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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court blocks Trump plan to end DACA | Roberts sides with liberal justices | Trump calls decision ‘horrible & politically charged’ | Schumer ‘cried tears of joy’ | Bolton slams Trump ahead of book release | Says Trump isn’t ‘fit for office’ | Trump supporters in line for Saturday’s Tulsa rally |  



Dreamers win the DACA case:



The Supreme Court ruled to block the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. 

The decision: 5-4

The surprising part of the ruling: Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices. 

The majority opinion: The justices say the Trump administration failed to give adequate reasoning for ending the program. “The dispute before the Court is not whether [Department of Homeland Security] may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so,” Roberts wrote in the opinion. 

What this means for DACA: “The ruling keeps intact a program that is open to an estimated 1.3 million noncitizens who are eligible for DACA by virtue of having been brought to the U.S. as children, and who have maintained residency and meet the education or military service requirements and other criteria.”  

What this means for Trump: it upended a key campaign platform for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' MORE

What it looked like outside the Supreme Court this morning






“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!” 

Trump also added: “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”


What you will be hearing about: “Your Thursday down here will be dominated John Roberts again getting the Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney, Collins, Murkowski won't attend GOP convention Trump administration narrows suspects in Russia bounties leak investigation: report Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide MORE love/hate treatment in voting with the liberal wing of SCOTUS in rejecting Trump admin bid to end legal protections for DREAMERS. 5-4 decision.” (Via The Hill’s Joe Concha)  

From Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyOvernight Defense: House Dems offer M for Army to rename bases | Bill takes aim at money for Trump's border wall | Suspect in custody after shooting at Marine training facility  Should the United States withdraw from the WTO? Defense spending bill includes M for Army to change Confederate base names MORE (R-Mo.): “The most disappointing week at #SCOTUS in years” 

From former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? Biden hires top aides for Pennsylvania Spencer Cox defeats Jon Huntsman in Utah GOP governor primary MORE’s speechwriter: “In 2018, 85% of Americans supported DACA, including 79% of Republicans. Finger on the pulse yet again!” 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump may be DACA participants' best hope, but will Democrats play ball? Pompeo: US 'certainly looking at' ban on Chinese social media apps like TikTok Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide MORE (D-N.Y.) said he “cried tears of joy”: "I cried tears of joy a few minutes ago when I heard the decision of the Supreme Court on DACA. These wonderful DACA kids and their families have a huge burden lifted off of their shoulders. They don't have to worry about being deported. They can do their jobs, and I believe ... someday soon they will be American citizens.”

From House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump's WHO decision raises bipartisan concerns in House Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE (D-Calif.): "The Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama's wonderful action to support our Dreamers. The DACA decision is something that supports our values as a country...this way is the American way and we've very proud of it." Watch 

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Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Sen. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is in a tough spot deciding where to support Senate Republicans’ police reform bill even though the legislation falls short of what Democrats want.

The pro of supporting the bill: It will allow the legislation to move forward and increases the likelihood of any police reform legislation getting signed into law.

The con of supporting the bill: It will disappoint Democrats and will give President Trump a pretty big victory a few months before Election Day.

Why Schumer’s support will make or break the bill: Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate. For the bill to move forward, Republicans will need seven Democratic or independent senators.

A worry for Schumer: If he lets the bill move forward to a floor debate, Democrats will have little power to amend it. 

How this could play out


On today’s episode of Maury: West Wing Edition…:

In an interview with ABC News, Former White House national security adviser John Bolton tore (and I mean TORE) into President Trump’s presidency.  

Ouch: “I don’t think he’s fit for office,” Bolton said. “I don’t think he has the competence to carry out the job. There really isn’t any guiding principle that I was able to discern other than, ‘What’s good for Donald Trump’s reelection?’ ”  

^ Watch the clip

When the interview will air: Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. 

The timing of Bolton’s comments are not random:

Bolton’s interview will air just two days before Simon & Schuster releases his book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir."


Bolton describes Trump as ‘stunningly uninformed’: "He second-guessed people's motives, saw conspiracies behind rocks, and remained stunningly uninformed on how to run the White House, let alone the huge federal government," Bolton writes. The gist of the book, via The Hill’s Reid Wilson

Bolton says Trump asked China to help him win reelection: At the Group of 20 summit in June last year, President Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win reelection. (Via The Washington Post’s Josh DawseyDetails 

Bolton says the impeachment inquiry missed a few incidents: “Bolton describes several episodes where the president expressed a willingness to halt criminal investigations ‘to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,’ citing cases involving major firms in China and Turkey. ‘The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,’ Mr. Bolton writes, saying that he reported his concerns to Attorney General William P. Barr.”  (Via The New York Times’s Peter Baker

Pompeo slipped Bolton a note: “During the president’s 2018 meeting with North Korea’s leader, according to the book, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFeds investigating allegations TikTok failed to protect children's privacy: report Hillicon Valley: Pompeo floats TikTok ban | Civil rights groups slam Facebook after call | Election security funding included in proposal Top US general doubtful Russian bounties led to American deaths in Afghanistan MORE slipped Mr. Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, ‘He is so full of s---.’” (Via The New York Times’s Peter Baker

Five takeaways from the book


The New York Times’s Jennifer Szalai published a pretty scathing review of Bolton’s upcoming book. 

This line: “The book is bloated with self-importance, even though what it mostly recounts is Bolton not being able to accomplish very much. It toggles between two discordant registers: exceedingly tedious and slightly unhinged.”  

Read the full review


On June 23. See it on Amazon

President Trump is doing accidental PR for the book:

President Trump lashed out at Bolton as “washed up” and a “liar.” 

Trump told Fox News’ Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Does Donald Trump even want a second term? The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE: “He broke the law …  He was a washed-up guy. I gave him a chance. He couldn’t get Senate confirmed so I gave him a non-Senate confirmed position where I could just put him there, see how he worked.”  

And Trump tweeted: “Wacko John BoltonJohn BoltonThe benefits of American disinterest in world affairs Release of Mary Trump's tell-all book moved up to next week Trump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP MORE’s ‘exceedingly tedious’ (New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized & happily dumped. What a dope!”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,164,497 

Deaths in the U.S.: 117,783 

Breakdown of the numbers 

For context: This time last week, 2,003,930 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 113,038 had died.


The number of coronavirus cases in India spiked by nearly 13,000 on Thursday.


That is dedication!:

Keep in mind, the rally is on Saturday. 





The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Michigan today. 

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Mount Clemons, Mich.

Noon: Vice President Pence has lunch at Engine House in Mount Clemons.

1:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination. The Senate’s full schedule today 

2:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours the Chardam Gear Company in Sterling Heights, Mich.

5:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Friday: Juneteenth. 

SaturdayPresident Trump holds a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. What to know, via NPR


10:45 a.m. EDT: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a press conference. Livestream 

11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York adds three more states' travelers to growing list for quarantine order NY state lawmaker introduces bill to require police officers get personal liability insurance The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return MORE (D) gave an update on the coronavirus in his state. Livestream

2:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at Casadei Steel Inc. to discuss reopening the country. Livestream

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with governors to discuss reopening small businesses. Livestream 

4 p.m. EDT: A House Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing to discuss safe air travel during the pandemic. Livestream


Today is International Picnic Day.

And because you made it this far, here’s a golden retriever puppy meeting a lemon for the first time: