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 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'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 ComeyBarr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended Trump says he's 'very strongly' considering commuting Rod Blagojevich's sentence 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 MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump pressured Mnuchin on labeling China a currency manipulator: report Business groups to Trump: Tariff delay isn't enough MORE is attending the Senate Republican lunch today.

Why: To sell Republicans on the budget deal he worked out with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move Pelosi: Israel's Omar-Tlaib decision 'a sign of weakness' 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 WalkerOn The Money: House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal | Dem court filing defends powers to get Trump's NY tax returns | Debt collectors to pay M to settle consumer bureau charges House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal Romney to vote against budget deal: Agreement 'perpetuates fiscal recklessness' 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 OmarTlaib says she won't visit Israel after being treated like 'a criminal' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Israel approves Tlaib request to visit grandmother in West Bank 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 WarrenWarren unveils Native American policy plan Poll: Support for Sanders among college students reaches highest level since April Obama has taken active interest in Biden's campaign: report 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 TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump to meet with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan Japan's Hormuz dilemma The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? 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 BraunOvernight Energy: Trump EPA looks to change air pollution permit process | GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule | Green group sues EPA over lead dust rules The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal Pair of GOP senators propose easing Obama water rule MORE (R-Ind.) and Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinTrade wars and the over-valued dollar Overnight Health Care: Senate panel advances drug pricing bill amid GOP blowback | House panel grills Juul executives | Trump gives boost to state drug import plans | Officials say new migrant kids' shelter to remain open but empty Senators vow to bring transparency to drug pricing 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:



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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.