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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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 PompeoCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight 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:


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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 ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment 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 TrumpFour names emerge for UN position: report Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry 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 TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight 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 RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration 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: