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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 HickenlooperCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Republicans uncomfortably playing defense Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements 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 SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic 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 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's campaign raised a staggering $24.8 million in the second quarter.

-- President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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 PencePence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Students at school system Pence called 'forefront' of reopening now in quarantine Presidential debates demonstrate who has what it takes 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 MnuchinNavarro, Mnuchin clashed in front of Trump in Oval Office over TikTok: WaPo Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter 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 PelosiPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Trump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief Postal Service says it lost .2 billion over three-month period 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 GorsuchBiden needs to bring religious Americans into the Democratic fold McConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report 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 BookerSenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Ex-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets 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 HarrisBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down MORE IS GAINING BLACK CAUCUS SUPPORT: 

"Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) moved past former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections 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'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump 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":