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The Hill’s 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate police reform bill hits a roadblock | GOP likely short on the 60 votes needed | 2020 New York City Marathon canceled | Republicans warn against scaling down COVID-19 testing after Trump comments | Polish president at the White House | Adams Morgan becomes pedestrian zone this weekend



This year’s New York City Marathon is canceled:


Via WABC-TV, “The New York Road Runners (NYRR), the event organizer, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of the City of New York, have made the decision to cancel the world's largest marathon due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities that support the event.” https://7ny.tv/2YvCalf

When the next New York City Marathon will take place: November 2021

What happens to runners who have signed up?: Runners will have the option to receive a refund or can defer registration to the marathon in 2021, 2022 or 2023.  

What we know: https://7ny.tv/2YvCalf


Drop it, drop it low. Drop it, drop it low:

Via The Hill’s Harper Neidig, “A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a judge to grant the Department of Justice's (DOJ) unusual move to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.” https://bit.ly/2Bxwr5w


Breaking — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are requiring some visitors to quarantine:

Via CNN’s Eric Levenson, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York surpasses half a million COVID-19 cases This collection of top-rated entertainment apps is now on sale for over 0 off Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy MORE (D), New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) just issued a travel advisory for anyone visiting their states after having been in a state with high coronavirus rates. https://cnn.it/2Yvv00i 

From Cuomo: "We have to make sure the virus doesn't come in on a plane … We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down, and we don't want to see it go up.”  




34,700 new cases of coronavirus were reported today, the highest single day total since April. https://bit.ly/2YsdWID

Which days reported more new coronavirus cases than today: Just April 9 and 24.\ 

Keep in mind: “New York, the former epicenter of the virus in the country, has seen a steady decrease in its cases. But states that began their reopening process earlier, including Arizona, Florida, Texas and California, all saw their worst days to date on Tuesday.”

It’s Wednesday — we're halfway there! 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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A rock in the road:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Alexander Bolton, “The Senate is headed for a stalemate on police reform with the prospects for a bipartisan deal unraveling ahead of a Wednesday vote.” https://bit.ly/37ZKM6A 

Unless something magically changes: Democrats are prepared to block the Senate bill because of disagreements with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) over the potential amendment process.

How many Democrats do Republicans need on board: At least seven.

Republicans have the majority — why do they need seven Dems?: To overcome the procedural hurdle, Republicans need 60 votes to open debate. 

How many Dems seems interested in voting with Republicans to open debate?: Just one — Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), a red-state Democrat who is up for reelection in November. 

Why Democrats are not on board: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters yesterday: “The bill, as has been outlined by my colleagues, is fundamentally and irrevocably flawed. It will never get 60 votes in the Senate. ... It is a cul-de-sac cynically designed by Leader McConnell so that he can say that he can do something but do nothing.” 

What to expect: https://bit.ly/37ZKM6A


Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottFrom HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE SHARED SOME OF THE THREATS HE HAS BEEN RECEIVING:

Via NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell, “Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the Senate's lone Black Republican who is leading the party's efforts on police reform legislation, shared some of the hateful and racist voicemails he has received in recent days with colleagues at a closed-door GOP lunch on Tuesday.”

“A sampling of the voicemails, shared with NBC News, revealed profanity laced tirades that include threats against Scott's life as well as references to Confederate flags and the KKK. One caller labeled Scott an ‘Uncle Tom,’ and another said he’s going to die because he’s a Black man in the South.” https://nbcnews.to/3fNGfXI 



Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,347,598

U.S. death toll: 121,232  

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 

For context: This time last week, 2,141,276 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 117,030 had died. https://bit.ly/2Ve0PZz


Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “Texas reported more new #COVID19 cases yesterday (5,489) than all but 4 other states (CA, FL, NC, SC) did in the last week.” https://bit.ly/2AVZEao


Via TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger: https://bit.ly/2B5pbxK

Republicans: ‘We ain’t there yet’: 

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Senate Republicans are warning that coronavirus testing should not be ramping down amid an increase of cases. https://bit.ly/37VJE4d

Why that’s an issue: Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE said he asked staff to “slow down the testing, please.” That sparked confusion. 

Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThunePence won't preside over Barrett's final confirmation vote Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump White House getting pushback on possible government-owned 5G network MORE (R-S.D.)  was asked whether the U.S. should reduce testing: “No, no, no. We need tests and we need … millions of them, tens of millions of them, especially when we start opening up this fall … Until we have a vaccine, the only way people are going to feel comfortable, I think — going outside, doing all the things that we want them to do — is to have just massive amounts of tests.” 

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee chair Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSenate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base McConnell aims for unity amid growing divisions with Trump MORE (R-Tenn.): “They help us contain the disease, number one. And number two, they build confidence that we can go back to school, back to work and out to eat. So, in fact we’re dramatically expanding the number of tests in the country and we should do that.”

Where others stand: https://bit.ly/37VJE4d



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Progressive candidate Jamaal Bowman is leading 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOffice of Special Counsel widens Pompeo probe into Hatch Act violations  Overnight Defense: Trump, Biden set to meet in final debate | Explicit Fort Bragg tweets were sent by account administrator | China threatens retaliation over Taiwan arms sale Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? MORE (D-N.Y.) with 85 percent of precincts reporting. If Bowman wins, this would be a huge win for progressives. https://bit.ly/2B3J48g

HOUSE OVERSIGHT CHAIR Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyTrump, House lawyers return to court in fight over subpoena for financial records Safeguarding US elections by sanctioning Russian sovereign debt Fears grow of voter suppression in Texas MORE IS HANGING ON:

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) is leading by 500 votes with thousands of votes to still be counted. https://bit.ly/2CDJoLx


Democratic establishment favorite Amy McGrath is leading progressive challenger Charles Booker by around 8 points in the hotly contested Kentucky primary to take on Senate Majority Leader McConnell in November. When the race is expected to be called: Next week. https://bit.ly/2VuVvkP


Via The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2Z84Z6r


On Capitol Hill:

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

11:30 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today: https://bit.ly/2NsgVKU

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence attends the Senate Steering Committee lunch on Capitol Hill. 

2:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with the president of Poland. 

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.


10 a.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: US, India to share satellite data | Allegations of racism at Virginia Military Institute | Navy IDs 2 killed in Alabama plane crash US, India to share sensitive satellite data Office of Special Counsel widens Pompeo probe into Hatch Act violations  MORE held a news conference on the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Nwu8SF

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with the president of Poland. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2Nrp8Pi


Today is National Pralines Day.

AdMo will become a pedestrian-only zone this weekend:

Via Washingtonian’s Anna Spiegel, “The stretch of 18th Street, Northwest in Adams Morgan … will be closed for vehicle traffic Friday through Sunday. That will allow restaurants, bars, and shops to expand for outdoor service. The pedestrian zone will launch as a pilot program and may become a permanent fixture in the restaurant- and bar-heavy neighborhood.” https://bit.ly/2AW7aSE


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And because you made it this far, here’s a dolphin making friends with a dog: https://bit.ly/37YetoX