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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Dems await deadline to qualify for first debate | Biden, Trump trade jabs in Iowa | Trump slams 'fake polling' showing Biden ahead | Trump Jr. back before Congress | Trump exerts executive privilege over census docs | House panel gets new powers to investigate Trump | Uber shows off air taxis in DC | National Peanut Butter Cookie Day  

 

IN CONGRESS

Happening this morning -- Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE is in da ... Senate: 

Donald Trump Jr. met with the Senate Intelligence Committee today for a second time to discuss his actions during the 2016 presidential election. http://bit.ly/2ZlItFr

Asked whether he plans to change his prior testimony: Trump Jr. responded, "Nothing to correct." 

Video of Don Jr. passing reporters and cameras with his security detail before the closed-door meeting: http://bit.ly/2KK45qZ

 

MEANWHILE -- DEMS VOTE TO GIVE NEW LEGAL POWERS TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP:

The House voted along party lines to grant new powers to the House Judiciary Committee to investigate President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE

Details of the new power: "The resolution empowers the House Judiciary Committee to go before a federal court in seeking the Department of Justice's (DOJ) compliance with subpoenas for disputed materials and witness testimony." Think: Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr says he has seen 'nothing' to undercut Epstein autopsy findings Prosecutors are mainly to blame for the criminal justice crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes MORE and former White House counsel Don McGahnhttp://bit.ly/2WBwG4i

 

Blocked:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Rebecca Kheel, "Senators have locked in the votes needed for an initial move to block President Trump's Saudi arms sales, paving the way for a high-stakes veto showdown." http://bit.ly/2Ibs7to

Possibly happening next week: "The Senate is expected to take up the 22 resolutions of disapproval as soon as next week, to block each of the sales, after Trump invoked an emergency provision under the Arms Export Control Act to push through the sales without a congressional review period." 

 

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

'Thank goodness':

This morning, President Trump went off on the media following reports that internal polling showed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Giuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official MORE beating Trump in a hypothetical 2020 matchup. http://bit.ly/2ZolnOF

Trump tweeted: "The Fake News has never been more dishonest than it is today. Thank goodness we can fight back on Social Media. There [sic] new weapon of choice is Fake Polling, sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls (they suppress the numbers)." http://bit.ly/2IAmeF7

He then added: "The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and despite the phony and never ending Witch Hunt, are the best numbers WE have ever had. They reported Fake numbers that they made up & don't even exist. WE WILL WIN AGAIN!"  http://bit.ly/2IcztwY

 

TIMING -- REMEMBER THAT NYT STORY YESTERDAY ABOUT DENYING INTERNAL POLLING?:  The New York Times reported that Trump was calling allies and telling them to deny internal polling that showed him trailing Biden in key states. Trump was asked about that report yesterday: "My poll numbers are great," he said, calling polls showing him trailing "fake polls." https://nyti.ms/2Zidla0

  

That's called 'executive privilege.' Look it up.:

"President Trump has asserted executive privilege over congressionally subpoenaed documents on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday." http://bit.ly/2KLiOlE

Timing: The announcement came as a House panel is scheduled to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump administration announces deal to avert tariffs on Mexican tomatoes Huawei grappling with 'live or die moment,' founder says Ex-counterintelligence official warns Trump administration not to be shortsighted on Huawei MORE in contempt for denying congressional subpoenas by withholding documents. http://bit.ly/2KLiOlE

  

Mining near the Grand Canyon? -- This should be a fun fight:

Via The Hill's Miranda Green, "The Trump administration is signaling a renewed push to consider uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, a move that would undoubtedly ignite a political fight involving environmentalists and the mining industry." http://bit.ly/2MF4z4m

Why greens are worried: President Trump has declared uranium a critical mineral for national security purposes and the Commerce Department recommended mining reserves of uranium, which is a key component to nuclear weapons.

What critics say: "Critics question the timing of the potential reversal: The Grand Canyon is nearing its peak visitation period in the summer months, and the price of uranium is at its lowest level in more than a decade. They also argue that the recent developments underscore the close relationship between the uranium mining industry and the administration."

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Happening tonight -- find out who will get a rose:

The deadline to qualify for the first Democratic presidential primary debates is tonight at midnight. 

Details of the first debate: The first debates will be held on June 26 and June 27 -- qualifying candidates will be split into two nights. The debates will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

How the debate nights will be split: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has said it will spread out the field so there won't be a "junior" debate. The DNC will hold a random drawing on Friday morning to determine how appears on which debate night.

What candidates need to qualify: 65,000 unique donors in 20 or more states or 1 percent support in three sanctioned polls.

How many candidates will qualify: 20 of the 24 current candidates. 

When we will know the final list of 20: The DNC has not disclosed when it will announce the final qualifiers, but a source said Friday. 

The candidates who may not qualify: Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonMoulton, Stewart pen op-ed backing three-digit suicide prevention hotline 2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally' Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (Mass.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockCan Steve Bullock win? Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Sunday shows - Recession fears dominate MORE, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin Messam2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump claims support in Congress for background checks Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage MORE and former Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska).

What we know and what we don't know, via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood: http://bit.ly/2WyDlfF

 

HOW TRUMP AND BIDEN'S DUELING IOWA RALLIES WEDNESDAY WENT:

http://bit.ly/2wV3z1b

 

IN OTHER NEWS

This makes me nervous, but a little excited ... eh, mostly nervous:

Via WJLA-TV, "Uber kicks of its annual Elevate Summit which addresses the company's aerial transportation this week in D.C. ... Bell Helicopter is manufacturing the air taxi and Uber's goal is to have it operating and flying in cities by 2023." http://bit.ly/2IB6fqu

If you're in downtown D.C.: "The air taxi will be on display outside of the Reagan Building in downtown D.C." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

I feel like I'm being personally attacked: 

Side note: That cookie dough in the photo looks great. ;) 

 

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ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., meeting with the president of Poland. Vice President Pence is traveling to Billings, Mont., today.

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

Noon: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE met with the president and first lady of Poland.

1:45 p.m. EDT: The Senate will hold votes, including on five nominations. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2IFFcud

2:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence receives a briefing in Billings, Mont., on drug trafficking and substance abuse. 

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the RiverStone Health Clinic in Billings, Mont.

4:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a campaign event for Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesThe 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal 5 takeaways from combative Democratic debate GOP senator introduces resolution to formally condemn socialism MORE (R-Mont.). 

5:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a Polish American reception in the White House.

5:30 -- 7 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2F2Brhe

10 -- 11 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: The House Intelligence Committee held a hearing on lessons learned from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's Russia report. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2MIHTQW

2 p.m. EDT: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona MORE (I-Vt.) gives a speech on democratic socialism. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2WvYRla

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold a joint press conference. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2MIwII1

6:30 p.m. EDT: "NBC Nightly News" interviews Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) for a new series, "My Big Idea."

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.

  

Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope:

The protective layer of glass at the Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge on the 103rd floor shattered into thousands of pieces under peoples' feet. 

From a witness: "There was a woman with two kids and they looked really pale and scared because the floor just cracked." Umm, YEAH, I would be too!!

From Willis Tower: "The Willis Tower said no one was ever in danger, because the protective layer did what it was supposed to." 

Photo of the shattered glass: Again, nope, nope, nope, nope:  https://cbsloc.al/2wRVwSQ

 

And because there is no way for you not to smile watching this, here's a monkey meeting the vet who rescued him a year ago. I can't.: http://bit.ly/2IAs1dT

 

This post was updated at 1:28 p.m.