The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's TikTok ban

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's TikTok ban
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To eloquently misquote Ke$ha… TikTok is on the clock, and the party may stop, oh:



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Via The Hill’s Brett SamuelsPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE issued an executive order last night to block any transactions between U.S. companies and the parent company of TikTok.

What this means: “The order essentially forces the parent company, ByteDance, to divest from TikTok, or face a ban from operating in the United States. The president had previously set a deadline of Sept. 15 for Microsoft or another American company to acquire the viral video app before he moved to ban it from operating in the U.S.” Full explanation of what that means


TikTok responded to the president’s executive order, slamming the move as having “no adherence to the law.”

From TikTok: “We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.”  

Read TikTok’s full statement

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We will surely take it!:

The U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July, the Labor Department reported this morning. 

The unemployment rate: It fell from 11.1 percent in June to 10.2 percent in July.


Late this morning — The subpoena stands:

“A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the House's subpoena of former White House counsel Don McGahn, ruling that Congress has the right to enforce its subpoenas in court.”

Details: “The 7-2 decision from the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses an earlier ruling from a three-judge panel that declared that congressional subpoenas were essentially unenforceable.”

It ain’t happenin’:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Mike Lillis, “The White House and congressional Democrats warned Thursday night that they remain far apart on coronavirus relief, raising new doubts that they can reach a consensus on sweeping legislation to address the public health crisis and the economic devastation it has caused.” 

Last night: “The four key negotiators — Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Vulnerable Democrats tell Pelosi COVID-19 compromise 'essential' Pelosi asks panels to draft new COVID-19 relief measure MORE, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsAnxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid Pelosi hopeful COVID-19 relief talks resume 'soon' The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November MORE, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish MORE (D-N.Y.) — emerged from a more than three-hour meeting in the Capitol with significant policy differences unresolved despite a self-imposed end-of-the-week deadline.”  

The gist of the negotiations: “To hear each side tell the tale, the other is to blame.” 


“White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who as a conservative lawmaker in the House lambasted congressional dealmakers from the outside, is now the guy in the room where it happens whom Republicans are depending on to craft a coronavirus relief package.”


Not to give you something else to worry about, but…:

One in 3 Americans say they would not get a free, FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new Gallup poll. 

Among Democrats: “81 percent of those who identified as Democrats saying that they would get an FDA-approved vaccine at no cost and 19 percent saying they would not."

Among independents: “59 percent said yes and 41 percent said no."  

Among Republicans: “53 percent of those surveyed said that they would not agree to receive the proposed vaccine. Forty-seven percent said that they would get the vaccine.” 

Breakdown of the numbers by demographics

Read the full Gallup poll


“Although nearly nine in ten Americans in a new poll said that they ‘always’ or ‘usually’ wear a mask or face covering in indoor settings, just 47 percent said that they do the same in outdoor settings where they are unable to social distance.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,888,070 

U.S. death toll: 160,157

Breakdown of the numbers 

For context: A month ago today, 2,948,397 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 130,430 Americans had died.


*In a dark room with a flashlight shining up* — ‘nobody knoooooows’:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “Days before Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE is set to announce his running mate, Democrats including confidants of the former vice president say the race is fluid, with different candidates gaining or losing momentum.” 

Who are the top contenders for Biden’s running mate: “Three candidates — Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHundreds of lawyers from nation's oldest African American sorority join effort to fight voter suppression Biden picks up endorsement from progressive climate group 350 Action 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan Rice and Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOutrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling Patients are dying unnecessarily from organ donation policy failures Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 MORE (D-Calif.) — are seen as the top candidates in contention.” 

Yeah, buuuut: “But as Biden examines internal polling and conducts one-on-one interviews with each of the contenders this week, sources say another candidate could pull a surprise.”



Holy cow this is impressive:

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This is pretty wild: 





The House and Senate are out.

President Trump is at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with no public events scheduled.

Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C., with no public events scheduled.


10:15 a.m. EDT: The Congressional Oversight Commission held a hearing on lending during the pandemic. Livestream

Sunday morning: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will appear on “Fox News Sunday.”


Today is National International Beer Day! And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Frozen Custard Day and Sunday is National Rice Pudding Day

Well played, Italy:

Via The New York Post’s Hannah Sparks, “Medieval ‘wine windows’ are reopening, reviving Italian plague tradition.” Photos

And to get your weekend off to a festive start, here’s a fluffy puppy who is a little scared of the ocean: