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Having to apologize on the House floor must be fun:



Via The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke, Rep. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoKat Cammack wins Florida GOP primary in bid for Ted Yoho's seat The Hill's Convention Report: Democrats gear up for Day Two of convention Eyes turn to Ocasio-Cortez as she seeks to boost Biden MORE (R-Fla.) apologized to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence The Hill Interview: Jerry Brown on climate disasters, COVID-19 and Biden's 'Rooseveltian moment' MORE (D-N.Y.) on the House floor this morning after accosting her on the Capitol steps on Monday.  

In Yoho’s words: “I rise today to apologize for the abrupt manner of the conversation I had with my colleague from New York. It is true that we disagree on policies and visions for America but that does not mean we should be disrespectful. Having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I'm very cognizant of my language.”

Yoho denied using profanity though: “The offensive name-calling, words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues, and if they were construed that way, I apologize for the misunderstanding.”

Watch Yoho’s apology:




What happened — That wasn’t the most neighborly thing to do:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, Yoho confronted Ocasio-Cortez on the Capitol steps on Monday, slamming her on the issues of crime policing.

The exchange: “In a brief but heated exchange, which was overheard by a reporter, Yoho told Ocasio-Cortez she was ‘disgusting’ for recently suggesting that poverty and unemployment are driving a spike in crime in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘You are out of your freaking mind,’ Yoho told her. Ocasio-Cortez shot back, telling Yoho he was being ‘rude.’”

And after they parted ways: Walking with Rep. Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC Ocasio-Cortez accosted by GOP lawmaker over remarks: 'That kind of confrontation hasn't ever happened to me' Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R-Texas), Yoho said, “fucking bitch.”


House leaders in both parties called for civility. 

From House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise 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 (D-Md.): "We need to pursue this kind of conduct and make it very clear it is unacceptable. I think it was despicable conduct that needs to be sanctioned." 

And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - White House moves closer to Pelosi on virus relief bill Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat MORE (R-Calif.) summoned Yoho to his office: "We think everybody should show respect to one another, and not knowing what took place I'll have a discussion with him to see what happened," McCarthy told reporters.

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A mask mandate in Washington, DC:

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser just issued a stronger mask requirement in Washington, D.C. amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The gist: People are required to wear a face covering when leaving the house.  

From Bowser, via WTOP: “Basically it says, if you leave home, you should wear a mask. This means, if you’re waiting for a bus, you must have on a mask. If you are ordering food at a restaurant, you must have on a mask. If you’re sitting in a cubicle in an open office, you must have on a mask.”


“You are under the age of 3.”

“Vigorously exercising outdoors and not close to anyone else.”

“You are actively eating or drinking.”

“You are in an enclosed office and alone.” 

Read the full rules


President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE changes his tune:

Via The Hill’s Niall StanagePresident Trump held a coronavirus-focused press briefing yesterday for the first time since April, where he shifted to a more somber tone. 

The sober assessment: Trump acknowledged that the coronavirus would “unfortunately get worse before it gets better.” 

And this was a big deal: On Monday, Trump tweeted a picture of himself in a face mask, touting it as “patriotic.” The tweet and photo of Trump in a face mask


Via The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips


A spending smorgasbord:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE (R-Ky.) and his party are trying to keep the next coronavirus relief package at $1 trillion, but it’s already looking like it could exceed $2 trillion. 

McConnell’s plan: “McConnell is trying to get out in front of what he fears could turn into spending smorgasbord by trying to set a firm cap on the size of the package, according to Republican senators who attended a Tuesday briefing by the GOP leader and senior administration officials. “ 

Yeah, but: “He’s drawing fire from conservatives within his ranks.”


Via The Los Angeles Times’s Don Lee, “Recent negotiations suggest lawmakers on both sides are open to extending only reduced or a more restrictive version of the payment.” What we know

A spending smorgasbord of another kind:

Via Politico’s Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan, “Florida Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1 MORE has privately engaged in several spending practices in his nearly four years in office that appear to be in conflict with the House’s ethics rules, a POLITICO investigation has found.”

How so: “Gaetz, a close ally of President Donald Trump from the Florida Panhandle, improperly sent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to a limited liability company linked to a speech-writing consultant who was ousted from the Trump administration, in direct conflict with House rules.”

Oh and: “In another possible violation, a private company installed a television studio in his father’s home in Niceville, Fla., which Gaetz uses when he appears on television. Taxpayers foot the bill to rent the television camera, and the private company that built the studio — which Gaetz refuses to identify — takes a fee each time he appears on air, his office said. It’s unclear how much it cost the private company to construct the studio.”  

Details and why this could be a violation



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 3,903,684 

U.S. death toll: 142,095

Breakdown of the numbers

For context: Two months ago today, 1,577,758 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 94,729 had died.



If the federal government wants to give you nearly $2 billion, you must be doing something right:

Via CNBC’s Will Feuer, “The U.S. will pay Pfizer and biotech firm BioNTech $1.95 billion to produce and deliver 100 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine if it proves safe and effective, the companies announced Wednesday.”

For context: “It was the largest such deal between the government and companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine.”


I laughed WAY harder than I should have:





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

12:10 p.m. EDT: Three roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in Russell Vought as director of the Office of Management and Budget.  

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together. 

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

3 – 5 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota AG issues statement on fatal crash, says 'I discovered the body' Authorities confirm South Dakota attorney general involved in fatal crash South Dakota governor defends Sturgis rallygoers: 'Exercised their personal freedom to attend' MORE (R). 

Invite for Thursday, July 23: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, "Diabetes and the COVID Threat.” Featured speakers: Reps. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGette87 lawmakers ask EPA to reverse course after rescinding methane regulations Overnight Health Care: Supreme Court to hear ObamaCare arguments 1 week after election | NYC positive COVID-19 tests hit record low With Biden, advocates sense momentum for lifting abortion funding ban MORE (D-Colo.) and Tom ReedThomas (Tom) W. ReedCentrist House group offers bipartisan COVID-19 relief deal House approves two child care bills aimed at pandemic Diabetes Caucus co-chairs say telehealth expansion to continue beyond pandemic MORE (R-N.Y.), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes. Details and how to RSVP


2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the integrity of college sports. Livestream

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on “Operation Legend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities.” Livestream

Just announced — 5:30 p.m. EDTPresident Trump holds a news conference.


Today is National Hot Dog Day!

A day in the life for an NBC reporter with three kids:

On NBC’s “Today,” Stephanie Ruhle gives a glimpse into what her days look like working and reporting from home with her children. Watch

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who actually likes vacuums. I never thought I’d see it: