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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court allows states to outlaw ‘faithless electors’ | Dems in striking distance of winning the Senate | Uber acquires competitor Postmates | Court gives Dakota Access Pipeline 30 days to shut down | Trump announces outdoor N.H. rally | House Dems push for removal of Confederate symbols | Serena Williams’s new doubles partner



The decision was unanimous:



The Supreme Court ruled this morning that states can require their Electoral College representatives to cast their ballots based on their state’s votes.

I.e.: “Faithless electors” can be outlawed. 

Who wrote the majority opinion: Justice Elena KaganElena KaganLeBron James' group to donate 0K to pay fines for ex-felons seeking to vote in Florida Supreme Court declines to reinstate vote of nearly 1 million Florida felons Supreme Court clears way for second federal execution MORE

Excerpt from the opinion: "Nothing in the Constitution expressly prohibits States from taking away presidential electors’ voting discretion as Washington does.”

It’s Monday — welcome back! 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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Uber is taking over the world:

Via NBC’s Ahiza García-Hodges, Uber has acquired Postmates, a food delivery competitor, for $2.7 billion.

“The deal, an all-stock transaction worth $2.7 billion, will allow Uber to boost its existing delivery arm, Uber Eats. Postmates offers delivery on a wide variety of restaurants and operates in 4,200 cities. It is particularly popular in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Miami.”

The Dakota Access Pipeline has 30 days to shut down:

A court delivered a win to the tribes opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) this morning, requiring it to shut down in the next 30 days.



How Facebook is combating hate and voter suppression in the US 2020 election



Facebook is taking critical, new steps to protect its platforms and the upcoming election:


— Strengthening policies against hate
— Expanding voter interference policies
— Launching new Voting Information Center


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Trump is mad at NASCAR right now:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE criticized NASCAR this morning for banning Confederate flags from its races. He also slammed Bubba Wallace after a noose was found in his garage stall. 

Trump tweeted: "Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!" Trump’s full tweet


Trump’s New Hampshire weekend getaway:

President Trump is holding an outdoor campaign rally in Portsmouth, N.H., on Saturday.

Where and when: Portsmouth International Airport at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 11

What about safety precautions?: The Trump campaign’s press release mentions, “there will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear.”  

Where New Hampshire stands with COVID-19: New Hampshire is one of two states where cases appear to be decreasing.


Via Politico’s Steven Shepard, “President Donald Trump is now an underdog to win a second term, and Republicans’ Senate majority is in serious danger of being swept out with him, according to the latest edition of [Politico’s] Election Forecast.” Reasoning

In the Senate — Democrats should be feeling a bit jolly:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “Democrats are within striking distance of retaking the Senate majority in November, while Republicans are facing an increasingly difficult electoral map as President Trump’s sagging poll numbers threaten to drag down vulnerable GOP incumbents.”

How so: “Several recent polls show Democratic challengers leading Republican incumbents in Arizona, North Carolina and Iowa. The GOP is also fending off tough challenges in a handful of other states, including Colorado, Maine and Montana.”

What would need to happen for Dems to take the Senate: “Democrats need three or four seats to win the Senate, depending on who wins the White House.” 




Every vote is a voice heard



Facebook is building the largest voter information efforts in US history, starting with the new Voting Information Center, where you can find the latest resources about voting in the 2020 election.


Learn more about our efforts.



On the agenda for House Dems — take down Confederate symbols:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, House Democrats are moving forward with votes to take down Confederate art and monuments from the Capitol. 

For example: “Democrats will vote on a defense policy bill that requires renaming military bases named after Confederate generals. They are also expected to vote on legislation to replace a bust at the Capitol of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, who wrote the Dred Scott decision that Black people did not have the rights of citizens.” 

Keep in mind: “Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Sunday shows - Trump coronavirus executive orders reverberate Pelosi: 'Of course there's room for compromise' on 0-per-week unemployment benefit MORE (D-Calif.) last month ordered the removal of four portraits displayed outside the House chamber of former Speakers who served the Confederacy as top officials and members of the army.”


A statue of Frederick Douglass in Rochester, N.Y., was ripped down.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,889,303

U.S. death toll: 129,953

Breakdown of the numbers


The Louvre Museum in Paris reopened today after being closed since March 13. Photos of visitors at the reopening


Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Supreme Court's unanimous decision on the Electoral College Juan Williams: Trump's base begins to crack Bolton denies saying he will back Biden over Trump in November MORE, Instagram influencer:




This is relatable:




Follow-up: Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE stood up a few moments later. Watch


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

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHong Kong police arrest pro-democracy media tycoon: aide Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran Trump puts trade back on 2020 agenda MORE.

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

July 20: The Senate meets next. The Senate’s full schedule


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

1 p.m. EDT: The Atlantic Council holds an event on Russia under President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Not a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' MOREFeatured speaker: former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaulLivestream


Today is National Fried Chicken Day.

The cutest photos from the holiday weekend:

Tennis star Serena Williams played doubles’ tennis with her two-year-old daughter Olympia.

The best part: Those matching outfits!

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here’s a gorilla making faces: