The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions

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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

 

GETTING TRACTION

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." http://bit.ly/31Ra1Vr

Which officials' documents were leaked: "Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD watchdog finds no misconduct by Carson in furniture controversy: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump ousts Bolton; GOP exhales after win in NC On The Money: Senate spending talks go off the rails | Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act | Majority in poll see recession on the way MORE, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsAmerica's cyber blind spot 2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft Pompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit MORE, Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump awards Medal of Valor, civilian honors to responders in Dayton and El Paso shootings Trump administration fines Michigan State University .5M in Larry Nassar case Government watchdog finds expanded student loan forgiveness program still rejecting most applicants MORE, Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE, Don McGahn, Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTrump awards Medal of Valor, civilian honors to responders in Dayton and El Paso shootings Democrats ask Chao to promote airline price competition Trump administration takes step to relax truck driver time regulations MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump needs a national security adviser who 'speaks softly' US could deploy 150 troops to Syria: report Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' MORE, John BoltonJohn BoltonLiz Cheney says world is more stable, 'safer' under Trump Bolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran Trump needs a national security adviser who 'speaks softly' MORE, Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyNOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Democrats ramp up calls to investigate NOAA MORE, Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyCan Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months South Carolina GOP appears to violate own rules in canceling primary for Trump MORE, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonPompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE, Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: 2020 Democrats roll out climate plans ahead of CNN forum | Trump blasts CNN for 'ignoring' facts | Officials roll back Obama-era lightbulb rules | Dem contenders split over nuclear energy Trump administration rolls back Obama-era lightbulb rules In defense of Karamo Brown, and civility MORE, Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerOn The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead MORE, Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks BLM issues final plan for reduced Utah monument New policy at Interior's in-house watchdog clamps down on interactions with press MORE, Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year Trump administration to repeal waterway protections The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks 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': http://bit.ly/31Ra1Vr

 

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JUST NOW

Trump imposes new Iran sanctions:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE just announced new sanctions against Iran after the county shot down a U.S. drone last week. http://bit.ly/31VD5LF

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." 

  

IN THE SUPREME COURT

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. http://bit.ly/31S1iCo

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: http://bit.ly/31QP9h4

HOW TO FOLLOW THE REMAINING DECISIONS: 

Here are SCOTUSblog's live updates: http://bit.ly/31U8zl1

 

Rulings this morning:

GORSUCH SIDED WITH THE LIBERAL JUSTICES ON A GUN LAW:

"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." http://bit.ly/2Yj9J7m

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 COURT RULED AGAINST A NEWSPAPER:

"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." http://bit.ly/2Y9vtTb

THE COURT WON'T HEAR TARIFFS CASE:

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." http://bit.ly/31OBpmU

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

Bernie SandersBernie SandersGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate 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. http://bit.ly/2YijxyR

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." 

 

IT'S A DEBATE WEEK

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." http://bit.ly/31SS1tB

How so: "Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate 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: http://bit.ly/31SS1tB

 

DEBATE LOGISTICS:

Here's everything you need to know for Wednesday and Thursday's debates: http://bit.ly/31QPC2U

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Protect yourself:

This morning, President Trump called on foreign countries to protect their own oil tankers. http://bit.ly/2YhYhcx

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!" http://bit.ly/2YhZmkB

 

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

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 ConwayO'Rourke's debate moment reignites gun debate on Sunday shows Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Conway: Trump keeping 'many options on the table' on Iran retaliation, meeting with Iranian leaders MORE for alleged Hatch Act violations. http://bit.ly/31RKGL2

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: http://bit.ly/31TjhZe

 

THIS MORNING -- KELLYANNE RESPONDS TO THE ALLEGED HATCH ACT VIOLATONS:

Kellyanne Conway responded to allegations that she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, which prevents officials from weighing in on elections in their official capacity. http://bit.ly/31Uc9vM

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." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

This is a pretty interesting list: 

 

 

ON TAP:

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: http://bit.ly/31TnOec

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. 

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/31Ooku1

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 — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Poll finds Trump vulnerable on health care in battleground states | HHS must respond to petition on abortion referral ban by Thursday | Wyden presses health officials about CBD regulations Lawmakers map out path forward on Medicare Part D The Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiLawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator Lobbying World House bill would make World Cup funds contingent on equal pay MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2WJsnYC

Friday–Saturday: The Group of 20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Details: http://bit.ly/31RWInG

 

WHAT TO WATCH

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs an executive order to make health care prices more transparent. Details: https://on.wsj.com/31Q3zxT Livestream: http://bit.ly/31QqUQ7

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2YbPngk

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: http://bit.ly/31NT6D3

 

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here are two corgis falling in love: http://bit.ly/31JYl6Z