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



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Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Brett Samuels, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy 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-CortezBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Super PAC head spars with CNN's Cuomo over Ocasio-Cortez ad Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiProgressives call for impeachment inquiry after reported Kavanaugh allegations The promise and peril of offshoring prescription drug pricing Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump 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 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'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 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 (D) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke responds to Buttigieg's gun criticism: 'That calculation and fear is what got us here in the first place' Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate O'Rourke says pushback to his mandatory gun buyback proposal shows Washington's 'screwed up priorities' MORE (D-Texas) could still run for the Senate."

From Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump defends push to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Let's 'keep young children from Vaping!' Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare 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) TesterGOP Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 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 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



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: Trump issues Taliban warning at Sept. 11 memorial The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump doubles down on Dorian's threat to Alabama The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian 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 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.



1 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate 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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