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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Sponsored by Delta Air Lines -- Trump digging in on 'zero tolerance' policy | Says Dems want illegal immigrants to 'infest our country' | How the crisis could become Trump's 'Katrina Moment' | Trump to meet House GOP | DOJ watchdog testifying for second day | Women speak of harassment in DC lobbying world | Why Kim Jong Un is in China | National Martini Day



This brings us to the next stage of the controversy -- Chapter two: MS-13: 

This morning, "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade said many immigrant children who come to America "turn into" members of the MS-13 gang. In his words: "We are $20 trillion in debt. We have classrooms that are overrun ... but these kids get fanned out to working-class neighborhoods into our society. And then they have to be paid for by English is a second language. And then they got to be schooled and a lot of them sadly, in my neighborhood, turn into MS-13."

THEN LATER IN THE MORNING -- President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE TWEETED: "Democrats are the problem. They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can't win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!" The word that's getting the most traction: "Infest" Full series of tweets:

Some context of the Trump tweet from The New York Times's Maggie Haberman: "This shouldn't go unnoticed, especially after claims he was taken out of context re MS-13 before. Now it's 'illegal immigrants' and 'infesting' before he gets to MS-13."


Why Trump needs to be especially careful with the family separation crisis: 

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, the crisis of children being separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border risks becoming a 'Hurricane Katrina' moment for President TrumpHow so: This controversy has drawn fire across party lines and Republicans, who just a week ago were campaigning on a strong economy and tax cuts, are now asked whether they support ripping children and mothers apart.

Notable opponents of the policy: Former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGOP pollster says Michelle Obama one of Democrats' best surrogates Michelle Obama would be tied with Biden as frontrunner if she ran in 2020, poll shows Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85 MORE; evangelist Franklin Graham; former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWhite House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm White House announces changes in press office Scaramucci’s wife says he’s trying not to ‘blab’ White House secrets on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ MORE

THE GIST OF TRUMP'S REACTION -- JUST KEEP DIGGING, DIGGING, DIGGING: Via The Hill's Rafael Bernal and Mike Lillis, "President Trump showed no signs of budging from his "zero tolerance" border policy as a growing number of Republicans criticized it for separating children from their families."

HAPPENING AT 5:40 P.M.: President Trump is meeting with House Republicans to discuss immigration. Details and what to expect:

NEW DETAIL ON TRUMP'S BORDER WALL PLAN: Via Politico's Burgess Everett, "In a private meeting regarding the wall Monday, Trump fumed to senators and his own staff about the $1.6 billion the Senate is planning to send him this fall, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Trump wants the full $25 billion upfront and doesn't understand why Congress is going to supply him funds in a piecemeal fashion -- even though that's how the spending process typically works."

HOW FAR TRUMP IS WILLING TO GO: Via The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Josh Dawseyand Seung Min KimPresident Trump is threatening a government shutdown in September over border wall funding.

TRENDING -- FALLOUT FOR Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller CNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign MORE: More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's church signed a formal complaint over his immigration policy. Read the letter:


It's a steamy hot Tuesday in Washington. 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.




What's on Trump's mind today:


Just a couple of bros catching up:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping today, during Kim's third (!) visit to China since March. Kim's goal: "Kim is likely hoping to get China's support for relief from punishing U.N. sanctions."

NEW POLL ON THE TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT: Fifty-two percent of Americans polled by CNN say they are satisfied with President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; 36 percent said they are dissatisfied. Full poll:

OP-ED -- WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO NORTH KOREA'S NUKES?: The Center for the National Interest's Harry Kazianis talked with U.S. intelligence officials who are sure North Korea will sell its nuclear technology to Iran. It's worth reading:


Happening this morning -- 2016 is the new 'evergreen': 

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is on Capitol Hill again for his second day of questioning about his report on the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser MORE's private email server. 

Livestream of the hearing:

Live blog of updates:



Harassment in another industry: D.C. lobbying: 

Via The Hill's Megan R. Wilson, "Much like Capitol Hill, the influence industry remains dominated by men, creating an environment where women say they are often subject to harassment and worse. Unlike in other industries, however, few women have been willing to come forward to talk about it." How Wilson reported the stories: The Hill started talking to women on K Street last year. More than a dozen women gave examples of sexual harassment. The stories:



New memo on net neutrality: 

American Action Network, a conservative group aligned with House leadership, released a study on net neutrality. The gist: Their commissioned study shows that net neutrality is still a big issue for Congress. How so: "What they found is that privacy is still the top concern for Americans and, by a two-to-one margin, they say Congress should pass new legislation that applies consumer protections to all internet service providers, social media platforms, and search engines." Read the memo and the numbers:



Happening Thursday -- Kate Spade's funeral: 

Via The Associated Press, fashion designer Kate Spade's funeral will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in Kansas City. Why Kansas City: That's where Spade was born.



Interesting tidbit from the West Wing:


Oh wow this is crazy -- you have to hear this:



This is pretty interesting:

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The House and Senate are in.

Noon: Vice President Pence campaigns for Rep. John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Overnight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis MORE (R-N.Y.) in Syracuse, N.Y.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain at the White House. 

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the 10 millionth U.S. patent.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence attends a Republican Governors Association event in Philadelphia.

5:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks to the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House. 

7:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a dinner in Washington, D.C., with supporters.

Wednesday evening: The Congressional Women's Softball Game. The teams: Female members of Congress vs. women of the Washington press.



12:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the National Federation of Independent Businesses 75th Anniversary Celebration at the Hyatt Regency Washington. Livestream:

2:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at Nucor Steel Auburn Inc. in New York. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert holds a press briefing. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: A Senate committee holds a hearing on Cambridge Analytica's Facebook partnership during the 2016 presidential race. Livestream:



Today is National Martini Day.


Viral D.C. video -- haha, this reaction:

Reporter Kelly Cohen was in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when she saw that Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz resigned as the team's coach. Why we're lucky this happened during a hearing: This means we have video of her reaction! Watch:


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