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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump signs news sanctions on Iran | All eyes on Biden in critical week | Conway defends herself over Hatch Act allegations | Trump transition vetting docs leaked | Gorsuch sides with liberal justices against gun law | Sanders proposes nixing $1.6T in student debt | House, Senate move on competing bills over border funding | Trump to sign order on health prices | &Pizza's 'secret' menu



The White House's burn book was leaked:

"Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents leaked to 'Axios on HBO' identify a host of 'red flags' about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government."

Which officials' documents were leaked: "Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonTrump administration ending delay on over B in Puerto Rico disaster aid HUD to roll back Obama-era housing desegregation rule Trump tells California, New York to 'politely' ask him for help with homeless population MORE, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsSchiff schedules public hearing with US intel chief  Rod Rosenstein joins law and lobbying firm DHS issues bulletin warning of potential Iranian cyberattack MORE, Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosMueller investigation witness pleads guilty to child sex crime charges Proposed changes to Title IX will not solve the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses US officials say Erik Prince may have violated Venezuela sanctions: report MORE, Gary CohnGary David CohnSunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Gary Cohn says Trump's tariffs 'hurt the US' Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request MORE, Don McGahn, Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash Trump administration unveils latest guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, James MattisJames Norman MattisLawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Trump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book MORE, John BoltonJohn BoltonDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Romney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial MORE, Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial Biden campaign warns media about spreading 'malicious and conclusively debunked' claims during impeachment trial MORE, Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyIs Mike Pence preparing to resign, assume the presidency, or both? Judd Apatow urges Georgia voters to get rid of Doug Collins after 'terrorists' comment Nikki Haley: Democratic leadership, 2020 Dems are the only people mourning Soleimani death MORE, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Kudlow says Trump 'looking at' reforming law on bribing foreign officials Trump called top military brass 'a bunch of dopes and babies' in 2017: book MORE, Rick PerryRick PerrySunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Parnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Overnight Energy: Appeals court tosses kids' climate suit | California sues Trump over fracking | Oversight finds EPA appointees slow-walked ethics obligations MORE, Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerGOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House MORE, Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeEurope deepens energy dependence on Russia Overnight Energy: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks MORE, Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittEPA employees push 'bill of rights' to protect scientific integrity EPA's independent science board questions underpinnings of numerous agency rollbacks Overnight Energy: Rate of new endangered species listings falls | EPA approves use of 'cyanide bombs' to protect livestock | Watchdog says EPA didn't conduct required analyses MORE, and many others." 

For example: "Scott Pruitt, who ultimately lost his job as EPA Administrator because of serial ethical abuses and clubbiness with lobbyists, had a section in his vetting form titled 'allegations of coziness with big energy companies.'"

The full list of 'red flags':


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Trump imposes new Iran sanctions:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE just announced new sanctions against Iran after the county shot down a U.S. drone last week.

The sanctions: Trump said he "will deny the supreme leader and others access to financial instruments."

Trump said: "We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country," Trump said Monday. "I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon."

When Trump was asked whether these sanctions are retaliatory: Trump said Monday that the sanctions were "going to happen anyway." 



The final week of the Supreme Court's term:

The Supreme Court has 12 more decisions this week, including the highly anticipated ruling on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The case against adding the citizenship question: "Opponents of the citizenship question cite studies that indicate it might lead to an inaccurate population count, which would impact the data used to determine congressional representation and the allocation of federal funds to states."

The case for adding the citizenship question: "The administration ... has been steadfast in its insistence that including the question is necessary to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act." 

What to know about the 12 cases left:


Here are SCOTUSblog's live updates:


Rulings this morning:


"The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 that a federal law allowing for gun convictions relating to 'a crime of violence' was too vague."

The case: "The case involved a pair of men who were convicted on several felony robbery charges, but were also convicted under another federal statute that required significant mandatory minimum sentences for a 'crime of violence.' The men in question -- Maurice Davis and Andre Glover -- argued that the federal law was too vague. The justices on Monday were split in their decision, but ultimately sided with the men.


"The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 against a newspaper seeking records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on stores' financial data, finding that sharing the business data could harm the companies."


Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen, "The Supreme Court on Monday shut down a request to hear an appeal of a court order upholding President Trump's authority to impose steel tariffs under the scope of national security."



Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Former health insurance executive: Current system is bankrupting country MORE wants to cancel student loan debt:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled a bill this morning to cancel $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loan debt to 45 million people.

How would we pay for that?: "A Wall Street tax, which would include taxes on stock transactions, bond trades, and derivatives transactions, will pay for the legislation by collecting $2 trillion over a decade." 



No, Joe, you're not imagining it. Everyone is looking at you:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "The 2020 Democratic candidates for president are beginning the most important week of their campaigns with the front-runner looking more vulnerable than ever."

How so: "Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE has seen his poll ratings dip amid controversies over hot-button issues such as race and abortion. His responses have left many Democrats dissatisfied, sparking fresh questions about his judgment -- and about the durability of his support." 

How the 2020 field is unsettled:



Here's everything you need to know for Wednesday and Thursday's debates:



Protect yourself:

This morning, President Trump called on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers.

He tweeted: "China gets 91% of its Oil from the Straight, Japan 62%, & many other countries likewise. So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation. All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey. We don't even need to be there in that the U.S. has just become (by far) the largest producer of Energy anywhere in the world!" Trump continued. "The U.S. request for Iran is very simple -- No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror!"



With visions of s'mores and fireworks dancing in their heads:

Congress returns to Washington today to wrap up work before the Fourth of July recess. Here's what is going on:

Immigration: The House and Senate are working on competing immigration bills this week that would allocate $4.5 billion in funding for the U.S.-Mexico border. The difference in the two bills: How that $4.5 billion is spent, with the House bill including numerous restrictions on what Trump can do. Lawmakers had hoped to get the bill to President Trump's desk before leaving for recess, but that is looking unlikely.

Government funding: House Democrats are working on three government funding packages for fiscal 2020. Keep in mind: "The House action comes as the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to move any of the 12 government funding bills. Congress has until Oct. 1 to approve all of them, either individually or as a package, and prevent the second government shutdown of the year."

Election security: The House is working on a bill this week to secure U.S. elections by requiring election systems to use a voter-verified paper ballot. Yeah, but: This bill isn't expected to pass in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Hatch Act: A House committee is holding a hearing on Wednesday to decide whether to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKellyanne Conway: Martin Luther King would oppose impeaching Trump George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' White House pushes back on Parnas allegations MORE for alleged Hatch Act violations.

Defense spending: The Senate is expected to work on a bill to fund the Pentagon. 

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



Kellyanne Conway responded to allegations that she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, which prevents officials from weighing in on elections in their official capacity.

Conway said on "Fox & Friends": "You know what they're mad about? They want to put a big roll of masking tape over my mouth because I helped as the campaign manager for the successful part of the campaign ... I helped by being on television, by being on radio, I helped and they want to silence me now. This is my First Amendment right, they want to chill free speech because they don't know how to beat [Trump] at the ballot box." 



This is a pretty interesting list: 




The House is in. The Senate will meet later this afternoon. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump took a photo with the 2019 presidential scholars.

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

Noon: The House is in.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr.

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

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. 

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule today

7:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence attends the 29th annual Red, White and Blue Dinner in Baltimore.

8 a.m. EDT Tuesday: 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: Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat | House panel to examine federal marijuana policies | House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers Lawmakers express alarm over rise in cocaine overdose deaths House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers over role in crisis MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiBipartisan food allergy legislation gains ground in Congress, but the fight has only just begun Democrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Blood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP:

Friday–Saturday: The Group of 20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Details:



3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs an executive order to make health care prices more transparent. Details: Livestream:



Today is National Pralines Day!


Say whaaaaaat?!:

Via Washingtonian's Jessica Sidman, &Pizza announced a new "secret" menu featuring Cheeto and Oreo pizzas. How to access the secret menu: It can only be accessed by browsing incognito. Photos and details of the pizzas:

Where to find them: "The pies are available only at &pizza's Georgetown location (plus Astor Place in NYC) from June 24 through June 30. Look for more limited edition gimmicks as the summer continues." 

The secret menu -- don't forget to open this incognito:


And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here are two corgis falling in love: