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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 CarsonBen Carson notes reveal he's 'not happy' with White House official: report Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters State AGs condemn HUD rule allowing shelters to serve people on basis of biological sex MORE, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump, Biden renew push for Latino support Former Intel chief had 'deep suspicions' that Putin 'had something on Trump': book MORE, Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosSpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report NEA president says Azar and DeVos should resign over school reopening guidance The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now MORE, Gary CohnGary David CohnGary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November Kushner says 'Alice in Wonderland' describes Trump presidency: Woodward book Former national economic council director: I agree with 50 percent of House Democrats' HEROES Act MORE, Don McGahn, Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoChick-fil-A drops fight for San Antonio airport location Overnight Defense: US marks 19th anniversary of 9/11 attacks | Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger for hostage rescue mission | Bahrain, Israel normalizing diplomatic ties Trump marks 9/11 with moment of silence on Air Force One, remarks in PA MORE, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, James MattisJames Norman MattisBiden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Trump says he wanted to take out Syria's Assad but Mattis opposed it Gary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November MORE, John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales MORE, Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOn The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security Blockchain trade group names Mick Mulvaney to board Mick Mulvaney to start hedge fund MORE, Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) Haley'The soul' versus 'law and order' Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' GOP lobbyists pleasantly surprised by Republican convention MORE, Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonGary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November Kushner says 'Alice in Wonderland' describes Trump presidency: Woodward book Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention MORE, Rick PerryRick PerryEnergy secretary questions consensus that humans cause climate change OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs major conservation bill into law | Senate votes to confirm Energy's No. 2 official | Trump Jr. expresses opposition to Pebble Mine project MORE, Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerWhiskey, workers and friends caught in the trade dispute crossfire GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 MORE, Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeTrump extends Florida offshore drilling pause, expands it to Georgia, South Carolina Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention Trump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet MORE, Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittJuan Williams: Swamp creature at the White House Science protections must be enforceable Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention 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 TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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 SandersSirota reacts to report of harassment, doxing by Harris supporters Republicans not immune to the malady that hobbled Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election 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 BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida 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 ConwaySpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report George and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death 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 GuthrieIgnore the misinformation: The FDA will ensure the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine House Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Hillicon Valley: Tech giants poised to weather coronavirus damage | Record Facebook-FTC deal approved | Bipartisan 5G bill introduced MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiDemocratic lawmaker calls telehealth expansion the 'silver lining' of pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report: Delegates stage state-centric videos for the roll call Overnight Health Care: Obama leans into Trump criticism on coronavirus | CDC gives 3-month window for COVID-19 immunity 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: