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 KlobucharPoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Robert Reich sees Democratic race as Warren, Sanders and Biden: 'Everyone else is irrelevant' Democrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota 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 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 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 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."

Which Democrats are nervous:

Op-ed from a Dem strategist:



Just who 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 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 HurdGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision Hurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted' 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 LankfordTrump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' 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 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.) and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockSuper PAC seeks to spend more than million supporting Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Private flight spending soars in Democratic presidential race 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: