The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives
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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash public fight with progressives | Says she is done talking about controversy | Ocasio-Cortez clarifies remarks, says Pelosi 'absolutely not' racist | Dems struggle to unite | Trump to announce executive action on census | Immigrant deportation raids to begin Sunday | Why Senate Dems want some 2020 contenders to drop out | Dems refuse to join Pence border trip | Free Slurpee Day



The gift that keeps on givin':

I'm adorable -- so, will you just tell ~me~ what your plan is??:

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Brett Samuels, 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 plans to announce an executive action related to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

What do you mean 'executive action'?: The details of the action are unclear. White House officials said it may not be a full-blown executive order. 

Trump's announcement on Twitter: "The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship."




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Raids on undocumented immigrant families:

Via The New York Times's Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are beginning nationwide raids on Sunday to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrant families.

Where the raids will happen: In at least 10 major cities in the United States, including Miami, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Chicago.

How many immigrants will be targeted: At least 2,000 immigrants. Some are being deported for failing to appear in court. 

Where the deported immigrants will go: Family detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas until travel documents are prepared. If the detention centers run out of space, some families will be placed in hotels.

Timing -- this was actually scheduled to happen in June: President Trump delayed the raids in June, "but he threatened to unleash Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in two weeks if Democrats do not submit to changes in asylum law they have long opposed."

Everything we know so far:



Vice President Pence invited a bipartisan delegation from the Senate Judiciary Committee to visit the border on Friday. Yeah, but: Nine of the 10 Democrats on the committee told The Hill they are not attending.



AOC is publicly fighting her boss:

In an interview with The Washington Post's Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' MORE (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony MORE (D-Calif.) of singling out newly elected women of color.

In AOC's words: "When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. ... But the persistent singling out ... it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful ... the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color." 



CNN's Manu Raju asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) whether she stands by her comments about Pelosi. AOC's response: "Well I think it's really just pointing out a pattern, right? We're not talking just about progressives, it's singling out four individuals and knowing the media environment we're operating in ... knowing the amount of death threats we get, knowing the amount of concentration of attention, I think it's worth asking why."

Raju asked AOC whether she believes Pelosi is racist: "No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not."



During Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) weekly press conference, she said she is done talking about the feud with the "squad."

In Pelosi's words: "They took offense because I addressed, at the request of my members, an offensive tweet that came out of one of the members' offices that referenced our Blue Dogs and our New Dems essentially as segregationists. Our members took offense at that. I addressed that. How they're interpreting and carrying it to another place is up to them ... But I'm not going to be discussing it any further. I said what I'm going to say."

Livestream of Pelosi's press conference this morning:



Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis, "House Democrats are scrambling to pick up the pieces following one of their biggest ruptures since seizing the House majority in the historic elections of last fall."

From Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) yesterday: Pelosi reprimanded House Democrats at a closed-door meeting yesterday for publicly criticizing each other over policy disputes.

How this could play out:



The Washington Post is reporting that after acting White House budget director Russell Vought spoke during a meeting in May, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked, "What was your name again, dear?"



Dem senators: 'Cough cough, cou-DROP OUT-gh, cough':

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Democrats are hoping a few of the 2020 Democratic candidates will follow Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage MORE's (D-Calif.) lead and drop out of the presidential race.

Not to name names but...: "Democratic senators also see a potential silver lining to a narrowing field: They are holding out hope that candidates like Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Wright HickenlooperDemocratic 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) and 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) could still run for the Senate."

From Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats pledge to fight Trump detention policy during trip to border Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (Ill.): "I'd like to get the debate into a one-night event. Right now, with 25 or whatever the number is, that's hard to do."

From Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives MORE (D-Mont.): "It has to narrow down." Specifically: "For the supporters of Yang, I apologize, and the lady who writes the books." He means 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



He had a dad joke locked and loaded!:




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

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate had several roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule today:

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

1:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to tamp down Dem infighting MORE visit the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the Presidential Social Media Summit in the East Room of the White House. 

5 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

9:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump campaign dinner in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

July 17: 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.



1 p.m. EDT: 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 gives a foreign policy speech. Livestream:

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks to members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Livestream:

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump announces executive action on the citizenship census question. 



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