The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden camp feels boost after Detroit debate

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Team Biden feeling confident after Detroit test | Dems scramble to make next debate | Klobuchar qualifies for round three | GOP shaken by Hurd retirement | Trump weighs in on Cummings's break-in: 'Really bad news!' | Strong July jobs report despite economic worries | Republicans push back on election security bills | Trump to begin 10-day summer vacation | French's releases ... mustard ice cream (?)



Add another podium on the stage:

Sen. 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's (D-Minn.) presidential campaign said that she has qualified for the fall presidential primary debates.

The Democratic National Committee criteria: Candidates need at least 2 percent in four recent polls and 130,000 unique donors. 

Klobuchar's criteria: Klobuchar has already met the polling requirement, and according to her campaign she has now met the donor threshold. 


Happy summer Friday! 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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Post-debate -- The Biden campaign is cheesin':

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes, Team 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 is feeling confident after his last debate performance.

How so: "Biden had several shaky moments, and the ferocious attacks against the 76-year-old's record on civil rights, immigration and health care portends the fights ahead. Biden's rivals view him as a rickety front-runner who will at some point collapse under pressure. But that hasn't happened yet, and Team Biden feels the former vice president weathered a major test this week, steadying his candidacy after a poor first debate performance raised questions about whether he could rise to the challenge." 


And in polling: "Biden is dominating the field with older voters and black Democrats, two constituencies critical to the primary and general election." 


But Democrats are worried about Wednesday's negative debate:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Democratic lawmakers were left shaken and worried by Wednesday night's bruising presidential debate, which left some fearing the fight will hurt the party and result in a damaged nominee."

How so: "Senate Democrats are frustrated that candidates are spending too much time and effort attacking each other for relatively small policy differences, while not focusing their ire on 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."

Which Democrats are nervous:

Op-ed from a Dem strategist:



Just who 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 wants tweeting about his burglary:

This morning, President Trump responded to reports that Rep. Elijah Cummings's (D-Md.) house was reportedly broken into last Saturday.

Trump tweeted: "Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!" Trump's tweet:



Via CBS Baltimore, Cummings's Baltimore home was broken into Saturday at 3:40 a.m. EDT. It's still unclear if anything was stolen. Details:

What timing: The robbery reportedly happened just a few hours before President Trump first tweeted that Cummings is a "brutal bully" and that his Baltimore district was "rat and rodent infested" and a "very dangerous & filthy place" where "no human being would want to live."



It's the first Friday of the month. You know what that means?!:

The Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in July.

For context: This is a good sign amid worries about the economy in the long term.

The unemployment rate: It remained steady at 3.7 percent.



Have ya Hurd?:

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges Republicans offer support for Steve King challenger House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad MORE (R-Texas), the only African American Republican in the House, announced he will not seek reelection in 2020.

From Hurd: I "have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security." 

Read Hurd's announcement on Twitter:


Democrats pushed Republicans' buttons:

Via The Hill's Maggie Miller, Republicans are finally punching back after a week of attacks from Democrats over stalled election security bills.

What Republicans are being accused of: Stopping all efforts to secure the 2020 elections. Senate Democrats have tried to force votes on election security legislation but have been blocked by their GOP counterparts.

How the GOP is responding: Republicans are "arguing instead that Senate Democrats are abandoning the legislative process, treading on states' rights and misleading voters about what their legislation would do."

For example -- from Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordHillicon Valley: GOP hits back over election security bills | Ratcliffe out for intel chief | Social media companies consider policies targeting 'deepfakes' | Capital One, GitHub sued over breach The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden camp feels boost after Detroit debate GOP punches back in election security fight MORE (R-Okla.): "When they talk about federalizing elections, or having to have a central D.C. location to be able to give certification to every vendor or Voter ID laws or federal funding for elections, those are not election security items, that's a completely different thing," Lankford told The Hill. 



White House renovations:



The Senate is officially off for August recess. The House is out.  

President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is leaving for vacation in Bedminster, N.J. Vice President Pence is in Georgia today.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., for a 10-day vacation. Details:

5:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

Aug. 15: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H.

Sept. 9: The Senate returns.



11:20 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at the second annual Resurgent Gathering in Georgia. Livestream:

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump makes an announcement on trade with the European Union. Livestream:

Sunday morning: Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who just announced he will not seek reelection, will appear on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Sunday morning: Two 2020 presidential candidates, 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.) and Montana Gov. 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 (D), appear on NBC's "Meet the Press." 



Today is International Beer Day! It's also National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

How to celebrate: Here's where to celebrate International Beer Day in Washington, D.C.: And here's a list of ice cream sandwich specials today:


Must we ruin EVERYTHING?:

French's has unveiled a mustard-flavored ice cream for National Mustard Day tomorrow.

Where to find it -- ugh, just don't tell me if you do want it: Coolhaus ice cream stores.


Ummm, what an amazing idea:

Via Thrillist, "This Hotel Will Deliver Puppies and Prosecco Right to Your Room." Details -- because I would never tease you like that


And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a memorizing video of ice cream and popsicles melting in the sun: