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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fallout from Trump's Asia trip | Trump takes gamble on North Korea | Strategy carries 2020 risks | Democrats criticize North Korea visit | Biden faces skepticism in Iowa | Second quarter fundraising numbers -- Buttigieg raises over $24M | Poll shows Harris tied for third after debate | Supreme Court of Canada's owl mascot turns 10 | Clyburn tells turtle jokes for International Joke Day



One small step for man. One giant firestorm for the U.S.: 

Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE became the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea during a meet and greet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war: report Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the new nuclear danger Kim: North Korea's nuclear weapons will prevent war MORE

What came out of the meeting: Trump said the U.S. and North Korea agreed to "designate a team" and "work out some details" for negotiation to end the country's nuclear program. 

Trump told reporters: "Speed is not the object. We want to see if we can do a really comprehensive, good deal. This was a great day. This was a very legendary, very historic day ... It'll be even more historic if something comes up, something very important."





From The New York Times's Michael Crowley and David E. Sanger in Seoul, South Korea: "From a seemingly fanciful tweet to a historic step into North Korean territory, President Trump's largely improvised third meeting on Sunday with Kim Jong-unKim Jong UnHiroshima, Nagasaki, and the new nuclear danger Kim: North Korea's nuclear weapons will prevent war The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Angie Craig says we need an equitable distribution plan for an eventual vaccine that reaches all communities; Moderna vaccine enters phase 3 trial in US today MORE, the North Korean leader, was a masterpiece of drama, the kind of made-for-TV spectacle that Mr. Trump treasures."


How 2020 Democrats reacted:

Democrats running for president slammed President Trump for stepping onto North Korean soil.

From Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report MORE's campaign spokesman Andrew Bates: "President Trump's coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways he's diminishing us on the world stage and subverting our values as a nation."

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) said on ABC's "This Week with George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosMeadows defends US COVID-19 testing amid criticism Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days' Mary Trump's book sells 950,000 copies in preorders alone MORE": "The concern here is his incredible inconsistencies. I have no problem with him sitting down with Kim Jong Un in North Korea or any place else. But I don't want it simply to be a photo opportunity, the whole world's media was attracted there."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted: "Our President shouldn't be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator. Instead, we should be dealing with North Korea through principled diplomacy that promotes US security, defends our allies, and upholds human rights."

Reactions from other 2020 Democrats:


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How Trump's Asia trip is high risk, high reward for the 2020 presidential election:

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, "But by resuming his efforts to strike trade and nuclear deals with China and North Korea, respectively, Trump is also raising expectations that he can produce results, meaning the fall could be much steeper if talks break down once again during the 2020 campaign season."

Op-ed: Via The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University's Sung-Yoon Lee



The Group of 20 summit photo: The Washington Post's David Nakamura tweeted, "This G-20 family photo on front page of the Japan Times is kind of amazing. Wait for it." Photo:

Video of Trump's helicopter landing in the DMZ:



New fundraising numbers:

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE raised $24.8 million from more than 400,000 donors in the second quarter of 2019. 

Watch Buttigieg announcing those totals on Twitter:




What's a gaffe here and there between friends?:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson in Boone, Iowa, "former Vice President Joe Biden plans to mount an ambitious on-the-ground team in the months before Iowa caucusgoers choose a candidate, even as some skeptical Democratic activists raise questions over his centrist policies and pledge to return to an earlier age of civility."

Keep in mind -- Biden is still the front-runner: "Though Biden leads in public polls in Iowa, he is a most precarious front-runner. He is universally well-known among Democrats who will attend February's caucuses, but his support has fallen by one-third in a benchmark survey, suggesting voters are looking elsewhere among the crowded field of White House hopefuls." 



According to a new Morning Consult poll, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Harris, Ocasio-Cortez push climate equity bill with Green New Deal roots Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Calif.) is tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Other key numbers: Former Vice President Joe Biden is still in first, but his lead has dropped post-debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has remained in second. The full poll:



The Supreme Court of Canada has a mascot -- I just thought you deserved to know:

Backstory of the mascot (and more photos!) if you don't believe me:


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The House and Senate are out this week. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs the Taxpayer First Act in the Oval Office. 

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Today is National Gingersnap Day. Today is also International Joke Day


Buh dum pchhh:

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) tweeted, "Not everyone knows this but I have an affinity for turtles. So for #InternationalJokeDay, I decided to tell a few turtle jokes." Video of Rep. Clyburn telling turtle jokes -- no, seriously:


Um, what?:

Via DCist, "Yes, The Water Bar Is Real, And It Might Just Be The Beginning Of The Luxury Water Wave In D.C."


And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here's a video from the Orlando, Fla., Police Department showing a young driver operating a vehicle without the proper paperwork: ;)