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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump scraps North Korea summit | Later leaves door open to meeting at 'some later date' | White House hosting bipartisan briefing on Russia probe | Centrists on cusp of forcing immigration vote | Trump praises NFL anthem rule | ​First new Froot Loops flavor in 10 years​



Trump to Kim Jong Un: No meeting for you!: 


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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE has canceled his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnWhy: Trump cited Kim's "tremendous anger and open hostility" toward the United States. Trump said the decision was made "for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world." Why this is a setback from Trump: Trump has made nuclear diplomacy with North Korea his top foreign policy goal. Trump appeared eager for the summit and even talked about some day winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

JUST NOW -- Trump elaborates: Trump left open the possibility that the summit will happen at some point. In Trump's words: "It's possible that the existing summit could take place, or a summit at some later date," Trump said during a bill signing ceremony at the White House. 

Read Trump's actual letter to Kim Jong Un -- it's pretty interesting:

Ugh, keep this in mind about the timing: "White House announced cancellation of Kim Jung-un summit while group of foreign reporters -- there to 'witness' the 'dismantlement' of nuclear test site -- were still in North Korea. They are still there now." (From NBC's Peter Alexander)

Fascinating tidbit in the letter -- read between the lines: "Trump appears to reveal that he has spoken directly to Kim Jung-unKey line from letter: 'I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters.' " (Via NBC's Peter Alexander

When/where they were scheduled to meet: June 12 in Singapore. 

Hahaha, this reaction is so ... eloquently put:

REACTION FROM SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Putin orders response to US missile test The Hill's Morning Report: How will Trump be received at G-7? MORE testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee right after the White House canceled the meeting. The gist: He said North Korea wasn't replying to summit preparation efforts. Full reaction from Pompeo:


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Trump's NFL reaction -- Well we knew this was coming: 

President Trump suggested that anyone who can't "stand proudly" during the national anthem shouldn't be in the United States. Why now: Yesterday, the NFL changed its national anthem policy. Players must either stand for the anthem or wait in the locker room. Trump said on "Fox & Friends": "I don't think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it's good. You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem. You shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe they shouldn't be in the country." Watch Trump's explanation:

REACTION FROM AN ANGRY DEM: This morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called the NFL's new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem "un-American." In de Blasio's words: "We would not tolerate it if any other employer said that their employees cannot express their beliefs ... I don't understand why the owners think they can get away from this in any way, shape, or form. But what they're doing ultimately is simply bringing more attention to the cause of players, who are saying there's an injustice that has to be addressed."

Oh wow -- this New York Daily news cover:


Whoa this petition may actually work:

Via The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke, two more Congressional Republicans have joined the effort to force a centrist vote on immigration. How many more signatures are needed for the petition to work: 218, so supporters are just two more GOP votes away (!)


Ugh, another Hollywood actor is accused: 

Via CNN's An Phung and Chloe Melas, eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior and harassment. "In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of this investigation, eight of whom said they were victims of what some called harassment and others called inappropriate behavior by Freeman. Eight said they witnessed Freeman's alleged conduct." Details of the accusations:



Sorry, you're not part of the club. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯:

Congressional Republicans are currently meeting with law enforcement and intelligence officials to discuss a confidential FBI informant in the Trump campaign. Why this meeting caused quite the stir: The meeting excluded all Democrats.


Then two hours later -- OK fiiiine, Dems: 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers, known as the Gang of Eight, will then meet with officials representing the Justice Department, law enforcement and intelligence.

IF YOU'RE A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT THE FBI INFORMANT AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN: Time's Alana Abramson and Ryan Teague Beckwith have a helpful explainer on what really happened. The gist: A report came out last week that the FBI suspected suspicious Russian contact with Trump campaign aides Carter Page and George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios Papadopoulos10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Flynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference MORE. Instead of doing interviews, which could leak and influence the election, the FBI sent an informant to speak to the aides. This explainer is worth reading:

REACTION FROM THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE: Trump has repeatedly claimed that his campaign was spied on. This morning, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision YouTube disables over 200 accounts amid protests in Hong Kong MORE (D-Calif.) said President Trump's latest claim about surveillance is not "spygate," but rather "liegate."



Just announced -- it's Clinton time:

Via The Hill's Katie Bo Williams and Olivia Beavers, "House Republicans are preparing to conduct the first interviews in over four months in their investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe." Who -- for exampleBill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division and Michael Steinbach, the former head of the FBI's national security division.


This is all that comes to mind 


Via The Associated Press's Robert Burns, service members protecting the United States' nuclear missile arsenal, "bought, distributed and used the hallucinogen LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming. After investigators closed in, one airman deserted to Mexico." Keep in mind: The service members have *not* been accused of using LSD while on duty.



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I hate sinkholes, so I'm v invested in this story: 

Video of the sinkhole outside the White House:



The Senate is in. The House was in this morning.

10:15 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump signs a policy directive easing regulations on commercial space companies. Details:

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump signs a bill rolling back some of Dodd-Frank's banking regulations.

Noon: The Senate votes on a confirmation.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Medal of Honor.

5:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the chief of naval operations and the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.



Yesterday: Ex-porn star Stormy Daniels received the key to the city of West Hollywood, Calif. During her remarks: Daniels thanked the city for "standing up to bullies," taking a swipe at Trump. Watch her remarks:

This morning: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified on the State Department's 2019 budget. Livestream:



Today is National Escargot Day.


Big day for Froot Loops fans:

Kellogg is launching a new Froot Loops flavor for the first time in 10 years. The new flavor: Wild Berry. Why: "The update to Froot Loops is Kellogg's latest effort to revive consumers' shrinking appetites for sugary cereals." Kellogg is also trying to rebrand cereal as a snack instead of just a breakfast.

BUT BEFORE YOU GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW FLAVOR: Froot Loops are actually all the same flavor, despite the variance of colors.


And to start your afternoon with positive vibes, here's a dog that had a pretty tough learning curve on the slide, but now LOVES it.