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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump lawyers to offer closing arguments on day 7 | Senators prep for question time | Latest Bolton fallout | McConnell struggles to unify GOP | Republican says Senate should get Bolton manuscript | Trump to unveil Mideast peace plan | Bloomberg passes Buttigieg in national poll | UK bucks Trump to allow Huawei in 5G network | Trump asks 'what the hell has happened' to Fox News | Trump rally in New Jersey tonight



McConnell trying to keep his party united like...:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (R-Ky.) is struggling to keep Republicans united following the New York Times report of former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE's manuscript.

Why: There are growing calls for Bolton and other witnesses to testify, which would prolong the trial.  

Back story: Here's the New York Times bombshell report that threw the debate over witnesses into disarray. "Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says"



Via The Hill's Niall Stanage



Via Politico's Jake Sherman, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (D-W.Va.) commented on the trial: "I think everyone's done a good job so far. On both sides."


This a.m. -- a GOP senator wants to see Bolton's manuscript:

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes Florida senator seeks probe of Ben & Jerry's halting sales in Israeli settlements Senate Democrats try to defuse GOP budget drama MORE (R-Okla.) said the White House should give a copy of former national security adviser Bolton's memoir to senators.

Lankford said in a Facebook video: "I am encouraging the White House, anybody that I can talk to, to say: That manuscript is pertinent, and we should get access to that manuscript to see what they're actually saying." 

Watch the Facebook video:


I keep misreading 'witness swap' as 'prisoner swap':

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) dismissed a proposal from moderate Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) to allow both former national security adviser John Bolton and Hunter Biden testify as witnesses in the impeachment trial.

In Schumer's words: "There's always a diversion. Hunter Biden has nothing to do with the facts of this trial." 


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Day 7 -- ding, ding:

The Senate impeachment trial is about to begin for the last day of arguments from President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE's defense team.

When the trial begins: 1 p.m. EST, as per usual. Livestream:



Today is the last day for President Trump's lawyers to present their defense. Here's a preview:



Senators will have 16 hours to question the House impeachment managers and President Trump's defense team.

For context: "Senators filed more than 150 questions during the 1999 Clinton impeachment trial, using two days to work through the pile. Only one question in that trial came from a bipartisan pair of senators: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsWelcome to ground zero of climate chaos A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate Bipartisan blip: Infrastructure deal is last of its kind without systemic change MORE (R-Maine) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)."



But that's MY channel. MY CHANNEL.:

This morning, President Trump slammed Fox News after an interview with Democratic Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenBottom line Spendthrift Democrats ignore looming bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare Progressive pollster: 65 percent of likely voters would back polluters tax MORE (Md.) and predicted it would be "the beginning of the end" for the network.

He tweeted: "Really pathetic how @FoxNews is trying to be so politically correct by loading the airwaves with Democrats like Chris Van Hollen, the no name Senator from Maryland. He has been on forever playing up the Impeachment Hoax. Dems wouldn't even give Fox their low ratings debates..."

He then added: "So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC. How's Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!"


I have a plan for that!:

Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE, President Trump just announced a Mideast peace plan. 

On Jerusalem: "Under this vision, Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided, [that’s] very important, undivided capital." 

From Trump: “We will form a joint committee with Israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so that recognition can be immediately achieved.”

Unrelated, but — Trump also called out Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Christie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group America needs a new strategy for Pacific Island Countries MORE: “That’s impressive. That was very impressive. That reporter couldn’t have done too good of a job on you yesterday. Think you did a good job on her, actually,” Trump said of Pompeo's clash with an NPR reporter. Back story

Livestream of the announcement:

Photo from the room:



Bloomberg surpassed Buttigieg in a new national poll -- say what now?:

Twelve percent of Democratic presidential primary voters support former New York City mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWithout drastic changes, Democrats are on track to lose big in 2022 Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary The tragedy of 9/11 — an inflection point in American history MORE, according to a new Morning Consult poll.


The numbers:

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE: 29 percent support

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE (I-Vt.): 23 percent 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.): 14 percent 

Michael Bloomberg: 12 percent

Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg MORE: 7 percent

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang planning to launch third party: report Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Kings launch voting rights effort honoring John Lewis MORE: 5 percent

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Seven takeaways from California's recall election Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate MORE (D-Minn.): 3 percent

The full poll:


Interesting read -- show me... Iowa!:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson and Ashley Perks, here's a look at the Iowa Caucuses, mapped out: 



Latest with the coronavirus -- the death toll exceeds 100:

Via The New York Times, "The outbreak of the mysterious new coronavirus is rapidly spreading, the Chinese authorities said on Tuesday, as the official account of known cases jumped nearly 60 percent overnight and the death toll exceeded 100 for the first time."



Via The Hill's Maggie Miller, the United Kingdom decided to allow Chinese telecommunications group Huawei to be a part of its 5G network, ignoring President Trump's calls for Huawei to be banned.

Details: "The [United Kingdom's National Security Council (NSC)] said it would allow a presence of 'no more than 35 percent' of equipment from high risk vendors like Huawei, which is one of the largest telecom equipment providers in the world, in peripheral networks."

Why the U.S. wants Huawei to be banned: Fears of Chinese spying.



Oh no.:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Wildwood, N.J. for a campaign rally. Vice President Pence is in Madison, Wis.

10:05 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left Washington, D.C. for Madison, Wis.

1 p.m. EST: The Senate meets to continue the impeachment trial. The Senate's full schedule today:

2 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2 – 3:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

4:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

4:40 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Wildwood, N.J.

10:30 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.



Noon: President Trump delivered remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuLivestream:

1 p.m. EST: Day 7 of the Senate impeachment trial. Livestream:

1:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Wisconsin School Choice Student Showcase. Livestream

7 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Wildwood, N.J. Livestream



Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day.


For the "Schitt's Creek" fans in the room:

Here's a montage of 'Schitt's Creek' character Alexis saying "David." Watch -- I'm loling:


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