The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump mocks Mueller, Pelosi before D-Day ceremony

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump joins world leaders to mark D-Day anniversary | Flynn fires his lawyers | Biden campaign tested by first crisis | FCC allows phone carriers to block robocalls |  Military assigned to paint border barriers | Pelosi reportedly told Democrats she wants Trump in prison | Burning Man hiring a lobbyist | Amazon's Shazam for clothes |  Tourist cracks 40-year safe on first try



This was a nice moment:

75 years ago today, Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches to begin liberating Nazi-occupied France. World leaders gathered in France this morning to commemorate the anniversary.

Photo of Omaha Beach 75 years ago:

^ Compare to photos of a flyover at Omaha Beach today: The colored exhaust creates a nice effect:

Lawmakers attended: Congress ended its session yesterday to allow members to travel to France. Here are a few photos of lawmakers attending the commemoration: 

OK now, Russia: Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted, "The Normandy landings were not a game-changer for the outcome of WWII and the Great Patriotic War. The outcome was determined by the Red Army's victories -- mainly, in Stalingrad and Kursk. For three years, the UK and then the US dragged out opening the second front."

The Secret Service tweeted: "As the world remembers all those who served and were lost on D-Day, we were honored to protect [President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MOREin Normandy, France for the #DDay75thAnniversary." Video of Secret Service detail:

What a photo:



Trump took a moment before his remarks at the cemetery to... you guessed it... insult Pelosi and Mueller

It’s like making the divorced parents agree not to fight at the kid’s birthday — and they fail:
Right before honoring military veterans at an American World War II cemetery in France, President Trump called special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE a “fool” and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Trump turns Pelosi's 'meltdown' criticism around: 'She is a very sick person' Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE (D-Calif.) a “disaster.”

Context: Trump was speaking to Fox News’s Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Who is Kurt Volker and why is he important? Putin says he doesn't share 'excitement' about Greta Thunberg's UN speech MORE

Trump’s full comment about Mueller: “'Let me tell you, he made such a fool out of himself,’ Trump said of Mueller, speaking at a cemetery where more than 9,300 American soldiers who died in World War II are buried.” 

And on Pelosi :“Nancy Pelosi, I call her ‘Nervous Nancy,’ Nancy Pelosi doesn’t talk about it. Nancy Pelosi is a disaster, OK? She’s a disaster. And let her do what she wants. You know what? I think they’re in big trouble.” 


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Breaking — Michael Flynn fired his lawyers before sentencing: 

President Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn just fired his lawyers and replaced them as he awaits his sentencing for lying to FBI agents about his Russian contacts.

Why: That is not clear. All we know is that “a court filing Thursday revealed that Flynn had notified his attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony that he is ‘terminating’ them as his counsel and has already hired new lawyers to replace them.” 



The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to allow phone carriers to block robocalls by default. 

From FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: "We expect phone companies will move quickly to use this tool and help consumers block unwanted robocalls. Among other things, default call-blocking will reduce the costs of handling the robocalls that flood their networks and save them grief by limiting customer complaints." Read Pai's full op-ed in USA Today:


They have no idea. No. Idea.:

President Trump bashed senators this morning for opposing his imposed Mexico tariffs.

Trump told reporters this morning: "We'll see what happens. But something pretty dramatic could happen. We've told Mexico the tariffs go on. And I mean it, too. And I'm very happy with it. And lot of people, senators included, they have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to tariffs. They have no -- absolutely no idea." 



Getting traction -- Pelosi used the P-word (but not the I-word):

Via Politico's Heather Caygle, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) privately told top Democrats that she would like to see President Trump "in prison."

Context: Pelosi made the comment while clashing with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) in a turf war over investigations into Trump. Nadler has been pushing Pelosi to let his committee launch impeachment proceedings. 

What Pelosi wants to see happen: "I don't want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison," Pelosi told Democrats. She said she would like to see Trump defeated in 2020 and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes. 


Don't dream about it:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatient advocates launch drug pricing ad campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House MORE (R-Ky.) said that the House-passed "Dreamers" bill will "probably not" get a vote in the Senate.

McConnell said on Fox News: "I think the Dreamers have a sympathetic case. There are circumstances under which I and others would be happy to support that. But we need to do more than that. You know, there's some genuine fixes on the legal immigration side and on the illegal immigration side that need to be addressed."

What the Dem bill would do: Provide a path to citizenship for 2 million immigrants without legal status.



Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE is drafting for the other candidates:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, as the front-runner in the 2020 campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden has been taking the brunt of political controversies.

For example: "Biden's embrace of the Hyde Amendment, prohibiting federal funds from being used for abortion, combined with a new plagiarism controversy have created the most challenging week for the Democratic front-runner since he entered the race for the White House earlier this spring."

Why the plagiarism story matters so much -- it's a repeat of 1988: "And while the story that Biden's campaign took lines from outside sources for his climate plan may not damage him as much in the Democratic primary, it does raise the specter of his 1988 presidential run -- which ran aground after it was revealed that Biden plagiarized speeches from a British politician." 



I'm picturing an Instagramable rainbow chevron backdrop:

U.S. military personnel have been assigned to paint certain barrier structures to improve the "aesthetic appearance" of the U.S.-Mexico border.

How we know: Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSchumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever Senators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills MORE (D-Ill.) tweeted it yesterday and commented, "A disgraceful misuse of taxpayer $$. Our military has more important work to do than making Trump's wall beautiful." 

Where the barriers will be painted: In Calexico, Calif., a city located along the southern border. 

How long this will take: A month.


New job alert -- everyone has a lobbyist:

Via Roll Call's Clyde McGrady, Burning Man is looking to hire a lobbying coordinator.

If you're not familiar with Burning Man: "The Nevada desert festival started out as a small gathering for those searching for spiritual transcendence and has morphed into a bacchanal for tech bros shelling out thousands to eat lobster with models."

What the job entails: "Submitting permit applications, tracking contract deadlines, requesting payments for contracts and permits." 

Application deadline: June 19

The job application, if you feel so inclined:



Wow, that sky: 




The House and Senate are out for the rest of the week.

5 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in a D-Day ceremony and fly-over viewing in Colleville-sur Mer, France. They also viewed the American cemetery in Normandy.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at a D-Day ceremony in Roanoke, Va.

11:20 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Doonbeg, Ireland.

2:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Middletown, Pa., and tours JLS Automation.

3:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech at JLS Automation in Pennsylvania.

5:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Pennsylvania Republican state dinner. 

7:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

June 11: The Hill is hosting an event titled "Affordable Housing & the American Dream." Featured speakers: Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversFinancial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows Let's improve state and federal regulation of bank vendors MORE (R-Ohio). Details and how to RSVP:

June 25: The Hill is hosting an event at the Newseum to discuss "Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation." Featured speakers: Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieHillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact House bill aims to secure telecom networks against foreign interference Overnight Health Care — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Poll finds Trump vulnerable on health care in battleground states | HHS must respond to petition on abortion referral ban by Thursday | Wyden presses health officials about CBD regulations MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Hillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact House bill aims to secure telecom networks against foreign interference MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP:

June 26–27: The first Democratic National Committee presidential primary debates. Details and how the debates will work:



3:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks before attending a D-Day ceremony. Livestream:

7:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump held a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronUS should support, but also prod, Ukraine Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Trump selects Grenell as special envoy for Serbia, Kosovo peace talks MORELivestream of their remarks before the meeting:

10:30 a.m. EDT: A D-Day ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Livestream:



Today is National Gingerbread Day. And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Doughnut Day!

Assuming you've taken tomorrow off to celebrate the national holiday ;), here's a list of where to get free doughnuts tomorrow:


I'm intrigued: 

Via The Verge's James Vincent, Amazon launched an app that can examine outfits in photos and find similar items on Details:


This story is amazing: 

"Many experts tried to open a safe locked for 40 years. A tourist's lucky guess cracked the code on his first try."

From the man who opened the safe: "I looked at the dial and I saw the numbers were running from 0 to 60. So I thought in my head 20-40-60. I did a particular combination which is three on the right, two on the left, and 1 on the right, tried the handle ... and it opened! ... It was a 100% guess. I was fully amazed. I stepped back a little bit and thought 'I'm buying a lottery ticket tonight!'"

What was found in the safe: "Some papers, old checks, a waitress' notepad, and a receipt from the hotel, that's it." 


And because you made it this far, here's Louie the puppy looking extremely dapper:

"This is Louie. He was told this was a black tie event. Must've been a prank. He's the only one dressed pup. 13/10 jokes on them he looks fabulous."