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The Hill's 12:30 Report: McConnell camp in fight with Twitter | Twitter locks campaign account | Senate GOP campaign arm vows to stop advertising on platform | Yang qualifies for next debates | Biden faces scrutiny over stance on sanctuary cities | O'Rourke in spotlight after El Paso shootings | Trump weighs commuting Blagojevich sentence | Dems worry 'Medicare for All' could hurt fight for Senate | H Street Festival set for 9/21 | National Frozen Custard Day



I'm feeling generous:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE is "very strongly" debating commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D).

In Trump's words: "I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly. ... His wife I think is fantastic and I'm thinking about commuting his sentence very strongly. I think it's enough, seven years."



"Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009 and was later convicted of a wide array of corruption charges, including trying to sell Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaForget conventional wisdom — Bernie Sanders is electable 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care Obama shares summer reading list MORE's Senate seat after he was elected president in 2008. The former governor began serving a 14-year prison sentence in 2012." Blagojevich once said on a phone call about Obama's Senate seat: "I've got this thing, and it's f------ golden. I'm just not giving it up for f------ nothing."





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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 12:30 Report will be off next week for its own August recess. 


New resignation:

Via The Washington Post, the State Department's assistant secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Kim Breier, has resigned. Why: Over a dispute with the White House over Guatemalan immigration policy.



Beto is back in the spotlight:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeHillicon Valley: O'Rourke proposal targets tech's legal shield | Dem wants public review of FCC agreement with T-Mobile, Sprint | Voters zero in on cybersecurity | Instagram to let users flag misinformation O'Rourke proposes holding tech platforms accountable for hate speech The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (D-Texas) is back in the spotlight after the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso.

What O'Rourke has been doing: O'Rourke immediately canceled his campaign events and returned home where he has been visiting the wounded, giving interviews, attending memorials and representing his community.


What this has done to Beto's campaign: "O'Rourke's distress and anger along with his prominence in the aftermath of the tragedy ... has reminded some Democratic voters why they rallied to him in the first place, during his bid to oust Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate MORE(R-Texas) last year." 



President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE met with survivors and first responders. They stayed out of the public view for most of the trip. But while en route from Dayton, Ohio, to El Paso, Texas, President Trump tweeted attacks on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE, two Ohio officials and a Fox News anchor.

Examples of Trump's tweets bashing the media:


AND PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Head of flight attendants group claims 'broad support' for 'Medicare for All' among union members 2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally MORE IS HITTING THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AGAIN:

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is heading back on the campaign trail tomorrow. Ryan had returned to Ohio after the shooting. Where: The Iowa State Fair.



"Beautiful notes of kindness here in Dayton." (Via CNN's Betsy Klein) Photos of the Post-It notes hung up:



Bulletproof backpack sales surge:

Via CNN's Scottie Andrew and Brian Ries, after the shootings last weekend, the sales of bulletproof backpacks have surged 200 to 300 percent. Details:



The presidential race is ruining all of their fun:

Via The Hill's Jessie Hellman, Democrats successfully used health care as a marquis topic to make gains in the 2018 midterms, but with the heated debates among White House hopefuls may make health care a liability in next year's Senate races.

How so: "Progressive presidential candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties MORE (D-Mass.) are backing an ambitious 'Medicare for All' plan, while some centrists say the proposal is akin to repealing ObamaCare. In doing so, strategists warn that moderates are using language that is essentially playing into the hands of President Trump and other Republicans." 


Twitter locked Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report MORE's campaign account: 

Twitter has locked the account for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign after it shared a video of a protester's profanity-laced rant outside the senator's home.

Why: A Twitter spokesperson told The Hill that the tweet "violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety."



The National Republican Senatorial Committee announced it will stop spending money to advertise on Twitter. 

From NRSC spokesperson Jesse Hunt: "Twitter's hostile actions toward Leader McConnell's campaign are outrageous and we will not tolerate it. The NRSC will suspend all spending with Twitter until further notice. We will not spend our resources on a platform that silences conservatives."



Just announced -- Yang makes the debate stage:

Former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangVideo of Andrew Yang dancing to the 'Cupid Shuffle' in South Carolina goes viral The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Poll: Support for Sanders among college students reaches highest level since April MORE just qualified for the third and fourth Democratic presidential debates in the fall after a new poll shows he has 2 percent support in Iowa.

Keep in mind: Yang had already reached the 130,000-donor threshold.  


Biden keeps his lead:

According to new polls released this week, former Vice President Joe Biden is maintaining his lead over Democratic presidential hopefuls in Pennsylvania, California and North Carolina. The polls:


Hint: It's pretty unclear these days and the issue could be tricky for him.



This is too relatable: 

Munsil then added: "Mostly I win but when I lose I LOSE"



The House and Senate are out for August recess. 

President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Kentucky today.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in London, Ky. 

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in an Operation Coal Country Innovative Readiness Training Briefing in Manchester, Ky.

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump meets with national security team on Afghanistan peace plan Japan's Hormuz dilemma The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? MORE.

3:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech to Operation Coal Country Innovative Readiness Training in Kentucky. Livestream:



Today is National Frozen Custard Day.


The annual H Street Festival has a date:

Via PoPville, the 2019 H Street Festival is scheduled for Sept. 21. Details:


And because you read to the end, here is a dog who is the very definition of "eager beaver":

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