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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE slammed the media, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report 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 PompeoTrump calls Iran claim that it arrested CIA spies 'totally false' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Pompeo: There's 'no indication' Iran will change direction 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 BarrUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? A question for Robert Mueller MORE is on Capitol Hill this week to testify over the redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 JayapalHouse Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour Progressive House Democrats describe minimum wage hike as feminist issue in Teen Vogue column 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 HoyerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill The House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border 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 McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing McConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch 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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