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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump reimposes Iran sanctions | Trump endorses Kobach in Kansas gov race | How women are poised to take charge if Dems retake the House | Trump confirms meeting was to gather dirt on Clinton | 2020 polls favor Biden but Senate officials are skeptical | Facebook takes down Infowars pages | Latest on missing college student Mollie Tibbetts



The ULTIMATE example of 'Stop, Dad. You're embarrassing me!':

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE confirmed that his son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE's meeting with Russians was meant to gather information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE

Why Trump brought it up: To push back against reporting that his son may be implicated in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation. The full report from CNN's

Jake Tapper and Kaitlan Collins:

What Trump tweeted: "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics -- and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!"

Why this admission is awkward: Trump's tweet directly contrasts what his son said about the intentions of the meeting. I.e.: Trump just contradicted his son's defense.

What Donald Trump Jr. had claimed about the Russian meeting: "We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago," read a statement last year by Trump Jr., which was dictated by the president. Throwback to that 2017 development:


It's a steamy Monday in the District. 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.



Don't let the Iran Deal hit you on the way out:

The Trump administration announced it is reimposing Iran sanctions that had been lifted as part of the Iran Nuclear Deal. When the sanctions will take affect: 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. What are the sanctions: The sanctions "target transactions with U.S. dollar banknotes; trade in gold and precious metals; direct or indirect sales of graphite and metals such as steel and aluminum; certain transactions related to the Iranian rial; certain transactions related to issuing Iranian sovereign debt; and Iran's automotive sector." Details:


Breaking — new endorsement from Trump: 

President Trump endorsed controversial immigration hardliner Kris Kobach for Kansas governor. Trump tweeted: "Kris Kobach, a strong and early supporter of mine, is running for Governor of the Great State of Kansas. He is a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country - he will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military. VOTE TUESDAY!" 

Why Kobach is controversial: "He's emerged as a prominent anti-immigrant voice and is a zealous advocate of the idea that voter fraud is a widespread problem, despite there being no evidence that’s true."

When is the Kansas primary?: Tomorrow. Details:


Facebook takes down four Alex Jones pages:

Via The Hill's Harper Neidig, Facebook has deleted four pages belonging to controversial rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The move comes after Facebook last week took down some videos that violated their content policies. Facebook also banned him from the platform for 30 days.

Facebook's reasoning: "Since then, more content from the same Pages has been reported to us -- upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies," Facebook posted. Read the full blog post:

What sparked this: Mounting pressure from critics to ban InfoWars. Apple, YouTube and Spotify have also banned Jones.

Keep in mind: Jones can appeal Facebook's decision.

Just now:



Who runs the world? Girls!:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, "If Democrats win the House in November, 35 women are poised to lead committees and subcommittees in the next Congress -- an historically high figure that would put female lawmakers in the driver's seat for some of the most pressing issues facing Congress and the country." How that compares: "That number would almost triple the amount of GOP women currently holding similar positions."

MEANWHILE IN 2020 TALK: Early polls are favoring former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters MORE for the Democratic nomination. Yeah, but: " his old stomping grounds in the U.S. Senate, there are plenty of skeptics who point to the former vice president's age, his support for the Iraq War and his two failed presidential bids as reasons to doubt he would be successful." How this could play out:



I guess MoviePass really was too good to be true:

Via The Wall Street Journal, MoviePass will now limit customers to three movies per month. The old policy: One movie per day. When it takes effect: Aug. 15.

BACK STORY: MoviePass ran out of cash a couple weeks ago and its stock nosedived. The company then raised its monthly subscription rates. Full story:

WHEN I SAY 'NOSEDIVED': Its parent company lost 97 percent of its market value last week. The stock fell to 5 cents at one point on Friday.

LOL, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME PRETTY FUNNY MOVIEPASS TWEETS: "I like to imagine that #Moviepass was secretly an anti-capitalist exercise in transferring the wealth from gullible Venture Capitalists to the 99% in the form of unlimited movie ticket subsidies."

Read their profit and loss statement:


If you're been following the story of Mollie Tibbetts, a missing college student:

Via Fox News, the body of a young white woman was found more than 100 miles from where college student Mollie Tibbetts disappeared, but authorities say the body is not Tibbetts.

IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN FOLLOWING IT -- HERE'S THE BACK STORY: 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was dogsitting at her boyfriend's home and disappeared after jogging. The full timeline of the story:

OH AND...: "A black SUV was seen circling the Iowa neighborhood where Mollie Tibbetts was staying on the night she vanished, a neighbor revealed to Fox News on Sunday, in what could be a new clue to the college student's disappearance." Full story:

RECORD-BREAKING REWARD: The reward for information about Mollie Tibbetts rose to $260,000 this weekend after donations. The high reward broke a record for that part of the state.




And here's the DMV forecast from the Capital Weather Gang:



The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at his golf course in New Jersey, and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C. 

Today: The trial against President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortMake the special counsel report public for the sake of Americans Paul Manafort should not be sentenced to 20 years in prison Mueller recommends Manafort serve at least 19 years in prison MORE, continues in Alexandria, Va. Keep in mind: Richard Gates is expected to testify this week.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence had a call with the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp.

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with supporters in Bedminster, N.J.

Tomorrow: Primaries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. Oh and: A special election in Ohio. Details:

Just announced -- Aug. 27: President Trump hosts the president of Kenya to the White House. 



Today is National Root Beer Float Day.


Putting this on your calendars early:

A gelato festival is happening in Washington, D.C., on Sep. 8.  Details:


A crustless pizza that I'm actually on board with:

Via Food Insider, here's a chicken parm pizza with a crust made of breaded chicken. Watch:


And because this is hilarious, here's a cat who LOVES peaches. But Ozzy doesn't like to eat the peaches -- just cuddle and protect them. The photos -- omg: