The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump rule marks major change in handling of migrant families

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump rule marks major change in handling of migrant families

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump to allow indefinite detentions of migrant families | Trump doubles down on Jewish controversy | Why Sanders campaign may be underestimated | Polls offer warning signs for Trump | Trump scraps Denmark trip over Greenland | Trump considers payroll tax cut but maintains economy is strong | Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerPro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk launch new program on Newsmax TV The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's unanimous decision on the Electoral College Juan Williams: Trump's base begins to crack MORE joins 'Dancing with the Stars' | Lucky Charms to sell bags of marshmallows



The limit does not exist:

The Trump administration unveiled a new rule this morning to allow migrant families to be held for an indefinite period.

The old rule: Under the old system called the Flores Settlement Agreement, children could not be held for longer than 20 days.

Under the new system: "Immigrant families could be held for the duration of their court proceedings, which officials claim can be resolved within three months." 


The Trump administration's reasoning: "The Trump administration has frequently blamed the Flores Agreement for the spike in family border crossings over the last few years, claiming the promise of eventual release creates an incentive to enter the country illegally." 


It's Wednesday. 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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Why back down if you can double down:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE just doubled down on his statement that Democratic voters are being "disloyal" to Jewish people and Israel.

In Trump's words: "You vote for a Democrat you're being very disloyal to Jewish people and being very disloyal to Israel." 



Yesterday when criticizing two congresswomen who are critical of the U.S.-Israel alliance, President Trump said Jewish people who vote Democratic are ignorant or disloyal. The comments sparked a backlash.


You're canceled:

President Trump postponed a trip to Denmark after the country's prime minister shot down the possibility of purchasing Greenland.

Trump tweeted: "Denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's comments, that she would have no interest in discussing the purchase of Greenland, I will be postponing our meeting scheduled in two weeks for another time ... the Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and Denmark by being so direct. I thank her for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!"



Several former Danish diplomats slammed President Trump for pulling out of the Danish meeting. 

From former Prime Minister Kristian Jensen: "Total chaos with @realDonaldTrump and cancellation of state visit to Denmark. It has gone from a big opportunity for strengthened dialogue between allies to a diplomatic crisis ... Everyone should know Greenland is not for sale."


Consider it considered:

Though President Trump maintains that the economy is strong, he confirmed that he is considering a temporary payroll tax as a way to boost the economy.

In Trump's words: "Payroll tax is something that we think about, and a lot of people would like to see that ...  We're looking at various tax reductions. But I'm looking at that all the time anyway." 

Oh and: Trump said his administration is also considering doing something on the capital gains tax, though it is still up in the air. 



"Although almost two-thirds of Americans still say current economic conditions are good, a new CNN poll shows the first significant drop in perceptions since President Trump's election."

The numbers: "In the poll, 65 percent of respondents rated economic conditions as somewhat or very good, a 5-point drop from May. Perception of the economy had steadily increased since Trump's inauguration, when 57 percent of respondents said conditions were good." 



Why Trump's advisers should be concerned about his polling:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "Opinion polls are flashing warning signs for President Trump-- and in some unexpected ways."

For example: A Fox News poll last week tested Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate Trump to counter DNC with travel to swing states Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' USPS workers union endorses Biden, citing threat to postal service 'survival' MORE (D-Calif.). Trump won white voters by a relatively small margin.

Why this is pretty important: "The president crushed Clinton with white non-college educated voters, winning them by a huge 37 points (66-29 percent) over Clinton. In the Fox poll, his best performance with such voters -- an 18-point advantage over Warren -- was roughly half as large."

Is it a trend or an outlier?: It does not appear to be an outlier. A Quinnipiac University poll last month showed similar numbers.  


Bernie Sanders's polls are also something to watch carefully:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood, new polling shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) bid for the Democratic presidential nomination may be underestimated.

Where Sanders stands: Sanders is firmly in the top three among Democratic candidates, along with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Why this is important to mention: "The surveys give considerable hope to Sanders, who has been largely overshadowed over the past few months by Warren's buzzy campaign. Given his grassroots fundraising and his organization, the polling suggests Sanders will be in the race for the long haul and that he stands a good chance of winning."

Polling details:



I'm setting my DVR as we speak:
This year's cast of "Dancing with the Stars" was announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" today.

Including...: Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer

Other notable cast members: "Bachelorette" Hannah BrownKaramo Brown of "Queer Eye" and former NBA star Lamar Odom

When the season will premiere: Sept. 16

Details and the full cast:



Announced this morning -- deficits could exceed $12 trillion in the next decade: 

Via The Hill's Niv Elis, "The federal government will rack up $12.2 trillion in deficits through 2029, according to a new projection from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), an $809 billion increase from its last projection in May."



Oh man, I can't unsee these:

This is one of four comparison photos. Here are the others:



The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is in Louisville, Ky., for the day. Vice President Pence is in Roswell, N.M., and then heads to Salt Lake City.

10:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Roswell, N.M.

11:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Louisville, Ky.

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Louisville, Ky. 

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a fundraising committee reception.

4:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

7:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House. 

8:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Salt Lake City.



2 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the American Veterans 75th National Convention in Louisville, Ky. Livestream:

3:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives remarks at "USMCA: A Better Deal for American Workers." Livestream:



Today is National Spumoni Day.


This is pretty wild:

Via CNN's Ashley Strickland, "Black hole gobbles up neutron star, causing ripples in space and time." Details


Hearts, Stars, and Horseshoes, Clovers and Blue Moons, Pots of Gold and Rainbows, and Tasty Red Balloons!:

Lucky Charms has teamed up with Jet-Puffed to release entire bags of the colorful marshmallows. Photo:


And because it's August and you should be just a little distracted from work, here's a dog meeting a seal for the first time: