The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage of 'send her back' chant | How the Trump rally rattled Republicans | Biden, Harris rematch set for second Democratic debate | Lawmakers game plan for Mueller testimony | Trump taps Scalia's son for Labor chief | Apollo 11 anniversary | Where to celebrate | How a 10-year-old helped the astronauts return | East coast, Midwest suffer through brutal heat wave | National Ice Cream Day deals Sunday 

  

50 YEARS AGO NOW

'We went to the moon in 1969. That's when we made a landing that was luuuuuunar':

 http://bit.ly/2JHlcZR millennials will remember this song reference ;)

50 years ago Saturday, Neil ArmstrongBuzz Aldrin and Michael Collins became the first humans to land on the moon. https://go.nasa.gov/2JG7ruj

What time to mark their spacecraft landing on the moon: 4:17 p.m. EDT, Saturday.

Photos from inside Mission Control during the landing: These photos give me chills! https://cnn.it/2JHgAD1

What does the Apollo 11 landing site look like now: Via The Atlantic's Marina Korenhttp://bit.ly/2JDGBmx

Never-before-seen footage: Here is footage of scientists examining moon samples for signs of life: https://fxn.ws/2JHzl9s 
 

FASCINATING STORY -- HOW A 10-YEAR-OLD HELPED THE ASTRONAUTS RETURN TO EARTH:

Via NPR's "Morning Edition," "After Apollo 11 began its departure from the moon, a problem arose -- a bearing had broken in the dish antenna needed to track the ship. Without it, NASA risked losing the ability to communicate with the capsule as it approached Earth. Scrambling to find a solution, Charles [Force, a NASA official] called home, hoping that [his son] Greg's child-size dimensions could be of assistance. He asked Greg to come to the tracking station and squeeze his arm through the antenna's access hole and pack grease around the bearing." Read or listen to the full story -- wow: https://n.pr/2JGgYSj

 

IF YOU CLICK ONE THING -- WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE MISSION IN REAL-TIME:

Check out this website with audio, video and a full play-by-play of the mission. I've been tuning in to the stream all week. Listen and watch: http://bit.ly/2LSMNc1

 

'WHEN APOLLO 11 LANDED ON THE MOON, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STOOD STILL: 

Via The Washington Post's Scott Allen: https://wapo.st/2GkuXLl

  

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Yikes: The Capital Weather Gang tweeted, "Congrats DC region! The 89-90 degrees at 10a are around the hottest in the nation. We have company in Phoenix and Death Valley." http://bit.ly/2JEk2y0

  

PLACES TO CELEBRATE THE APOLLO ANNIVERSARY:

If you're in New York, N.Y.: Here's a list of celebrations: https://nyti.ms/2JGiZxR

Do it yourself: A mall in Staten Island has a virtual reality simulation of the landing. Details: http://bit.ly/2JFcJq0

If you're in Washington, D.C.: A big celebration is happening on the National Mall today and tomorrow. Here's the schedule: http://bit.ly/2JEhcck

The Washington Monument looks beautiful!: The Saturn V Rocket is being projected onto the Washington Monument. Photos -- wow: http://bit.ly/2JGPVpW

If you're in Los Angeles: Here's a list of shows and exhibitions this weekend to celebrate the landing: https://lat.ms/2JEqi8W

Full schedule of celebrations from NASA: https://go.nasa.gov/2JH1T2N 

  

Buzz Aldrin approves!:

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Soo, uhh, I'm guessing the White House holiday party for journalists isn't back on this year?:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE complained about the "crazed" media coverage about the "send her back" chants at his North Carolina rally. http://bit.ly/2JHJZgh

Trump tweeted: "It is amazing how the Fake News Media became 'crazed' over the chant 'send her back' by a packed Arena (a record) crowd in the Great State of North Carolina, but is totally calm & accepting of the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen ...  Mainstream Media, which has lost all credibility, has either officially or unofficially become a part of the Radical Left Democrat Party. It is a sick partnership, so pathetic to watch!" Read Trump's full tweets: http://bit.ly/2JHKeYJ

 

HOW FEARS OF VIOLENCE ARE GROWING:

http://bit.ly/2JHzJVr

 

HOW THE GOP WAS RATTLED BY THE TRUMP RALLY:

http://bit.ly/2JG7kyS

  

Trump taps Scalia's son for Labor secretary:

President Trump announced last night that he is nominating Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be Labor Secretary. http://bit.ly/2LZW6Xt

Trump tweeted about his pick: "Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience working with labor and everyone else. He will be a great member of an Administration that has done more in the first 2 ½ years than perhaps any Administration in history!"

  

IN CONGRESS

Happening Wednesday -- Mueller time:

House lawmakers are getting ready for next week's hearings with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE

Details of the hearings: Mueller is scheduled to first testify with the House Judiciary Committee for three hours, followed by two hours before the House Intelligence Committee. 

What to expect in the Judiciary Committee's questioning: "Committee staff told reporters Thursday that many questions will focus on five particular episodes laid out in Volume II of the report, including Trump's instruction to former White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller removed and Trump's effort to have former campaign aide Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel MORE persuade then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE to limit the investigation."

What to expect in the Intelligence Committee's questioning: "Intelligence lawmakers, on the other hand, are expected to focus on the contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia laid out in Volume I."

Don't expect too many fireworks from Mueller: Robert Mueller has said the report ~is~ his testimony, so he is not expected to say much that is not written in the report. 

What Democrats want to get out of the hearings: Democrats want Mueller to outline to the American people what he found in the report.

What Republicans want to get out of the hearings: Republicans will finally get a chance to question the investigation that plagued the Trump administration for 22 months. 

Everything we know about the upcoming hearings: http://bit.ly/2JGbh6U

 

TIDBIT -- AHH, LIFE ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL:

"[Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (D-N.Y.)] to [Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand: Rosy economic outlook not 'reflected in everyday, kitchen-table issues families are facing' Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination MORE (D-N.Y.)] as they leave press conference together: 'Have fun fundraising'" (Via Politico's Burgess Everett)  http://bit.ly/2JN9V92

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Debate lineups are set:

The lineups were drawn for the next round of Democratic primary debates on July 30 and 31, hosted by CNN. https://cnn.it/2M2HKWg

 

On July 30: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Bernie Sanders vows to go to 'war with white nationalism and racism' as president Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE (D-Mass,) South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg: We 'probably are' on cusp of recession Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (D-Minn.), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE, former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyPoll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Head of flight attendants group claims 'broad support' for 'Medicare for All' among union members MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Head of flight attendants group claims 'broad support' for 'Medicare for All' among union members 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Biden, Sanders, Warren support dips in new poll MORE and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Bullock: Putting Cuccinelli in charge of immigration 'like putting Putin in charge of election security' Kudlow: Trump 'wants to take a look' at buying Greenland MORE (D).

 

On July 31: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJoe Biden faces an uncertain path Biden: 'There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there' Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Steve King to Gillibrand: Odds of me resigning same as yours of winning presidential nomination We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment The US can't seem to live without Afghanistan 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE (D-Hawaii), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape CNN to host de Blasio, Bullock town halls MORE, Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Hickenlooper expected to end presidential bid on Thursday MORE (D-Colo.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Washington Gov. Jay Inselee (D) and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Yang: Universal basic income will free up the resources for Americans to 'work even harder' Andrew Yang promises mass pardon to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses MORE.

 

EIGHT TAKEAWAYS FROM THE LINEUPS: 

https://cnn.it/2M0ua5W

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Be careful this weekend:

The East Coast is experiencing excessive heat through early next week.

How long the heat will last -- The Weather Channel's forecast: https://wxch.nl/2LYifFL

  

NOTABLE TWEETS:

*nervous laugh*:

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. Trump heads to Bedminster, N.J., this afternoon. 

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump, first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE and Vice President Pence take a photo commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Bedminster, N.J.

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Bedminster, N.J.

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee dinner in Bedminster, N.J.

Saturday: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2O3OFRV 

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate meets next.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoLatest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong 63 killed in blast at Afghan wedding as Taliban, US negotiate troop withdrawal Trump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan MORE gives remarks on counterterrorism at a Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2JDCsit

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Daiquiri Day! And for planning purposes, Sunday is National Ice Cream Day!

To celebrate: Here's a list of ice cream deals on Sunday: http://bit.ly/2XO2ZCp

  

This kid's going places:

A police department received multiple calls about a little boy with a sign selling "ICE COLD BEER." When they arrived, they realized the word "root" was written in a small font above "beer." Photo of the police officers posing with the boy and his sign: https://cbsn.ws/2M2qqRx

 

And because this is pretty crazy, here are 10 toads escaping a storm by hitching a ride on a snake's back. This looks like the Friday afternoon Acela: http://bit.ly/2M4lFqr