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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump cancels military parade, blames DC for high cost | McConnell frustrated as some GOP senators skip work week | Manafort jury begins day two of deliberations | Trump defends Manafort as a 'good person' | Trump threatens to revoke security clearance for DOJ official | That time Trump was pulled over in his Rolls-Royce | Americans to spend $1B on weddings this weekend



No military parade for you!:

This morning, President Trump canceled his planned military parade and blamed a $92 million price tag and local Washington, D.C., politicians. http://bit.ly/2MjKcJF

He tweeted: "The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!" http://bit.ly/2Bk1gK7

REACTION FROM D.C. MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) responded sarcastically to the president's tweet. She responded: "Yup, I'm Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad)." http://bit.ly/2MjKcJF

Happy Friday! 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.


PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 12:30 Report will be off next week for vacation -- newsletters need vacations, too. ;) See you Monday the 27th. Same time. Same place.



Calling this a work week for the Senate is a bit of a stretch:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) canceled August recess for the Senate, but members didn't arrive until late Wednesday and held their last votes at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. http://bit.ly/2vPdO7i

OH AND ATTENDANCE WASN'T GREAT: Seven Republican senators and Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the second-ranking Democrat, skipped the week altogether. That tally doesn't count: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is out indefinitely for cancer treatment. That means: Democrats had a majority this week. http://bit.ly/2vPdO7i

MCCONNELL WASN'T HAPPY, TO SAY THE LEAST: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scolded Senate Republicans for missing votes this week. McConnell warned colleagues it will be hard to set up votes next week if members are absent. http://bit.ly/2BgUN2T


Latest with the Manafort trial -- what do you mean 'doubt?':

The 12-member jury of the trial against President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, asked the judge a few questions during their first day of deliberations. The gist: The jury asked the judge to redefine "reasonable doubt." What to take from that: Well, Manafort's defense team sees these questions as a good thing. "It indicates someone has doubts," the team said. http://bit.ly/2MvlTHY

THE FOUR QUESTIONS FROM THE JURY: "Q: Is one required to file an FBAR if they own less than 50% of the company and no signatory authority?

Q: Define 'shelf company?'

Q: Can you redefine reasonable doubt?

Q: Can the exhibit list be amended to include the indictment?"

We explain here: http://bit.ly/2PjBlWe

LATE THIS MORNING -- 'SHE'S A NICE LADY!': While speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, President Trump defended Paul Manafort as a "good person." Full quote: "He happens to be a very good person and it happens to be very sad what they've done to Paul Manafort." http://bit.ly/2nN7rNo

KEEP IN MIND: This is the second day of jury deliberations in the trial. The judge sent the 12-person jury to deliberate at 9:40 a.m. http://bit.ly/2L44aCx

OH AND -- NEWS OUTLETS ARE SEEKING THE NAMES OF THE JURORS AFTER THE TRIAL:  "[The judge] said he had received a request from a group of media outlets to obtain access to documents and sidebar discussions that were placed under seal. CNN, Politico, the Associated Press, BuzzFeed News, NBC News, The New York Times and The Washington Post are seeking access to the names and addresses of the jurors and alternates, in addition to certain sealed records and sealed portions of transcripts of sidebar conversations."

Details: http://bit.ly/2L44aCx


Late this morning -- secrets are for friends:

President Trump said he is considering revoking the security clearance of Justice Department official Bruce OhrWhy: He has come under fire from Trump for his role in the Russia probe. Asked whether he would revoke the clearance: Trump called Ohr a "disgrace" and said he would take it away "very quickly." Don't forget: The comments come two days after Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. http://bit.ly/2Bk5vW7


'Jack Dorsey, please report to the principal's office':

Via Politico's Ashley Gold, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering subpoenaing Twitter CEO Jack DorseyWhy: Criticism of how Twitter is handling conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on the platform, its data policies and also conservative concerns that it censors voices from the right. https://politi.co/2MUujFz

Keep in mind: Jack Dorsey and executives from Facebook and Google are already scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Sept. 5. 



Update -- 565 migrant children are still separated:

565 migrant children detained on the U.S.-Mexico border are still in U.S. custody, according to a new update from the Trump administration. How many children are under the age of 5?: 24. Why are these children still separated: "It states that 366 adults are outside the United States, and that 154 have indicated they do not wish to be reunited with their children. Some adult-guardians are in U.S. custody, and various 'red flags' have been filed on 73 of the adults." http://bit.ly/2MtKFbg


Interesting read -- Did you know that Trump once got pulled over for driving while on the phone?: 

The New York Times's Michael D. Shear writes about President Trump's regular life. His former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski had a funny anecdote:

On Trump's driving: "He loves to drive. I shouldn't tell the story; I'll get in trouble. But I remember he was driving his Rolls-Royce from New York City one day up to the golf course in Bedminster. And guess what happened, right? When you're in New York and you're on your telephone, you're driving your Rolls-Royce up to New Jersey, you get stopped. Right? And so I remember, he's like: 'Corey, I'm going to let you go. I just got pulled over.'"

On Trump eating at a steakhouse: "We went to an Iowa steakhouse and we sat down and there was about five of us. And the bill came and he took out his American Express card, which I thought was pretty cool. He took out his gold -- his platinum -- American Express card and he paid the bill."

Full story: https://nyti.ms/2ODanHI


Socialism creeps in -- 'scuse me, coming through:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has made democratic socialism more mainstream in the Democratic Party -- and that is raising concerns among some Democrats about whether it will hurt the party in the midterms and in 2020. How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2OJeMZU





The sharpest cheese to ever exist:



The House and Senate are out. President Trump is traveling to Southampton, N.Y., to meet with supporters before heading to his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. Vice President Pence has no public events on his calendar. 

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable in Southampton, N.Y., with supporters. 

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a closed press luncheon in Southampton, N.Y. He then heads to Bedminster, N.J.

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J.

Sunday: Stormy Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is considering a presidential run in 2020, is speaking at the Hillsborough County Democrats' Summer Picnic in New Hampshire.

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate returns. The Senate's schedule Monday: http://bit.ly/2nKpJi8

Next week: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will meet with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaughhttp://bit.ly/2nGX65B



9 p.m. EDT Monday: The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. Livestream and what to expect: http://bit.ly/2Mq5Efd



Today is National Vanilla Custard Day.


Fun fact -- tomorrow is the most popular wedding day of the year:

Almost 30,000 couples are getting married this Saturday and will spend an estimated $1 billion. Full breakdown: https://bloom.bg/2OI6Ub2


And to get your weekend off to a great start, here's a puppy who wants nothing more than to reach the couch. Maybe in a year or two, lil' guy: http://bit.ly/2OJRVxl

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