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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 JordanWhite House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration Rod Rosenstein’s final insult to Congress: Farewell time for reporters but not testimony House conservatives blast border deal, push Trump to use executive power MORE denies claims | Trump lowers flags for Capital Gazette victims | Why Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersPrivate insurance plays a critical part in home mortgage ecosystem On The Money: Lawmakers closing in on border deal | Dems build case for Trump tax returns | Trump, Xi won't meet before trade deadline | Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony Waters in talks with Mnuchin for testimony on lifting of sanctions on Russian firms 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 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 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 PruittOvernight Energy: Justices take up major case on water rules | Dems probe administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia | Greens sue EPA over toxic paint strippers Environmental groups sue EPA in bid to ban toxic paint strippers Overnight Energy: EPA to make formal decision on regulating drinking water contaminant | Utility to close coal plant despite Trump plea | Greens say climate is high on 2020 voters’ minds 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 PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote 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 SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE is stressed:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration 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 MattisAllies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump Congress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Trump nominates ambassador to Turkey 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!