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The Hill’s 12: 30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump orders and calls off Iran strikes at last minute | Trump says he pulled back to avoid casualties | Adds new Iran sanctions | Democrats worry attacks on Biden could help Trump | Intel committee to subpoena Trump associate | Justices toss death sentence for Mississippi inmate | Summer solstice celebrations | Taco Bell–themed hotel
NEWS OF THE MORNING
This reads like a movie script:
President TrumpDonald John TrumpAOC is the Trump-era hero we need Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks ‘Ms. Lewandowski’ at hearing Trump confirms US was ‘cocked and loaded’ for Iran strike MORE ordered military strikes in Iran but then abruptly changed his mind last night when the planes and ships were already in position. https://nyti.ms/31Mvv5Q
Timing: The New York Times’s Michael D. Shear, Eric Schmitt, Michael Crowley and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill’s 12: 30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump, Biden headed to dueling Iowa rallies Trump told aides to deny internal polling showed him trailing Biden MORE report that as late as 7 p.m. EDT last night, military and diplomatic officials were expecting the strike. https://nyti.ms/31Mvv5Q
This morning, Trump explained why he pulled back (!): The president tweeted, “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” http://bit.ly/2Y4jXsb
Trump then added new sanctions against Iran: “I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!” http://bit.ly/2Y4jXsb
WHY TRUMP ORDERED IRANIAN STRIKES IN THE FIRST PLACE:
In response to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone. https://cnn.it/2Iw0awB
HOW THE ESCALATING IRAN TENSIONS ARE AFFECTING FLIGHTS:
Airlines are canceling or rerouting flights to avoid areas near Iran. For example: United Airlines canceled a flight between Newark, N.J., and Mumbai, India. https://cnn.it/2Y5YcIK
New detail — Trump warned Iran:
“Iranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent but saying he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues.” https://reut.rs/31MOugB
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IN THE SUPREME COURT
A death sentence was tossed out:
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Mississippi inmate who alleges racial discrimination in the jury selection of his murder trials. http://bit.ly/2Y1DKJ3
The ruling: 7-2
The case: “Curtis Flowers, who is currently on death row in Mississippi, claimed that prosecutor Doug Evans repeatedly blocked black individuals from being on the jury for his trials for the murder of four people in a furniture store. Flowers, who is African American, claimed that Evans stopped every potential black juror from sitting on the panels during his first four trials. Flowers’s fifth trial ended in a mistrial; but the inmate alleges that during a sixth trial, Evans allowed the first qualified black individual to sit on the jury before blocking the rest.”
Keep in mind — prosecutors can dismiss jurors but not for race: “While prosecutors can stop, or strike, a certain number of people from sitting on juries for undisclosed reasons, the Supreme Court has previously ruled that those strikes can’t be used to turn down jurors on the basis of race.”
New subpoena this morning:
The House Intelligence Committee is issuing a subpoena for President Trump’s onetime business associate Felix Sater after he skipped today’s voluntary closed-door testimony. http://bit.ly/2YcIQC0
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
*clears throat and whispers* Pssst, you’re all on the same team here:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democratic lawmakers warn that Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTensions raised in Biden campaign over segregationist comments, letters: report The Hill’s Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Democrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks MORE (D-N.J.) and other White House hopefuls taking shots at front-runner Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren pledges to ban private prisons Tensions raised in Biden campaign over segregationist comments, letters: report The Hill’s Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE are playing with fire and could wind up helping President Trump win reelection.” http://bit.ly/2Y7dw82
Booker’s critique of Biden: Booker demanded an apology from Biden for recounting his collegial relationship with two segregationist former senators, James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.).
HOW THIS BACKLASH COULD AFFECT BIDEN’S SUPPORT FROM BLACK VOTERS:
Via The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher: https://nyti.ms/2Y0F2nj
All in for Trump:
Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “Faith leaders and anti-abortion groups are ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump, rewarding a president who has become an unlikely hero of the Christian right because of his commitment to socially conservative causes.” http://bit.ly/31LRtWz
The buzz in Washington — what happens if Trump doesn’t win in 2020?:
Via Politico’s Natasha Bertrand and Darren Samuelsohn, “What if Trump won’t accept 2020 defeat? The situations all seem far-fetched, but the president’s comments have people chattering in the halls of Congress and throughout the Beltway.” The scenarios: https://politi.co/2YcCwdK
IN OTHER NEWS
Getting shared on social media — yikes:
The football stadium at Western Michigan University now looks like a swimming pool because of the rain. Photos: https://cnn.it/2XYfGGR
Because it’s been a long week, let’s stop to ponder the real questions in life:
Where would an elephant’s mustache be? Above or below the trunk? pic.twitter.com/5XN1taJAAK
— Joe (@JoePerticone) June 21, 2019
I’m Team below-the-trunk. Email me your thoughts. 😉
I’m going to need a minute to process this…:
Special announcement: I am finger lickin’ thrilled to bring the KFC Cheetos Sandwich to KFC locations nationwide on July 1. pic.twitter.com/ENL0F8aKDC
— KFC (@kfc) June 20, 2019
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The House is in this morning. The Senate is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.
10: 30 — 11: 30 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.
11: 30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.
12: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill’s Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Trump approved Iranian strike before pulling back: report GOP lawmaker says some Trump officials contradicting Pompeo on Iran and al Qaeda MORE.
2: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s reelection message: Promises kept Trump jokes he’d get ‘electric chair’ if he deleted even one ‘love note’ email to Melania MORE receive a briefing on the 2019 hurricane season in the Oval Office.
4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has a call with Republican governors to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
5: 45 p.m. EDT: President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill’s 12: 30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — All eyes on Trump as 2020 bid begins The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump to kick off bid for second term in Florida MORE attend the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House.
Today: World Giraffe Day. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Y37165
June 25: The Hill is hosting an event at the Newseum to discuss “Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation.” Featured speakers: Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieOvernight Health Care: Court allows Trump abortion referral ban to take effect | GOP group launches M blitz against ‘Medicare for All’ | Star GOP lawyer raises constitutional concerns with surprise billing legislation Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Trump administration defends controversial changes to family planning program on Capitol Hill MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiOvernight Health Care: Court allows Trump abortion referral ban to take effect | GOP group launches M blitz against ‘Medicare for All’ | Star GOP lawyer raises constitutional concerns with surprise billing legislation Overnight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds The Hill’s 12: 30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2WJsnYC
June 26: The Hill is hosting “The Future of Healthcare Summit” at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. Featured speakers: Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyThe Hill’s Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back Overnight Health Care: Court allows Trump abortion referral ban to take effect | GOP group launches M blitz against ‘Medicare for All’ | Star GOP lawyer raises constitutional concerns with surprise billing legislation The Hill’s Morning Report – Democrats frustrated by Hope Hicks’s silence MORE (R-La.), the Food and Drug Administration’s Dr. Amy Abernethy, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Nano Vision CEO Steve Papermaster. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2Xc4Ksb
WHAT TO WATCH
9 p.m. EDT: Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnButtigieg to return to campaign trail Friday 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn’s South Carolina fish fry Impeachment will reelect Trump MORE (D-S.C.) holds his famous fish fry in Columbia, S.C. Keep in mind: Twenty-two presidential candidates are attending. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2XYl90l
Sunday morning: President Trump‘s interview with Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddThe Hill’s Morning Report – Democrats frustrated by Hope Hicks’s silence Chuck Todd: Ocasio-Cortez’s concentration camp remarks do border detainees ‘tremendous disservice’ Hannity mocks NBC for making Maddow a debate moderator MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press” airs. Keep in mind: The interview happened today.
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Peaches and Cream Day. And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Onion Ring Day!
Celebrate the best time of the year:
Via Washingtonian’s Fiona Flaherty, here’s a list of 10 events in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the summer solstice. http://bit.ly/2Y4kOJp
One Cheesy Gordita Crunch for breakfast, please:
A Taco Bell–themed pop-up hotel is opening this summer in Palm Springs, Calif. Photos — wow: https://bzfd.it/2Y5zckG
And to get your weekend off to the right start, meet Max the goldendoodle, who was caught on camera stealing cookies from the kitchen: http://bit.ly/31FyBIG