The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Supreme Court allows federal executions in 2 a.m. decision

Presented by Facebook 

To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw

To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN

--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

At 2 a.m. this morning from the Supreme Court — you may carry on:

 

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, in an overnight decision, the Supreme Court cleared the way for federal executions to resume for the first time since 2003. https://bit.ly/30djqXe

What happened yesterday: The first execution was scheduled for Monday afternoon but a federal judge blocked it just hours before. “A federal appeals court in Washington hours later declined the Trump administration’s emergency request to reinstate the executions. Then just after 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Supreme Court permitted the executions to proceed under a new protocol using pentobarbital sodium.” 

Which justices allowed the protocol — the conservatives: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasConservatives see glaring omission on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump, Biden renew push for Latino support Trump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas MORE, Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoTrump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas Supreme Court deals blow to GOP in dispute over RI absentee ballots States should pay attention to Supreme Court justices' comments on 'reopening' orders MORE, Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchConservatives see glaring omission on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist Cruz says he wouldn't accept Supreme Court nomination Trump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSenate Democrats' campaign arm announces seven-figure investment to boost Graham challenger Gideon leads Collins by 12 points in Maine Senate race: poll Conservatives see glaring omission on Trump's Supreme Court shortlist MORE

Which justices dissented — the liberals: Justices Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Trump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas President Nancy Pelosi? Don't underestimate what she might do in office MORE, Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerTrump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas President Nancy Pelosi? Don't underestimate what she might do in office Trump unveils Supreme Court list, includes Cruz and Cotton MORE, Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Supreme Court refuses to halt execution of Navajo inmate amid tribe's objections Stakes high for Supreme Court as Trump battles for reelection MORE and Elena KaganElena KaganDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Supreme Court denies push to add Green Party candidates to Montana ballot Stakes high for Supreme Court as Trump battles for reelection MORE


After this morning’s decision — Daniel Lee Lewis was executed:

47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee, a former white supremacist who was convicted of killing a family of three in 1996, was executed this morning and pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. EDT. https://bit.ly/3ep4uKV


It’s Tuesday.  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.

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily: http://bit.ly/2kjMNnn   


A MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK

 
Report: Facebook leads industry on removal of hate speech

At 35,000 people, our safety & security teams work to keep our platforms safe 24/7. A recent EU report found we remove more reported hate speech than other major platforms. But any hate speech is too much — there’s more work to do.

Learn more.


LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

California shut down most indoor activities:

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia family frustrated that governor, Harris used fire-damaged property for 'photo opportunity' Pac-12 moves toward 'return to competition' after Big Ten announces resumption of football season Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire leaving California: 'Terrible governance has consequences' MORE (D) shut down all bars and most indoor activities yesterday as coronavirus cases surge in his state.

What indoor activities are ordered to shut down: Restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment,  zoos, museums and cardrooms. https://bit.ly/3et1j4H

Plus all bars are shut down.

What about restaurants?: Restaurants can still serve patrons outdoors and for take-out.

Additional closures in 30 counties, which covers about 80 percent of the state: Indoor operations are closed for fitness centers, places of worship, Offices for non-critical sectors, personal care services, hair salons, barbershops and malls. https://bit.ly/3fw6LoI

^ The list of impacted counties: https://bit.ly/2AXHFjL


AND IN ENGLAND — FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED:

Face masks are now mandatory in supermarkets and stores in England. Details from the BBC: https://bbc.in/2C0aWed


THE NUMBERS: 

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 3,366,845

U.S. death toll: 135,635

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

For context: Three months ago today, 583,330 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 23,654 had died. https://bit.ly/3eqh9gn

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3j59k3c

 

The next phase of coronavirus relief:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) said Monday that he is in discussions with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Hillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers On the Money: Pelosi draws line at .2T | Jobless claims dip | Swing-state jobless numbers an issue for Trump MORE on the next phase of coronavirus relief and predicted the Senate will begin working on the legislation more widely next week.” https://bit.ly/3fu2QsG

What’s next: “[McConnell] will begin sharing the emerging work product with the rest of the Senate GOP conference after colleagues return to Washington on July 20.” 

What to expect in that relief package: https://bit.ly/3fu2QsG


MEANWHILE IN MCCONNELL’S HOME STATE:

“The AFL-CIO on Tuesday announced a new television and social media ad buy that calls on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass the House Democrats’ coronavirus relief package. The six-figure ad buy will run in Kentucky over the next two weeks.”  https://bit.ly/3gZ23Aa

 

WHAT SENATE DEMS WANT: 

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “Senate Democrats on Monday called for Congress to provide $25 billion in emergency funding for production and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine ahead of negotiations on an upcoming response package.” https://bit.ly/2ZpSjcr


ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Happening tomorrow — Democrats are playfully winking at Texas: 

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Democrats will go to the polls for their runoff primaries in Texas on Tuesday feeling more optimistic in years that 2020 will be the election that turns the Lone Star State blue. The party is feeling better and better about its chances in Texas this fall given new polls that show presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE in a close race with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE.” https://bit.ly/2Zs0C7y

Why that’s big: “If that holds out, it could open up more opportunities for the party to win House seats, legislative districts or even a Senate seat.”

How this could play out: https://bit.ly/2Zs0C7y


Joe Biden’s using the ‘E’ word with Donald Trump: 

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “Joe Biden is taking aim at President Trump on the economy, hoping to undercut Trump’s strongest argument in his reelection bid.” https://bit.ly/2ZpBHl8

How so: “With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the economy and unemployment at its highest level in years, Team Biden believes it can go on offense on the issue, which had long been a strength for Trump. Polls continue to show that a majority approve of Trump’s handling of the economy, but Democrats see a vulnerability.” 

 

A MESSAGE FROM FACEBOOK

How Facebook is combating hate and voter suppression

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

Get the latest. 


IN OTHER NEWS

It’s not the time, squirrel!!:

A squirrel in Colorado tested positive for bubonic plague. https://bit.ly/3fsKCYH

Can it be contracted?: “Health officials warned that the bubonic plague can be contracted by humans and household animals if ‘proper precautions’ are not taken.” 

How humans can get infected: “Humans may be infected with the plague through bites from infected fleas or by direct contact with blood or tissue of infected animals. Cats are highly susceptible to plague and may die if not promptly treated with antibiotics. While dogs are not as susceptible, they can pick up and carry plague-infected rodent fleas, according to health officials.” 

What people can do to prevent the spread: “The county is recommending the public eliminate all sources of food, shelter and access for wild animals around their homes. The public is also urged not [to] feed wild animals, maintain litter- and trash-free yards to reduce wild animal habitats and avoid contact with sick or dead wild animals and rodents.”


NOTABLE TWEETS:

If you’re looking for a brief distraction, the responses to this tweet are pretty entertaining:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3etgPOf 

 Check out the responses:  https://bit.ly/3etgPOf


^ A FEW OF MY FAVORITES: 

“Because I really love listening to people's voicemail greetings.” (From NBC’s Gary Grumbachhttps://bit.ly/3fu7hno

 “I love talking to PR people who have never ever read a single story of mine, much less the headlines.” (From The Street and U.S. News’s Ellen Chang) https://bit.ly/38WDf9k

 “To stabilize my mood.” (From New Hampshire Public Radio’s Maureen McMurray) https://bit.ly/392Gts0

 Haha!: “I was told there would be free pizza.” (From former Boston Magazine editor-in-chief Carly Carioli) https://bit.ly/2AX7Oiy


Accurate:

 

 Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3gQxhJU 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at the White House. Vice President Pence is in Baton Rouge, La., today.

12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence landed in Baton Rouge.

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a briefing on COVID-19.

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable on higher education reopening at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE

7:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.


WHAT TO WATCH:

11:30 a.m. EDT: First daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump luxury properties have charged US government .1M since inauguration: report Ivana Trump: Ivanka could 'definitely' be first female president The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump's West Coast campaign swing MORE delivers remarks to promote “multiple career pathways.” Livestream: https://bit.ly/32bR7LA

1:30 p.m. EDT: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., on clean energy. Livestream: https://cs.pn/30a0E2V

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a press briefing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Mac and Cheese Day — two major days in a row! 

To celebrate, here’s a list of where to get free mac and cheese today: https://bit.ly/2ZqHF51

And because you made it this far, here’s a baby zebra just trying to figure life out: https://bit.ly/2Opfq0k