The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court ruling marks big win for abortion rights groups


Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana’s abortion restrictions:



Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana abortion law, handing a win to abortion rights advocates who feared the conservative court would break with past rulings to rein in protections that emerged from the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.”

The decision: 5-4 

Keep in mind: This is the first big abortion ruling in President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE’s administration. 

Why this decision is so big: “The ruling Monday is also the clearest indication yet that the court, which now tilts more conservative with the addition of President Trump’s two nominees, is pursuing a more restrained approach than many abortion rights advocates feared.” 

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Can’t be fired:

Via The Hill’s Harper Neidig, “The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional, striking down the protections that prevented the agency's director from being fired at will.”

The decision: “The court said in a 5-4 decision that the firing protections are an unconstitutional restraint on the president's ability to oversee executive branch agencies.” 

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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,550,848 

U.S. death toll: 125,824 

Breakdown of the numbers 

For context: A month ago today, 1,724,873 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 101,698 had died.

Oh, gee, great. Another thing to worry about:

The good news: The nation's top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciPaul knocks YouTube for removing video he posted, points users to competitor Average daily COVID-19 infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says Ron Johnson praises conservative author bashed by Fauci MORE, said over the weekend that he is “cautiously optimistic” that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by the start of 2021. 

The bad news: Fauci warned if a large portion of Americans refused to take the vaccine, the U.S. will likely not reach herd immunity. 

The potential numbers: “CNN asked Fauci whether a vaccine with 70 percent to 75 percent efficacy taken by only two-thirds of the population would provide herd immunity to the coronavirus.” Fauci’s response: "No – unlikely.” 

More from the CNN interview


“Herd immunity is a situation where a sufficient segment of the population is immune to an infectious disease through vaccine or prior illness, making its spread unlikely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”



Dems are saying, ‘sayonara, filibuster!’:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democrats are stepping up talks about reforming or abolishing the filibuster if they win back the Senate and White House.” 

Who is leading the discussions: “Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Bipartisan congressional commission urges IOC to postpone, relocate Beijing Games MORE (D-Ore.), an outspoken liberal who has long championed revamping the procedural tactic that Democrats see as a serious obstacle to passing legislation and confirming nominees.”  

Why the talks are picking up steam: “Merkley has floated various proposals with colleagues in recent days as polls show former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE widening his lead over President Trump and Democrats increasing their odds of picking up the three Senate seats needed for majority control if Biden wins.”  

How this could play out


I’m sorry, did you say Russians offered bounties for American troops?:

Via The New York Times’s Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt and Michael Schwirtz, “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.” 

What then happened in the White House: “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.”  

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From President Trump: “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!” 

From House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.): This morning, Pelosi requested a full House briefing from Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTrump-era intelligence chief wants Beijing Olympics moved due COVID-19 'cover-up' UFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation MORE and CIA Director Gina Haspel

The White House says Congress will be briefed: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on “Fox & Friends” that members of Congress will be briefed, but did not give any details on who would attend. 

From Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Simone wins bronze with altered beam routine The job of shielding journalists is not finished The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions MORE (R-S.C.): “Imperative Congress get to the bottom of recent media reports that Russian GRU units in Afghanistan have offered to pay the Taliban to kill American soldiers with the goal of pushing America out of the region.”


It’s not all rainbows and butterflies anymore:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “President Trump is struggling to gain traction with his reelection message, as the death toll from the coronavirus crisis mounts and the economy reels. Trump had been expected to make the economy the centerpiece of his message earlier this year, until unemployment soared amid the pandemic.”


Oh yiiiikes:





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

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lead a teleconference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response. 

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together.

2:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on the motion to proceed on the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate’s full schedule today

7:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.


12:30 p.m. EDT: House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Memo: Disgraced Cuomo clings to power De Blasio blasts Cuomo over investigation: He should resign or be impeached Entire NY Democratic congressional delegation now calling for Cuomo's resignation MORE (D-N.Y.) holds a press conference. Livestream 

1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestream


Today is National Almond Buttercrunch Day. Sure?

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here’s a baby koala trying its first eucalyptus leaf: