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 WilliamsonMarianne Williamson drops out of 2020 race Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy 2020 Democrats: Iran airstrike 'reckless,' 'could cost countless lives' 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



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 HarrisParnas pressure grows on Senate GOP Sanders defends vote against USMCA: 'Not a single damn mention' of climate change The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Environmental activists interrupt Buttigieg in New Hampshire Pence to visit Iowa days before caucuses MORE (D-Mass.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

The losers: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) and climate change activists.

The jury is out: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPoll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Gabbard defeats man in push-up contest at New Hampshire town hall Gabbard on personal meeting with Sanders: 'He showed me the greatest respect' MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial DNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats MORE (D-N.J.).

Reasoning for each:


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


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Team Biden knows the way to my heart: The Biden campaign handed out free ice cream cones yesterday. Photo:

You know how Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang's wife, Evelyn Yang, calls for 'big structural change' at 4th annual Women's March DNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire 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!"

Incredible -- What a useful photo for future memes: Check out the facial expressions of the candidates while Marianne Williamson spoke. Photo:

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: 

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."

"Coulda heard a pin drop in this bar full of Iowa Dems when Harris was going after Biden."

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 Bade

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

Whoops: NBC's auto-transcription had a few issues last night... Photo:

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



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:

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:

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

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

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:

How long it took climate change to come up both nights: Night one: 80 minutes. Night two: 78 minutes.

'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:


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:

Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate 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?"

^ 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."

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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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?"

Tidbit about Bennet's strategy: "Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Sanders defends vote against USMCA | China sees weakest growth in 29 years | Warren praises IRS move on student loans Klobuchar on missing campaigning for impeachment: 'I can do two things at once' 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)

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:



^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.'" Watch:


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:

From Katy Perry: "not gonna lie I sound like Marianne Williamson after a few glasses of red"

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."

"Marianne is what happens when Instagram influencers get old." (From Akilah Hughes)

"Excited to see Elizabeth Warren's plan for helping Marianne Williamson." (From HuffPost's Matt Fuller)

"Marianne Williamson is my spirit animal." (From HuffPost's Igor Bobic)

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."

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 Parti fact!: Actress Laura Dern was apparently once Marianne Williamson's roommate.



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

During President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Russia's shakeup has implications for Putin, Medvedev and the US The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week MORE earlier today, Trump joked with Putin about election meddling.

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:






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."

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



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.

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.



Via The Hill's Jacqueline Thomsen:



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."

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 McConnellHawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Democrats file brief against Trump, 'the Framers' worst nightmare' Iran resolution supporters fear impeachment will put it on back burner 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...:



Same, girl:  



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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.



1:15 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Convention in Chicago. Livestream:



Today is National Tapioca Day.


Important intel:

Nestlé Toll House is now selling edible cookie dough. Photos:


And to get your weekend off to a great start, here's a dog sharing his toy out the car window with another dog: