The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Democrats' first debate night

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Democrats' first debate night
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court rules against Trump census citizenship question | Sights and sounds from first debate night | What we learned | Key takeaways | Strong performance from Warren | Candidates break out their Spanish | Inslee becomes a meme | Trump kept on the sidelines | What to watch on night two | NBC tech issues spark Twitter jokes | Border bill fight heats up in Congress | Latest from Trump G-20 trip

  

BREAKING -- ON THE LAST DAY OF THE SUPREME COURT TERM

No citizenship question on the 2020 census -- well, for now...:

On the last day of the Supreme Court's term, the court ruled that the Trump administration did not give enough of a reason for adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census.  http://bit.ly/320UnqL

The ruling: 5-4. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices.

From Roberts's majority opinion: "The decision to reinstate a citizenship question cannot be adequately explained in terms of [the Department of Justice's] request for improved citizenship data to better enforce the [Voting Rights Act] ....  Several points, considered together, reveal a significant mismatch between the decision [Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossNOAA chief praises agency scientists after statement backing up Trump tweet Democrats ramp up calls to investigate NOAA Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe MORE] made and the rationale he provided."

Was this ruling expected?: No, this was a surprise win for those who are opposed to adding the citizenship question. 

Keep in mind about this case: This was one of the most highly anticipated rulings of the term. 

Full explanation of the ruling from The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen: http://bit.ly/320UnqL

 

IF YOU FIND THIS CONFUSING: 

Watch NBC News's Justice Correspondent Pete Williams read and analyze the ruling in real time: https://on.msnbc.com/2NhRDSf 

 

Gerrymandering cases -- Not your job, courts:

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that courts cannot rule on political partisan gerrymandering cases. http://bit.ly/2NhIIjY

The cases: The ruling was made on two cases involving political maps, one in Maryland and one in North Carolina.

The ruling: 5-4 along ideological lines. 

The gist of Chief Justice John Roberts's majority opinion: "Roberts acknowledged that the maps at issue 'are highly partisan, by any measure,' but he said courts were ill-equipped to step in when legislators went too far when it comes to the politically sensitive task of drawing districts." https://politi.co/2Nij6n5

In Roberts's words: "Excessive partisanship in districting leads to results that reasonably seem unjust. But the fact that such gerrymandering is 'incompatible with democratic principles,' does not mean that the solution lies with the federal judiciary." http://bit.ly/2NhIIjY

  

It's a steaming hot Thursday in Washington, D.C. 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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TALK OF THE MORNING

10 down, 10 to go:

Theme music for today's newsletter: It'll get you in the zone, I promise. http://bit.ly/31XtOSX

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE:

  1. A big night for Warren: "The one-sentence summary: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (D-Mass.) won." More on how Warren shined last night:http://bit.ly/31YeiGr
  2. Castro has a breakout moment: "Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro has made immigration the central issue of his candidacy."
  3. Democrats want red meat: "Moderates always face a challenge in primaries, and that problem is especially acute during the tenure of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE, an intensely polarizing figure."
  4. Minor candidates struggle: "With the exception of Castro, few second-tier candidates made much of a mark. De Blasio perhaps did next best."
  5. Trump was kept on the margins: "One of the more surprising elements of the debate was that Trump was not particularly central to it." More on Trump's limited role:http://bit.ly/31TJ5UY

Context and details for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/31VNKFQ

Who wasn't mentioned last night (!): Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenEric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden says he'll release medical records before primaries MORE. Why this was surprising: http://bit.ly/31Wnuet

Final speaking times: Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro attack shines spotlight on Biden's age CNN, NY Times to host next Democratic debate in October Poll: College students say Warren won third Democratic debate MORE talked more than any other candidate last night, followed by Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke: Texans have told me they're fine giving up their AR-15s Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers ramp up Silicon Valley antitrust probe | Treasury sanctions North Korean cyber groups | Thiel to host Kobach fundraiser Tomi Lahren apologizes for 'way remarks came out' on border, Second Amendment MORE and Elizabeth WarrenThe full chart: http://bit.ly/2NesaZT

^Tidbit: FiveThirtyEight compiled a word count for the debate. Notably in fourth: NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddKrystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas GOP senator on gun reform: Trump needs to 'set some guidelines' on what he'll sign White House says Trump pressing forward amid escalation of China trade war MORE, who co-moderated the second half of the debate. Todd spoke just four fewer words than Elizabeth Warren in third. http://bit.ly/2NiGr81

Video of the debate: http://bit.ly/2Yb2y1b

Live blog of the debate: http://bit.ly/31VCbhT

  

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEBATE:

The talk of the night: Lol, Cory Booker's facial expression when Beto O'Rourke started speaking Spanish. Photo: http://bit.ly/2Xb1Wfx

^Reactions from two candidates who will be on stage tomorrow: Andrew YangAndrew YangOn The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE tweeted, "My Spanish is terrible" and Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonWilliamson urges followers to contact Senate, House over possible Bolton replacement Marianne Williamson clarifies hot mic moment The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE tweeted, " I need to learn Spanish by tomorrow night at 9." 

This is your time to shine, Mayor Pete: "[Pete] Buttigieg needs to speak Norwegian tomorrow night." Tweet from CNN's Chris Cillizza: http://bit.ly/2YhoTdt Throwback to Buttigieg breaking into Norwegian: http://bit.ly/2NiSKkR

 

Getting traction -- I laughed:

The crowd loved this moment -- I have a plan for that: NBC's Chuck Todd asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.): "Do you have a plan to deal with Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration GOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' Harris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate MORE?" Warren: "I do." Her plan: http://bit.ly/31V2Sn1

Watch -- Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate Left off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa MORE was happy as a clam when climate change came up: He looks SO happy. Video: http://bit.ly/31S6ENT

Omg, I'm crying -- Jay Inslee is a meme now:

 

The drinking game of the night: Chad Livengood of Crain's Detroit Business tweeted, "At this point in the #DemDebate, I'm drinking every time @JohnDelaney tries to talk." http://bit.ly/31VI1jv

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: 

Security didn't recognize John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLeft off debate stage, Bullock all-in on Iowa Yang says he would not run as a third-party candidate The Hill's Morning Report - Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, creeps along Florida coast MORE :( 

"Security person outside debate site just now: 'are you here to pick up press credentials?'

John Hickenlooper: '...I'm a candidate'" (Via NPR's Scott Detrow) http://bit.ly/2Yihr1Q

Live footage of 2020 candidates deciding who goes on stage first: http://bit.ly/31QXxgB;)

OK, OK, here is ~actual~ footage of the candidates lining up backstage: http://bit.ly/31X7hpq

If you click one lighter tidbit -- Oh man, this is great: "Dem candidates as Airplane! cast members" Photos -- some of these are pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2Yosvut

Tidbit during the commercial break: "A Democrat in the room tells me that during the commercial break, Beto walked over and shook de Blasio's hand, after de Blasio interrupted him during the first heated exchange of the night." (Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley) http://bit.ly/2YhMDOw

On de Blasio repeatedly jumping in: Slate's Will Saletan tweeted, "My son is groaning at De Blasio's repeated interjections. 'New Yorkers, am I right?'" http://bit.ly/31XeO7G

Video of the crowd laughing during the technical difficulties: Time went by SO slowly during these moments. Watch: http://bit.ly/31YGSaL

Practical takeaway from the tech difficulties: "I hope you'll all watch these technical difficulties and finally understand why it's so important to mute your phone BEFORE joining the conference call" (Via IJR's Josh Billinson) http://bit.ly/31Xft9a

  

REACTIONS AND FROM THE SPIN ROOM:

Booker explained why he gave Beto that look: "I just knew he had laid a gauntlet down," Booker told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And I was talking a little bit with Castro. Both he and I knew, as people who can speak Spanish, that now we were gonna bring it as well." http://bit.ly/2NedY3d

^ Overheard: "Booker in an aside to an aide about why he was giving Beto THAT look: 'He kind of butchered his Spanish in the beginning'" (Via The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tamarihttp://bit.ly/31SLUFQ

This is always an interesting measure of the evening: Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR De Blasio calls out Andrew Yang over Puerto Rico flub at debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers MORE has a big media crowd around him in the spin room. (Via The New York Times's Shane Goldmacher) Photo: http://bit.ly/31WJwOo

Julián Castro also got a lot of attention: Photo of Castro being interviewed in the spin room: http://bit.ly/31UvzjZ

^Twins!: "Imagine you had a solid debate night and you got to send a second identical surrogate to the spin room" Photo: http://bit.ly/31YKlX8

From former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D-Mo.): "We saw some presidential candidates tonight that would make great candidates for Senate" http://bit.ly/31T0FZr

Observation from CNN's Eric Bradner: "I thought Beto O'Rourke was bad in his first [Texas Senate] debate against Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Houston debate Ted Cruz says he hopes to 'run again' for White House Conservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks MORE. His timing seemed off and he wasn't ready for the barrage he faced. In their second debate, he was much more assertive and aggressive. Can he make a similar leap by late July? He might have to." http://bit.ly/31YMxOm

Reaction to Booker/Castro's performances: "Booker & Castro both impressed a lot of folks I've spoken to but impressed them in a 'I'd like to see Elizabeth Warren consider him for VP' kind of way." (Via Vox's Matthew Yglesias)  http://bit.ly/31XZ84j

Well played. 

What Team Tulsi tweeted from her official account during the debate: "It's clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren. They're giving her more time than all the other candidates combined. They aren't giving any time to Tulsi at all. -V (Tulsi's sister)" http://bit.ly/31ZqqY6

 

Bernie SandersBernie SandersYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' MORE (who was not on stage!) used the first debate to fundraise: Sanders sent out a fundraising email, "Candidates are actually talking about raising taxes on the rich ... Make no mistake about it -- they are talking about these issues because we have led the way." http://bit.ly/31W1IYv

*Breaks into song* 'Why can't we be friends?!': MSNBC's Donny Deutsch got into a heated argument with MSNBC's Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence Francis O'DonnellTrump says it would be 'disloyal to my followers' to do a CNN interview Trump rips MSNBC's O'Donnell after story retraction: 'So bad for the USA!' MSNBC's O'Donnell backs away from Trump-Russia report MORE after Deutsch said he didn't "see anybody" on stage who could beat Donald TrumpWatch the back and forth -- this is pretty awkward: http://bit.ly/2NrwCVc

  

HAPPENING TONIGHT

That was fun. Let's do it again sometime. 

Say, tonight?:

The other 10 qualifying Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Miami tonight.

 

Who is debating tonight, in order of the podiums:

Marianne Williamson

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D)

Andrew Yang

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOn The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' Overnight Defense: Afghanistan tops foreign policy issues at Dem debate | Erdogan says he'll discuss missile sale with Trump | US again challenges Beijing's claim to South China Sea MORE (D)

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris keeps up 'little dude' attack on Trump after debate The crosshairs of extremism  On The Money: Democratic candidates lay into Trump on trade | China exempts US soybeans, pork from tariff hikes | Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure MORE (D-Calif.)

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together MORE (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House panel approves impeachment powers Burden in tonight's debate is on Democratic realists 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the September Democratic debate MORE (D-Colo.)

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats clash over future of party in heated debate 5 takeaways from fiery Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.)

How to watch: Same time, same place -- 9-11 p.m. EDT on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo

Who is moderating: The same moderators from night one -- Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd, Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowConservative network files defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC Meteorologists call out Trump after Alabama hurricane map How the media can save itself, before Donald Trump destroys it MORE and José Diaz-Balart.

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH TONIGHT: 

1. How much incoming fire will Joe Biden face?

2. Will Bernie Sanders deliver?

3. Can Pete Buttigieg reset his campaign?

4. Can Kamala Harris reignite her campaign?

5. Will a low-polling candidate break through?

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jonathan Easley: http://bit.ly/2NidY2g

  

IN CONGRESS

What would be an upcoming recess without a showdown first?:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, "the partisan showdown over a $4.5 billion border aid package rumbled on Thursday morning, as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) and House Democrats planned a vote on an amended proposal providing explicit protections to migrant children in the face of opposition from the White House and Senate Republicans." http://bit.ly/2Nwz8tJ

The tight deadline: Lawmakers are leaving for a long July 4 recess at the end of the week.

The disagreement: "President Trump and Senate Republicans are urging immediate enactment of the Upper Chamber's bill -- passed Wednesday with overwhelming bipartisan support -- while House liberals are demanding additional language ensuring the administration uses the allotted money to safeguard the children and families crossing the border."

  

FROM TRUMP'S OSAKA, JAPAN, TRIP

Our allies are lucky to have us, IMHO:

Earlier today, President Trump had a working dinner with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and was asked by a member of the Australian media if his "America First" agenda had a negative effect on allies. http://bit.ly/2NhASH4

Trump's response: "I think I can say very easily that we've been very good to our allies. We work with our allies. We take care of our allies. Generally speaking, I've inherited massive trade deficits with our allies. And we even help our allies militarily."

  

IN OTHER NEWS

The future of health care:

The Hill published a series of articles looking at the future of health care. The special report: http://bit.ly/2YoUee8 

Spotted in D.C.: 

"Just saw a DC cop riding a scooter. What is happening." (Via The Huffington Post's Igor Bobic) http://bit.ly/2Ycgb02

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Amazing: 

 

 

ON TAP

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

7 a.m. EDT: President Trump had dinner with the prime minister of Australia in Osaka, Japan.

Noon: Vice President Pence speaks at a closed press Great America Committee lunch in Washington, D.C.

Noon: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/31R7DOx

1:45 p.m. EDT: Roll call votes in the Senate. 

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence swears in the chairman of the National Credit Union Administration Rodney E. Hood.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks to National Intrepid Center of Excellence staff and patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

July 17: Former Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. http://bit.ly/2Llw8gS

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held her weekly news conference. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2NgkVkd

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Onion Day.

 

And because it's been a long morning, here are ducks leading an airplane to the runway: http://bit.ly/2YfoJ6l