The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump accuses Google of rigging search results against him

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump claims Google suppressing conservative voices | With McCain's death, Trump critics dwindling in Senate | Trade deal's timing gives Dems an edge | What to watch in contentious Florida, Arizona primaries | States grapple with how to probe Catholic Church abuse | Town temporarily changes name from Mayo to Miracle Whip | Pumpkin Spice Latte back at Starbucks



*Wakes up at 5 a.m.*

*Decides to Google self*

*Angrily tweets about the Google search results*:

At 5:24 a.m. this morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE accused Google of “suppressing voices of conservatives” by rigging the search engine algorithms against him.

Trump tweeted: "Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of results on 'Trump News' are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!"

THEN — LARRY KUDLOW WEIGHED IN: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was asked if Google searches should be regulated. Kudlow’s response: "We're taking a look at it.”


Late this morning — Google reacts:

Google released a statement denying that its algorithms are political. The statement: "When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds. Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users' queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment."


It’s an absurdly hot Tuesday in D.C. — August! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.


REMEMBERING John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice Biden takes page from Trump with public auditions for VP slot Why Trump, GOP are running into trouble in Arizona MORE

How McCain’s death changes the White House-Capitol Hill dynamic:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was willing to counter President Trump on national security and defense policies — and with his passing, that already small group of like-minded senators has shrunk.

Examples of McCain opposing Trump: Even while undergoing cancer treatment, McCain was an outspoken critic of Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, and supported tougher sanctions against Russia. 

McCain’s final shot at Trump: McCain didn’t formally mention the president in his farewell statement, but he appeared to take a shot at the ideological differences that separate the two. Doesn’t this excerpt sound like McCain is referring to Trump?: "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe,” McCain said in a statement released by his Senate office. “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to the great force for change they have always been.”

Read McCain’s full farewell statement — it’s worth a read:

What McCain’s Senate desk looks like:



Why John McCain refused to take the nonstop flight between Washington, D.C., and Phoenix for years:

From Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseHillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting Lawmakers ask for briefings on Chinese targeting of coronavirus research On The Money: GOP senators heed Fed chair's call for more relief | Rollout of new anti-redlining laws spark confusion in banking industry | Nearly half of American households have lost employment income during pandemic MORE (R-Neb.)

Op-ed from former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele:



2018 Tuesdays are for primaries:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, Florida and Arizona are holding statewide primaries today for what are expected to be the most contentious primaries of the season.

WHAT TO WATCH: Arizona: “Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyWhere Biden, Trump stand in key swing states Abrams announces endorsements in 7 Senate races Why Trump, GOP are running into trouble in Arizona MORE is facing two conservative firebrands, former state Sen. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in a bitter Republican primary for the seat of retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane Flake'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? The Memo: Can the Never Trumpers succeed? Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake says he will not vote for Trump MORE (R).”

Florida: “All eyes will be on the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial contests, as well as a trio of House primaries that Democrats are eyeing in their race to retake the House in November.”

Also happening today: “Oklahoma is holding a series of runoff elections to pick the Republican nominee for governor, as well as nominees from both parties in four of the state’s five House districts.”

List of the key races to watch today:



The moment when you realize you *need* your opponents ;)


Via The Hill’s Melanie Zanona and Vicki Needham, because of the timing of President Trump’s new trade deal with Mexico, its fate could rest in the hands of congressional Democrats. Why: “Because of statutory requirements under Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), Congress likely won’t be able to ratify the bilateral agreement until 2019, when Republicans could be in the minority following the November midterm elections. Even if Republicans hang on to their majority in the Senate, they will still need the help of Democrats to push through the trade agreement.”


How states are planning to handle the Catholic Church investigations:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, law enforcement officials across the country are deciding how to investigate potential abuse cases in the Catholic Church. What sparked this discussion: A bombshell report in Pennsylvania found more than a thousand victims over six decades. Keep in mind: “Only a handful of attorneys general have taken public steps toward some form of investigation, but survivors of sexual abuse by priests say the investigation by the Pennsylvania grand jury should represent only the beginning of the process.”



This feels like a totally valid reason not to deliver a package:  


It’s not even September — *screams into a pillow*:



The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

10:40 a.m. EDT: The Senate voted on a Trump nominee. The Senate’s full schedule today:

10:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence had a phone call with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? Trump sending ally to Pentagon to vet officials' loyalty: report Pentagon watchdog unable to 'definitively' determine if White House influenced JEDI contract MORE.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. Vice President Pence participates in the Republican lunch.

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with FIFA President Gianni Infantino in the Oval Office.

Wednesday: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol. Full schedule for today's memorials:

Just announced — September 24: The trial against President Trump's former campaign chair Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCohen released from federal prison to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns Advocates call on states to release more inmates amid pandemic Michael Cohen to be moved to home confinement due to coronavirus concerns: report MORE has been delayed from September 17 to the 24th. Details:



10 a.m. EDT: Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford held a press briefing at the Pentagon. Livestream:

Today–Sept. 9: The U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Match schedules:



Today is National Cherry Turnover Day.


I’m not sure which is worse — being named after mayonnaise or being named after Miracle Whip?:

Via USA Today, the town of Mayo, Fla., pranked its residents by briefly changing its name to Miracle Whip. “Saturday, the city unveiled its water tower with the new name atop it and hosted a picnic featuring foods made with Miracle Whip. ...  As part of the prank, city officials initially were to act as if the name change was permanent. ‘We aren't going to be boring Mayo anymore. We are going to be Miracle Whip!’ Mayor Ann Murphy said. ‘I definitely think this will put us on the map.’ ” Full story:


Because it’s August and you shouldn’t be working as hard as you are ;)

“Dogs are cleverly Photoshopped into pictures of food — can you spot them?” Photos — enjoy:


And because you read this far, here’s a swan stalking its crush: