The Hill's 12:30 Report

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here:

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here:

--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.


The Hill's 12:30 Report — All eyes on historic Korea summit | What to watch for | Trump to leave early after meeting | Kim poses for selfie in Singapore | Big week for Congress | Immigration deadline looms for House GOP | Supreme Court upholds Ohio 'voter purge' law | Wild weekend as Caps celebrate Stanley Cup | Details on victory parade | 'IHOb' reveals the 'b'



Selfies with Kim!

Source: @VivianBala, Twitter


Before you keep reading, click here for today's theme song: I really hope Trump jogs out to this song while high-fiving his team:



It's officially Tuesday in Singapore...
I.e.: the North Korea summit is TODAY: 

After months of taunting and threats, 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 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to make history in a few hours. How the world is reacting: Crossing their fingers it will go smoothly. What to expect:

When Kim and Trump will meet: 9 p.m. EDT tonight, which is 9 a.m. Tuesday in Singapore.

Five things to watch: 

  1. Does Trump stay on script?
  2. Does Kim lay on the charm?
  3. What exactly is on the table? 
  4. Who is influencing Trump? 
  5. What happens next?

Details and context for each:

After the one-on-one meeting: There will be a second meeting with President Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a few advisers. Who's attending from the U.S.: 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, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, national security adviser John Bolton and chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. (Via Fox's Fin Gomez)

Update -- how long Trump will stay in Singapore: President Trump was expected to be in Singapore until Wednesday, but the White House just announced he will leave on Tuesday evening. Why: The nuclear talks are moving "more quickly than expected."

Happening at 4 a.m. EDT tomorrow: President Trump is expected to hold a media availability before departing.



New goal for 2018 -- get my own small army of back-suited men: "Kim Jong Un taking a leisurely stroll across Singapore's Jubilee Bridge with a small army of black-suited men." Photo:

Hey, Kim, hey: "Kim Jong Un waves as he enters Marina Bay Sands, appears to be heading to SkyPark with his entourage." Video:

More on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s tour of Singapore:


It's Monday -- welcome back! 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



Breaking -- this sounds like most peoples' unused gym memberships ;) 

Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court upheld Ohio's "use it or lose it" practice of cleaning up voter rolls. I.e.: States can remove people from the voter rolls if they don't vote. How that works: If someone hasn't voted in two years, they are sent a confirmation notice. If they don't respond and don't vote in the next two years, they have to re-register.



I bet lawmakers are thrilled for the quiet week (lol):
Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, Congress is walking into what may be the busiest news week of 2018. Think: North Korea, Group of Seven fallout and an immigration showdown -- just to name a few.

TOP OF MIND ON CAPITOL HILL: House Republican leadership has until tomorrow to create the text of a compromise immigration bill. I.e.: Border security and protections for young undocumented immigrants. What happens if leadership can't deliver by tomorrow -- or lawmakers don't like the text: More lawmakers will likely sign a petition to force an immigration vote.


Trade: "Lawmakers will regroup in Washington on Monday amid the fallout from Trump's growing war of words with longtime U.S. allies."

Op-ed on the G-7 summit from the Atlantic Council's James J. Coyle:

Defense policy: "The Senate is poised to wrap up its work on the [National Defense Authorization Act] this week, but first it needs to break a stalemate on amendments." 

North Korea summit: Lawmakers are keeping a close eye on the Trump–Kim summit in Singapore. Some Republicans are skeptical the meeting will accomplish anything.

FBI: "The Justice Department's inspector general is expected to release on Thursday a long-awaited report into the FBI's handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump 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's private email server."

Opioids: The House is expected to vote on more than 20 opioid crisis bills this week. 

Context and details for each:



I think the Caps may need more Gatorade after this weekend than after a playoff game: 

The Washington Capitals have been seen around the city celebrating in hilarious ways. Think: Tattoos, celebrating on the roof on Café Milano, keg stands out of the cup and swimming in the fountain in Georgetown (it's not for swimming). The spottings are incredible:

And to combine both worlds: Here's Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpEx-Trump, progressive strategists battle over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers Five takeaways from Manafort’s plea deal MORE posing with the Caps:

SO, WHEN'S THE PARADE?: The victory parade is happening tomorrow at 11 a.m. along the National Mall. Route map, road closures, timing and everything else to know:

FUN FACT: Every winning player gets to spend a day with the Stanley Cup. You won't be surprised to hear there are some weird stories to come from that tradition. Enjoy:


Oh hey, Mel: 

Yesterday, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet Pamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms MORE attended the Ford's Theatre annual gala. Why this is newsy: Melania hasn't been seen much in public since her surgery last month.






The House is out. The Senate will meet later today. President Trump is in Singapore and Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule today.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes.

9 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un one-on-one.

10 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Kim.

11:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Kim.

4 a.m. EDT Tuesday: President Trump holds a media availability.

6:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday: President Trump leaves Singapore and heads back to Washington, D.C.



10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on election interference. Livestream:

Thursday: House Speaker 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 (R-Wis.) speaks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Livestream:




Today is National Corn on the Cob Day. It's also National German Chocolate Cake Day


Wait, are you kidding me?: 
IHOP, which is changing to IHOB, had its big reveal on the name change. My guesses: The "b" stood for bacon, breakfast or brunch. Nope, it's now: International House of Burgers. Watch the company's 15-second reveal:


Local news is best news: 

A meteorologist in West Palm Beach, Fla., solved a Rubik's Cube while giving the forecast. Video:


And to brighten your Monday, here's a preschooler who knows how to properly celebrate graduation: