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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​

 

BREAKING NEWS OF THE MORNING

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

 

With a little of these vibes --> http://bit.ly/2ILbo1V ;)

 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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. http://bit.ly/2KRgXsk

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. http://bit.ly/2IKSeVT 

Read Trump's actual letter to Kim Jong Un -- it's pretty interesting: http://bit.ly/2s9O1Eb

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) http://bit.ly/2ILl4pl

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 Alexanderhttp://bit.ly/2LsyEja

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

Hahaha, this reaction is so ... eloquently put: http://bit.ly/2J4mHl5

REACTION FROM SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Pompeo’s staff cracks down on ‘correct use of commas’ at State Dept 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: http://bit.ly/2KRouY8

 

It's Thursday. 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.

 

  

THIS A.M.

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: http://bit.ly/2IMNTlb

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." http://bit.ly/2x94Wwd

Oh wow -- this New York Daily news cover: http://bit.ly/2IJNOOW

 

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 (!) http://bit.ly/2J3GwsQ

 

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: https://cnn.it/2IIZw0y

 

HAPPENING NOW

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. https://nyti.ms/2kqN6Ml

 

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. http://bit.ly/2ILczug

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 PapadopoulosFlynn sentencing move spurs questions about duration of Mueller probe Time for sunshine on Trump-Russia investigation Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe 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: https://ti.me/2knCFZT

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 SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe MORE (D-Calif.) said President Trump's latest claim about surveillance is not "spygate," but rather "liegate." http://bit.ly/2KR7XDo

 

IN OTHER NEWS

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. http://bit.ly/2IIuohK

 

This is all that comes to mind 

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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. http://bit.ly/2sbjZkr

 

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS

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

Video of the sinkhole outside the White House: http://bit.ly/2IMBkpQ

 

ON TAP

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: http://bit.ly/2s2x8fA

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.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

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: http://bit.ly/2J5e8qh

This morning: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified on the State Department's 2019 budget. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2xisbV1

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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. https://cnnmon.ie/2IIWgCn

BUT BEFORE YOU GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW FLAVOR: Froot Loops are actually all the same flavor, despite the variance of colors. https://ti.me/2s9tvng

 

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. http://bit.ly/2s60RDe