The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says he was 'never a fan' of McCain | What we learned from unsealed Cohen docs | Rosenstein to stay at DOJ 'a little longer' | Trump slams George Conway as a 'total loser' | Trump to meet Brazil's Bolsonaro | Nunes suing Twitter | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Pence to tour Midwest flood damage | Deutsche Bank loaned Trump $2B | Beto 2020 crop circle | Myspace losses 12 years of data | Real-life Flintstones house declared a 'public nuisance'



Just released -- sooo, what's the tea?:

Prosecutors just released unsealed redacted documents from the FBI raid of 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's properties.

Included in the documents: "Search warrants, warrant applications and supporting affidavits tied to raids on Cohen's hotel room, home and office last April, as well as those underlying searches of Cohen's email, cellphone location data and other electronic devices." 

What we learned -- the big takeaway: FBI investigators obtained warrants for Cohen's electronic records nearly a year before the raid was actually executed.

Read the unsealed documents:


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This reminds me of Allie showing back up at Noah's house at the end of "The Notebook": 

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic Schumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe, 'unmasking' requests MORE, who was expected to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, has decided to stay at the agency "a little while longer."

What we know: "Sources close to the deputy attorney general say Rosenstein has not yet given his two-weeks notice. He remains at the DOJ as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe enters what is widely believed to be its final phases. There has been much speculation that Rosenstein would like to stay in his post until the investigation concludes."

I'm sure it's been years since you've seen this scene from "The Notebook"

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Just now — it’s only been 7 months since John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMontana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight How Obama just endorsed Trump Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 MORE passed away...: 

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 just told reporters in the Oval Office that “I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be.” Why: Trump says he remains “very unhappy” about McCain’s deciding vote to sink Republicans’ effort to repeal ObamaCare. Full comments:



It's like watching your couple friends fight in public. Super awkward right?:
President Trump slammed George Conway as a "total loser" after Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway on voting by mail in 2018 midterms: 'That's called an absentee ballot' MORE, questioned the president's mental fitness.

I.e.: Imagine having your boss publicly call your husband a "total loser." 

And it doesn't end there: George Conway replied shortly after: "Congratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job!"

WHAT SPARKED THIS: George Conway suggested that President Trump may have at least two diagnosable personality disorders. Conway's tweets:


$2 billion in loans, nbd:

Via The New York Times's David Enrich, Deutsche Bank reportedly loaned more than $2 billion to President Trump while he was a real estate developer. The full story:

The bank saw "red flags": "Over nearly two decades, Deutsche Bank's leaders repeatedly saw red flags surrounding Mr. Trump. There was a disastrous bond sale, a promised loan that relied on a banker's forged signature, wild exaggerations of Mr. Trump's wealth, even a claim of an act of God." 



Who would Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry cut after this technical challenge?:

A new issue has emerged in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field: whether or not to expand the number of justices in the Supreme Court.

How so: "Once dismissed as a fringe idea, reforming the nation's highest court is gaining traction with a growing number of Democratic 2020 candidates as progressive outside groups and high-profile officials, including former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderGOP group launches redistricting site Legal challenges to stay-at-home orders gain momentum Census delay threatens to roil redistricting MORE, have vaulted the idea into the national spotlight."

Where each 2020 Dem stands:


Extraterrestrial life has spoken:

An artist created a massive "BETO 2020" crop circle in Austin, Texas.

The artist: "Earth artist" Stan Herd is based out of Lawrence, Kan.


Aerial view of the crop circle -- WOW that is massive:





Nunes is suing Twitter, by the way:

Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald Nunes Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and its former chairman, is suing Twitter and a number of its users for more than $250 million.

What Nunes is alleging: That Twitter is censoring conservative voices. Nunes argued it may have affected the 2018 midterm results. He also sued the platform, claiming it allowed defamatory statements against him.


President Trump tweeted, “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the Corrupt Media, are sooo on the side of the Radical Left Democrats. But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before! #MAGA”


Thinking about how embarrassing most Myspace photos were, this may be for the best:

Social networking website Myspace said Monday that it lost 12 years' worth of music and pictures during a server migration.

From the company: "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies."



This fire is massive:

Back story: "A fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage site continued to rage late on Monday and is expected to burn for up to two more days, officials said, sending thick black smoke into the air for miles around." What to know about the fire:



The House and Senate are out.

Noon: President Trump meets with Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil.

2:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Redwood City, Calif., and heads to Omaha, Neb.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump taken to underground bunker during White House protests: reports Melania Trump: 'No reason for violence' in George Floyd protests CNN coronavirus town hall to feature science author David Quammen, 'Empire' actress Taraji Henson MORE receive a briefing on opioid abuse.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in Neomi J. Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours flood damage in Omaha, Neb.

10:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Brazilian President Jair BolsonaroLivestream:



Today is National Chocolate Caramel Day. Supportive.


These neighbors should feel honored tbh:

Via The New York Times's Matt Stevens, "Meet the Flintstone House, a Home So Odd It Was Declared a 'Public Nuisance.'"

Details of the home: "Rather than cherry trees or a vineyard, Ms. Fang installed 15-foot dinosaur statues as well as a giant metal woolly mammoth and giraffe; a garden of colorful, oversize mushrooms; and a rainbow and peacock sculpture."

The home's owner: "The retired media mogul Florence Fang -- whose family once published The San Francisco Examiner and other newspapers"

Photo of the California house -- man, they stayed on theme:



Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope:

Via Insider, "The Wholeness Center in Valley Cottage, N.Y. offers a snake massage. The slithering snakes are supposed to bring you lots of benefits." Video of the treatment -- nope, nope, nope, nope:


And because you made it to the end, here are a dog and a human that accidentally match. Awkward: