The Hill's 12:30 Report: Rough night for Biden

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Rough night for Biden
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from second debate night | Tough night for Biden | Harris on the rise | Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Judge upholds Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans | Williamson says she believes in vaccines | House committee to hold oversight hearing on Juul Williamson says she believes in vaccines, acknowledges 'self-inflicted wound' MORE jokes dominate Twitter | Winners and losers after first two nights | Trump mocks debate performances from Japan |  Senate rejects measure to curb Trump's Iran war powers | Trump jokes with Putin about election meddling | Supreme Court to hear case on Trump ending DACA | Toll House's edible cookie dough

  

TALK OF THE MORNING

OK, can we now all agree that we have WAY too many candidates?

^ See, Bernie agrees:

20 candidates, five moderators and four hours of debating -- and that still excluded several candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Here are takeaways from the debates: 

The winners: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

The losers: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally MORE (D-Texas) and climate change activists.

The jury is out: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall Sanders unveils plan to guarantee the 'right to a secure retirement' MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardBiden slams Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, backs protesters Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-N.J.).

Reasoning for each: http://bit.ly/2Nk7Iqw

 

The big takeaway from the evening: Front-runner Joe Biden had a bad night. Full explanation from The Hill's Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/31UYMex

  

Happy Friday! 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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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM DEBATE NIGHT:

Team Biden knows the way to my heart: The Biden campaign handed out free ice cream cones yesterday. Photo: http://bit.ly/2NjLIfK

You know how Andrew YangAndrew YangDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE did not wear a tie?: Well, McClatchy's Emma Dumain pointed out, "Guys Andrew Yang wouldn't even be allowed in the Speaker's Lobby in that outfit!" http://bit.ly/2NmT0PC

Incredible -- What a useful photo for future memes: Check out the facial expressions of the candidates while Marianne Williamson spoke. Photo: http://bit.ly/2Nu4KzM

Pete Buttigieg's husband on picking out his tie: Chasten Buttigieg posted a GIF, "Helping Peter pick out a blue tie for the debate." The GIF -- it's pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2Nu5FjI 

Tidbits from a bar: The Hill's Reid Wilson was in Grinnell, Iowa, with a bunch of local Democrats.

"Buttigieg's religious answer first one of the night that got everyone applauding." http://bit.ly/2NlVqOv

"Coulda heard a pin drop in this bar full of Iowa Dems when Harris was going after Biden." http://bit.ly/2NhL5mN

Overheard from a Democrat watching the debate: "'I'm not sure I'm a Democrat anymore.' --Democrat next to me complaining about how far left the party has moved." (Via The Washington Post's Rachael Badehttp://bit.ly/2Nlwl6t

Free idea: "The NBC moderators should've done a hockey-style line change, vaulting over the boards." (Via The Wall Street Journal's Ben Pershinghttp://bit.ly/2NfTV4m

Whoops: NBC's auto-transcription had a few issues last night... Photo: http://bit.ly/2NjKtgB

Booker made it back to D.C.: Here's a photo of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) back in the Capitol yesterday:  http://bit.ly/321ulngn

  

DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS:

The most dramatic exchange of the night: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) repeatedly slammed former Vice President Joe Biden on his civil rights record. Watch the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2NjlnOC

And during the Biden-Harris fight: Team Kamala tweeted a photo of her as a child, "There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school. That little girl was me." Photo: http://bit.ly/2NjlpWK

^ Biden voluntarily ended his response: "My time's up?" Biden said, cutting his answer short after Harris attacked him. Watch: http://bit.ly/2Nu4Esi 

Throwback to happier times: Here's a photo of Biden and Harris last December in Washington, D.C. They look so chummy -- photo: http://bit.ly/2NkUPwH

The first question went to...: Bernie Sanders, not Joe Biden. Keep in mind, fellow progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren got the first question on Wednesday night.

Joe Biden was caught off guard by Bernie Sanders's wingspan: 

Video of the interaction: http://bit.ly/320UNwY

How long it took climate change to come up both nights: Night one: 80 minutes. Night two: 78 minutes. http://bit.ly/2NjOD8c

'Hey, it's me. You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation': Bernie's facial expression is incredible. I suggest you zoom in.

 

Livestream of the debate: http://bit.ly/2Nj1443



REACTIONS FROM THE SPIN ROOM:

Who got swarmed in the spin room -- A good indicator of the night: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) got swarmed by reporters last night. Video: http://bit.ly/2Nz8a4H

Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite Rubio criticizes reporters, Democrat for racism accusations against McCain MORE was looking out for Andrew Yang.: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noticed that tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang had not spoken in a while. "When are [they] going to ask the dude without a tie a question in this debate?" http://bit.ly/2Nu5lS2

^ Andrew Yang claims that his microphone was 'not on': "There were also a few times, FYI, where I just started talking, being like, 'Hey, I want to add something there,' and my mic was not on," Yang told supporters. "And it's this sort of thing where, it's not like if you started talking, it takes over the [conversation]. It's like I was talking, but nothing was happening. And it was like, 'Oh f---.' So that happened a bit too." http://bit.ly/2NerZxF

Marianne Williamson thinks there are too many plans: The Wall Street Journal's Tarini Parti tweeted, "I asked Williamson why she was critical of candidates coming up with plans. She said it was more of a job for cabinet secretaries and that plans are not enough to inspire people to vote. 'I think they will all be great cabinet secretaries.'"

This morning -- from President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE: The president tweeted, "I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts -- so what's the big deal?" http://bit.ly/2NiH5T2

Tidbit about Bennet's strategy: "Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE's entire [White House] bid started with a passionate speech on the Senate floor. His entire pitch tonight sounds like an effort to replicate that passion." (From The Hill's Reid Wilson) http://bit.ly/2Nks2Z6

Lol, in case anyone cares what O.J. Simpson thinks...: Not saying you do, but O.J. has a Twitter account now and posted a video with his thoughts about the debate. Watch: http://bit.ly/2Nh3YpL

 

TWITTER HAD A LOT OF FUN TALKING ABOUT MARIANNE WILLIAMSON:

^As am I.

 Her viral moment was ... unusual: Williamson pledged that her first act as president would be to call the prime minister of New Zealand. Her reasoning: "My first call is to the prime minister of New Zealand who said that her goal is to make New Zealand the best place in the world for a child in the world to grow up. And I will tell her, 'Girlfriend, you are so on, because the United States of America is going to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up.'" https://fxn.ws/2NkHS60 Watch: http://bit.ly/2Nkt7jE

  

A few of my favorite reactions...

This tweet made me laugh: "give Marianne the nomination so she can announce her running mate, a Himalayan salt lamp." (From Vice's Casey Johnston) Her tweets are pretty funny: http://bit.ly/2Nz8Rej

From Katy Perry: "not gonna lie I sound like Marianne Williamson after a few glasses of red" http://bit.ly/2Niwc3C

From "The Daily Show's" Jason O. Gilbert: "Pete Buttigieg goes to shake Marianne Williamson's hand but she's already disappeared. On her lectern sits a lone origami crane." http://bit.ly/2NudAhk

"Marianne is what happens when Instagram influencers get old." (From Akilah Hughes) http://bit.ly/2Nkue2M

"Excited to see Elizabeth Warren's plan for helping Marianne Williamson." (From HuffPost's Matt Fuller) http://bit.ly/2Nu9k0W

"Marianne Williamson is my spirit animal." (From HuffPost's Igor Bobic) http://bit.ly/2NmX2aI

This is important, everyone: Lawfare Blog's Quinta Jurecic pointed out, "The more we joke about Marianne Williamson the more certain I am that she is going to be the next President of the United States." http://bit.ly/2NhQzhi

This is so relatable: "Williamson enters the spin room. First thing she says: 'what do I do? Do I just walk?'" (Via The Wall Street Journal's Tarini Partihttp://bit.ly/2NhFD3eFun fact!: Actress Laura Dern was apparently once Marianne Williamson's roommate. http://bit.ly/2NiuhMs

  

FROM TRUMP'S TRIP TO JAPAN

Haha, we're laughing about that. Ha, ha, HA, HA:

During President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFunding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait Poll: Michelle Obama most admired woman in the world The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP MORE earlier today, Trump joked with Putin about election meddling. http://bit.ly/2Nmaagj

Journalists shouted questions at Trump about telling Russia not to meddle in U.S. elections: Trump responded, "Yes, of course, I will. Don't meddle in the election, please. Don't meddle in the election," Trump said, grinning at Putin.

Reaction from Putin: Putin appeared to chuckle.  

WATCH THE INTERACTION -- it is fascinating: http://bit.ly/2Nh2nQX

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2NkvJ0H

 

TIDBIT --TRUMP POSED NEXT TO THE SAUDI CROWN PRINCE IN THE GROUP PHOTO: 

Photo: http://bit.ly/2Nk6goo

  

How Trump is feeling the pressure with China: 

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, "President Trump is under intense pressure to make progress toward a trade deal with China at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in Japan, as lawmakers and businesses anxiously wait for an end to damaging tit-for-tat tariffs." http://bit.ly/2Nkx3kb

Happening tomorrow: Trump is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss trade. 

  

NEWS FROM THE SUPREME COURT

OK, we'll do it:

This morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear cases on the Trump administration's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. http://bit.ly/31TVzvX

When: During the court's next term, which starts in October.

Keep in mind: "The justices had previously declined to take up the administration's challenge to a district court ruling that temporarily blocked officials from winding down the program. But Friday's order puts the Supreme Court back at the heart of yet another controversial Trump policy move." 

  

But not this case:

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case that would restore an Alabama abortion law. http://bit.ly/31Yc6ir

 

HOW TRUMP IS SEEKING TO MOVE PAST THE CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION SETBACK:

Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen: http://bit.ly/2Nl1dnF

  

IN CONGRESS

This morning -- rejected:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Senators blocked an effort on Friday to restrict President Trump's ability to go to war with Iran, handing a victory to Republicans and the White House." http://bit.ly/31Z3qbt

The vote: More than 40 senators voted against the Democratic proposal. 

Keep in mind about the early-morning vote: "To try to accommodate every senator who wanted to vote, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.)] opened the chamber at 5 a.m. on Friday, roughly five hours before the Senate normally comes into session. The vote is still open but broke a record on Friday morning as the longest vote in modern Senate history."

  

30 minutes?! That feels like a long time before getting help...:

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Same, girl:  

  

ON TAP

The House is out until July 8.

President Trump is in Osaka, Japan. Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule.

5 a.m. EDT: The Senate votes. The chamber is keeping open a vote on limiting Trump's Iran war powers.

5:35 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in the Group of 20 cultural program in Osaka, Japan.

10:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Osaka, Japan.

2:25 a.m. EDT: President Trump holds a press conference in Osaka, Japan.

5:50 a.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in Seoul, South Korea.

July 17: Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. http://bit.ly/2Llw8gS

 

WHAT TO WATCH

1:15 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Convention in Chicago. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Nu8SQG

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Tapioca Day.

  

Important intel:

Nestlé Toll House is now selling edible cookie dough. Photos: http://bit.ly/2Nl7aRx

 

And to get your weekend off to a great start, here's a dog sharing his toy out the car window with another dog:  http://bit.ly/31W0Inj