 lawmakers (including 21 Republicans) have signed a petition to circumvent leadership and force a vote. How many votes they need: 218. How close lawmakers are to a vote: If all Democrats sign on, Republicans only need four (!) more GOP backers to sign on.



New poll -- 36 is the new 100:

36 percent of voters say they support President Trump's reelection bid in 2020, according to a new Politico–Morning Consult poll. 44 percent would prefer a Democrat. Full poll:





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Sandy Hook families sue Alex Jones:

Via ABC's Aaron Katersky, six families of children who were killed in the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., are suing Infowars owner Alex Jones, who has repeatedly called the shooting fake, for defamation.


Wow, this story has some incredible footage:

Via CNN's James Griffiths, a small group of reporters spent more than 18 hours traveling to North Korea's nuclear site. Photos and video of the journey:



Spotted: Actual cats and actual dogs coming from the sky:

Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms pummeled Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon.


Poor guy, but I have a few questions: "There is a guy running along Pennsylvania Ave., in the torrential downpour, wearing dress pants, leather shoes and no shirt." (h/t The Daily Beast's Andrew Desiderio





Westworld is taking over:



Noon: President Trump leaves the White House for New York.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Atlantic Council is holding an event, "The Road to NATO's Brussels Summit." Details:

3:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the prime minister of Georgia.

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters at Lotte New York Palace Hotel.

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with supporters.

8:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.



11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at the Coast Guard commencement ceremony in New London, Conn. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable on immigration at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, N.Y. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineNASA chief: Budget boost good first step for return to moon This is not the time to abandon NASA's Space Launch System Can America return to the moon by 2024? MORE testifies on Capitol Hill about his agency's 2019 budget. Livestream:

9 p.m. EDT: CNN is hosting a town hall with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push The Memo: Trump allies see impeachment push backfiring on Democrats MORE (D-Calif.).



Today is National Taffy Day. -- ;)


Be forewarned -- if you read this before you eat lunch, you WILL be getting barbecue today: 

Via Washingtonian, here's a list of the 13 best barbecue restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area.

And because you made it to the end, here's an adorable photo of a puppy's first bath: