The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump slams Biden ahead of his first campaign rally

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits Biden as former VP kicks off campaign | Biden to hold first rally in Pittsburgh | Trump blasts union leaders for Biden endorsement | Congress returns | Why Trump, McConnell are on a collision course | New drama over Barr testifying | Pompeo sees Russia as election threat for decades | Trump to meet Baylor women's basketball team



All the things Trump doesn't like in one tweet:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE slammed the media, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE and former President Obama this morning on the day of Biden's first campaign rally.

Trump tweeted: "The Media (Fake News) is pushing Sleepy Joe hard. Funny, I'm only here because of Biden & Obama. They didn't do the job and now you have Trump, who is getting it done -- big time!"


Not a fan of union leaders:

This morning, President Trump slammed union leaders after former Vice President Joe Biden received an endorsement from a major firefighters' group.

Trump tweeted: "I'll never get the support of Dues Crazy union leadership, those people who rip-off their membership with ridiculously high dues, medical and other expenses while being paid a fortune. But the members love Trump. They look at our record economy, tax & reg cuts, military etc. WIN!" 

He later added: "The Dues Sucking firefighters leadership will always support Democrats, even though the membership wants me. Some things never change!"


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The Russia problem isn't going anywhere:

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoMurkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump Pepper spray fired during Tiananmen Square memorial in Hong Kong The Hill's 12:30 Report: NYT publishes controversial Tom Cotton op-ed MORE predicted that Russia will try to interfere in U.S. presidential elections for decades to come.

Where he said this: The Hill's editor-in-chief Bob Cusack interviewed Pompeo this morning at an event hosted by The Hill. 

In Pompeo's words: "It goes without saying they were a threat to our elections in 1974, they interfered in our elections in the '80s ... The fact that this town seemed shocked by the fact the Russians don't care for us -- in that case the Soviet Union -- I find stunning." He also said: "We should expect in 2050, the Russians will still be at it still." 





This is a week to wear your favorite tie, Bill Barr:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November Black Lives Matter, protesters sue Trump admin over aggressive crowd clearing MORE is on Capitol Hill this week to testify over the redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's Russia report.

On Wednesday: Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee

On Thursday: Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. 

^ Well...: Over the weekend, Barr warned House Democrats that he might not show up for the House hearing unless the proposed format for the hearing is changed.



Yemen: "The Senate is set to take up President Trump's veto of legislation cutting off U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen this week, though any override attempt is expected to fall short." 

Medicare for All: "The House Rules Committee is slated to hold its first-ever hearing on a Medicare for All bill spearheaded by Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalPelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate MORE (D-Wash.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) on Tuesday. The legislation has garnered more than 100 Democratic co-sponsors in the lower chamber." 

Climate action: "Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday Calls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Hoyer wins Maryland House primary MORE (D-Md.) announced the House will bring a bill to the floor aimed at affirming 'the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement.' The vote's announcement comes in the wake of Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the agreement." 

Yucca: "The Senate is prepared to revive a fight over storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain." 

Department of Homeland Security: "Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan will testify on Capitol Hill this week about DHS's 2020 budget request amid a shakeup of top leadership." 

Nominations: "Republicans are preparing to confirm another slate of Trump nominees after McConnell teed up several nominations before the two-week recess for votes on the Senate floor." 

Context and details for each:



Spy Kids:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, "GOP lawmakers returning to Washington are signaling they intend to step up their campaign to look into alleged spying by FBI agents on President Trump's 2016 campaign."

Timing: "The effort comes as Democrats ramp up their own investigations into the Trump administration and could serve as a bit of GOP counterprogramming to put the spotlight on what Republicans contend is suspicious behavior under the Obama administration."


I can feel the tension bubbling up:

Via The Hill's Alexander BoltonPresident Trump is on a collision course with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump vows to campaign against Murkowski after senator's criticism Senate advances conservation fund bill, House introduces companion Paul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill MORE (R-Ky.) over whether to work with Democrats to compromise on a spending bill.

Why there's tension: Trump does not want the talks to drag on all year and does not want a deal that would increase spending. 

Why McConnell wants to avoid a continuing resolution: "He wants to strike a deal to raise defense and nondefense spending, along the lines of what congressional leaders agreed to in the late winter of 2018. And one reason is that under the 2011 Budget Control Act, a continuing resolution would trigger automatic spending reductions known as 'sequestration' that would lead to huge cuts at the Pentagon and to domestic spending."

How this could play out:



I love this!!!:


I'm very intrigued here:



President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: The House meets. The House's full schedule today:

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today:

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a motion to invoke cloture. 

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes postponed in the House.



This morning: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at an event hosted by The Hill. Livestream:

This morning: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg held a news conference. Livestream:

3:30 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe Biden holds his first campaign rally since announcing his presidential bid. Livestream:

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the 2019 NCAA women's basketball national champions, the Baylor University Lady Bears. Livestream: 



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