The Hill's 12:30 Report: Backlash over budget deal

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Conservative backlash over budget deal | White House defends plan | What's in the two-year budget numbers | Senate confirms Esper as Pentagon chief | Dems launch messaging blitz ahead of Mueller testimony | What to know for Mueller hearings | How Mueller could leave both sides frustrated | Trump says he will watch a 'little bit' | DC bars opening early for hearings | Face of NASA mission control dies at 95 | One year until Tokyo Olympics | When pets learn to play pranks



Tbh, both sides have built this up too much in their heads:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, Mike Lillis and Morgan Chalfant, former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's testimony could easily be frustrating for both Democrats and Republicans who have been anxiously waiting to hear from him.

What Democrats want out of tomorrow's hearings: "Democrats want Mueller to breathe life into his 448-page report and demonstrate to the American public that Trump is guilty of obstructing his investigation -- a verdict Mueller's team purposely avoided in issuing its findings."

What Republicans want out of tomorrow's hearings: "Republicans will try to throw Mueller off his game, vowing to focus their questions on whether it was even proper to launch the investigation in the first place."

Why both sides may not achieve their goals: Robert Mueller has testified on Capitol Hill 88 times (!) over the course of his career and knows what he is doing. He does not want his decades-long reputation to be politicized and will be extremely careful in being nonpartisan.

I.e.: "Anyone looking for a sequel to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Graham on Syria: Trump appears 'hell-bent' on repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq MORE's testimony after he was fired by Trump in 2017 is likely to be disappointed."

What to know about Mueller's 88 trips to Capitol Hill:


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"House Democrats on Tuesday will launch an aggressive communications campaign to highlight Robert Mueller's sweeping investigation into Russian election interference just ahead of the former special counsel's appearance before Congress for a pair of hotly anticipated hearings."



The Department of Justice is getting involved: The DOJ told Mueller to limit his testimony to what is in the public report. From the DOJ:

Oh, sure I believe this: "No, I'm not going to be watching," Trump said of the testimony. "Probably, maybe I'll see a little bit of it ... I'm not going to be watching Mueller because you can't take all those bites out of the apple."



First hearing -- 8:30 a.m. EDT: Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Livestream:

Hearing location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141. Details from the Judiciary Committee's site:

Second hearing -- Noon: Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee. Livestream:

Hearing location: Also in Rayburn 2141. Details from the Intelligence Committee's site:



Here's the full Mueller report:

Or if this is more your style -- listen to the Mueller report:

10 things to watch: Via CNN's Jeremy Herb:



Obviously bars are opening early for this: Here's a list of bars in the Washington, D.C., area that are opening early for the Mueller hearings. Thanks, DCist: 




How nice of you to join:

Via Politico's Burgess Everett, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTop economic adviser warned Trump on reelection chances ahead of China truce: report The Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE is attending the Senate Republican lunch today.

Why: To sell Republicans on the budget deal he worked out with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.). 



The two-year budget deal worked out between the White House and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing strong pushback from conservatives and budget hawks. 

For example -- from Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerGOP lawmakers offer new election security measure California inspires other states to push to pay college athletes To boost minority serving institutions, bipartisan Future Act needs immediate action MORE (R-N.C.): "Our credit card is maxed out. What this budget deal does is ask the credit card company for another $320 billion in credit NOW for the chance to get paid back $75 billion in a decade. No bank would take that. American taxpayers shouldn't either." He also tweeted a gif of the Joker burning cash 

By the way: The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) estimated that this deal could add $2 trillion to deficits over the next 10 years.



From National Economic Council Director Larry KudlowLawrence (Larry) Alan KudlowMORE: "I think it's a deal that will get through. I think people are signing on -- Democrats and Republicans. It isn't everything we hoped for, but it got through the debt ceiling. That's so important."


Just now — Trump’s defense secretary is confirmed:

The Senate just voted to confirm Mark Esper as Defense Secretary.

Keep in mind: “The confirmation of Esper makes him the first Senate-approved Defense secretary since late December.” 

What to know about Esper’s confirmation:


Happening today -- pulling down the curtain:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, "The House is slated to pass legislation Tuesday to oppose the global boycott movement against Israel, a vote that will put a spotlight both on Democratic divisions and Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders Omar calls Trump hosting G-7 at Doral 'disturbing' MORE (D-Minn.)."

Where most Democrats stand: "Most Democrats in the House oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, an international campaign meant to exert pressure on Israel over treatment of the Palestinians. Critics say it would isolate and harm Israel, which retains strong support in Congress from both parties."



This looks exhausting:

The New York Times broke down how to get a photo with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE (D-Mass.) on the campaign trail.

How many pictures Warren has taken: Her campaign estimates that she has taken photos with more than 38,000 people.

Yikes -- How much time Warren has spent taking pictures with supporters: "Warren's campaign estimates that she has spent about 107 hours taking pictures in selfie lines since entering the race -- the equivalent of working 9-to-5 for 13 days. At one event in Iowa, she continued posing for pictures in the midst of a tornado warning." 

Check out this graphic showing the assembly line of taking a photo: It involves eight steps involving high-level campaign staff:



The face of NASA's mission control died two days after the Apollo 11 anniversary:

Via The New York Times's Robert D. McFadden, "Christopher C. Kraft Jr., the legendary founder of NASA's mission control, who directed America's first piloted orbital flights, oversaw the Apollo 11 lunar landing and was director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, died on Monday in Houston, two days after the 50th anniversary of that historic moment on the moon. He was 95." Read his obituary:



Tidbit about the guards outside the White House:



Wow, seriously!:




The House and Senate are in.

9:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with governors in Aspen, Colo. He then attended the Republican Governors Association quarterly meeting.

Noon: The Senate votes to confirm Mark Esper to be Defense Secretary. The Senate's full schedule today:

12:30 p.m. EDT: President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoEx-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump Pompeo rejects idea that the United States abandoned Kurds Mike Pompeo's Faustian bargain MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Des Moines, Iowa. 

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

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Senate Republicans.

6:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule today:

July 24: The Hill is hosting the third annual Latino Leaders Summit. Details and how to RSVP:

July 25: The Hill interviews Sens. Sens. Mike BraunMichael BraunHillicon Valley: Senate Intel report urges action to prevent 2020 Russian meddling | Republicans warn Microsoft of 'urgent' Huawei threat | Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights GOP senators warn Microsoft of 'urgent' threat from Huawei Senate passes stopgap spending bill, sending it to Trump MORE (R-Ind.) and Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinFederal funding for Chinese buses risks our national security Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall The Trump downturn: Trouble ahead for the US economy MORE (D-Wis.) during an event on lowering drug prices. Details and how to RSVP:



11:05 a.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at Turning Point USA's Teen Student Action Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. Livestream:

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech on trade in Des Moines, Iowa. Livestream:



Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!


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The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo kick off a year from tomorrow. The dates: July 24–Aug. 9.


And because this is the best video I've seen in weeks, here's a video of two dogs planning a prank:

It has nearly 8 million views so far.