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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Live from Philly: Dems worry about Trump poll bounce | Talks underway for Sanders to nominate Clinton | Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP How Obama just endorsed Trump Trump, Biden signal how ugly the campaign will be MORE, Nancy Pelosi to speak | Convention media center troubles | Demi Lovato's security snag

Happy Tuesday from Philly! Filing from an adult-sized White House moon bounce (can't make these things up), where actress Connie Britton is about to stop by, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning, what events are coming up, who's speaking where and fun insider tidbits along the way. Basically: where to find free food and alcohol. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

'CAN WE START FREAKING OUT NOW?' SAID WITH AN OVERLY CHEESY, FAKE SMILE: Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Democrats are alarmed over a cluster of new polls showing GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's bounce in support after the Republican National Convention. Why: They thought the "dark" themes Trump and his allies raised in Cleveland wouldn't gain traction in modern-day America. Oops, looks like they did.

THE MEDIA CENTER HAS BEEN ... FUN: Hundreds of people descended to the sweltering media tents -- yes, tents in a parking lot -- to find few spots with cold water or food, with just two eateries open inside the convention center serving food and drinks around lunchtime. Oh, and the water bottles were priced at $4.50. Temperature: Outside, temperatures reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit by 3 p.m., with a heat index of 109 degrees. Here's a description from The Hill's Sarah Ferris: 

Photo of the workspace: 

TIMES MEDIA FILING CENTER WAS EVACUATED: Two, with one of them during prime time.

The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus: "They just handed out plastic bags to protect our equipment should...the ceiling cave in? The tent flood?" Photo:

Alaska Dispatch News's Erica Martinson: "Press room feeling less than sturdy in the storm." Um this, video is terrifying.

Mother Jones's Patrick Caldwell: "Waited in line for nearly 30 minutes, only for them to announce they're out of food 2 The DNC has been great."

GIVE ME A U-N-I-T-Y: Negotiations are underway to have Sen.  Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.)officially nominate presumptive nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE for president at the Democratic National Convention tonight, a move that would further signal party unity.

THE PHOTO ON THIS STORY SUMS IT UP SO WELL: Hillary Clinton's campaign is bracing for the possibility of more damaging emails being leaked to the public as the presidential campaign enters its home stretch. 

WELL, THAT'S GOTTA KEEP YOU LEVEL-HEADED: Via The Hill's Judy Kurtz: A tipster told The Hill that singer Demi Lovato was stopped by security on her way into the Wells Fargo Center. Since she didn't have any credentials on her, a companion had to vouch for her.



-- Instagram hosted a "Posts and Toasts" happy hour in the Wells Fargo Center. Spotted: Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOn The Money: Senate Dems pump brakes on new stimulus checks | Trump officials sued over tax refunds | Fed to soon open small-business lending program Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Voting rights, public health officials roll out guidelines to protect voters from COVID-19 MORE (D-Ore.); Carri Twigg, senior vice president at DKC and former White House director of public engagement; Katie Dowd, digital director at Hillary for America; Teddy Goff, partner at Precision Strategies and former digital director for President Obama's campaigns; Jenna Lowenstein, digital director at Hillary for America; Andrew Bleeker, president of Bully Pulpit Interactive and veteran of Obama's presidential campaigns; Ann Marie Cox, journalist and founder of Wonkette; and Shripal Shah, CEO of MOKO Social Media.

-- Tony Podesta and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations MORE (D-Minn.) were spotted sitting together at the Podesta Group Brunch this morning. Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyHouse punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate House cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  MORE (D-Vt.) was also spotted. 

-- Politico hosted singer Alicia Keys for an event about criminal justice reform. Spotted: Hip-hop artist MC HammerCecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president; Dede Lea, executive vice president of government relations at Viacom; Gayle King, co-anchor of "CBS This Morning" and friend of Oprah Winfrey; Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America; Gloria Dittus, chairman of Story Partners; Jim Messina, former Obama campaign manager; Alan Kreuger, former chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers; Jesse Watters of Fox News; and John Stanton of BuzzFeed. 

-- Spotted at the Charlotte airport: Rob O'Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden. 12:30 Report reader Kathryn Mulvaney approached him and asked, "Are you..." and before she could finish her sentence, he responded, "Yeah, but he deserved it." 



Politico's Burgess Everett (Uhh, ohhh)
Turns out if you black out some words on "stronger together" it spells "stop her" 

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake (Hahaha.)
The look on [Sen. Al] Franken's face 

The Washington Post's Charles Lane
CNN camera cuts to Bill Clinton studying Booker like baseball scout sizing up AAA pitcher Video: 

MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin
Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates seniors, tells them to 'breathe deep and dance your heart out' at virtual prom The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead Michelle Obama working with 31 mayors on increasing voter participation MORE has clearly been holding some thoughts in this election year 

The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery
This is a pretty subdued Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in MORE. "We're with her." "Ok."



12:30 p.m.: The Washington Post interviews California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) at an event.

3:30 p.m.: The Hill's Bob Cusack is hosting a "Pints and Predictions" event with Park Street Strategies' Chris Kofinis, Venn Strategies' Penny Lee and Ohio state Sen. Capri Cafaro (D).

5 p.m.: Ranking member of the House Budget Committee Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) speak at a Morning Consult happy hour. 

5–7 p.m.: First Look Media and Tumblr are hosting a "Cartoons and Cocktails" event.

5–7 p.m.:Roll call vote for the Democratic nomination.

6 p.m.: The Washington Post is interviewing Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) at their hub. 

Speakers tonight: Democratic National Committee vice chair and incoming interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); former President Bill Clinton; actresses America Ferrera and Lena Dunham; and "Mothers of the Movement," mothers of children who have been killed in altercations with police or by gun violence. 

9 p.m.: Planned Parenthood event titled "Sex, Politics & Cocktails" at Union Transfer. Info

8:30 a.m. tomorrow: Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump official violated ethics rules in seeking EPA job for relative, watchdog finds| Trump administration aims to buy uranium for reserve 'as soon as possible,' official says| 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fue 18 states fight conservative think tank effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards OVERNIGHT ENERGY: States, green groups sue Trump over rollback of Obama fuel efficiency regulations | Oil lobby says low prices still hurting industry | Conservative group wants Trump to go further in rolling back key environmental law MORE (Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Gene Sperling, former director of the White House National Economic Council; and Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden join The Atlantic for a morning event. 

10 a.m. tomorrow: The Hill is hosting a policy event discussing real estate and the U.S. economy.



8 a.m. tomorrow: Vice President Biden will appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."



Today is National Bagelfest Day!

GO, MAN, GO!: Stephen Colbert made it past security and onto the podium of the convention yesterday. It's pretty funny:

And with that, here's the job I'm vying for next convention. Hint: It involves balloon removal: 


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