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 



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

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!

What does the Apollo 11 landing site look like now: Via The Atlantic's Marina Koren

Never-before-seen footage: Here is footage of scientists examining moon samples for signs of life: 


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:



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:



Via The Washington Post's Scott Allen:


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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."



If you're in New York, N.Y.: Here's a list of celebrations:

Do it yourself: A mall in Staten Island has a virtual reality simulation of the landing. Details:

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

The Washington Monument looks beautiful!: The Saturn V Rocket is being projected onto the Washington Monument. Photos -- wow:

If you're in Los Angeles: Here's a list of shows and exhibitions this weekend to celebrate the landing:

Full schedule of celebrations from NASA: 


Buzz Aldrin approves!:



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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE complained about the "crazed" media coverage about the "send her back" chants at his North Carolina rally.

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:






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.

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!"



Happening Wednesday -- Mueller time:

House lawmakers are getting ready for next week's hearings with 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

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. LewandowskiHillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — FCC fines mobile carriers 0M for selling user data | Twitter verified fake 2020 candidate | Dems press DHS to complete election security report | Reddit chief calls TikTok spyware Rod Blagojevich joins app where people can pay for personalized video message The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders repeats with NH primary win, but with narrower victory MORE persuade then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings 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:



"[Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer names coronavirus czar candidates in plea to White House Democrats struggle to keep up with Trump messaging on coronavirus Schumer: Fired inspector general will be remembered as a 'hero' MORE (D-N.Y.)] to [Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle Lawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package MORE (D-N.Y.)] as they leave press conference together: 'Have fun fundraising'" (Via Politico's Burgess Everett)



Debate lineups are set:

The lineups were drawn for the next round of Democratic primary debates on July 30 and 31, hosted by CNN.


On July 30: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic MORE (D-Mass,) South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats MORE (D-Minn.), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperSenate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race Progressive challenger: How we overcame Chuck Schumer meddling MORE, former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyJohn Delaney endorses Biden Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers call for universal basic income amid coronavirus crisis Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' MORE (D-Ohio), author Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests Pelosi: 'I usually always cast my vote for a woman' Pelosi: 'We'll have a woman president' someday MORE and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockPolitics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden moves to unify party before general election Poll shows Daines, Bullock neck and neck in Montana Senate race MORE (D).


On July 31: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Biden hosts potential VP pick Gretchen Whitmer on podcast Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order The Hill's Morning Report — ,000,000,000,000: GOP unveils historic US rescue effort Gillibrand endorses Biden for president MORE (D-Hawaii), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNYC considering using parks as temporary burial sites: city councilman US attorney opposes release of inmates in DC Britain releases 4,000 inmates to curb spread of coronavirus  MORE, Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHillicon Valley: Coronavirus tracking sparks surveillance concerns | Target delivery workers plan Tuesday walkout | Federal agency expedites mail-in voting funds to states | YouTube cracks down on 5G conspiracy videos Why being connected really matters for students Democratic senator criticizes Zoom's security and privacy policies MORE (D-Colo.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Washington Gov. Jay Inselee (D) and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Andrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast MORE.





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:



*nervous laugh*:



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 TrumpMelania Trump urges Americans to wear face coverings in public Trump again tests negative for coronavirus Melania Trump speaks with Canada's first lady following her coronavirus recovery 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: 

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



This morning: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS to label white supremacist group as terrorist organization for first time Trump administration eyes Afghan security forces funding for aid cut: report Trump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad MORE gives remarks on counterterrorism at a Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Livestream:



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:


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:


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: