The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Detroit's debate battle

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Detroit's debate battle
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TALK OF THE MORNING

Two primary debates down, 10 to go. Aren’t we having So! Much! Fun!?:

DEBATE TAKEAWAYS:

  1. No clear winner emerges after an ugly night
  2. Candidates pile on Biden http://bit.ly/2ZriJrI
  3. Rivals chip away at Harris
  4. Booker stands out with viral zingers
  5. Democrats were united on health care in 2018; now they’re terribly divided

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jonathan Easleyhttp://bit.ly/2GHSG8p

How the party’s ugly divisions were on displayhttp://bit.ly/2GHqaUx

Winners: Sen. 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.), Sen. 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.), 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.), Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Bullock: Putting Cuccinelli in charge of immigration 'like putting Putin in charge of election security' Kudlow: Trump 'wants to take a look' at buying Greenland MORE (D) and author 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.

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Losers: 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.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), progressives who back impeachment of 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 and centrists. 

Mixed: 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 and 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). 

Reasoning for eachhttp://bit.ly/2GE95uu

This is a pretty interesting point: “Whoever just made this point on CNN was very right: this was a joyless debate. I think it’s a net negative for the party.” (Tweet from Brian Rosenwald) http://bit.ly/2ZohWYP

It’s Thursday — it’s officially August! 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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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM DETROIT:

Candidates rode the elevator together — oh man, 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’s pose:

I wonder what the small talk was about...

 

 

Here’s another photo from the elevator: I love Booker and Gillibrand’s facial expressions! http://bit.ly/2Zo5S9T

DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE channeled his inner Jed Wyatt — he made a jingle: "Ol' McConnell had a farm. Ee-eye-ee-eye oh. And on his farm, he kept all those bills that passed the House. Ee-eye-ee-eye oh." http://bit.ly/2Zmalty

Overheard on stageJoe Biden told Kamala Harris as they enter on stage, “Go easy on me, kid.” Listen to the interactionhttp://bit.ly/2MsxIhr

^Reaction from Harris’s national press secretary: “Kid?” Ian Sams tweeted http://bit.ly/2GB5Cg7

Photo of Washington Post reporters covering the debatehttp://bit.ly/2GEySTos

Check out this Obama T-shirt for sale in Detroit’s Eastern Market: Photo from The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere: http://bit.ly/2ZmznJh 

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 decided to wear glasses this roundhttp://bit.ly/2GCCYv6

Protesters interrupted the opening statements: “Whole debate interrupted with ‘FIRE PANTALEO’ chants aimed at de Blasio. Pantaleo is the Staten Island cop involved in Eric Garner death.” http://bit.ly/2GEYbox

DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS:

‘Ohhh yeeeeah’: “You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid and you don’t even know the flavor,” Cory Booker says to Joe Biden. http://bit.ly/2YgzUjt

Amazing: Comedian Roy Wood Jr. depicts what America did after hearing that Kool-Aid line. Watch — lolhttp://bit.ly/2GH0xD9

Kool-Aid responded!!:

 

 

Gillibrand and Biden had a pretty tense debate about womenhttps://cnn.it/2ZkhM4x

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ThRoWbAcK: Biden’s national press secretary, Jamal Brown, resurfaced an old tweet from 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.) in 2016. Gillibrand tweeted in 2016: “Thank you @VP Biden for your unwavering commitment to combating violence against women! #ItsOnUs” Selfie of Biden and Gillibrand: http://bit.ly/2ZoaDQF

Here’s a list of the top moments during the debate

  1. Booker repeatedly hit Biden
  2. Gillibrand says the first thing she'll do as president is "Clorox the Oval Office" 
  3. Booker says 'shithole' on live TV 
  4. De Blasio takes heat over Eric Garner case
  5. Gabbard hits Harris over prosecutor record 

Details for eachhttp://bit.ly/2ZpIzfF

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Zr5eIw

WHAT TO KNOW FOR THE NEXT DEBATE:

When and where: Sept. 12 (and possibly Sept. 13) in Houston, depending on how many candidates qualify. 

Why there may be half the candidates: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has raised the bar to qualify for the next debate. 

What candidates need to qualify: “At least 2 percent in four national DNC-approved polls and at least 130,000 unique donors, coming from at least 400 unique donors in 20 or more states.” For context: That is about double the last qualification. http://bit.ly/2ZkiOgV

Which candidates have qualified so far: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrenhttp://bit.ly/2ZkiOgV

Who else is close: Julián Castro, Andrew Yang and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharCastro 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 have reached one of the two requirements. http://bit.ly/2ZkiOgV

IN CONGRESS

Don’t take this the wrong way, senators, but GO HOME:

The Senate just passed a two-year budget and debt ceiling deal, paving the way for the upper chamber to leave for August recess. The sweeping bill already passed in the House and is heading to President Trump’s desk. http://bit.ly/2ZoWv9V

The vote: 67-28

Details of the budget dealhttp://bit.ly/2ZoWv9V

LATE THIS MORNING FROM TRUMP— FULL STEAM AHEAD:

President Trump tweeted his support for the budget deal this morning. “Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets, and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Two year deal gets us past the Election. Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!” http://bit.ly/2GGba9o

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 inspected his battering ram this morning:

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Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) just pushed legislation to overhaul the asylum system through the Senate Judiciary Committee by waving committee rules to force a vote. http://bit.ly/2ZoqHSH 

From the Democratic ranking member of the committee: "You're breaking the rules of the committee," Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech MORE (D-Calif.) said as Graham told the committee’s staff to ignore Democratic attempts to speak  of the vote. 

Livestream of the committee meetinghttps://cs.pn/2GGzAPT

What next: The bill is headed to the Senate floor where it is not expected to reach the 60 votes necessary. 

What Graham’s bill would do: “It would increase the number of days a family can be held together from 20 days to 100 days, preventing family separations but lengthening the period children could be held in custody with their parents. It would also require asylum claims be filed in Mexico or a home country instead of the United States, provide funding for 500 new immigration judges and allow unaccompanied minors from Central America to be sent back to their home countries, similar to unaccompanied minors from Canada or Mexico.” http://bit.ly/2GIn8PJ

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Pour one out for wine — literally:

 

 

ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to Cincinnati this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Hagerstown, Md., and is meeting Trump in Cincinnati.

11 a.m. EDT: Roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttp://bit.ly/2GE33Km 

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperBahrain joins US-led coalition to protect Gulf shipping Congress must exercise its power to ensure America has no war with Iran Pentagon tests previously banned cruise missile MORE.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Hagerstown, Md., and flies to Cincinnati. 

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House for Cincinnati. 

6:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump Victory reception in Cincinnati.

6:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a fundraising reception in Cincinnati.  

9:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C. 

10:35 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.

WHAT TO WATCH:

10 a.m. EDT: The Senate Judiciary Committee considers an immigration bill. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2GGUtKQ

11:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers event at Manitowoc Cranes. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2GFck58

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Cincinnati. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2GFBZuk

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

Another theme park is coming to Orlando:

Via The Tampa Bay Times’s Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Universal Studios announced this morning that a new theme park is opening in Orlando, Fla. http://bit.ly/2GFZ00d

What Universal has said about the theme: “In a vague description, Universal said Epic Universe will ‘take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands.’”  

Speculation about the park’s theme: Nintendo, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung-Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, The Secret Life of Pets, Sing and Fantastic Beasts. 

Concept art released by Universalhttp://bit.ly/2GFZ00d

And to make you smile, here’s a dog meeting his idol: http://bit.ly/2Zqyz5Z