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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump rips 'dirty' restaurant that refused to serve Sanders | Justices toss case of florist who refused work for same-sex couple | Trump eyes another historic summit — with Putin | GOP candidate says Civil War wasn't about slavery | House leaders prep for immigration vote | Dippin' Dots cereal


First up: Kim Jong Un. Next up: Vladimir Putin.

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Via The Hill's Rebecca KheelPresident 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 is considering another major diplomatic summit -- this time with Russian President Vladimir PutinWhat's the latest: National security adviser John Bolton is traveling to Russia next week to discuss a potential meeting between Trump and Putin. What would likely be discussed: "The invasion of Ukraine, support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, the poisoning of an ex-spy in England and interference in U.S. and other Western elections."


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The florist case -- this is a 'lower court' problem: 

Via The Hill's Lydia Wheeler, the Supreme Court "threw out a lower court ruling that found a Washington florist had intentionally discriminated against a same-sex couple for refusing to make flower arrangements for their wedding." Basically: The Supreme Court said it won't take up the case and asked the lower court to look at it again.


Gerrymandering -- delegate, delegate, delegate: 

The Supreme Court also punted a second partisan gerrymandering case this month. How so: "The court told a lower court to reconsider its decision to strike down Republican-drawn congressional districts in North Carolina in light of its recent rulings in two other cases." What that means:




A headline that could actually be true in 2026 -- Donald Trump, star Yelp reviewer: 

This morning, President Trump laid into a Virginia restaurant that refused to serve White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SandersHis tweet -- ouch: "The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!"

BACK STORY -- NO SOUP FOR YOU: Over the weekend, Sarah Huckabee Sanders visited a restaurant in rural Virginia -- 200 miles from the White House -- with a group of friends, but the owner asked her to leave. Why: The restaurant was uncomfortable with the Trump administration's policies. Did everyone leave?: The others at the table were told they were welcome to stay, but they left with Sanders. The owner explained her reasoning to The Washington Post:



Happening tomorrow -- It's the primary season, the primary season!:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, six states are holding their primaries tomorrow to pick nominees for the November midterm elections. Think: Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign Congress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Trump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union MORE's Senate primary in Utah. Here are the races to watch:

WHICH STATES: Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah


This a.m. -- Oh no, here we go again:

Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart, who recently won the party's nomination in Virginia, said that he doesn't believe that the Civil War was fought over the issue of slavery, arguing that it was mostly about states' rights. Where: During an interview with Hill.TV's "Rising." When pressed by the host: Stewart said, "We have to put ourselves in the shoes of the people who were fighting at that time and from their perspective, they saw it as a federal intrusion of the state." Watch Stewart's reasoning:



I feel like we're watching a bar fight escalate in slow motion: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, the House is expected to vote on the compromise immigration bill later this week, despite tweets against it from President Trump

Changes to the bill: Conservatives said there have been discussions to add an agricultural guest worker program and an E-Verify program for employers. Yeah, but: It's unclear whether centrists would support an E-Verify program. 

Late this week you say?: The vote was initially expected last Thursday, but was pushed to Friday. It was then pushed to this week. I.e.: Leadership is struggling to get enough votes. 

Where President Trump comes in: The president has tweeted that Republicans should wait until after November to work on immigration, calling it a waste of time now.


Family separation legislation: A group of senators are meeting today to work on a solution to the families separated on the U.S.-Mexico border. Keep in mind: President Trump signed an executive order last week to keep families together, but it created confusion among agencies. 

Government funding: The Senate is expected to pass a spending bill for 2019 to avoid another government shutdown.

Farm bill: The House passed the farm bill last week, so the Senate is working on the bill this week. Keep in mind: "Once the Senate passes its bill it will need to be merged with the House legislation, which picked up no support from Democrats."

Defense bill: "The House is slated to vote to go to conference with the upper chamber on the National Defense Authorization Act this week."

Details and context for each:



Fun fact:

Vogel also tweeted: "The WH said TRUMP & his staff were not involved in the coins, which they say were paid for by individual White House Communications Agency staff. But watchdogs warn of rules barring gov't resources (emails, staff time, etc.) for promoting private business."


​To sum up today:



The House is in. The Senate will meet this afternoon.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump administration combining Palestinian mission, Israeli embassy next month: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration MORE.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump and 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 meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at the White House.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds an expanded bilateral meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for West Columbia, S.C.

6 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE host a dinner with King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes.

10 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence leave for Brazil.



3:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream:

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump campaigns for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) in West Columbia, S.C. Livestream:



Today is National Catfish Day. It's also National Strawberry Parfait Day.


I guess this deserves some credit for creativity: 

Dippin' Dots ice cream has created breakfast cereal. The flavors: banana split and cookies 'n cream. Where to buy: Walmart. Photos:


And because this is too adorable not to share, here's a dog who gets emotional when the Titanic theme song plays: