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

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

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

"President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE spent the weekend excoriating Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDiplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe House rejects GOP measure censuring Schiff Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan 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." http://bit.ly/2ZhAs4N

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: http://bit.ly/2ZhBIF3

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

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Reaction from Republicans: Allies of Trump defended Trump's comments. For example, acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump urges GOP to fight for him Bill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings Gingrich calls for eliminating White House press corps in wake of Mulvaney briefing 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: http://bit.ly/2ZjiGy9

 

AND TRUMP ATTACKS AL SHARPTON:

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." http://bit.ly/2GyHCuk

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!" http://bit.ly/2GB5ayw

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 reactionhttp://bit.ly/2GzCB4O

 

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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

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. http://bit.ly/2ZhuK2N

The lineups for the two nights: Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow On The Money: Trump dismisses 'phony Emoluments Clause' after Doral criticism | Senate Dems signal support for domestic spending package | House panel to consider vaping tax MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE (I-Vt.) will debate on Tuesday; former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Warren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE will debate on Wednesday.  https://nyti.ms/2Gxecww

 

LOOKING AHEAD -- WHICH CANDIDATES HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE THIRD DEBATE:

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisClinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Poll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special MORE (D-Calif.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Hillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race MORE (D) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkePoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Authorities seize weapons from alleged neo-Nazi leader under 'red flag' law Super PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang MORE (D-Texas).

^And as of this morning (!): Via CNN's Rebecca Buck, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Trump declines to participate in Weather Channel 2020 climate change special Bennet: Warren 'not being honest about' her 'Medicare for All' plan MORE (D-N.J.) has reached the threshold for the third debate. https://cnn.it/2ZiJP4r

 

HELLO, HI, SHINY OBJECT OVER HERE:

This morning, President Trump seized on comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made in 2015 after he toured Baltimore following the Freddie Gray riots. http://bit.ly/2GB6OjG

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!" http://bit.ly/2GB6OjG

 

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: http://bit.ly/2GAxvVD

 

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

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. http://bit.ly/2GAxfWP

 

THE LAUNDRY LIST BEFORE THEY LEAVE:

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: http://bit.ly/2M9dCZl

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 GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan US troops leaving Syria cross into Iraq Graham says he's open-minded on supporting impeachment: 'Sure, I mean show me something that is a crime' 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: http://bit.ly/2Zehegu

Nominations: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports 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: http://bit.ly/2GAxfWP

 

IN OTHER NEWS

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 PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE was the right -- and perhaps only -- person who could lead the caucus in the tumultuous Trump era say they have been vindicated." http://bit.ly/2ZiMhrF

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 Coats281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm Remembering leaders who put country above party MORE, is resigning. http://bit.ly/2GDlmzw

His nominated replacement: Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeGOP searches for impeachment boogeyman Democrats claim new momentum from intelligence watchdog testimony Hillicon Valley: Senate passes bill to boost cyber help for agencies, businesses | Watchdog warns Energy Department failing to protect grid | FTC sues Match for allegedly conning users MORE (R-Texas), who has been a staunch ally of President TrumpWhat to know about Ratcliffe: https://cnn.it/2Zozios

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: http://bit.ly/2ZdDjvH

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Throwback -- oh wow:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZidMS8 

 

ON TAP

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: http://bit.ly/2ZjMCdx

 

WHAT TO WATCH

10 a.m. EDT: President Trump signed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund bill. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ZdhCff

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chicken Wing Day.

To celebrate, here's a list of chicken wing specials today: http://bit.ly/2ZhAlGl

 

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. http://bit.ly/2GzUQH8

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: http://bit.ly/2GNs1av