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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Breaking: Nadler reaches deal with DOJ on Mueller docs | Deal comes on eve of contempt vote against AG Barr | Trump taps Cuccinelli to head immigration service | Trump threatens tariffs if China skips G-20 | How Mexico averted Trump's tariffs | 2020 Democrats pressured to drop out, run for Senate | Jenna Fischer trolls former 'Office' co-star over Stanley Cup Finals



This is exactly how the plot would go down on 'House of Cards' or 'West Wing:

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.) just announced that his panel has reached a deal with the Justice Department to obtain previously withheld key information from 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's Russia report.

What this means for Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi Democratic lawmaker says Barr's reported meeting with Murdoch should be investigated MORE: Nadler was planning on a vote to hold Barr in contempt but is now holding off because of the Justice Department's cooperation. 



Nadler's actions had "done little to appease a small faction of fellow Democrats frustrated with his overall strategy dealing with a recalcitrant Trump administration."



The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing titled, "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes." Details and livestream:

Including testimony from a Watergate lawyer: John Dean, a former White House counsel for President Nixon who was pivotal during the Watergate scandal, will testify during the hearing today. 

Reaction from Trump this morning: "The Dems were devastated -- after all this time and money spent ($40,000,000), the Mueller Report was a disaster for them. But they want a Redo, or Do Over. They are even bringing in @CNN sleazebag attorney John Dean. Sorry, no Do Overs -- Go back to work!"



"- 2/3 are Progressive Caucus members

- Half of Judiciary Committee

- 17 CBC members

- 11 members of Pelosi's California delegation

- 9 here during Clinton impeachment in '98

- 5 committee chairs" 

Details from The Hill's Cristina Marcos:



Via CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb


It's a rainy Monday in D.C. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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First day on the job:
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) started in his new role as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today.

Why Cuccinelli was a controversial pick: "The former Virginia attorney general ... could face a rocky road to confirmation should Trump nominate him to lead USCIS on a permanent basis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Republicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Mattis warns 'ISIS will resurge' without U.S. pressure on Syria MORE (R-Ky.) has long opposed Cuccinelli, dating back to his effort to oust the top Senate Republican in 2014 as head of the anti-establishment Senate Conservatives Fund."


How easy is it to order a custom "...or else I will impose tariffs" button? 

Asking for a friend:
This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE threatened to impose tariffs on China if Chinese President Xi Jinping does not attend the Group of 20 (G-20) summit later this month.

The tariffs: The imposed tariffs would be on $300 billion in Chinese goods.

These aren't the first tariffs: "The president raised tariffs on roughly $200 billion in Chinese goods last month after trade talks collapsed, prompting Beijing to increase tariffs on around $60 billion in U.S. imports." 

What this could mean for the economy: "The tit-for-tat has rattled financial markets worried about the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies spiraling out of control. The additional tariffs, if Trump imposes them, would cover nearly all Chinese imports and could dramatically raise consumer prices."


No longer going into effect today:

On Friday evening, President Trump announced that his administration has reached an immigration deal with Mexico, dropping his threat to impose a 5 percent tariff.

Trump tweeted on Friday: "I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended." 

The U.S.-Mexico deal: "Mexico has agreed to deploy its national guard throughout the country to help apprehend migrants and fight gangs, boost intelligence sharing with the U.S. and allow the U.S. to deport migrants seeking asylum to Mexico to await adjudication."



President Trump praised Mexico this morning, tweeting, "Now with our new deal, Mexico is doing more for the USA on Illegal Immigration than the Democrats. In fact, the Democrats are doing NOTHING, they want Open Borders, which means Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Crime." 



Cough, cough, co-DROP OUT-ugh, cough

^ Nah, I didn't hear Democrats saying anything.:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Democrats are hoping that a few 2020 presidential candidates drop out and run for the Senate.

Who specifically: Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg pushes back on O'Rourke threat to strip religious institutions of tax-exempt status O'Rourke raises .5 million in third quarter Conservatives slam Beto O'Rourke over threat to tax-exempt status for religious organizations MORE (Texas), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster 2020 Presidential Candidates Krystal Ball: Yang campaign a 'triumph of substance over the theatre' MORE.

Why those three candidates: All three could give their states' Senate GOP incumbents a run for their money. Without those states, Democrats have a slim chance at taking the Senate majority in 2020 or 2022. 



Government funding: The House is expected to vote on a "minibus" bill on Wednesday, the first of 12 appropriations packages.  

The Mueller report: The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today, "Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes."

Medicare for All: The House Ways and Means Committee has a hearing on the progressive "Medicare for All" plan this Wednesday. 

The border: "Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week as Senate Republicans push to pass emergency funding for the U.S.-Mexico border."

Nominations: "The Senate will take up six district judicial nominations: Sarah Daggett Morrison for the southern district of Ohio, Pamela Barker for the northern district of Ohio, Corey Landon Maze for the northern district of Alabama, Rodney Smith for the southern district of Florida, Thomas Barber for the middle district of Florida and Jean-Paul Boulee for the northern district of Georgia. Senators will also vote on David Stilwell to be an assistant secretary of State and Edward Crawford to be the U.S. ambassador to Ireland." 

Context and details for each from The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke and Jordain Carney:



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Even the D.C. Council is calling us nerdy:



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The House and Senate meet later today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participated in a commissioning ceremony for Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 MORE as ensign in the U.S. Navy. 

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

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting.

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

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a meeting on MLB's efforts to combat human trafficking.

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

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with the 103rd Indianapolis 500 champions, Team Penske, in the Oval Office.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate has votes. 

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

8 a.m. EDT Tuesday: The Hill is hosting an event, "Affordable Housing & the American Dream." Details:



5 p.m. EDT: The House Rules Committee holds a vote related to the subpoenas of Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahnLivestream:

6:30 p.m. EDT: "NBC Nightly News" interviews Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Sanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption MORE (I-Vt.) for a new series, "My Big Idea." 



Today is National Iced Tea Day.


Pam and Jim, stop fighting!!: 

Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly on "The Office," is rooting for the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final and trolled her former TV husband John Krasinski (Jim Halpert) with a tweet on Saturday.

Jenna Fischer tweeted: "Uh oh. @johnkrasinski Looks like Pam might be going home with Stanley. Who would have guessed! #StanleyCup #LetsGoBlues"

So Krasinksi tweeted back: "Wow... this is how you wanna play this Fischer?... ok. Game ON! #BruinsIn7 #StanleyCup"

Keep in mind: The Boston Bruins won last night and forced a Game 7 on Wednesday.


And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here's a puppy still working on the mechanics of using stairs: