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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 Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFormer US intel official says Trump would often push back in briefings Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter MORE, Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosGOP set for all-out battle over Michigan Senate seat 'Can I get a ride?' Removing an obstacle for families using school choice DeVos should be applauded, not demonized, for her work in education MORE, Gary CohnGary David CohnGary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Trump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs MORE, Don McGahn, Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoLobbying world Democratic chairman presses Transportation secretary over transparency in Boeing 737 Max probe Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, James MattisJames Norman MattisThreatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court MORE, John BoltonJohn BoltonThe key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel Beyond the myth of Sunni-Shia wars in the Middle East The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment of Trump resumes MORE, Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyFox's Napolitano says obstruction 'easiest' impeachment offense for Democrats The key impeachment hearings are before an appeals court, not the House Judiciary panel Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number MORE, Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump: Kellyanne Conway 'must have done some bad things' to 'crazy' husband Trump says Pence will remain on 2020 ticket: 'He's our man 100 percent' Tillerson: Using American aid for 'some kind of personal gain [is] wrong' MORE, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonReport: Trump UK ambassador fired deputy for mentioning Obama in speech Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo's ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US 'intervention' against cartels Pompeo-Trump relationship tested by impeachment inquiry MORE, Rick PerryRick PerryMellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Energy: Critics call EPA air guidance 'an industry dream' | New Energy secretary says Trump wants to boost coal | EPA looks to speed approval of disputed industry pollution permits Don't count out Michael Bloomberg — his unconventional strategy might work MORE, Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerPelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 Pelosi sounds hopeful on new NAFTA deal despite tensions with White House On 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 MORE, Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight 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 Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE, Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittIs Big Oil feeling the heat? Overnight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging EPA delays advisers' review of 'secret science' rules 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 TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report 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 SandersGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa Saagar Enjeti unpacks why Kamala Harris's campaign didn't work 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 BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans 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 ConwayGeorge Conway calls out Melania Trump after she criticizes impeachment witness: 'You're amplifying what was a nothingburger reference' Trump: Democrats' impeachment 'performance' is 'unpatriotic' George Conway quote-tweets Kellyanne Conway on Trump, Biden, Ukraine 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 GuthrieShimkus announces he will stick with plan to retire after reconsidering Hillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact House bill aims to secure telecom networks against foreign interference MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Blood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Hillicon Valley: Tech grapples with California 'gig economy' law | FCC to investigate Sprint over millions in subsidies | House bill aims to protect telecom networks | Google wins EU fight over 'right to be forgotten' | 27 nations sign cyber rules pact 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: