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--> 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: Wrestlers say GOP lawmaker ignored sex abuse as coach | Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanFreedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign GOP divide in Congress over Rosenstein's future Kavanaugh is a 'huge step backwards,' says Dem congressional candidate MORE denies claims | Trump lowers flags for Capital Gazette victims | Why Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse panel invites Watt accuser to testify at Thursday hearing Democrats keeping GOP from motivating voters with Trump impeachment threat, analyst says Juan Williams: Trump's war on civil rights MORE is done with 'nice guy politics' | HHS in damage control over family separations | Woman confronts Pruitt at restaurant | Details on DC, NYC, Boston Fourth of July fireworks | Trump crashes a wedding



Jim Jordan ​accused of not reporting sexual abuse as a college wrestling coach:

Via NBC's Corky Siemaszko, "Rep. Jim Jordan, the powerful Republican congressman from Ohio, is being accused by former wrestlers he coached more than two decades ago at Ohio State University of failing to stop the team doctor from molesting them and other students." How Jordan reacted: Jordan repeatedly said he didn't know about the abuse, but some former members of the wrestling team say Jordan knew.

NEW — REACTION FROM JORDAN’S SPOKESMAN: "Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State," Jordan’s spokesman Ian Fury told The Hill in a statement. "He has not been contacted by investigators about the matter but will assist them in any way they ask, because if what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice.” 

KEEP IN MIND ABOUT JORDAN: Jordan is a co-founder of the powerful House Freedom Caucus and is considering a run for Speaker of the House.


Why flags are at half-staff today:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE ordered American flags at half-staff to honor the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting. From press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: "Last night, as soon as the President heard about the request from the [Annapolis] Mayor he ordered the flags to be lowered."

MEANWHILE: A man in Texas was arrested after reportedly threatening to burn down a TV station. Details:


It's Tuesday -- tomorrow is the best day of the year! 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.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 12:30 Report will be off tomorrow for the holiday. We'll be back on Thursday to catch you up on everything. Eat a slice of pie for me! :)


So many motorcycles will be made here. It'll be motorcycle week every week: 

President Trump said his team is working with motorcycle manufacturers to move production to the United States. He tweeted: "Now that Harley-Davidson is moving part of its operation out of the U.S., my Administration is working with other Motor Cycle companies who want to move into the U.S. Harley customers are not happy with their move - sales are down 7% in 2017. The U.S. is where the Action is!"



The not-so-fun part of being a public figure:

A woman confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittKavanaugh’s fate rests with Sen. Collins Trump admin appeals ruling ordering EPA to ban pesticide Government watchdog probing EPA’s handling of Hurricane Harvey response MORE at a restaurant while he was eating lunch. What she told him: "We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, someone who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all us, including our children. I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out."

Watch the video of the woman's interaction with Pruitt: Keep in mind: She's holding her young child.

WHILE WE'RE ON THE TOPIC OF PRUITT -- YET ANOTHER CONTROVERSY: Via The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey and Brady Dennis, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt routinely asked his assistants to put his hotel reservations on their personal credit cards. "In one instance, [an assistant] was stuck with a bill of roughly $600 for a booking she had made for the administrator's family during the transition."

NEW TIDBIT ABOUT PRUITT: Via The Hill's Miranda Green and Timothy Cama, "About half of the 40 letters and notes sent by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt have gone to the heads of prominent industry groups, according to documents released under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Sierra Club." For example: Notes addressed to BP, Chevron Corp., the American Petroleum Institute and the American Gas Association.


OK, so we appreciate your enthusiasm for public service, but...:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has an enthusiastic approach to opposing President Trump and while that may give her brownie points from young liberals, some colleagues worry she may not be the right messenger for the Democratic Party. How so: Her most recent remarks encouraging public confrontation with Cabinet members concerned some Democrats about how Waters would handle increased authority if her party gains control in November. For example: House and Senate minority leaders Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHillicon Valley: State officials share tech privacy concerns with Sessions | Senator says election security bill won't pass before midterms | Instagram co-founders leave Facebook | Google chief to meet GOP lawmakers over bias claims Collins defends ad showing opponent speaking Korean against claims of bigotry Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination MORE (D-Calif.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) condemned her remarks. But: Her supporters say she knows she's pushing the envelope and thinks Democrats have been playing "nice guy politics" for too long.

WHAT STARTED THIS NEWS CYCLE: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because of the Trump administration's family separation policy on the border. Waters urged Trump opponents to confront more administration officials in public.



Why Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV MORE is stressed:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBredesen says he won't back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV MORE (N.Y.) is under pressure from liberals to block any Supreme Court nominee who might overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established a woman's right to an abortion. What liberal activists are telling their supporters to do:


The agency that drew the short end of the stick: 

Via The Hill's Nathaniel Weixel, "President Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy has left the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) scrambling to contain what's quickly becoming a public relations nightmare. While HHS didn't write the policy, the agency is responsible for implementing the most controversial aspect: housing the children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border." How HHS is handling the crisis:

NEW LAWSUIT: Five migrant children have filed a complaint with the Trump administration, claiming they were forced to take medication while detained.





Ugh, yikes:



The House and Senate are out.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Trump takes tough line on Iran at UN | Boasts about record spark laughter | Pentagon in 5G race with China | GOP chair urges Trump to keep Mattis Armed Services chairman to Trump: Keep Mattis 'as long as you possibly can' Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal MORE.

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House en route to a speech in West Virginia.

9:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives back at the White House.

July 10: "Senate Veterans Affairs Cmte will vote on Tuesday, July 10 on Robert Wilkie's Nomination to be VA Secretary."




11:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Fourth of July parade on Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.

8 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The National Symphony Orchestra, Jimmy Buffett, The Temptations and The Beach Boys are playing a free concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. 

9:09 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The fireworks over the Washington Monument. 

Details and other ways to celebrate in the district:



8 p.m. EDT today and Wednesday: The concert at the Esplanade. The Boston PopsRachel Platten, the Indigo Girls, Rita Moreno and Rhiannon Giddens will perform. 

10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The fireworks begin. 

What to know about celebrating in Boston:



8 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Keith Urban perform during the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular special on NBC. Livestream:

9:25 p.m. EDT: The fireworks begin in Manhattan. Firework times in the other boroughs, Connecticut and New Jersey -- I'm lookin' at you, Fairfield, Conn. ;)



6:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the Salute to Service dinner at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. Livestream:



Today is National Fried Clam Day. It's also National Chocolate Wafer Day.


Where are Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn when we need them??:

Via TMZ, President Trump crashed a wedding at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster Township. Video:


Just announced -- the shopping day that's even better than Black Friday:

Via CNN Money's Anna Hecht, Amazon has announced that Prime Day will happen on July 16. List of some of the best deals:


And to get your holiday off to the right start, here are dogs who really can't handle magic tricks. Poor pups!