The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Sharpton feud over Baltimore attacks

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks over Baltimore | Rips Al Sharpton | Sharpton fires back from Baltimore, saying Trump has 'particular venom' for 'people of color' |  Trump allies defend attacks | Trump signs bill for 9/11 victims | Senators return for last week before recess | Budget deal tops to-do list | 2020 Dems prep for Detroit debate | High-stakes moment for lower-tier Dems | National Chicken Wing Day deals



Days since the news cycle has not involved a racial controversy: Zero

"President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE spent the weekend excoriating Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse committee heads demand Coast Guard Academy explain handling of harassment allegations Can the Democrats unseat Trump? Democrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report MORE (D-Md.), inflaming racial tensions once again by taking aim at a top African American Democratic lawmaker and parts of the majority-black district he represents."

The gist of the tweets: Trump referred to Baltimore as a "very dangerous & filthy place" and a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Trump called Cummings a "brutal bully." Read the full tweets that started this controversy:

Reaction from Democrats: Dems rallied around Cummings and denounced Trump's tweets as racist.


Reaction from Republicans: Allies of Trump defended Trump's comments. For example, acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE insisted that Trump's tweets were about immigration and that Trump would have said the same thing had it been a white lawmaker. Mulvaney's full comments:



The Rev. Al Sharpton is headed to Baltimore: Sharpton tweeted a photo of his trip to Baltimore, captioning it, "Arrived in DC from Atlanta, headed to Baltimore. Long day but can't stop."

And Trump used that opportunity to slam Sharpton: "I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He 'loved Trump!' He would ask me for favors often," Trump tweeted. "Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!"

Reaction from Al Sharpton: "He attacks everybody. I know Donald Trump, he's not mature enough to take criticism ... he's like a child. But he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color." Watch Sharpton's full reaction


It's Monday, July 29. Wow, where did July go? 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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It's a battle week:

Twenty Democratic presidential candidates will meet in Detroit Tuesday and Wednesday for the second round of primary debates. 

Why this debate is so important: It will be the last chance for candidates to break out of the lower tiers. Debates three and four have much tougher qualifications.

The lineups for the two nights: Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden MORE (I-Vt.) will debate on Tuesday; former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE will debate on Wednesday.



Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Sanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Castro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates 2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall MORE (D-Texas).

^And as of this morning (!): Via CNN's Rebecca Buck, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE (D-N.J.) has reached the threshold for the third debate.



This morning, President Trump seized on comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made in 2015 after he toured Baltimore following the Freddie Gray riots.

Trump tweeted: "Crazy Bernie Sanders recently equated the City of Baltimore to a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Based on that statement, I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard! The fact is, Baltimore can be brought back, maybe even to new heights of success and glory, but not with King Elijah and that crew. When the leaders of Baltimore want to see the City rise again, I am in a very beautiful oval shaped office waiting for your call!"


Released this morning -- Kamala's health plan:

"Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Monday unveiled details of a health plan on Monday that would seek to expand coverage while preserving a role for private insurance companies, which would be ended through the 'Medicare for All' proposal backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)." Details:



The extra twinkle in their eyes:

Senators are leaving for August recess at the end of the week after completing a large to-do list of measures.



Two-year budget deal: Senators will vote on the House-passed two-year budget deal that also lifts the debt ceiling through July 2021. When: As soon as Tuesday. Details of the budget deal:

Saudi arms deal override: This evening, the Senate is set to attempt to override President Trump's vetoes of bills preventing arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Ehh, but: "The Senate's override attempts are expected to fall short after the resolutions initially passed the Senate with 51 and 53 votes -- well short of the 67 votes needed to override a veto."

Immigration: The Senate Judiciary Committee is fighting over an asylum bill put forward by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTwo-thirds of Republicans support 'red flag' gun laws: NPR poll Red flag laws won't stop mass shootings — ending gun-free zones will Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (R-S.C.). What the bill would do: It "would increase the number of days a family can be held together from 20 days to 100 days." More on that debate:

Nominations: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons MORE (R-Ky.) has teed up votes on at least 19 nominations this week. 

Context and details for each from The Hill's Jordain Carney:



I bet Nancy is feeling pretty smug right now:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, "Call them the 'I Told You So' Caucus. Democrats who argued during the Speaker race last fall that Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJohnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Mueller report fades from political conversation Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE was the right -- and perhaps only -- person who could lead the caucus in the tumultuous Trump era say they have been vindicated."

How so: "The California Democrat, these people say, deftly negotiated a two-year budget deal with President Trump that averted deep cuts to domestic programs beloved by Democrats. She steered her caucus through this week's historic Mueller hearings, helping to ensure that a tidal wave of new impeachment calls never materialized."


Out with the Dan, in with the John:

President Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray Coats11 Essential reads you missed this week Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move Hillicon Valley: Deepfakes pose 2020 test for media | States beg Congress for more election security funds | Experts worry campaigns falling short on cybersecurity | Trump officials urge reauthorization of NSA surveillance program MORE, is resigning.

His nominated replacement: Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffePresident Trump is right: Mainstream media 'do a very good job' New intel chief inherits host of challenges Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE (R-Texas), who has been a staunch ally of President TrumpWhat to know about Ratcliffe:

Keep in mind about Coats: "Coats has held the role of director of national intelligence for more than two years, shepherding the intelligence community through a crucial period in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. His tenure has at times been punctuated by controversy, as his public statements have put him at odds with the president."

Read Dan Coats's resignation letter:



Throwback -- oh wow:




The Senate meets at 3 p.m. The House is out until September. 

President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

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

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.  

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds four roll call votes. The Senate's full schedule today:



10 a.m. EDT: President Trump signed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund bill. Livestream:



Today is National Chicken Wing Day.

To celebrate, here's a list of chicken wing specials today:


He did ... what now?:

A professional surfer was bit by a shark on Saturday, but decided to go to a bar instead of the hospital.

Oh man, this quote: "He immediately went to the bar, because he was like, 'Hey, I got bit by a shark,'" the man's friend said. "And people were like, 'I'll buy you drinks.' So he hung out at the pier."

The bite: The man was bit in the elbow. He was bloody and had deep tooth marks. 


And to add some ~mystery~ to your Monday, help this family figure out what happened to the four missing cookies: