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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says media trying to blame him for New Zealand shootings | Trump knocks Biden as 'low I.Q.' for almost announcing 2020 bid early | O'Rourke nets $6.1M in first day | Trump keeps tight grip on GOP | Republicans look to rein in emergency powers | Shark crashes first underwater news broadcast | Cow runs to a Chick-fil-A



OK, who had 'low I.Q.' for Trump's Biden nickname:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE insulted former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence MORE for almost slipping up and announcing a presidential run.

Trump tweeted: "Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President. Get used to it, another low I.Q. individual!" 



During a speech to Delaware Democrats over the weekend, Joe Biden said, "I'm told I get criticized by the 'New Left.' I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the ... anybody who would run." Realizing his mishap, he chuckled and did the sign of the cross.

Watch -- it's both funny and awkward:



Trump criticizes the media for New Zealand coverage:

President Trump accused the news media of blaming him for the mosque shootings in New Zealand last week. 

He tweeted: "The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!"

What sparked Trump's tweet: "Some U.S. media coverage has focused on the suspected gunman's manifesto, which called Trump a 'symbol of renewed white identity,' and some pundits have argued he has stoked white nationalist fervor worldwide."


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Beto Bucks:

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkePoll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump team fights back over Dem subpoena 2020 Dems back repeal of controversial New Hampshire voting law MORE (D-Texas) raised $6.1 million in the first 24 of his campaign, topping all other Democratic contenders.



Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence MORE (I-Vt.) raised $5.9 million in the first day.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Trump Jr. slams 2020 Dems as 'more concerned' about rights of murderers than legal gun owners MORE (D-Calif.) raised $1.5 million in the first day.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharStudent slams Klobuchar for trying to classify pizza sauce as vegetable Pete Buttigieg: 'God doesn't have a political party' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics MORE (D-Minn.) and former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) both raised $1 million each in the first two days.

The numbers:


The presidential announcement that'll make you think, 'Wait, didn't we already know that?':

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand pledges not to use 'stolen hacked' materials in 2020 campaign 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran, say they'd put US back in nuclear deal Where 2020 Democratic candidates stand on impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.) officially entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Why you probably thought she was in: Gillibrand announced an exploratory committee in January.


Meanwhile on the red team:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "President Trump has suffered a handful of high-profile legislative defeats in recent days. But you'd be mistaken to think Trump has lost his grip on the Grand Old Party." The numbers…: "Recent polls show that the president is still enormously popular among likely GOP voters -- a fact GOP officeholders and those contemplating political bids in 2020 are well aware of." How this could play out: 


According to a new Emerson College survey, President Trump trails former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro: Trump should be impeached for trying to obstruct justice 'in very concrete ways' Poll: Biden tops Sanders nationally Pete Buttigieg: 'God doesn't have a political party' MORE (D-Mass.) in Wisconsin. The numbers: 


"Why We're So Obsessed With How Politicians Eat" Via Politico's Sara Dickerman



We will get to see redacted Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenTrump's job approval ticks up 2 points: Gallup Dem lawmaker: 'Very serious doubts' that IRS is 'properly auditing' Trump Trump, businesses sue Oversight chairman to block subpoena for financial records MORE documents:

“A federal judge in Manhattan has ordered prosecutors to publicly release redacted copies of search warrants and other documents tied to last year’s FBI raid on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s properties.”

When the documents will be publicly filed: Tuesday. 

What we may learn from the documents: “The order means that the public is likely to soon learn more about the April 2018 FBI raid on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room that eventually led to the former Trump confidante pleading guilty to a series of federal charges last year.”


Rest in peace:

Economist Alan Krueger, who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, passed away over the weekend at the age of 58. His New York Times obituary: 


Getting traction -- Khashoggi's death was part of a bigger operation:

Via The New York Times's Mark Mazzetti and Ben Hubbard, "Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters -- which included the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens -- over a year before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the campaign." The full story


Rein it in, cowboy:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Republicans are already thinking about limiting presidential powers for future national emergencies.

How so: "Roughly a third of the Republican conference, including members of leadership, is already backing legislation from Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP senator compares Mueller report's obstruction findings to 'Pinocchio' in 'Shrek 3' Dems sound alarm over top DOJ nominee Restore Pell Grant eligibility to people in prison MORE (R-Utah) that would require Congress to pass a resolution approving future national emergency declarations within 30 days. Without the approval, the resolution would be terminated."

Keep in mind: Trump vetoed the resolution to block his national emergency, but neither chamber of Congress has enough votes to override his veto. I.e.: He won round one.



Free tacos in Farragut!:

Via PoPville, Taqueria Local in the Farragut Square neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is giving away free tacos to celebrate the store's first anniversary.



Trending -- I'm not crying, you're crying: 


From presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's husband:



The House and Senate are out for the week.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received a briefing on the economic report of the president.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Monterey, Calif.



5:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump attends the Greek Independence Day celebration in the White House. Livestream:



Today is National Sloppy Joe Day.


Point one for Sky News:

Sky News made history by delivering the news headlines while 300 meters below sea in the Indian Ocean. The cool part: The broadcasters spotted a shark. Watch: 


The news we deserve -- Eat Mor Chikin:

A cow on the loose ran in the direction of a Chick-fil-A in Indiana. Watch:


And to feel better about not wanting to get out of bed this morning, here's a dog who has stronger feelings about it than you: