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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.”

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:


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.”


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

Via CNN’s Eric Levenson, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoReopening schools seen as vital step in pandemic recovery Chicago mayor issues emergency travel advisory for those coming from states with coronavirus surges Chamber of Commerce, trade groups call for national standard on requiring masks 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. 

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.

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 — 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.” 

Unless something magically changes: Democrats are prepared to block the Senate bill because of disagreements with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project 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 SchumerPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday 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:


Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents The Memo: Trump grows weak as clock ticks down GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday 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.” 



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

U.S. death toll: 121,232  

Breakdown of the numbers: 

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


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.”


Via TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger:

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.

Why that’s an issue: Over the weekend, President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE said he asked staff to “slow down the testing, please.” That sparked confusion. 

Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names McConnell: Trump shouldn't veto defense bill over renaming Confederate bases Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties 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 AlexanderReopening schools seen as vital step in pandemic recovery OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget 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:



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Progressive candidate Jamaal Bowman is leading 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelOn The Trail: Trump, coronavirus fuel unprecedented voter enthusiasm NY Working Families Party director on the state's primary House postpones testimony from key Pompeo aide about IG firing MORE (D-N.Y.) with 85 percent of precincts reporting. If Bowman wins, this would be a huge win for progressives.

HOUSE OVERSIGHT CHAIR Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyMedia, entertainment groups press Congress to provide pandemic risk insurance New York City will not start counting mailed primary ballots until next week The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks 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.


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.


Via The New York Times:


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:

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 PompeoIran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kong's freedom, remember America's revolution Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law MORE held a news conference on the 2019 Country Reports on Terrorism. Livestream:

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a joint press conference with the president of Poland. Livestream:


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.”


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