The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Pelosi take the gloves off; DNC wants Iowa recanvass

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The Hill's 12:30 Report — From snowy New Hampshire — Trump takes victory lap after impeachment acquittal | Shows off acquittal headlines | Trump, Pelosi take off the gloves | DNC calls for recanvass of caucus results | Latest results show Buttigieg, Sanders virtual tie | Sights and sounds from the New Hampshire trail | Pressure on Buttigieg | 'Antenna guy' follows Biden | Gabbard backers protest CNN

 

ON THE GROUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

T-minus 5 days:

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- It's a snowy morning in southern New Hampshire, slowing down journalists, supporters and politicos who are trying to get to campaign stops in the final stretch. I'm filing from Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE's (D-Minn.) campaign stop in Manchester, where she is speaking at the World Affairs Council. 

And when I say snow: It snowed overnight and has slowly shifted to a gross wintry mix this morning. 

Livestream of Klobuchar's remarks: https://cs.pn/2H0uDkT

Photo of the media at the event: I’d say there are as many media members as there are attendees: http://bit.ly/2Utciom

And here’s a photo of Klobuchar as she begins her remarks: http://bit.ly/39c4uLP

Lol: "Can't believe it's New Hampshire already. I'm still writing 'caucuses' on all my checks." (From NBC's Alex Seitz-Waldhttp://bit.ly/3bgejdF

 

Happy Thursday! Filing with my snow boots, hand warmers and a coffee, 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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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FROM TEAM WARREN:

The Warren campaign has this down to an exact science:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2vdoG17

  

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE'S CAMPAIGN STOPS:

Biden defended climate change protesters who interrupted him: "These guys are OK. They want to do the same thing I want to do. They want to phase out fossil fuels and we're going to phase out fossil fuels." (Via Fox News's Paul SteinhauserWatch: http://bit.ly/2UtyH4X

This is good campaign trail content: Here's an antenna guy shouting at Biden. Do you have a better way to describe hm other than 'antenna guy?' Watch: http://bit.ly/2OxmBUN

Antenna guy got around: "This antenna guy followed @joebiden out of the venue and then tried to jump in [NBC's Mike Memoli's] liveshot. Fun times in New Hampshire!" (Via The Daily Mail's Nikki SchwabPhoto: http://bit.ly/3bf0wUE

What Biden had to say about Iowa: "I'm not going to sugar coat it, we took a gut punch in Iowa." Watch his full comments: http://bit.ly/2Uv1m9L

Biden, who has struggled with stuttering, showed a 12-year-old how he marks up speeches: "Joe Biden invited 12-year-old Brayden Harrington backstage Tuesday in Concord to talk about his stutter, and showed him how he marks up speeches. 'He was basically showing him a strategy. He normalized it,' Brayden's father Owen said." (Via CNN's Kate Sullivan and Eric BradnerPhotos: http://bit.ly/2vVJfQi

Finding the perfect pose: Biden posed for a photo with a group of attendees in AARP jackets. Photo of Biden crouched over: http://bit.ly/2ufVIxT  

 

FROM Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE:

Sanders on why he wore a tie on Wednesday: "[Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.)] notes he's wearing a tie today because he's going to D.C. after this to vote to remove Trump for office. His comments about impeachment are going on longer than usual, he's talking about he learned a lot about the constitution during the impeachment trial." (Via The Wall Street Journal's Eliza CollinsPhoto: http://bit.ly/39aJpBB

The Airport Diner does have excellent omelets ;) 

 

TIDBITS FROM Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis McConnell challenger on how Yang endorsement could help him MORE'S CAMPAIGN:

Here's a photo of Yang speaking to climate activists in Concord: http://bit.ly/383Yg0F

When Yang arrived in New Hampshire at 4 a.m. on Tuesday: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/386gwq1

One of Yang's big applause lines: "when he said he doesn't dislike Trump supporters. He loves them and wants to help improve their lives." (Via WHDH's Brandon Gunnoe)  http://bit.ly/2S4axN6

 

FROM Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard drops defamation lawsuit against Clinton It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic MORE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Gabbard's campaign protested outside of Saint Anselm College: CNN is hosting eight Democratic presidential candidates for televised town halls this week, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was notably missing from the lineup. So, a group of more than 100 supporters held signs and protested CNN. (Via Boston.com's Nik DeCosta-KlipaWatch: http://bit.ly/2S3cVDt

Aw, look at the dog who backs Gabbard!: http://bit.ly/2H1Hrre

A woman asking Gabbard a question was filming, so Gabbard grabbed her phone and recorded her: Here is video: http://bit.ly/2H5VQ5v  

 

HOW IOWA HAS RAISED THE STAKES FOR Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: 

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easleyhttp://bit.ly/2tyGhQM

  

WHERE TO FIND THE CANDIDATES TODAY:

Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWarren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply Congress headed toward unemployment showdown MOREBrentwood

Pete Buttigieg: Merrimack

Tulsi Gabbard: Claremont and Lebanon

Amy Klobuchar: Manchester 

Deval PatrickDeval PatrickIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Andrew Yang endorses Biden in 2020 race MORE: Laconia, Durham and Manchester

Bernie Sanders: Manchester

Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE: Keene and Manchester

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE: Derry

Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party MORE: Hudson and Durham

Andrew Yang: Plymouth, Dover and Exeter

 

What about Biden?:

 

THE LATEST RESULTS IN IOWA

We are up to 97 percent of precincts reporting! 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to results that were released overnight. http://bit.ly/384f5IR

The numbers:

Buttigieg: 26.2 percent 

Sanders: 26.1 percent -- a difference of 3 out of 1,097 votes (!)

Warren: 18.2 percent.

Biden: 15.8 percent

Klobuchar: 12.2 percent.

Live results: http://bit.ly/2S4KQM5

 

Breaking from DNC Chair Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE:

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez just called for a recanvass in Iowa after the blunder with its caucus results. http://bit.ly/2S22iRw

Perez tweeted: “Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.” 

 

MEANWHILE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Breaking from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE -- I'm a free man:

President Trump is holding a press conference in the White House to discuss his acquittal of the two impeachment articles. Here are a few highlights:

On the impeachment trial: "It was all bullshit," Trump says. http://bit.ly/2OwBgzF 

On whether he did anything wrong -- Oh.: "'I've done things wrong in my life I will admit ...' says Pres. Trump but he insists not in this matter." http://bit.ly/2OxKoUy

On Russia: "We ended up winning on Russia, Russia, Russia. They kept it going forever because they wanted to inflict political pain on somebody who had just won an election to a lot of people who were surprised." http://bit.ly/39bdYaj

Photo from the room: http://bit.ly/2vYPeUB

Livestream: Watch Trump's press conference. It's pretty wild. http://bit.ly/2S43ioc

 

'Acquitted and it feels so good!':

The morning after his acquittal of impeachment articlesPresident Trump showed off newspaper headlines from USA Today and The Washington Post at the National Prayer Breakfast. http://bit.ly/36X7IS4

Video of Trump showing off the headlines: http://bit.ly/31CmTPt

In Trump's words: "Weeks ago, and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, fortitude and strength to do what everyone knows was right," Trump said. "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say 'I pray for you' when they know that's not so." 

 

Guys, I think President Trump and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE may legitimately brawl soon:

Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning -- (you can't make this up): President Trump took swipes at Pelosi and Romney this morning. "President Trump on Thursday swiped at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCongress flying blind: Why now is the time to revive the Office of Technology Assessment Trump asserts his power over Republicans Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE (R-Utah) for invoking religion during the impeachment proceedings while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast." http://bit.ly/375IcKu

Followed by Pelosi’s press conference: Pelosi accused President Trump of looking “a bit sedated” when she extended her hand at the State of the Union address for a handshake. In her words: "It was also an act of kindness, because he looked to me like he was a little bit sedated,” Pelosi said. “He looked that way last year too. But that was that. He didn’t want to shake hands? That meant nothing to me.” http://bit.ly/380DbEa

Pelosi was asked if tearing up Trump’s address stepped on her own message to take the high road: "I did not. I tore up a manifesto of mistruth," Pelosi responded.

Pelosi on Romney's vote to convict the president: "God bless him for his courage," she said. http://bit.ly/31uM1I1

Livestream of Pelosi's press conference: http://bit.ly/31xxFqe

  

TIDBITS FROM THE CAPTIOL:

The Senate subway was a madhouse post-acquittal: Notice Sanders in the background! Photo: http://bit.ly/31CgqEb

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic For city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now MORE's runway walk: Work it. Photo: http://bit.ly/2S3v5Fh

Capitol Hill protesters after dark: http://bit.ly/38aUfHS

Tidbit -- Pelosi pre-ripped Trump's speech: Via The New York post, Pelosi reportedly made small tears in the pages before dramatically ripping her copy. http://bit.ly/31vWOS4

Video of Romney's viral speech: http://bit.ly/2H0Jeg5

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson touts endorsements for progressive congressional candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report: Warren becomes latest 2020 rival to back Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to stretch lead in Tuesday contests MORE is trying to raise money

 

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

This morning: President Trump and Vice President Pence attended the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton.

11 a.m. EST: President Trump holds a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.

1 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2S42zU0

2 p.m. EST: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with the president of Kenya.

4:30 p.m. EST: President Trump received a Coronavirus Task Force update in the Oval Office.

6:30 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

3 p.m. EST Monday: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule: http://bit.ly/2H1goMA

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Noon: President Trump delivered remarks. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2S43ioc

11:35 p.m. EST: Buttigieg will appear on CBS's "The Late Show." http://bit.ly/3bhsDCI

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day.

 

And because you made it this far, here's a puppy who waited for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US AIPAC cancels 2021 policy conference due to COVID-19 GOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown MORE (R-Texas) to finish speaking before he walked past: http://bit.ly/2S1pMGr

(From journalist Matt Laslo)