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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by NSSF — GOP staves off immigration revolt - for now | Republicans look for Plan B midterm message | US reaches deal to lift ban on ZTE | McConnell says tariff bill won't pass Senate | Kaepernick's lawyers to subpoena Trump | Trump to hold presser with Abe | NASA to share findings from Mars mission | IHOP changing to IHOB (no, really) | Surprise Dave Chappelle DC show



I bet you anything that Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE brought doughnuts — lots of doughnuts — for everyone: 

Ryan: Yeah, I did that.


During a make-or-break moment for House Republicans on immigration today, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tamped down a Republican insurrection — at least temporarily. How: Republicans are going to try again to write a compromise bill to protect young undocumented immigrations known as Dreamers. What Ryan told reporters after: “The next step is to start putting pen to paper and get legislation to the floor.”

What happened this morning: During a two-hour closed-door meeting in the basement of the Capitol, House leaders urged the party to give them more time to craft a compromise. I.e.: Don’t sign a discharge petition to go against Speaker Ryan and force immigration votes.

What Ryan was risking this morning if his compromise plan failed — or still does fail: “Some two-dozen centrist Republicans [have threatened] to buck leadership and move forward with their discharge petition, a move that would trigger a series of contentious immigration votes on the floor five months before the midterm elections.”

The catch: The new deadline appears to be June 12, putting leaders back on square one with just 5 days to get a deal that can carry 218 votes.


D.C. is buzzing today -- the Washington Capitals are playing in the Stanley Cup Final tonight and need one more game to win it all. 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.




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Did I miss anything?

This morning, 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 tweeted his daily, "Russia is a witch hunt" frustrations. He tweeted: "Isn't it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem...But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt!"

ON REPORTS THAT TRUMP COULD SKIP THE G-7 SUMMIT TO PREPARE FOR THE NORTH KOREA MEETING: White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the president will attend the Group of Seven summit in Canada. "I saw some of those reports yesterday, we all kind of chuckled and laughed. He is going to the G-7. There is no plan to pull out of that," Gidley said.



Before everyone gets carried away with passing a bill limiting Trump on trade: 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (R-Ky.) said the Senate would *not* pass a bill reining in President Trump's tariff authority. Keep in mind: Republican Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerPoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Ford opens door to testifying next week Police arrest nearly two dozen Kavanaugh protesters MORE (Tenn.) is leading the bipartisan effort. What sparked this: Trump announced controversial steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico -- key trading allies.


GOP: SoOooOo, what's our Plan B here?: 

Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, congressional Republicans are working on a back-up plan if the GOP tax cuts don't help them in the midterms. The back-up: Touting the booming economy and a wide range of bills they have sent to Trump's desk. More on why the tax plan may not be their best selling point:



We have a deal!:

This morning, the Commerce Department announced a deal to lift penalties on Chinese firm ZTE. Details: "The deal to revive ZTE, which violated U.S sanctions and is considered a national security threat by U.S. officials, comes after President Trump pledged to loosen restrictions that had effectively shut down the company."

Op-ed on how President Trump throwing ZTE a lifeline is part of a broader China strategy:


New -- Trump becomes a huuuuuge Vegas Golden Knights fan:

Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly said he plans to skip the traditional visit to the White House if his team wins the Stanley Cup. Why: His opposition to the president. In the playoffs: Smith-Pelly has had six goals and one assist in the playoffs this season.


Oh look, someone else is trying to subpoena Trump -- good luck with this: 

Via Yahoo Sports, NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick's legal team is trying to subpoena President Trump and Vice President PenceWhat Kaepernick hopes to accomplish: "A dive into the administration's political involvement with the NFL during Kaepernick's free agency and the league's handling of player protests." What would need to happen for Trump to actually be subpoenaed (a lot):


Some insight -- Rest in peace, Kate Spade:

This morning, the New York City medical examiner's office confirmed that fashion designer Kate Spade took her own life.

FROM KATE SPADE'S HUSBAND: Kate Spade's husband, Andy Spade, said she had been getting help for anxiety and depression for years, but her death was a "complete shock."

How she sounded the night before: "Andy Spade said he had conversed with his wife the night before she was found dead in her Manhattan apartment and she 'sounded happy.' "

From Andy Spade: "There was no indication and no warning that she would do this," he said. "It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn't her. There were personal demons she was battling."

Brief video on her life and career:



Just announced -- guess who's performing in D.C. today?: 

Comedian Dave Chappelle is doing a surprise show in Washington, D.C., tonight. Tickets went live at noon:


Spotted at practice for the Congressional Baseball Game: 

Keep in mind: Scalise was shot last year during the practice for the game.



Oh wow, this must be an incredible feeling:

Watch Alice Johnson's reaction as she's released from a life sentence in prison:

This morning, President Trump tweeted: "Good luck to Alice Johnson. Have a wonderful life!"


Spotted -- a confirmed good dog on Capitol Hill: 


Haha, well done:



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The House and Senate are in.

12:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on nominees. The Senate's full schedule today:

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule: 

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with 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.

9 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

Today: Vice President Pence's birthday.



2 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo AbeLivestream:

2 p.m. EDT: NASA holds a press briefing on the results of the Mars mission. Livestream -- definitely watching this:

Just announced -- 3:45 p.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is holding a press briefing at the White House. 




Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!


[Insert confused, speechless, upset stare]:

IHOP announced it will change its name to IHOB. So, what does this 'B' stand for?: We! Don't! Know! IHOP won't say until its June 11 announcement. What I'm personally rooting for: International House of Bacon. Others are guessing 'breakfast' or 'brunch.'

THE INTERNET HAS JOKES: Some have guessed the new "B" stands for: broccoli, burritos, bitcoin and Battlestar Galactica.


And because you read this far, here are dogs making babies laugh. Just try not to smile watching this: