The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sparks fly at Detroit Democratic debate

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Key takeaways from Detroit debate's first night | Sights and sounds | Progressives, moderates brawl | Warren, Sanders dominate talk time | Williamson goes viral over 'dark psychic force' | Buttigieg forehead smudge explained | CNN takes heat over format | Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Tim Ryan jokes he's having 'dance-off' with Andrew Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE denies protesting anthem | Dems fear trap in Trump attacks on minority lawmakers | Senate to vote today on budget | Fight looms over Trump spy pick | National Avocado Day 

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us

Like the ceiling can't hold us: 

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TAKEAWAYS FROM LAST NIGHT'S DEBATE:

  1. Debate puts Democratic divides on display -- moderates vs. progressives http://bit.ly/2GyKh7h
  2. 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 gets lots of time, but 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 gets biggest moment http://bit.ly/2GDHlWZ
  3. Steve BullockSteve BullockHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Sunday shows - Recession fears dominate Bullock: Putting Cuccinelli in charge of immigration 'like putting Putin in charge of election security' MORE has big night -- this is the first debate that he qualified for.
  4. Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonWilliamson unveils plan to create Cabinet-level Department of Peace Marianne Williamson says she will remove Oval Office portrait of Andrew Jackson if elected Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE's 'dark psychic force' comment breaks internet and keeps her in race
  5. 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 sags; 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 doesn't leave big impression

Context and details for each from The Hill's Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley: http://bit.ly/2ZldtWx

CNN was criticized for the debate format: "CNN faced backlash for its first primary debate of the 2020 campaign season, with members of the media comparing its production to a sporting event or movie trailer and others lamenting the time spent to kick off the event." Explanation from The Hill's Joe Concha: http://bit.ly/2GDLJFr 

Here's a list of the top five moments during the debate: http://bit.ly/2Zlc8iw

  

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS IN DETROIT:

Now THIS you have to watch: Here is video of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) scootering between the TV satellite trucks. Don't fall. Don't fall. Don't fall. Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZoEVD0

That's a nifty press badge: "The CNN press badge is in the shape of an orb, advantage Marianne" (From The Washington Post's Dave Weigel) Photo: http://bit.ly/2GAEyxS

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Tidbit: "A Marianne Williamson staffer told me in Miami that when she visits the networks, reporters and producers sneer at her but the makeup artists always cry when they meet her." (Via BuzzFeed's Ben Smith) http://bit.ly/2Zmqijw

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE DEBATE:

Did anyone notice the smudge on Pete Buttigieg's face at the beginning of the debate?: Here's a photo of the smudge: http://bit.ly/2ZmAclh Then this morning, Buttigieg explained on CNN's "New Day": "Alright, so our best guess is that there were these little, kind of gnats around. Maybe I smushed one and it got on my forehead. I don't know," Buttigieg laughed. "I didn't know about it until after." Watch: http://bit.ly/2Zlq3VH 

LOL -- that is code for...: "Whenever a candidate says, 'My friend here,' it's code for 'This SOB that I want to punch in their face'" http://bit.ly/2GzZx3G

Oops, that was Tim Ryan: Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly confused Tim Ryan for Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio brushes off low poll numbers: 'The vast majority of Democratic voters are going to make their decision late' NYPD fires officer in Eric Garner case Senate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility MORE during the debate. Screenshot of the tweet: http://bit.ly/2GDm3Zx

The gif of the night: 'So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us, like the ceiling can't hold us!' Gif of Sanders and Hickenlooperhttp://bit.ly/2GDfKoZ

Sir Charles was there: Photo: http://bit.ly/2GQh4F9

On the age difference between Sanders and Buttigieg -- oh snap: "Buttigieg won an essay contest in high school by writing about then-Rep. Sanders." (Via NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald) http://bit.ly/2ZlnGlR

^ Eeeek: "Sanders was older when Buttigieg was born than Buttigieg is now." (From The Hill's Reid Wilson) http://bit.ly/2ZiETfW

Observation after the debate: Right after last night's debate, CNN already added its countdown clock for the next debate. http://bit.ly/2Zq5CHm

New Twitter followers for each candidate: Marianne Williamson gained the most Twitter followers during the debate with 8,008. Full list of the Twitter follower increase: http://bit.ly/2GF3Hax

 

Can't. Unsee.:

 

Observation about Beto's answer about the border: "O'Rourke was clearly prepared for that question about illegal border crossings - and had his answer down pat - right down to the time limit." (Via MSNBC's Garrett Haake) http://bit.ly/2GDmTFs

Speaking times for each candidate: Elizabeth Warren spoke the most (18:33), followed by Bernie Sanders (17:45) and Pete Buttigieg (14:07). The full chart of speaking times: https://nyti.ms/2GAZPao

The Fox Theatre is beautiful: Here's a photo of the debate venue: http://bit.ly/2ZoW92W

 

DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS: 

The line of the night: "I don't understand why anyone goes through all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we can't do and what we shouldn't fight for," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDelaney shakes up top campaign staff Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (D-Md.). http://bit.ly/2ZiGhiE Video of the back and forth: http://bit.ly/312rnxp

The top tweeted moments of the nightNo. 1: Warren's line ^ to Delaney about "what we can't do." No. 2: Responses to the Green New Deal. No. 3: Williamson and Warren discussing racism. http://bit.ly/2YxAxQO

The crowd got a kick out of this Marianne Williamson answer: "Crowd erupts after [Marianne] Williamson says the wonkiness of #DemDebate doesn't dispel 'the dark psychic force' of 'hate' coming from Trump." http://bit.ly/2YfXNYf

^ The force I'm now picturing: For all the Stranger Things fans: http://bit.ly/2ZhwNEa

Powerful moment from Buttigieg: "A 13-year-old asked me what we're going to do about school safety and then began shaking and ... crying ... all I could think of looking into the eyes of this child is, 'we're supposed to be dealing with this so you don't have to.' " http://bit.ly/2ZmKuBV

Good representation of the night: " 'Might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump,' Hickenlooper says of Sanders' policy being a losing strategy in 2020.  (This is definitely a moderates vs. progressives night.)" http://bit.ly/333iZPN

 

REACTIONS AND FROM THE SPIN ROOM:

From the chaos of the spin room: Claustrophobia warning. Video: http://bit.ly/2ZkLMNR

Let's play, 'where's Bernie?': Photo:  http://bit.ly/2ZkGiSV

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyA US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces MORE (R-Utah): "Asked why @BernieSanders is so angry, the answer is simple: 28 years in Congress and never able to pass even a scintilla of his socialist agenda. All hat, no cattle." http://bit.ly/2YwXqrt

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) denies protesting the national anthem: "Congressman Ryan wasn't protesting and didn't mean to make any statement last night in Detroit, it was a moment of absentmindedness while on a debate stage that won't happen again," his campaign said in a statement. During the anthem, Ryan did not place his hand on his heart, attracting attention on social media. http://bit.ly/2GEe6Dh

Williamson on herself: During an interview with CNN after the debate, Marianne Williamson said that besides herself, she's "a Bernie and Elizabeth person." http://bit.ly/2ZjgarS

 

Finally, someone asks Warren the practical question we all want to know!: 

Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZpBz2G

 

Such a relatable answer: A reporter asked Marianne Williamson if the night went as she hoped it would. Her answer: "I don't know yet. I mean, I'll tell you when, you know, later when I see the memes." Watch: http://bit.ly/2ZkqboJ

 

DEBATE ROUND TWO -- DING, DING:

Who is debating tonight:

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (D-Colo.)

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

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.)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment The US can't seem to live without Afghanistan MORE (D-Hawaii) 

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries 2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally' MORE (D-N.Y.)

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.)

Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeCastro, Steyer join pledge opposing the Keystone XL pipeline Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Andrew Yang promises mass pardon to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses MORE (D-Wash.)

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangCastro 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

 

What time: 8 p.m. EDT

Rules and logistics for tonight's debate: https://cnn.it/2GDWB62 

 

IN CONGRESS

Trump has a natural talent for setting traps:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, "House Democrats up in arms over 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's attacks on minority lawmakers are sounding a warning to their own party heading into the 2020 elections: Don't take the bait." http://bit.ly/2GEa2TF

Keep in mind: "While Democrats have rushed to the defense of 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.), the prominent Congressional Black Caucus member Trump has attacked this week, they also sense the president is setting a political trap."

 

Democrats are making their dissatisfaction clear:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Morgan Chalfant, Democrats are signaling they will oppose President Trump's pick for director of national intelligence, 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), setting up a brutal and uncertain confirmation battle. http://bit.ly/2Zol0nu

What it would take for Ratcliffe to be rejected: "Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate, so it would take four GOP defections with unified Democratic opposition to deny Ratcliffe's confirmation."

Why Ratcliffe is controversial: "Ratcliffe, a three-term congressman and former federal prosecutor, has faced a wave of criticism for his dearth of intelligence credentials, and his opponents argue he lacks the experience to fulfill the role effectively ... Critics have also raised concerns that Ratcliffe, a staunch Trump ally, is too political for the role and will not be an unbiased steward of the nation's intelligence, an issue guaranteed to come up during his confirmation hearing." 

What to expect: http://bit.ly/2Zol0nu

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2SSb03H

 

Happening today — let’s do this thing and get out of town:

The Senate is expected to vote on a House-passed two-year budget deal before they head out of town. https://cnn.it/2GEgRV4

When: “Exact timing of the vote on the budget deal is not locked in yet but is expected to be announced by 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 sometime Wednesday -- meaning the vote could come in the afternoon or evening or slip to Thursday.”  

Is it expected to pass?: Yes, it will likely pass. The House already approved the measure and left town last week.

What to expect, via CNN’s Ted Barrett and Lauren Foxhttps://cnn.it/2GEgRV4

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Announced this morning -- Puerto Rico's next governor:

"Outgoing Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (D) on Wednesday named former Resident Commissioner Pedro PierluisiPedro Rafael PierluisiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump vows federal response to Ohio, Texas shootings Wanda Vázquez sworn in as new Puerto Rico governor Puerto Rico's top court invalidates governor's appointment MORE (D) as his secretary of State designate, putting Pierluisi in line to become Puerto Rico's next governor." http://bit.ly/2ZxoBzC

 

He should just wear a target polo, tbh: 

Via The Hill's Alex Gangitano, "Democrats and organized labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, the pick to lead the Labor Department, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing President Trump's support among rank-and-file union voters." http://bit.ly/2GE6dOt

Keep in mind: "Trump has yet to formally nominate Scalia but critics are already vowing to put a spotlight on that agenda and Scalia's work as a lawyer for businesses in high-profile labor fights." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

So close to recess, they can almost touch it:  

 

ON TAP

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Zig03Q

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Mongolia. 

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a victory committee reception in Washington, D.C., for North Carolina House candidate Dan Bishop.

Today: Harry Potter's birthday! Photo of the celebration by the books' publisher: http://bit.ly/2Zq96cU

 

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the Young America's Foundation Annual National Conservative Student Conference in Washington, D.C. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GBK0QS

2:30 p.m. EDT: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a press conference. The Fed is expected to cut rates today for the first time in a decade. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GE2rV1

8 p.m. EDT: The next Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Avocado Day.

  

What is better than Chipotle guac? Free Chipotle guac:

To celebrate National Avocado Day, Chipotle isn't charging for guacamole on its entrees. https://cnn.it/2ZmbgKE

 

And because it's been a long week so far, here's a proud mama parrot posing with her newborn. So photogenic! http://bit.ly/2GBKLtc