The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem leaders face tough decision on impeachment resolution

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House set to vote on impeachment resolution | Dem leaders face tough decision | GOP struggles with fallout from latest Trump race controversy | Trump to hold rally in NC | Hints he will talk about Dem 'squad' | Sanders frustrated with media coverage | How population shifts are shaping the battle for the House | Biden camp paid for speech coach after debate | National Hot Dog Day | Washington Monument pays tribute to Apollo 11 moon landing



Good luck with that:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, the House is expected to vote on Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenClimate finance must push net-zero emissions Trump impeachment efforts will haunt the next Democrat in the White House Overnight Energy: Lawmaker, scientists challenge move to eliminate key advisory boards | White House nixes climate language from emissions proposal | Raffle offers deer hunt with Donald Trump Jr. MORE's (D-Texas) measure today on whether to consider impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE 

Why the vote is happening: Green is forcing the vote after the recent controversy over Trump's tweets telling four minority Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to the countries they came from.

 Rep. Green said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal": "Yesterday there was a vote of condemnation. The president was condemned. Today, we'll have a vote to punish," referring to the House vote to rebuke Trump over the comments. 

What to expect for the vote: It's a tough decision for Democratic leaders. "Democratic leaders are still discussing how to bring up Green's latest resolution, an aide said. They could opt to vote to refer Green's articles to the House Judiciary Committee, table them like Republicans did or hold a direct up-or-down vote."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says Trump sanctions package on Turkey 'falls very short' Graham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (D-Calif.) was asked whether she supports the impeachment proceeding: "No I don't. Does that come as a surprise?" Pelosi said with a laugh.

When the vote will happen: Late this afternoon or early this evening. 



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Yesterday, the House formally condemned Trump's tweets against four Democratic congresswomen. The vote: 240-187, mostly along party lines.


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Republicans are now selling GOP-branded eye masks:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFury over Trump Syria decision grows Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds MORE (R-Ky.) has tried to contain the fallout from President Trump's controversial tweets about a group of nonwhite Democratic congresswomen.

McConnell's two-pronged strategy: "Distancing his party from Trump's rhetoric while also being careful not to alienate the president and his core supporters."

In McConnell's words: "The president is not a racist," McConnell said when asked about the tweets. But he also acknowledged that the feud is getting out of control: "I think there's a consensus that political rhetoric has really gotten way, way overheated all across the political spectrum," McConnell said.



CNN's Manu Raju asked McConnell yesterday whether he would consider it racist if someone told his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoChao met with more officials from Kentucky than any other state: report Ex-senior Trump administration official joins lobbying shop Industry spends big to sell safety of driverless cars MORE, who was born in Taiwan, to go back to the country she was born.  McConnell declined to answer the question directly and instead answered by celebrating his wife's story.  McConnell's full response:


Happening tonight -- Be prepaaared:

President Trump is hinting that he will discuss the group of four congresswomen whom he told to "go back" to their home countries at a rally he is holding.

Trump's signal: He tweeted, "Big Rally tonight in Greenville, North Carolina. Lots of great things to tell you about, including the fact that our Economy is the best it has ever been. Best Employment & Stock Market Numbers EVER. I'll talk also about people who love, and hate, our Country (mostly love)!  7:PM."





The dang media:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood, "Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill On The Money: Trump touts China trade deal | Wall Street, Washington see signs for caution | Trump threatens sanctions on Turkey | Sanders proposes sharp hike to corporate taxes MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign aides are questioning the polls and venting frustration with the news media, arguing that a biased political press is writing him off or blackballing him from coverage of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary."

What about the polls?: Polls show Sanders solidly in second or third place nationally and in early states, but his campaign has struggled to move past the narrative that his moment has passed. 

From a Sanders aide who is not authorized to speak on the record: "We'll never be the favorites in the media. I get it. But when was the last time one of these pundits visited a field office or talked to a state director? The bottom line is we have 2 million [donors] who have bought stock in what we're trying to do. That's powerful. If the media doesn't want to tell that story, that's fine. It just means we have to out-hustle these other campaigns." 

What to expect:



Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gives a speech on "Medicare for All." Livestream:


Interesting read -- how population shifts set up a huge House battleground: 

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, "As many as 1 in 5 seats in the House of Representatives may be competitive next year as population shifts and partisan realignment conspire to create one of the most widespread battlefields in generations."

For Democrats: "Democrats will find themselves on defense in dozens of districts the party captured in 2018, including 31 districts President Trump won in 2016. Already, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has identified 36 members for its Frontline program, which protects endangered incumbents."

For Republicans: "Republicans, too, will have to defend districts in unexpected areas, seats that Democrats narrowly lost in 2018. Districts that have not been targets for years are suddenly in play, either because suburban voters revolted against Trump or because new residents are moving in and changing the makeup of those areas.

"All told, 89 congressional races were decided by 10 percentage points or less in the 2018 midterm elections."

What to expect:


I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do:

Via The Washington Examiner's Joseph Simonson, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE's campaign hired a prominent speech coach the day after the last Democratic primary debate.

How we know: "Records from the Biden's second-quarter Federal Election Commission filing show his campaign paid Washington, D.C.-based Sheehan Associates $5,300 for 'strategic consulting' on June 28."



Closer. We're getting closer:
Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Niv Elis, the White House and Congress are getting closer to a budget deal to raise the debt ceiling by the end of the month.

Keep in mind: Congress has limited D.C. work days before its scheduled August recess. 

The optimism: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTrump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire MORE have been talking regularly to negotiate a deal. "They seem to me to be moving closer and closer together," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Contractors fight for pay from last shutdown — and the next one Trump signs stopgap measure, funding government through November MORE (R-Ala.). 



"[Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE (D-N.Y.)] referred to the Senate as a 'graveyard' nine times this morning." (Via Politico's Burgess Everett



'Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved':

Via The New York Times's Elian Peltier, James Glanz, Mika Gröndahl, Weiyi Cai, Adam Nossiter and Liz Alderman, "A baffling alert. A race to the wrong building. Notre-Dame still stands only because firefighters decided to risk everything, a New York Times reconstruction has found." The report:



So cool!:



Interesting to think about:



The House and Senate are in.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Dan Bishop Victory Committee lunch in Fayetteville, N.C.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on nominations. The Senate's full schedule today:

4:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Greenville, N.C., for a campaign rally.

5:30 -- 7:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

9:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

9:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.



This week: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Real time audio and video from 50 years ago-- it's pretty awesome:

3:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives remarks at Fort Bragg Army Base. Livestream:

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C. Vice President Pence also speaks. Livestream:



Today is National Hot Dog Day!


I think these photos look perfect:

A woman on a scooter photobombed a bridal party photo shoot. Photos -- so great:


New emojis!:

Apple announced it is adding emojis for people with disabilities. Photo of the new emojis:


And because this is very entertaining, here's a family of bears playing on a backyard swing set in Connecticut: