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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump raises idea of delaying election | Attacked mail-in voting | Pelosi quotes Constitution in response | Herman CainHerman CainJuan Williams: Older voters won't forgive Trump for COVID Trump's junk medicine puts his own supporters at deadly risk Trump says he doesn't think Herman Cain caught COVID-19 at Tulsa rally MORE dies from COVID-19 | U.S. economy shrunk at record rate | Obama, Bush, Clinton speak at John LewisJohn LewisBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' Maxine Waters expresses confidence Biden will pick Black woman as VP MORE's funeral | Lewis had written op-ed to be published today | Five takeaways from the tech CEO grilling | Rating CEO's video backdrops 



‘Hey, we got a good thing going here. We don’t ~need~ an election, amirite?’:



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 casually floated the idea this morning of delaying the 2020 election, as he attacked mail-in voting. 

Trump tweeted: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” 

Does he have the power to do that?: No, no he does not. 

Keep in mind: “Trump, who is badly trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore HuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Jill Biden says she plans to continue teaching if she becomes first lady MORE in national polls, framed the suggestion as a question and argued that with more mail-in ballots there would be more fraud.”

^Yes, but: “There is no evidence to support the idea that either absentee or mail-in ballots increases voter fraud. It also does not appear that there will be universal mail-in voting this fall, though some states require mail-in ballots.”


House 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.) tweeted: “Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states: ‘The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.’ ” 

^Trending on Twitter: “President Pelosi.” Why: “Users [noted] that even if an election is delayed, Trump’s term in office would be up in January making Pelosi the next in line.”

The New York Times’s Peter Baker gave some context: “Lincoln did not delay elections during the Civil War. FDR did not delay elections during World War II.” 

From Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.), a Trump ally: “I don’t think that’s a particularly good idea,” Graham said, according to CNN’s Manu Raju

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia MORE (R-Utah): “Sen. Mitt Romney defended mail-in voting, saying it works ‘extremely well. The great thing about it is that you have a paper document that if you need to do a recount you don't have to worry about machines having been tampered with.’ ” (Also from CNN’s Manu Raju


Via The Hill’s Niall StanagePresident Trump has been struggling to reshape the battleground map. 

How we know: “News on Wednesday that the Trump campaign has scaled down its TV advertising spending in Michigan is proof of how the 2020 landscape is shifting.” 

How that could play out

It’s another hot Thursday in D.C. 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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Breaking — Herman Cain died from COVID-19:

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, 74, has died from coronavirus complications.

Cain’s website editor Dan Calabrese posted: “You're never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God's strength and comfort to deal... #HermanCain” 

Last month: Cain attended President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Okla. He was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 10 days later.  

Read the full announcement on HermanCain.com



“We know it's been a few days since we last gave you an update on the boss. But he is still in the hospital being treated with oxygen for his lungs. In the meantime, the doctors say his other organs and systems are strong.”

Great, another record we didn’t want to break:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “The U.S. economy shrunk at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 32.9 percent during the second quarter of 2020 as the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic spurred an economic collapse of record-breaking speed and size, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.” 

Some context: “Between April and June, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk at a pace that would have wiped out roughly a third of the value of the economy if extended over 12 months.”  

The record: “It is the largest one-quarter plunge in economic growth since the federal government began reporting quarterly GDP data.”


“Initial unemployment claims rose for the second week in a row, coming in at a seasonally adjusted 1.4 million for the week ending July 25.”


John Lewis wrote an op-ed to be published on the day of his funeral:

The late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), whose funeral is happening today in Atlanta, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times shortly before his death. 

The op-ed begins: “While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society.”

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.” 

Lewis’s full op-ed — it’s worth your time


Who is speaking: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden painted into a basement 'Rose Garden strategy' corner Giuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group We have the resources to get through this crisis, only stupidity is holding us back MORE, George W. Bush and Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhy payroll tax cut opponents may want to reconsider Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' MORE. Livestream







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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,431,399 

U.S. death toll: 150,765

Breakdown of the numbers


Once we have a vaccine, here’s the challenge:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “There are daunting challenges in making sure the U.S. has the millions of vials, needles and syringes needed to administer a vaccine nationwide, and some experts warn the Trump administration is not doing enough to lay the logistical groundwork.”

What could happen: “If production is not ramped up sufficiently, the country risks a repeat of the supply shortages that have plagued widespread COVID-19 testing, meaning more people would be waiting longer to get a vaccine even after it’s proven to work.”


Five hours of slow-roasted grilling:

The 5-hour highly anticipated congressional hearing with the chief executives of America’s biggest tech firms produced several memorable moments. Here are five takeaways

  1. Lawmakers have collected a lot of info from Big Tech's competitors
  2. Bezos’s first hearing
  3. Republicans steer the discussion away from antitrust
  4. CEOs get different levels of attention — “According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg was questioned just slightly more than the other tech CEOs, with Cook questioned the least.”
  5. This could be a turning point 

Context and details for each

These tweets are pretty funny:

A Twitter account has been rating home video backdrops and weighed in on yesterday’s tech CEO backdrops. 









This is pretty hilarious:





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

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Greensburg, Pa.

Noon: Vice President Pence speaks at a “Cops for Trump” event at the Greensburg Police Department.

1:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination. The Senate’s full schedule today 

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours the Guy Chemical Company in Somerset, Pa.

6:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

6:30 ­– 8:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today


11 a.m. EDT: The funeral for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) in Atlanta. Livestream

12:30 p.m. EDT: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) director Kathleen Kraninger testifies on protecting consumers during the pandemic. Livestream 

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill hosts a virtual event, “American Resilience: The Future of Small Business.” Featured speakers: Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks Overnight Defense: Pompeo pressed on move to pull troops from Germany | Panel abruptly scraps confirmation hearing | Trump meets family of slain soldier Shaheen, Chabot call for action on new round of PPP loans MORE (D-N.H.) and Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Bottom line The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks MORE (R-Ohio). Livestream 

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable on donating plasma. Livestream

3:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks on the Trump administration’s economic policies. Livestream


Today is National Cheesecake Day.

Move over, Popeyes and Chick-fil-A! Well, maybe not yet. I’m just kidding. We love you. Don’t go anywhere. Seriously.:

Via Business Insider, “McDonald's drops its biggest hint yet that it will debut a new chicken sandwich to compete with Popeyes before the year is over, analysts say.”

And because you made it this far, here’s a pup who is just figuring out life at its own pace. Just keep doing your best, buddy!: