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The Hill's 12:30 Report: GOP tired of being caught off-guard by Trump | What's next for Assange | Trump tries to distance himself from WikiLeaks | Trump considered Ivanka for World Bank | Transgender military ban goes into effect | Lyft partners with DC bars | National Grilled Cheese Day



All in the family:

The Atlantic's Elaina Plott published a fascinating profile of Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie Trump2020 is not a family affair, for a change Katy Tur says it is 'shameful' that Congress hasn't passed new family leave law OPIC should strengthen US-Argentine partnership with Vaca Muerta deal MORE that involved a sit-down with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE to discuss his elder daughter. 

How the Trump interview came about: "For months, I had tried to secure an on-the-record interview with Ivanka to talk about her White House role and her life in Washington, D.C., but she had repeatedly declined. So I was surprised to receive a call one morning from Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, telling me that the president himself was available to talk about his daughter. We had spent 20 minutes, until Ivanka walked in, doing just that." 

Read the full interview:



Trump talked about each of his children -- the part about Don Jr. is funny: "Barron is young, but he's got wonderful potential. And Tiffany's doing extremely well. Don is, uh, he's enjoying politics; actually, it's very good. And Eric is running the business along with Don, and also very much into politics. I mean, the children--the children have been very, very good."

And said he considered Ivanka to lead the World Bank: "She would've been great at the United Nations, as an example." Why he didn't nominate her: "If I did, they'd say nepotism, when it would've had nothing to do with nepotism. But she would've been incredible … I even thought of Ivanka for the World Bank … She would've been great at that because she's very good with numbers."

Tidbit: Ivanka's husband Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Arrests at southern border drop to 64K in August MORE calls her "Ivanks."




Video of Plott explaining why it was difficult to write a profile on Ivanka: It involves a Burning Man coffee table book.


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*Cuts to the counseling room*

I just want you to want to tell me things:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Republicans are getting tired of being caught off-guard by President Trump on key issues like health care and controversial nominees like Herman Cain, and say there needs to be more consultation from the White House."

How Republicans tend to find out Trump's plans: On Twitter, like everyone else, making it difficult to offer any advice. 

Which Republicans think this?: Well, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Cicilline on Trump investigations versus legislation: 'We have to do both' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Graham: US should consider strike on Iranian oil refineries after attack on Saudi Arabia MORE (R-S.C.) and Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (R-Texas), a member of the GOP leadership team, all agree there needs to be more communication. 


The Trump administration's new idea for detained immigrants:

Via The Washington Post's Rachael Bade and Nick Miroff, "White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of 'sanctuary cities' to retaliate against President Trump's political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post."

How and when White House officials suggested the idea: "Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months -- once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump's border wall." 



Trump: [shrug emoji] 

President Trump distanced himself from WikiLeaks after founder Julian Assange was arrested in London.

Trump told reporters yesterday: "I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing." 

Why this is newsy: WikiLeaks used to be Trump's thing. In October 2016 Trump said, "I love WikiLeaks." And four days before the election: "Getting off the plane, they were just announcing new WikiLeaks, and I wanted to stay there, but I didn't want to keep you waiting," Trump said. "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks."



  1. The allegations date back to secret diplomatic cables
  2. Assange faces charges tied to hacking
  3. Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE is the elephant in the room
  4. There will be an extradition battle ahead
  5. There is bipartisan support for the charges

Context and details for each:



Stopping the 'rinse, repeat' cycle:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, "GOP Sen. Mike BraunMichael BraunOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan MORE (Ind.) has a stark warning for Republicans: Come up with a viable alternative to ObamaCare or face another rout in the 2020 election."

He blamed health care for Republicans' 2018 losses: "Speaking with The Hill at his office in the Senate Russell Building, Braun described the GOP's push to repeal ObamaCare without a plan of their own as one of the primary reasons for the Democratic wave election in 2018." 



"Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday said he wants to make the 2020 presidential and Senate elections a 'referendum on socialism' by pinning down Democrats on proposals like 'Medicare for all' and the Green New Deal."



Heading for the super PAC:

The former White House aide who left after mocking the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE (R-Ariz.) has been hired at a pro-Trump super PAC.

Who: Kelly Sadler

Her new job: Communications director for America First Action 

Sadler told The Hill: "I'm really excited to do everything in my power to help reelect the president of the United States, by joining the great team at America First. The president is solving the problems the American people elected him to do, and I can't wait to help him win another four years in office, so he can achieve even more."

If you don't remember why she left the White House: Sadler dismissed McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel as CIA director because he was "dying anyway." The full back story:


Trump's transgender military ban goes into effect today:

Via CBS's Emily Tillett, President Trump's new ban on transgender people serving in the military goes into effect today.

For context: "The Defense Department says people can serve if they remain their biological sex. They estimate that nearly 15,000 troops identify as transgender and could potentially be impacted by the policy."

The new policy: "Under the new policy, any person who has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and has received medical treatment -- either hormones or surgery -- will not be allowed to join the military. If they have been diagnosed, but have not received medical treatment, they will still be eligible to join." 



Getting traction -- oh man that's funny:



Because it's Friday and this is adorable:




The House and Senate are out for two weeks. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is returning from Nebraska this afternoon.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits Lincoln's Ridgeview Farms in Omaha, Neb.

2:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on United States 5G deployment.

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the Fraternal Order of Police executive board.

4:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



6 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (I-Vt.) holds a campaign rally in Madison, Wis. Livestream:



Today is National Grilled Cheese Day.


If you live in D.C. and like happy hours:

Via PoPville, Lyft has teamed up with several D.C.-area bars offering a free drink and 20 percent off a Lyft rode every Thursday until July. Details:


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