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The Supreme Court denied House Democrats’ request to fast-track the court battles over President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE’s financial records. 

The request from Democrats: “The bid by lawmakers came in response to the court’s landmark 7-2 ruling earlier this month to shield a trove of Trump’s financial records from several Democratic-led House committees and return the dispute to lower courts for further litigation.” 

What Democrats wanted: “Under regular Supreme Court procedure, the court’s ruling would not reach the lower courts until Aug. 2, a delay Democrats sought to avoid by asking the justices to expedite the process.”

Just announced — the 5 p.m. coronavirus squad will be back on your TVs:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “President Trump [just] said he will resume giving regular coronavirus briefings this week, reviving a practice that is controversial among some aides as infections surge across the United States.” 

When first briefing: Tuesday at 5 p.m. EDT

It’s a stifling hot Monday in the District. 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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Good news on the vaccine front:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “A coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University showed positive results in early trials, triggering an immune response, researchers said Monday.”

For context: “The Oxford vaccine is one of the furthest along of a wide range of vaccines being developed. Oxford researchers have even previously said it is possible it could be ready this fall, an extremely ambitious timetable.”  

What’s next: “The results released Monday are from Phase I/II trials. A larger, Phase III trial will be needed to fully show that the vaccine is effective.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 3,774,769 

U.S. death toll: 140,563

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Your phrase is, ‘Food item.’ ... Can I please get the definition and language of origin?:

Via The New York Times’s Dana Rubinstein and Sean Piccoli, New York City begins Phase 4, but with confusion. 

For example: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoMarlee Matlin: 'Unfathomable' that White House doesn't have sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup New York may be undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing homes: AP MORE (D) “announced that restaurants and bars across the state would be barred from selling alcohol unless drinks were accompanied by a ‘food item,’ a term whose definition has been hotly contested.”

And now: “One bar suddenly listed grilled cheese on its menu. Another made orders of hot dogs compulsory.” 

What to know about the food rule 



Getting traction — Trump had a lot to say yesterday:

Via The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez, “President Trump said in an interview aired Sunday that the rising number of U.S. deaths from the coronavirus ‘is what it is,’ defended his fumbled management of the pandemic with a barrage of dubious and false claims, and revealed his lack of understanding about the fundamental science of how the virus spreads and infects people.” The full analysis from the Post

Watch the interview with Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceOvernight Defense: Appeals court rules male-only draft is constitutional | Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' post-election debate Chris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Pentagon dismisses 'unserious' debate over potential military involvement in any post-election dispute MORE on “Fox News Sunday”


Guess who's back, back again:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, the House and Senate are back in town this week to begin negotiations for a fifth coronavirus relief bill.

Happening as soon as Tuesday: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief agreement | Weekly jobless claims fall below 1 million for first time since March | Trump says no Post Office funding means Democrats 'can't have universal mail-in voting' Overnight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal MORE (R-Ky.) will unveil a relief bill to his Republican colleagues.

What to expect from McConnell’s bill: “[The] main themes will be liability protections, returning kids to school, jobs and healthcare … Some parts of the GOP proposal are already taking shape: The GOP bill is expected to have five years of liability protections, from December 2019 through 2024, from lawsuits for businesses, schools, hospitals, government agencies and other institutions.” 

Happening today: “Before Republicans can begin negotiations with Democrats they first need to work on an agreement among themselves. McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyQAnon-supporting congressional candidate embraced 9/11 conspiracy theory Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP GOP leaders go into attack mode against Harris MORE (R-Calif.) will go to the White House on Monday to discuss the forthcoming proposal.” 

More on what to expect from the coronavirus relief showdown


Confederate statues: “The House is set to move forward with its plan to remove statues of Confederate figures from the Capitol.” 

Defense bill: “Both the House and Senate are set to consider their competing versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), paving the way for an eventual conference committee.”

Pardon powers: “The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week on two bills to limit the president’s pardon powers after he commuted the sentence of Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Matt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid Barr: The left 'believes in tearing down the system' MORE, a long-time ally.” 

Government funding: “The House is slated to take up a minibus consisting of four fiscal 2021 spending bills: State & Foreign Operations; Military Construction & Veterans Affairs; Agriculture; and Interior & Environment, at the end of the week.”

Nomination: The Senate will vote this evening on Russ Vought’s nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget. 

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REMEMBERING John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance More than 50 Confederate monuments have been removed since Floyd's death: report Trump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' MORE

Rest in peace to an American hero:

“Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, died on Friday. He was 80.” Read his full obituary in The New York Times


Here’s a video of the late John Lewis dancing to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” in 2018. Watch




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On Capitol Hill this morning:



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The House and Senate are back in Washington, D.C. today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are also in Washington. 

9 a.m. EDT: The House returned.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a video conference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on Russell Vought’s nomination to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Senate’s full schedule today 

6:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a joint fundraising committee roundtable at the trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. 

You’re invited — Tuesday, July 21: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Advancing America's Economy: The Role of Private Capital.” Featured speakers: Reps. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyLawmakers weigh in on role of private equity firms in economic recovery The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Coronavirus relief negotiations underway with lawmakers back in Washington The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided GOP to unveil COVID-19 bill MORE (D-Fla.) and Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) Details and how to RSVP 

You’re invited — Thursday, July 23: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, "Diabetes and the COVID Threat.” Featured speakers: Reps. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteIt's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Diabetes Caucus co-chairs say telehealth expansion to continue beyond pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package MORE (D-Colo.) and Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedHouse approves two child care bills aimed at pandemic Diabetes Caucus co-chairs say telehealth expansion to continue beyond pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin previews GOP coronavirus relief package MORE (R-N.Y.), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes. Details and how to RSVP


1:30 p.m. EDT: A House Oversight subcommittee hearing on federal IT systems in the coronavirus outbreak. Livestream


Today is National Lollipop Day.

A lot of funny business is happening:

Here’s a list of clever signs at shops and businesses. No. 20 made me laugh out loud:  

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here’s a very cozy dog couple watching the fire together: