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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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE insulted former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report 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."


It's Monday. 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Beto Bucks:

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) raised $6.1 million in the first 24 of his campaign, topping all other Democratic contenders.



Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (I-Vt.) raised $5.9 million in the first day.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE (D-Calif.) raised $1.5 million in the first day.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' 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 GillibrandSenate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 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 WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' 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 CohenRosenstein to testify as part of Graham's Russia investigation probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead Cohen released from federal prison to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns 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 LeeThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate 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: