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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Fauci testifies | Says he’s ‘Cautiously optimistic’ about a vaccine by end of the year | Says 250+ have signed up for clinical trials | 6 MLB teams no longer playing today | $600 unemployment benefit expires at midnight | Duckworth in the running for Biden VP | National Avocado Day



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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield are testifying today before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus.


Fauci on when we will have a vaccine: “The response that was induced [from one of the vaccine trials] was really quite favorable … There's never a guarantee that you're going to get a safe and effective vaccine, but from everything we've seen now in the animal data, as well as the early human data, we feel cautiously optimistic that we will have a vaccine by the end of this year and as we go into 2021.”

Fauci on the rapid pace of the vaccine development: "I know to some people this seems like it is so fast that there might be compromising of safety and scientific integrity. I can tell you that is absolutely not the case.” (Via CQ’s Mary Ellen McIntire) 

Redfield on schools reopening: “It's in the public health best interest of K-12 students to get back in face-to-face learning.” More from Redfield on schools

Fauci on Americans’ willingness to help with the vaccine trials: “There is a website called where individuals can actually indicate their willingness to participate in the clinical trials and to make sure we have a diverse representation.” Wow: Fauci said as of last night, more than 250,000 people have signed up. 


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Another MLB game has been postponed today:

Via ESPN, “The St. Louis Cardinals have had two players test positive for COVID-19, resulting in Major League Baseball postponing Friday afternoon's game at the Milwaukee Brewers, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan.” 

This is not a good sign — six teams are no longer playing today: “That brings the number of teams being held out of action on Friday to six. The Brewers and Cardinals will join the Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays in teams affected by the fallout from positive tests.”


At midnight tonight — the enhanced unemployment benefits expire:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, the $600 additional unemployment benefit passed by Congress in March is expiring tonight at midnight as lawmakers are in a standoff over the next coronavirus relief package.

Welp: “Lawmakers had hoped the deadline, which was known for months, would result in the kind of eleventh-hour agreement that was once commonplace in Washington. But in a sign of how far apart negotiators are, the Senate left town for the week on Thursday, ensuring Congress will careen over the fast-approaching unemployment cliff.” 

This is a pretty big deal: “The consequences of inaction are severe: After trending downward since March, unemployment claims rose for the second week in a row, according to Labor Department data released Thursday morning. Roughly 30 million Americans have filed jobless claims since the pandemic began.”  

“Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinMenendez, Rubio ask Yellen to probe meatpacker JBS The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election MORE and White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE said on Thursday night that Democrats rejected a short-term deal as negotiators remain at loggerheads over the next coronavirus relief bill.”


Via The Hill’s Niv Elis

Soooo, what about August recess:

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Hoyer affirms House will vote Sept. 27 on bipartisan infrastructure bill House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (D-Md.) said his chamber will not leave Washington without a coronavirus deal. 

Hoyer said on the House floor this morning: "We will not start the August District work period until we pass appropriate COVID-19 relief to meet the current health and economic crisis confronting our people and our country."

He added: “Members are further advised as conversations surrounding [additional] coronavirus relief legislation continue, it is expected the House will meet during the month of August...No one should schedule themselves for next week or until such time as we adopt COVID-19 legislation."


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,496,737 

U.S. death toll: 152,074 

Breakdown of the numbers





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Duck, duck, Duckworth, duck, HARRIS:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton, don’t count out Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTop Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Ill.) as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE’s running mate.

The other top contenders on Biden’s list: “Biden likes Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE’s (D-Mass.) ideas and proposals. He admires Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE’s (D-Calif.) lawyerly straightforwardness and moxie. Susan Rice, President Obama’s former national security adviser, worked alongside him in the White House and Biden has seen her work ethic up close.” 

But what Duckworth: She “represents something close to Biden’s heart: She’s an American hero. The Illinois Democrat, a veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq war and received the Purple Heart, is on Biden's shortlist. And some in Biden World who know the former vice president will say Duckworth is exactly the kind of partner who is well-suited to the former vice president.”


Um, seriously…?:

What, are they going to figure out Apple’s face recognition next? 






The House is in. The Senate is out. President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE is in Tampa, Fla. this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

10 a.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with The National Association of Police Organizations Leadership in the Cabinet Room.

Noon ­– 2 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Tampa, Fla.

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

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a campaign coalitions event with Florida sheriffs.

3:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Belleair, Fla.

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters, followed by speaking at a fundraising dinner in Belleair. 

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence hosts a call with “Law Enforcement for Trump.” 

10:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.


10:30 a.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a press briefing.  Livestream 

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable on COVID-19 and storm preparedness. Livestream 

11 p.m. EDT Monday: Axios’s exclusive interview with President Trump airs on HBO. Preview


Today is National Avocado Day! And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Mustard Day and Sunday is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here’s a baby deer chomping on some snacks: