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Fly away, little birdies:

Yesterday, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE abruptly disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from the White House event previously scheduled for today. What sparked this: Some of the Eagles said they would not visit the White House because of their dislike of the president and his stance against protests during the national anthem. What the Eagles had been planning to do: Send a smaller delegation.


Instead -- meet your cleverly crafted alternate programming today:

President Trump's schedule for today includes a 3 p.m. event today "in Celebration of America." Trump said Eagles fans are still invited to the White House, where the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus will perform.

REACTION FROM THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION – SIGH: The NFLPA released a statement. "Our union is disappointed in the decision by the White House to disinvite players from the Philadelphia Eagles from being recognized and celebrated by all Americans for their accomplishment." Read the full statement:

TIDBIT – MELANIA WON'T ATTEND: First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85 MORE will skip today's event, but will attend the president's Federal Emergency Management Agency hurricane briefing tomorrow. Keep in mind: Melania's public appearance yesterday was her first in 24 days after undergoing surgery.

THIS A.M. – TRUMP TROLLS THE NFL: The president tweeted that there's no "escaping to the locker rooms" when the national anthem plays today at the White House. Full tweets:

THE EAGLES ARE NOT PLEASED WITH FOX NEWS EITHER: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz criticized Fox News for using a photo of him praying before the national anthem in a segment about the protests. He tweeted: "This can't be serious... Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this."

^UPDATE -- FOX NEWS APOLOGIZES: Christopher Wallace, executive producer of "Fox News @ Night" with Shannon Bream, said in a statement: "To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last year. We apologize for the error."

KEEP IN MIND: No Philadelphia Eagles knelt during the national anthem during the 2017 season.

STEPPING BACK FROM THE DRAMA -- WHAT'S IMPORTANT HERE: President Trump reignited his war with the NFL over the national anthem. How this could play out: The White House is also blaming the Eagles for the canceled visit.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE...: Because I assume you haven't seen this video in a while and it feels strangely appropriate today...

Here's a bald eagle that does not get along with President Trump.



It's a beautiful Tuesday in the district. 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 and on Facebook.




BREAKING — Designer Kate Spade was just found dead: 

Via CBS New York, fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead this morning in her apartment. Multiple sources told CBS New York that Spade apparently took her own life. From CBS's Reena Roy:  “They tell us she left a note before hanging herself and was found by her housekeeper.”


Harvey: It’s a no from me:

Ex-Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in court today. The charges: “Two counts of rape and one first-degree criminal sex act charge” Details: “Weinstein denied all allegations of nonconsensual sexual activity, and he's remained free after posting $1 million cash bail, according to his attorney, Benjamin Brafman.” Video of Harvey at the hearing:


Three yeses to go. I repeat: three yeses to go:

Via The Hill’s Rafael Bernal, two Texas Democrats who hadn’t signed the petition to force an immigration vote in the House have now decided to sign. Who: Reps. Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaHow Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others New Dem caucus chairman: Some wall is good, but not new wall Border lawmakers press Trump to beef up existing security MORE and Vicente GonzalezThe numbers: The petition now has 215 signatures; it needs 218.




Get out those 'I voted' stickers:

Via The Washington Post's Dave Weigel, "Eighty-five House seats. Five governor's mansions. Five senate seats. Hundreds of local and state legislative races. The June 5 primaries, which spread across four time zones and eight states, represent the biggest single day of elections until November."

WHICH STATES ARE VOTING TODAY: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. California is the most-watched. Democrats will need to flip Republican seats in the state if they intend to retake the House. Seven GOP-held districts voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE in 2016. What to watch:

And check out The Hill's live blog on the California primary election and results.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES – HOW LAWMAKERS ARE SCORING THE COVETED DONALD TRUMP ENDORSEMENT: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, here's how embattled lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), are locking down the ever-important endorsement from President Trump

Excerpt: "[Donovan] was flying back to Washington, D.C., from Long Island on Air Force One ... when President Trump suddenly asked about his tough primary fight against ex-Rep. Michael Grimm. Moments later, Trump pledged his full support and said that an endorsement would come soon ... Donovan's cell phone immediately began 'blowing up' with calls and texts from staffers, House colleagues and campaign supporters." What it takes to get that endorsement:

^THIS A.M. -- TRUMP TWEETS HIS SUPPORT FOR…: President Trump tweeted his support for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE (R-Calif.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King spins GOP punishment into political weapon Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Steve King urges supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored: report MORE (R-Calif.) and Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerTrump signs executive order to boost AI technology Hillicon Valley: Feds looking into Bezos claims about National Enquirer | Amazon reconsidering New York City HQ2 move | Sprint sues AT&T over 5G marketing claims Senate to hold hearing on potential privacy bill MORE (R-Miss.).



Russia investigation update – Jack McCoy catches Shooter McGavin:

Via The New York Times's Matt Apuzzo, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE accused President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Manafort to be sentenced for bank, tax fraud in Virginia on March 8 MORE of attempted witness tampering. Oops: "Prosecutors said that Mr. Manafort tried to contact witnesses by phone, through an intermediary and through an encrypted messaging program." Now what?: Prosecutors argue Manafort violated his terms. They're now asking a federal judge to change Manafort's terms or put him in jail until his trial. Full story:



Today in 'sound bites we knew would immediately blow up': 

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former President Clinton has been taking heat for forcefully defending his decision not to apologize to Monica Lewinsky. How Clinton allies are reacting: A little surprised. From one ally: "That's certainly not what I would have expected him to say, particularly at this time with everything going on in the backdrop." How this story is playing out for Clinton:


The reactions of these kids receiving the gift says everything:

Via Fox 29 in Pennsylvania, students at a middle school were given bulletproof backpack plates for their 8th grade graduation. From one student: "I never thought I'd need this." Photo of the bulletproof plates and video of the students receiving them:


Sad news for anyone on Capitol Hill: 
The 201 Bar is closing on Capitol Hill. Details from PoPville


And in an expected future headline, 'Miss America pageant ratings drop':

The Miss America pageant announced it will end the swimsuit competition. From Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson: "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge." She also said the contest will be more inclusive to "all shapes and sizes."



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Sen. Heller tweeted this *before* last night's game: 

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These paragraph-by-paragraph captions are spot on: 



The House and Senate are in.

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate voted on a judicial nomination. The Senate's schedule today:

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyMcConnell recommending US ambassador to Canada as new UN ambassador Nikki Haley slams media for Smollett coverage: 'He played them all for fools' Four names emerge for UN position: report MORE.

Noon: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall Dems demand briefing, intel on North Korea nuclear talks Pompeo: US will not share information with countries using Huawei systems MORE.

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room.

5:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 into law.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's schedule today:

11 p.m. EDT: Polls close in California. Live updates with results:

June 12: President Trump's expected meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Op-ed from Soo Kim, a former VIA North Korea analyst:



2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream:

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in the "Celebration of America." *cough, no Eagles ceremony, cough* Livestream – because there's no way we can miss this:

3 p.m. EDTL USA Gymnastics' Steve Penny and former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon testify on Capitol Hill about sexual abuse. Livestream: 



Today is National Ketchup Day!


Important intel: 

Washingtonian published a list titled, 'We Ate Everything on Milk Bar's Menu--And Ranked It All.' I'm lookin' at you, chocolate malt cake trufflesThe list:


And because you made it this far, here's a cat who could easily succeed as a ninja: