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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Barr testifies | Hearing delayed after Nadler gets in minor car accident | GOP releases coronavirus relief package | Hits wall with Schumer | Yankees-Phillies game postponed | John Lewis lies in state | Biden targets older voters | Trump announces 5 p.m. news conference | Why black-and-white selfies are popping up on social media



A Bill Barr-Dem stare down:



Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee this morning.

The gist: “Barr will seek to defend himself against what he calls Democratic attempts to ‘discredit’ him due to his investigation into the origins of the FBI’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a copy of his opening statement obtained by The Hill. 

Hearing livestreamhttps://bit.ly/30XAAbF


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) was involved in a minor car accident on the way to the hearing this morning. https://bit.ly/30bsFZv

When Nadler began the hearing: “Everyone is fine, except, perhaps the car,” Nadler said at the start of the hearing.


Barr began: “Pleased to be here this morning,” Barr said. https://bit.ly/2CViqPZ

From Barr: “Until just the last 50 years ago or so, our laws Institute and our institutions were explicitly racist, explicitly discriminatory.” https://bit.ly/2XkUVaf

Barr on the Roger Stone case: “Stone was prosecuted under me. I said all along I thought that was a righteous prosecution. I thought he should go to jail.” https://bit.ly/30PYkP4 

Barr on his job: “Barr says Trump has given him complete freedom and independence to act as how he sees fit.” https://bit.ly/330kgd2 

Nadler is not holding back: “The president wants footage for his campaign ads, and you appear to be serving it up to him as ordered.” https://bit.ly/3jUQZqn

Nadler to Barr: “This is the first time you have appeared before the House Judiciary Committee.” https://bit.ly/39xdDAe 

Nadler slams Barr for his actions with President Trump: “In your time at the department, you have aided and abetted the worst failings of this president.” https://bit.ly/2P5fd2F Videohttps://bit.ly/30YKXvW

Nadler criticizes Barr’s Justice Department: “The department has spread disinformation about voter fraud, failed to enforce voting rights laws, and attempted to change the census rules to flaunt the plain text of the Constitution—all in the apparent attempt to assist the President’s reelection.” https://bit.ly/3f8SvBw


Yes. It. Is.: Politico’s John Bresnahan pointed out, “Bill Barr’s poker face is good. Real good.” https://bit.ly/2CUK3IY 

View from the balcony where the press is seated: Via The Hill’s Olivia BeaversPhotohttps://bit.ly/2EsxMvP

He’s wearing a maskhttps://bit.ly/2Et6EwH 



Watch:  https://bit.ly/333Kyef

It’s a busy Tuesday on Capitol Hill. 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.

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The Yankees-Phillies game is postponed … again:

Via The New York Post’s Joel Sherman, today’s MLB game between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed. The Yankees are traveling to New York to practice at Yankee Stadium. https://bit.ly/39yopWI

Why: “The Phillies played their season-opening series against the Marlins, who had 11 players and two coaches test positive for coronavirus on Monday. The Athletic reported on Tuesday that four additional Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19. The Marlins used the same visiting clubhouse facilities the Yankees would have been using. Phillies players were tested following the series. and as of Tuesday morning there were no reports of any of their players testing positive.”


John Lewis lies at state:

The body of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is lying in state at the U.S. Capitol today. 

Livestream of the public gathering to pay their respectshttps://bit.ly/3gkroF7

What the social distant line looked like this morninghttps://bit.ly/2CWlew7

Yikes, it was a hot day: Via Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree, “One of the honor guard just toppled over … On his feet now.  Very hot today.” Photohttps://bit.ly/3hGLQjA 

Wow, this is a stunning shot: Here’s the overhead view of John Lewis’s casket in the Rotunda: https://bit.ly/2X3d24a 

What a great photo from 2019:  



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3f71Vxl 


Thinking about how much these four companies know about me personally is enough to make me move to a deserted island:

Via The Hill’s Chris Mills Rodrigo, “The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will testify before Congress Wednesday in what will be a crucial hearing for the future of both antitrust law and Big Tech’s relationship with Washington.” https://bit.ly/30SyTfP

Who is testifying — think of the net worth in that room: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Bezos is the only one in the group that has never testified before Congress before. 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/30SyTfP 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3jRqemG


Here it is. The fruit of our labor. The apple of our eyes. Hang it on the fridge. Give it glittery smiley face stickers:

Senate Republicans unveiled their roughly $1 trillion coronavirus relief package yesterday evening that will be used as a starting point for negotiations with Democrats.

One does not just simply write and release the bill: The release came after DAYS of public infighting and behind-the-scenes negotiations among Republicans and the White House. 

What’s *clap* in *clap* the bill?

  • $16 billion for coronavirus testing
  • $105 billion for schools
  • Five-year liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits
  • A second round of economic stimulus checks to Americans, with the same qualifications as the first round
  • ­“Another round of loans under the Paycheck Protection Program but requires businesses to have lost at least 50 percent of their revenue to be eligible. The revised program also would limit participation to firms with no more than 300 employees, compared with the 500-employee cap from earlier this year.”
  • “A transition to unemployment benefits that would match roughly 70 percent of an individual’s previous wages.”


What Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer think of the package:




Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Democrats are dismissing the Republican coronavirus relief proposal as a non-starter, meaning negotiations will be extensive. https://bit.ly/2Daec71 

Why Democrats don’t like the plan: “Democrats say the GOP legislation falls short of providing enough money for state and local governments, fails to protect renters from eviction and doesn’t invest enough in lower-income communities hit hard by the pandemic.” 

What happened last night: “Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met for almost two hours with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in the Speaker’s office Monday evening for an initial round of negotiations but made little progress.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,307,542

U.S. death toll: 148,295

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y



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Running on the platform of early bird dinner specials and early morning tee times:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to peel older voters away from President Trumphttps://bit.ly/3g7SUFn

How so: Biden released new ads yesterday targeting older voters.  

Why this is so important: “If the presumptive Democratic nominee is right, it will have huge ramifications for November’s election. Older voters have leaned heavily Republican for years. But some recent opinion polls have suggested Biden is much more competitive this year.” 

Why the Biden campaign is targeting that voting bloc: “His campaign’s bet is that the fear many seniors have about COVID-19 has led to a disenchantment with Trump — and could lead to them casting a ballot for the Democrat in November.”  

How that could play out in Novemberhttps://bit.ly/3g7SUFn


Not a mask in sight — oh and is that man sneezing?:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/338myad 


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

11:30 a.m. EDT: Two cloture votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3f9qbPn

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

2:30 p.m. EDT: Two confirmation votes in the Senate.

3 p.m. DT: Vice President Pence leads a teleconference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with doctors to discuss COVID-19.

Wednesday, 11 a.m. EDT: The Future of Human Connectivity: Connectivity is not just about machines and sensors. People lie at the heart of this technology. On July 29th, The Hill Virtually Live hosts The Future of Human Connectivity to imagine how America can tie technology and this incredible moment of transition of ultra-connectivity to today’s societal needs. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Rep. Yvette Clarke, Mike Rogers and an incredible line-up of speakers join The Hill’s Bob Cusack and Steve Clemons. RSVP today. humanconnectivity.splashthat.com/TheHill

Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT: American Resilience: The Future of Small Business: Small businesses are fundamental to the idea of America. What steps should be taken to ensure that businesses that really need the help are receiving aid, particularly minority-owned businesses that are often overlooked? On Thursday, July 30, The Hill Virtually Live hosts a discussion on public and private efforts to support America’s entrepreneurs featuring Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Steve Chabot. RSVP today. smallbusinessresilience.splashthat.com/thehill



10:45 a.m. EDT: Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2BCQ7VZ 

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a news conference. Livestream https://bit.ly/2X4wOfx


Today is National Milk Chocolate Day.

Why you’re seeing black-and-white selfies on social media:

Via NBC’s “Today,” “Women are sharing black-and-white photos of themselves on social media to spread messages about female solidarity and empowerment, with many including the hashtags #challengeaccepted and #womensupportingwomen. While its origins are unclear (though there was a similar viral challenge in 2016 that was tied to raising cancer awareness), the goal is to just share some positivity during the pandemic.” Examples — including celebrities who have joined the hashtaghttps://on.today.com/3hH7154

And because you made it this far, here’s the perfect midday work break for everyone involved: https://bit.ly/30SN4S5

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