The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN

--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.

 

The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Breaking: DNC debate lineups | Biden, Sanders, Harris to share stage | Warren to appear other night | Trump does damage control on election interference remarks | GOP in tough spot | Dems skeptical of polls showing Biden landslide | Trump says he won’t fire Conway despite Hatch Act | Why Centrist Dems are wary of $15 minimum wage | New outdoor DC food market | National Strawberry Shortcake Day

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

When you’ve dug yourself into a hole...

Just keep digging, digging, digging:

In an attempt to do damage control, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE clarified his comments about not committing to contacting the FBI if a foreign power offered damaging information on a political opponent. http://bit.ly/2MK1uQy

Trump’s latest comments — he was asked what he would do if he were given that information: “If I was, and of course you have to look at it because if you don’t look at it you’re not going to know if it’s bad. How are you going to know if it’s bad? But, of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. But of course you do that, you couldn’t have that happen with our country and everybody understands that.” https://washex.am/2KjmjR0  

 

WHY THIS PUTS TRUMP IN A TOUGH SPOT WITH REPUBLICANS: 

“Republicans were left shaking their heads Thursday over what many of them saw as a sloppy gaffe by the president, who didn’t appear to understand that what he was suggesting was against the law. Several GOP lawmakers quickly denounced Trump’s comments, hoping to bury them and allow the controversy to blow over as soon as possible.” https://washex.am/2KjmjR0

Including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? Trump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' MORE (R-S.C.), a frequent defender of the president: Graham said he had to explain to Trump over the phone that accepting campaign help from a foreign country is a violation of the law. 

In Graham’s words: “What the president is saying is, ‘I didn’t say I’d take it.’ I said, ‘Well, Mr. President, here’s what the law is.’ You’ll have a conversation with somebody that’s pulling for you or wants to help you, you can say, ‘No you can’t, you’re not an American citizen.’ ... If somebody is trying to give you documents from a foreign government, you can’t take them.” https://washex.am/2KjmjR0

 

MORE REACTIONS:

From former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE: "President Trump is once again welcoming foreign interference in our elections. This isn’t about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy.” http://bit.ly/2MNtaEi

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Congressional Award — a beacon of hope  McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (R-Utah): Romney said it would “be wrong and unthinkable that any candidate for president would accept such information” that might influence an election from foreign sources. http://bit.ly/2ZjcDt8

 

It’s Friday! Today is President Trump’s 73rd birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. President! 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.

 

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily: http://bit.ly/2kjMNnn 

 

 

BREAKING

The lineup for the first DNC debate:

Yesterday, the Democratic National Committee announced the 20 presidential candidates who have qualified for the first primary debate. NBC just did a random selection to split the top tier candidates int two nights. https://cnn.it/2ZvR74x

Night one: Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use MORE, Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE, Beto O’Rourke, Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use MORE, John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE, Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Overnight Defense: Trump doubles down on claim Iran attacked tankers | Iran calls accusations 'alarming' | Top nuke official quietly left Pentagon | Pelosi vows Congress will block Saudi arms sale MORE, Julian CastroJulian CastroJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE, Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE, Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioPoll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE and Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleePoll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Debunking Democrats' claims about fossil fuel tax breaks MOREhttp://bit.ly/2IePhz3 

Night two: Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE, Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE, Joe Biden, Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE, Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE, Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonJuan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup MORE, Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell2020 Democrat: Trump is a national security risk 2020 Democrat: Trump is a national security risk Campaign dads fit fatherhood between presidential speeches MORE, Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Trump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law MORE, Andrew YangAndrew Yang2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters Juan Williams: Trump's incredible shrinking GOP MORE and John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperPoll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate MOREhttp://bit.ly/2IePhz3

The candidates who did not qualify: Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockBullock posts video of #dadjokes for Father's Day Bullock posts video of #dadjokes for Father's Day Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate MOREMassachusetts Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg to debate; Warren on separate night MORE and Miramar, Fla. Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg to debate; Warren on separate night MORE

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

She stays.:

During an interview on “Fox & Friends” this morning, President Trump said he is not firing White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump's 2020 campaign strategy is to be above the law Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act MORE for violating the Hatch Act. http://bit.ly/2Zns3wj

In Trump’s words: “No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a terrific person.” 

Trump also said: “It looks to me they’re trying to take away her right from free speech and that’s just not fair.” 

 

BACK STORY:

Yesterday, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) submitted a 17-page report to the White House with findings that Kellyanne Conway repeatedly violated the Hatch Act. http://bit.ly/2IdOCxJ

What is the Hatch Act?: It bans federal employees from using their official role to help or hurt political campaigns.  

How she violated the Hatch Act: By “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity” in more than half a dozen television interviews and tweets, according to the report.

How the White House is defending Conway: The White House argues that the OSC applied the law too broadly and that her actions are within her First Amendment rights.

  

IN CONGRESS

$15 may not be the magic number everywhere:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Niv Elis, as House Democrats move forward with a bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour, 29 Democrats — mostly centrist — have concerns about the measure. http://bit.ly/2RgnuRI

Their concerns: The major boost in a short period of time could have negative effects in rural areas. 

For example — from Rep. Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage push MORE (D-Minn.): “I am concerned about the fact that $15 is an arbitrary number that means a lot more in certain parts of the country than it does another. I believe there are better mechanisms by which we can ensure that by providing incentives to enterprises who take better care of people.” 

Timing of the bill: House Democrats are hoping to bring the bill to the floor in July and say they are close to the 218 votes needed.

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Whoa, Republicans and Democrats agree on something

Did we not learn anything about the polls in 2016?!:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “Democrats and Republicans alike are skeptical of early polls predicting a landslide victory for Democrat Joe Biden over President Trump on Election Day 2020.” http://bit.ly/2F6xojR

Both sides have come to the same conclusion: “Both sides think a close race in 2020 is likely and that surveys showing Biden and other Democrats with huge leads aren’t likely to reflect Election Day’s reality.” 

From a Democratic pollster: “Anyone who believes that the Democratic candidate is headed for a landslide victory right now is doomed to repeat the tragic history of 2016. It’s a fundamental mistake for anyone to believe that reality can be projected or predicted based on these polls this far out from the general election.”

Yeah but not all pollsters agree — from another Democratic pollster: “We are beyond the ‘grain of salt’ phase on these polls. These are not just small leads for Biden against Trump. They are substantial and confirmed in key states. While polls may move around they are relevant in that it shows Trump’s weakness in getting reelected. He has lost key support that he had at the end of 2016 and there is no denying that.”

How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2F6xojR

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Lol

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoU.S. releases new photos purporting to show Iran was behind tanker attack U.S. releases new photos purporting to show Iran was behind tanker attack Tensions with Iran reach new stage over uranium threat MORE.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates MORE.

Today: The 244th birthday of the U.S. Army. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2X6ca03

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 GuthrieOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2WJsnYC

 

SPONSORED CONTENT - PRESENTED BY MAPRx

President Trump and Congress have an opportunity to help strengthen the popular Medicare Part D program by placing an affordable cap on the out-of-pocket costs people on Medicare pay for prescriptions. Click for more on capping Part D.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump gives a speech on health care for small businesses. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2MLprHe

6:30 p.m. EDT: "NBC Nightly News" interviews former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro for the series "My Big Idea."

Sunday morning: Sound Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Hillicon Valley: GOP senator wants one agency to run tech probes | Huawei expects to lose B in sales from US ban | Self-driving car bill faces tough road ahead | Elon Musk tweets that he 'deleted' his Twitter account Scalise: I'm glad the administration is taking aggressive cybersecurity action MORE (R-La.) will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Lobster Day!

 

Filming in D.C. this weekend:

Expect road closures in downtown Washington, D.C., this weekend for the filming of a TV miniseries. Sooo, what’s the show?: The name of the project has not been released yet. Details and a list of road closures: http://bit.ly/2KjPEe8

 

Opening tomorrow: 

Via DCist, “Smorgasburg, an outdoor food market billing itself as the world’s largest, opens in D.C.’s Navy Yard on Saturday, offering a weekly platform to a swath of food entrepreneurs. More than 30 food entrepreneurs have signed on to prepare their meals in booths onsite at the free, family friendly Smorgasburg DC running every Saturday at least through October.” Details and a list of food vendors: http://bit.ly/2IKiDEm

 

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here is the most chill alpaca: http://bit.ly/2WGYtFj