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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 TrumpMelania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg Trump Jr. blasts Time for choosing 'marketing gimmick' Greta Thunberg as Person of the Year White House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' 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 TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day 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 BarrHolder rips into William Barr: 'He is unfit to lead the Justice Department' Five takeaways on Horowitz's testimony on Capitol Hill Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? 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." 

 

Happy Hump Day! 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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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 BidenSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Democrat representing Pennsylvania district Trump carried plans to vote to impeach  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 RossPelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Space race is on: US can't afford congressional inaction in this critical economic sector Trump escalates fight over tax on tech giants 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 MoultonOvernight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Pentagon leaders: Trump clemencies won't affect military order and discipline Deval Patrick beefs up campaign staff MORE (Mass.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockKamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE, Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamWayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum The Memo: What the leading 2020 Dems need to do 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 TrumpTrump tweet mocking Greta Thunberg sparks backlash Biden slams Trump for criticizing Greta Thunberg: 'What kind of president bullies a teenager?' Melania Trump's 'Be Best' hashtag trends after president goes after Greta Thunberg 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 DainesBullock drops White House bid, won't run for Senate Senate approves stopgap bill to prevent shutdown Perry replacement moves closer to confirmation despite questions on Ukraine 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 MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE's Russia report. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2MIHTQW

2 p.m. EDT: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director 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.