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

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Good luck with that:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, the House is expected to vote on Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDanish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE's (D-Texas) measure today on whether to consider impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MOREhttp://bit.ly/2LW1jzv 

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 PelosiCutting tariffs is better than cutting payroll taxes to boost the economy Pelosi speaks with Israeli president after Trump controversy In debate over internet speech law, pay attention to whose voices are ignored 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. https://politi.co/2JAX8rt

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

  

WHIP LIST -- 84 HOUSE DEMOCRATS BACK IMPEACHMENT: 

Here's the full list -- keep checking as it gets updated: http://bit.ly/2Qp6sk9

 

KEEP IN MIND -- THE HOUSE VOTED TO CONDEMN TRUMP:

Yesterday, the House formally condemned Trump's tweets against four Democratic congresswomen. The vote: 240-187, mostly along party lines. http://bit.ly/2LVVfHf

  

It's Wednesday and yikes, it's hot out. 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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TALK OF THE MORNING

Republicans are now selling GOP-branded eye masks:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Hickenlooper announces Senate bid Trump orders elimination of student loan debt for thousands of disabled veterans MORE (R-Ky.) has tried to contain the fallout from President Trump's controversial tweets about a group of nonwhite Democratic congresswomen. http://bit.ly/2JApXEq

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.

 

GETTING TRACTION:

CNN's Manu Raju asked McConnell yesterday whether he would consider it racist if someone told his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTrump administration takes step to relax truck driver time regulations New guidance on travel with service animals is a step forward, but more can be done The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps 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: http://bit.ly/2JAitRI

 

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. http://bit.ly/2LUThXK

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."  http://bit.ly/2JDcewF

 

LIVESTREAM OF TRUMP'S 7 P.M. EDT RALLY:

https://cs.pn/2LYGseT

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The dang media:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood, "Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona 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." http://bit.ly/2JFhVdD

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: http://bit.ly/2JFhVdD

 

HAPPENING AT 4 P.M. EDT:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) gives a speech on "Medicare for All." Livestream: https://cs.pn/2JAJYum

  

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."  http://bit.ly/2JA0pXX

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: http://bit.ly/2JA0pXX

  

I mean, you gotta do what you gotta do:

Via The Washington Examiner's Joseph Simonson, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Giuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official MORE's campaign hired a prominent speech coach the day after the last Democratic primary debate. https://washex.am/2LW0XZP

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."

  

IN CONGRESS

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. http://bit.ly/2JCslL2

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 says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week Democrats push judge for quick action on Trump tax returns lawsuit Five key players in Trump's trade battles 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 ShelbyIn-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-Ala.). 

 

TIDBIT:

"[Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.)] referred to the Senate as a 'graveyard' nine times this morning." (Via Politico's Burgess Everetthttp://bit.ly/2LT3jJ3

 

INTERESTING READ

'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: https://nyti.ms/2JBRFk1

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

So cool!:

Watchhttp://bit.ly/2JAz5ce

 

Interesting to think about:

  

ON TAP

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: http://bit.ly/2LVVvWX

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: http://bit.ly/2LR8R6O

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.

  

WHAT TO WATCH:

This week: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Real time audio and video from 50 years ago-- it's pretty awesome: http://bit.ly/2LSMNc1

3:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives remarks at Fort Bragg Army Base. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2M3eVJg

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C. Vice President Pence also speaks. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2LYGseT

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2M06uP1

 

New emojis!:

Apple announced it is adding emojis for people with disabilities. Photo of the new emojis: http://bit.ly/2M3eMWe

 

And because this is very entertaining, here's a family of bears playing on a backyard swing set in Connecticut: http://bit.ly/2LXStRZ