The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying'

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying'
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens jail time over 'treason' and 'spying' | House passes anti-LGBT discrimination bill | Trump delaying auto tariffs 180 days | Obama announces 2020 Dem unity fund | Appeals court rules Trump's ending of DACA unlawful | Treasury set to miss deadline on Trump tax returns | How Dems are dealing with an eye-popping 2020 field | Grumpy Cat dies | Queen Elizabeth II looking for a social media manager



Just don't get Joffrey Baratheon involved plz:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE asserted that his campaign was "conclusively spied on," calling the charge "treason" and demanding jail time for those involved.

Trump tweeted: "My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!"



Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Justice OIG completes probe on FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide MORE's appointment of a U.S. prosecutor to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation.



In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Attorney General William Barr said he was thinking about changing protocol at the Department of Justice because of the surveillance on U.S. citizens in the 2016 presidential election.


Das auto tariffs:

President Trump has decided to delay auto tariffs for up to six months amid negotiations with the European Union and Japan.

The White House said in a statement: "United States defense and military superiority depend on the competitiveness of our automobile industry and the research and development that industry generates."


What sparked this: "On Monday, European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom said the trading bloc was preparing retaliatory tariffs in the event that Trump decided to impose auto tariffs and was in the process of finalizing a list of U.S. goods to tax."


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Just now -- the House just passed an LGBT bill: 

For the first time, the House just passed a bill banning anti-LGBT discrimination.

The vote: 236-173

What the bill would do: "The Equality Act would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to ban discrimination in employment, housing, jury selection and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

Groups backing the bill: More than 200 businesses, including Facebook, Google, Hilton and JP Morgan Chase

Groups opposing the bill: The Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council are among the conservative groups that opposed the measure.

What's next -- it's an uphill battle: The bill faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled Senate. It's unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year Congress must reinstate assault weapons ban MORE (R-Ky.) will bring the measure to the floor. 

And if the bill passes the Senate: It's pretty unlikely that President Trump would sign the bill, even if it did pass in the upper chamber.



Like a tumbleweed strolling by:

The Treasury and the IRS are missing a deadline today to comply with subpoenas for President Trump's tax returns.

The subpoenas: For six years of President Trump's personal and business tax returns.  

The deadline: 5 p.m. EDT today.

What next: Democrats are planning their next move, but the issue will likely move to the courts. 



New court ruling-- ending DACA was unlawful:

President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was ruled unlawful this morning by a federal appeals court.

The lawsuit that started this case: "The appeals court decision stems from a lawsuit arguing that the decision to end DACA needed to undergo public comment and other procedures required under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)." 

The opposing argument: "Attorneys for the Trump administration argued that the decision to rescind DACA was an agency decision, and therefore did not have to be made available for public comment."

Keep in mind: The Supreme Court is still deciding whether to hear cases related to the end of DACA. 



Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump unveiled a new immigration plan on Thursday in the White House Rose Garden, only to be met by outrage from liberals and ambivalence from conservatives." How this could play out:


Everyone agrees: Fetch isn't going to happen:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "President Trump's push for a long-stalled deal on immigration is running straight into a dead end on Capitol Hill."

The gist of Trump's plan: "Trump's plan would try to break the years-long stalemate by overhauling the legal immigration system and giving preference for green cards to immigrants based on job skills rather than family reunification."

The problem on Capitol Hill: "There are already warning signs that neither the White House proposal nor bills being floated on Capitol Hill are able to bridge deep political divides heading into the 2020 election ... Immigration legislation has been stalled on Capitol Hill for years amid intense infighting and growing pressure from bases in both parties to draw hard lines on any potential compromise." 



The takeaway here: too many trophies and gold stars were given out in elementary school:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, an eye-popping number of Democrats have entered the 2020 presidential primary and each think they are the best equipped to take on President Trump.

'Break it down now': The Democratic field includes a former vice president, seven senators, four members of the House and two sitting governors. Six candidates are women and six people of color, 18 candidates are male and 18 are white. 

The good news for Democrats: "The big field reflects an optimism in the party that Trump is ripe for the picking in 2020. Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE, and there's a sense among Democrats that the president was fortunate to be running against an opponent who was carrying sizable baggage -- one who had to deal with Russian interference in the election and a nagging FBI investigation." 

The bad news for Democrats: "Yet even if Democrats see Trump as eminently beatable, there are also worries among the Democratic faithful bordering on paranoia that their party will manage to bungle the primary and hand Trump another four years in office."


Announced this morning -- Kumbayaaaa:

Former President Obama and the Democratic National Committee just announced a new fund to support the party's 2020 nominee. The fund's name: "Democratic Unity Fund."



AOC has another viral clip:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Kavanaugh to be impeached Why are we turning a blind eye to right-wing incitement of violence? Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.) got into a heated argument with Gilead CEO Daniel O'Day over the price of an HIV drug.

The gist of the argument: AOC pressed O'Day on why the drug costs more than $1,500 in the United States but only $8 in Australia. 

Watch the back and forth:



Rest in peace, Grumpy Cat:

Via NPR, the famous "Grumpy Cat" has died at the age of seven.

Back story on the viral feline:



Therapy dogs got yearbook photos in Parkland, Fla., and OMG THAT BOW TIE ON SCHOONER!:

Full size photos -- because I know the little thumbnails are not enough


Yikes this is uncomfortable:

Watch the back and forth: It's like watching your couple friends argue in front of you.



The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump is back in Washington, D.C., from his New York trip. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Purdue University honor students.



2 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is National Cherry Cobbler Day. It's also National Walnut Day.


Your Majesty, could you please pose for a selfie:

Queen Elizabeth II is hiring a social media manager, and you can apply on LinkedIn.

See the official job posting:



Location: "Buckingham Palace"

Salary: "circa £30,000, dependent on experience" 

About the role: "It's knowing your content will be viewed by millions. It's finding new ways to maintain The Queen's presence in the public eye and on the world stage. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional..." 


Who wants to move to Sicily with me?:

Houses in Sicily, Italy, are selling for as little as $2 in an effort to repopulate the historic homes.

Obviously there's a catch: "Buyers will have to renovate the homes within three years of purchase, and the amount of work to be done varies at each home. Buyers will also have to pay additional fees and taxes, bringing the total cost to anywhere between $2,700 and $4,500. Many of the homes lack electricity, air conditioning and common amenities that will need to be added." 


And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here's a dog who loves trampolines more than any human I know: