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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 ClintonNo presidential candidate can unite the country Lindsey Graham's Faustian bargain Military spending has many points of contention: Closing overseas bases isn't one of them 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

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'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 TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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. http://bit.ly/2a8JWeH

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: http://bit.ly/2ad0IXo 

Photo of the workspace: http://bit.ly/2aqYtjJ 

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: http://bit.ly/2a3z24N

Alaska Dispatch News's Erica Martinson: "Press room feeling less than sturdy in the storm." http://bit.ly/2a25CDu 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." http://bit.ly/2aes67y

GIVE ME A U-N-I-T-Y: Negotiations are underway to have Sen.  Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (I-Vt.)officially nominate presumptive nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Majority of Democratic voters happy with their choices among 2020 contenders No presidential candidate can unite the country GOP lawmakers speak out against 'send her back' chants MORE for president at the Democratic National Convention tonight, a move that would further signal party unity. http://bit.ly/2aulAuU

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. http://bit.ly/2aulAuU 

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. http://bit.ly/2a3XXp4

 

SPOTTED:

-- Instagram hosted a "Posts and Toasts" happy hour in the Wells Fargo Center. Spotted: Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocrat: Treasury 'acknowledged the unprecedented process' in Trump tax return rejection Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid Top Democrat demands answers on election equipment vulnerabilities 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 FrankenTrump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions Al Franken: It's time to start taking Trump 'literally' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs MORE (D-Minn.) were spotted sitting together at the Podesta Group Brunch this morning. Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Democrats grill USDA official on relocation plans that gut research staff Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens 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." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Politico's Burgess Everett (Uhh, ohhh)
Turns out if you black out some words on "stronger together" it spells "stop her" http://bit.ly/2a24wrQ 

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake (Hahaha.)
The look on [Sen. Al] Franken's face http://bit.ly/2a5EMMb 

The Washington Post's Charles Lane
CNN camera cuts to Bill Clinton studying Booker like baseball scout sizing up AAA pitcher http://bit.ly/2afoGSP Video: http://bit.ly/2aGBZcl 

MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin
Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaPoll: Michelle Obama most admired woman in the world Former Michelle Obama aide calls for 'honest conversation' about immigration Biden jokes he's ready for a pushup competition with Trump MORE has clearly been holding some thoughts in this election year http://bit.ly/2afr1x3 

The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery
This is a pretty subdued Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren adds her pronouns to Twitter bio Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE. "We're with her." "Ok." http://bit.ly/2aqWNa1

 

EVENTS ON TAP IN PHILLY:

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. http://bit.ly/2abW1NM 

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. http://bit.ly/29YBTw3 

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. Infohttp://bit.ly/2ab7Akw

8:30 a.m. tomorrow: Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump drops bid to add citizenship question to 2020 census Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Appeals court appears skeptical of upholding ObamaCare mandate | Drug pricing deal faces GOP pushback | Trump officials look for plan B after court strikes drug TV ad rule Democratic group hits GOP attorneys general in six-figure ad campaign on ObamaCare 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.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

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

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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: http://ti.me/2au0ie9

And with that, here's the job I'm vying for next convention. Hint: It involves balloon removal: http://bit.ly/2acw9OI 

 

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