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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats sue over Trump tax returns | Trump tells Mueller to 'stick to the report' in testimony | Trump getting tanks for Fourth of July celebration | Hickenlooper shakes up campaign | Latest fundraising numbers | Sanders pulls in $24M | Trump, RNC raise $105M | Harris gains support from Black Caucus | Detention center controversy intensifies | Pelosi, Schumer relationship put to the test | Conservative justices surprise votes this term | Doctored Bernie video goes viral | Chick-fil-A manager saves choking kid


IN 2020 NEWS

Hickenlooper is making his campaign an open relationship:

Via CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Eric Bradner and Dan Merica, Presidential candidate John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE is shaking up his presidential campaign following last week's debate and the end of the second-quarter fundraising deadline.

Hickenlooper told staff: "Hickenlooper told staffers they were free to pursue other opportunities if they chose, saying he couldn't guarantee how long their campaign jobs would last." 

Who has left: Hickenlooper's campaign manager, finance director and spokeswoman. 

Is Hickenlooper dropping out?: No, according to a senior Democrat who spoke to Hickenlooper last night. But he will reassess after July's presidential primary debate, according to CNN.


Cash money:

-- Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' MORE (I-Vt.) raised $18 million in the second quarter of his presidential campaign. Oh and: Sanders transferred an additional $6 million from other campaign accounts, for a combined $24 million haul.

For some context: South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOn The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE's campaign raised a staggering $24.8 million in the second quarter.

-- President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that they had raised $105 million in the second quarter.


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Air Force Two turns around:

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration 'Mike Pounce' trends on Twitter after Trump slip at GOP retreat Pence extends olive branch to Cummings after Trump's Baltimore attacks MORE just abruptly canceled his planned trip to Manchester, N.H. to return to Washington, D.C.

Why: For an unspecified emergency.

Pence's scheduled trip: Pence was scheduled to meet with former patients of the Granite Recovery Center in Salem, N.H., for an event on opioids.



Late this morning -- the battle over Trump's taxes never ends:

Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda, House Democrats filed a lawsuit over the Trump administration's refusal to hand over President Trump's tax returns.


What happens next, via The New York Times's Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage:

"The lawsuit moves the dispute into federal courts after months of sniping between the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee, which requested and then subpoenaed the returns, and the Treasury secretary, Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump called out for 'my favorite dictator' while awaiting Egyptian leader at summit: report Romney opposes Trump taking executive action to reduce capital gains taxes Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE. The outcome is likely to determine whether financial information that Mr. Trump -- breaking with longstanding tradition -- has kept closely guarded as a candidate and as president will be viewed by Congress and, ultimately, by the public." 


It's like seeing mom and dad fight:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Mike Lillis, the rare disunity between Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall Pelosi: 'People are dying' because McConnell won't bring up gun legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) after disagreements with emergency border aid is raising questions about their relationship. 

What started the disunity: "The wheels started turning when Schumer became one of 33 Democrats to vote for the bipartisan Senate bill, even though Pelosi had let Senate negotiators know that she wanted to make important changes to the legislation." 

The full story with the border vote that caused some tension:



Got it, Bob?:

Two weeks away from former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE's congressional testimony, President Trump said Mueller "must" stick to his report's findings.

Trump tweeted: "Robert Mueller is being asked to testify yet again. He said he could only stick to the Report, & that is what he would and must do. After so much testimony & total transparency, this Witch Hunt must now end. No more Do Overs. No Collusion, No Obstruction. The Great Hoax is dead!"



Tank u, next:

President Trump announced that this year's Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., will feature military tanks.

In Trump's words: "We're going to have some tanks stationed outside. You've got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas." 

Keep in mind -- the D.C. council does not support this: The council tweeted, "We have said it before, and we'll say it again: Tanks, but no tanks."

Photo of the tanks on their way: They're on the train tracks!



Here is a list of road closures and security measures in Washington, D.C., for the Fourth of July celebration:




The Supreme Court is keeping us on our toes: 
Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen, "The Supreme Court is settling into its new conservative majority, but rulings from the recently wrapped-up term show that right-leaning justices don't see eye-to-eye on some of the highest-profile cases."

Which justices have unpredictably sided with liberal justices on some occasions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Gorsuch: 'We're not nine robots, we're nine judges' Gorsuch describes Ginsburg's 'warm welcome' to him when he joined Supreme Court MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration The crosshairs of extremism  New York City to end ban on gay conversion therapy to avoid Supreme Court fight MORE.

A few examples: "Roberts came through as the swing vote in the ruling against adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, while Gorsuch twice in the court's final week joined the liberal bloc to strike down criminal statutes. Kavanaugh similarly raised eyebrows earlier in the term when he ruled against Apple in an antitrust case that caused some of the country's staunchest conservatives to question his loyalty to the president who appointed him." 

What this could mean for future cases:




Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro attack shines spotlight on Biden's age CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October Poll: College students say Warren won third Democratic debate MORE (D-N.J.) unveiled a plan to "virtually eliminate" immigrant detention centers if he is elected president. "He would also end the use of for-profit detention facilities, limit the amount of time immigrants spend in detention centers and ensure immigrants get better access to legal counsel."


Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate The crosshairs of extremism  On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE IS GAINING BLACK CAUCUS SUPPORT: 

"Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) moved past former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenEric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden says he'll release medical records before primaries MORE in the early race for 2020 endorsements from Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members after her strong performance in the first primary debate earned her the support of two new lawmakers." Keep in mind: CBC endorsements are critical for Democratic candidates.



OK, I laughed:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) posted a doctored video of him scaring President Trump. Keep in mind: The video is clearly not trying to be realistic.



Getting traction:

Full size photos:



The House and Senate are out this week. President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

Today: Vice President Pence was scheduled to travel to Manchester, N.H. but just abruptly canceled the trip.

July 17: Special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.



7 p.m. EDT: Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke: Texans have told me they're fine giving up their AR-15s Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers ramp up Silicon Valley antitrust probe | Treasury sanctions North Korean cyber groups | Thiel to host Kobach fundraiser Tomi Lahren apologizes for 'way remarks came out' on border, Second Amendment MORE (D-Texas) attends a house party in Ames, Iowa. Livestream:



Today is National Anisette Day.


Chick-fil-A, raising the bar, as per usual:

A Chick-fil-A manager jumped through the drive-thru window to help a choking 6-year-old boy.

19-year-old manager Logan Simmons "said that once he got to the car, he saw that the boy's seat belt was tangled around his neck. Simmons used his pocketknife to cut the boy free, saving his life." 

Watch the surveillance video:


And to bright your Tuesday afternoon, here is "the highest stick to dog ratio I've ever seen":