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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Farm Credit — Pelosi, AOC meet to heal Dem rift | Pelosi downplays divisions | 2020 race heats up as Team Biden fires back at rivals | Dems privately disappointed after Mueller testimony | Carbon tax gets new attention | DOJ faces legal fight over death penalty | Trump floats national security probe of Google | Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall The congressional debate over antitrust: It's about time McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box MORE serves Utah-shaped doughnuts | National Coffee Milkshake Day
'There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea. But the best ships, are friendships…':
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (D-N.Y.) met this morning amid tensions between progressives and moderates within the Democratic Party. http://bit.ly/2GtIrnW
Pelosi after the meeting -- differences? What differences?: "I don't think we have that many differences. We had a nice meeting. We had a nice meeting."
Ocasio-Cortez left through another door and avoided commenting. http://bit.ly/2GtIrnW
AOC yesterday about the meeting: "I think the goal is just to open a line of communication and making sure that we're all on the same page on everything." Watch: http://bit.ly/2GJaBvF
Photo of media standing riiiiiight outside the door: "No one ever stands this close to the door in a typical Pelosi stakeout." (Via The Washington Post's Rachael Bade) http://bit.ly/2GstmTB
Then an hour later -- Pelosi posted a best buds photo:
Today, Congresswoman @RepAOC and I sat down to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy and diversity in our country. pic.twitter.com/eVp1LS0Gpw— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 26, 2019
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Budget equals recess. Don't you forget it:
The House passed a two-year budget deal that boosts government spending by $320 billion and lifts the debt ceiling until July 2021. http://bit.ly/2GvjPeI
The vote: 284-149. Sixty-five Republicans voted for the bill, and 16 Democrats voted against it.
Next up: The bill heads to the Senate, which is expected to pass it next week.
What to know about the spending: "The legislation would ramp up defense spending to $738 billion and $740 billion over the next two fiscal years, respectively, compared with the current level of $716 billion. Nondefense spending would rise to $632 billion and $634.5 billion during the same period, an increase from this year's $605 billion."
Carbon taxes, comin' in hot:
Via The Hill's Miranda Green, "Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are introducing competing bills that aim to put a tax on carbon. The push to regulate greenhouse gas emissions come as both Democrats and Republicans face pressure from their constituents, and in some cases the fossil fuel industry itself, to regulate carbon emissions that lead to climate change." http://bit.ly/2Zf3d27
Introduced yesterday: Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsSenators: US allies concerned Senate won't pass annual defense bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE (D-Del.), Rep. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyGOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Pricing carbon can help solve the infrastructure funding dilemma Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney MORE (R-Fla.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) all introduced carbon bills yesterday.
What to know about the bills: http://bit.ly/2Zf3d27
LATEST WITH THE MUELLER TESTIMONY
Some Democrats are pretty disappointed with Mueller's testimony:
Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers, while many Democrats have congratulated the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees for their questioning of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE, some rank-and-file Democrats are privately expressing disappointment. http://bit.ly/2Gw2nGR
Their complaints: Mueller's "at times, shaky performance, the brevity of his answers and the lack of a big moment that would have shifted the electorate's sentiment on whether President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE was guilty of obstruction."
What's next for Democrats:
Democrats are seizing on election security legislation after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned of the interference threats. What to expect: http://bit.ly/2GvszS4
KARATE CHOP FROM MCCONNELL:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (R-Ky.) blocked two election security measures yesterday. Why: McConnell argued that Democrats are trying to give themselves a "political benefit." http://bit.ly/2Gx3pTb
JUST NOW FROM HOUSE JUDICIARY CHAIR JERROLD NADLER (D-N.Y.):
During a press conference, Nadler said his committee “is negotiating with former [White House] Counsel Don McGahn and if there’s no resolution they will go to court seek their enforcement of a subpoena for him early next week.” (Via CBS News’s Rebecca Kaplan) http://bit.ly/2Gw2r9E
On impeachment: “Nadler frames the Dems' suit to obtain grand jury information: They need to obtain the grand jury information so they can decide whether to pursue impeachment, Nadler says” (Via CNN’s Jeremy Herb) http://bit.ly/2GtIJeQ
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
No more mister nice Joe:
Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain issues and inflation persist MORE is ready to fight back as his 2020 rivals attack his civil rights record. http://bit.ly/2ZdEH1t
The straw that broke the camel's back: On Wednesday, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (N.J.) accused Biden of being the "architect of mass incarceration" for supporting a 1994 crime bill.
From a Biden ally: "You can't be called the architect of mass incarceration and remain quiet. That's cruel and personal. That goes against his entire career. You can't let people say bullshit and not respond to it."
Timing: The next round of Democratic presidential debates are next week.
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
"President Trump on Friday suggested his administration would investigate Google's work in China for potential national security issues just days after his top Treasury official said the government had looked into the company and found no cause for such concerns." http://bit.ly/2GwtjpV
Trump tweeted: "There may or may not be National Security concerns with regard to Google and their relationship with China. If there is a problem, we will find out about it. I sincerely hope there is not!!!"http://bit.ly/2Gy67HQ
TRUMP ALSO TWEETED ABOUT APPLE:
The president tweeted, "Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!" http://bit.ly/2Gy0BVJ
Reaction: Apple's shares dipped.
IN OTHER NEWS
Just now -- DOJ says yes to the T-Mobile-Sprint merger:
The Department of Justice just approved the $26 billion T-Mobile-Sprint merger to combine more than 80 million U.S. customers. http://bit.ly/2GweXpv
What's next: "The department's approval means both federal agencies overseeing the merger have given it their blessing, though a legal challenge by state attorneys general could still block the deal from going through."
What is required: "The DOJ's plan requires T-Mobile and Sprint to hand over assets including wireless spectrum and subscribers to Dish, a satellite television company that has been tapped to create a mobile network to compete with the merged company."
What this means: http://bit.ly/2GweXpv
Of course there will be a legal fight here:
Via The Hill's Brett Samuels and Jacqueline Thomsen, "Human rights and anti-death penalty groups are vowing to challenge the Justice Department's decision to resume the federal death penalty after a 15-year hiatus."
I laughed out loud several times:
This obituary is priceless. pic.twitter.com/GNdiIWl3rH— Neil Levesque (@NeilLevesque) July 25, 2019
How cute are these?!:
The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Jacksonville, Fla., for the afternoon.
Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.
12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Operation New Hope in Jacksonville, Fla., a group that provides jobs training to people who were formerly incarcerated, followed by a Ready4Work roundtable discussion.
2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris Mnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book MORE and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
5:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.
WHAT TO WATCH
This morning: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a news conference before leaving for August recess. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GwkCfh
1:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech at Miller Electric Company in Jacksonville, Fla. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Gw4xpT
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...
Today is National Coffee Milkshake Day.
And to get your weekend off to the right start, here are around half a dozen police officers "trying to capture some type of noble, flightless bird that's on the loose. It's been several hours." http://bit.ly/2GyXTPY
And in the words of @darth: "THIS NOBLE FLIGHTLESS BIRD IS INNOCENT BRENDAN" http://bit.ly/2GwI7F2