The Hill's 12:30 Report: McConnell camp in fight with Twitter

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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

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

I'm feeling generous:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE is "very strongly" debating commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). http://bit.ly/2OM5tgI

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."

 

BACK STORY:

"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 ObamaBiden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina National Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires 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." http://bit.ly/2OM5tgI

 

Throwback:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2OJYswN

 

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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. https://wapo.st/2yJehsG

 

LATEST WITH THE OHIO, TEXAS SHOOTINGS

Beto is back in the spotlight:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) is back in the spotlight after the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso. http://bit.ly/2OKRirY

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.

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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 CruzSunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial Cruz: Hearing from witnesses could extend Senate trial to up to 8 weeks Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial MORE(R-Texas) last year." 

 

HOW TRUMP'S DAYTON AND EL PASO VISITS WENT:

President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial 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 BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE, two Ohio officials and a Fox News anchor. http://bit.ly/2yKag7n

Examples of Trump's tweets bashing the media: http://bit.ly/2OLC1aF

 

AND PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOffice of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far GM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio 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. http://bit.ly/2OMcsGs

 

TIDBIT FROM DAYTON -- THIS IS A NICE SENTIMENT:

"Beautiful notes of kindness here in Dayton." (Via CNN's Betsy Klein) Photos of the Post-It notes hung up: http://bit.ly/2yK81AZ

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2OLXK26

 

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: https://cnn.it/2yMyeiw

 

IN CONGRESS

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. http://bit.ly/2OJFu9r

How so: "Progressive presidential candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina 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 McConnellDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial GOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles 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. http://bit.ly/2yMFjzC

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

 

REACTION FROM THE SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN ARM:

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." http://bit.ly/2yKmIE3

 

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Just announced -- Yang makes the debate stage:

Former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang's wife, Evelyn Yang, calls for 'big structural change' at 4th annual Women's March DNC announces new criteria for New Hampshire debate Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire 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. http://bit.ly/2yIg810

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: http://bit.ly/2OJJJ4R

WHERE BIDEN STANDS ON SANCTUARY CITIES:

Hint: It's pretty unclear these days and the issue could be tricky for him. http://bit.ly/2yPCg9u

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

This is too relatable: 

Munsil then added: "Mostly I win but when I lose I LOSE" http://bit.ly/2yPpcks

 

ON TAP

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 PompeoCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo Trump Jr.: If 'weaker' Republicans only call for certain witnesses, 'they don't deserve to be in office' House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE.

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

 

WHAT TO WATCH

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech to Operation Coal Country Innovative Readiness Training in Kentucky. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2OKRXda

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2OOmhUa

 

And because you read to the end, here is a dog who is the very definition of "eager beaver": http://bit.ly/2OVfrMS

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