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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden reportedly announcing VP pick this week | Harris favored | Putin says Russia approves COVID-19 vaccine before trials completed | Raises international concerns | Low census response threatens political power
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
You wanna know? Do you reaaaally want to know? Should I tell ya?:
Via The New York Times’s Katie Glueck, Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE is planning to announce his running mate sometime in the middle of this week. https://nyti.ms/3iyefsK
Does that mean he has chosen?: Well, not necessarily. The screening of potential running mates “is complete, Biden allies said, and there is little left to do except for Mr. Biden to make up his mind.”
Who do you think it will be? Email me your guesses!
Who is favored? Cough cou-Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCIA chief team member reported Havana syndrome symptoms during trip to India: report Harris booked for first in-studio talk show appearance as VP on 'The View' Republicans caught in California's recall trap MORE-gh cough:
Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) remains the favorite to get the nod. Confidants and longtime allies to Biden say she makes the most sense as a running mate during the campaign and as a governing partner for him on Capitol Hill.” https://bit.ly/33N17eT
For what it’s worth — here’s the Tuesday night speakers’ list for the Democratic National Convention:
HERE’S THE DNC SPEAKER LINEUP SO FAR:
Lol: “who at the DNC dropped the ball on having Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang planning to launch third party: report Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Kings launch voting rights effort honoring John Lewis MORE deliver a speech via hologram” (Tweet from Bullpen Strategy Group’s Joe Perticone) https://bit.ly/2F93oXv
Womp, this is true: “Conventions 2020: All of the speeches, none of the fun” (Via CBS News’s Kathryn Watson) https://bit.ly/30JM7wq
It’s Tuesday. 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 email@example.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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THE HILL EVENTS
RSVP today for our Breaking Through virtual event
On Thursday, August 13, The Hill Virtually Live hosts a virtual event, Breaking Through: U.S. Businesses Powered By Global Exports. Global trade is messier today than years ago – a pandemic is creating unforeseen challenges, sanctions are back, and the WTO is wobbly. But global trade is still thriving in many sectors. While nations may be squabbling, businesses are finding ways to deliver their products to consumers. Rep. Rick LarsenRichard (Rick) Ray LarsenFAA: New manufacturing issue discovered in undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners Newest Boeing 737 Max takes first test flight Democrats seek answers from Boeing, FAA after production issues with 737 Max, Dreamliner jets MORE, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and more join The Hill's Steve Clemons.
Republicans v. former Republicans:
Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood, “The former GOP operatives behind The Lincoln Project are expanding their list of Republican targets, infuriating allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE's and national Republicans scrambling to preserve the GOP majority in the Senate.” https://bit.ly/3ktrVXH
The biggest target: “In addition to a relentless negative ad campaign against Trump, the group has so far spent more than $1.3 million attacking Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Welcome to ground zero of climate chaos MORE (Maine), who is among the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection. That’s by far the most they’ve spent on any Senate candidate.”
Other targets: “Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings reveal The Lincoln Project has also targeted more than a half-dozen other Republicans up for reelection in 2020, including Sens. Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program MORE (Colo), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate passes infrastructure bill, budget resolution; Cuomo resigns Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up GOP group launches million ad campaign pressing Kelly on filibuster MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan MORE (S.C.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime How to fix the semiconductor chip shortage (it's more than manufacturing) MORE (N.C.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstGOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization More Republicans call on Biden to designate Taliban as terrorist group Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (Iowa), John CornynJohn CornynDemocrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats make case to Senate parliamentarian for 8 million green cards MORE (Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (Ky.).”
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Everything is juuuuust peachy:
Via The New York Times, “A Russian health care regulator has become the first in the world to approve a vaccine for the coronavirus, President Vladimir V. Putin announced on Tuesday, though the vaccine has yet to complete clinical trials.” https://nyti.ms/3iATpcd
Why this is raising concerns: “The Russian dash for a vaccine has already raised international concerns that Moscow is cutting corners on testing to score political and propaganda points.”
REACTION FROM HHS SECRETARY AZAR — ~WE~ ARE DOING THIS THE RIGHT WAY:
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar assured Americans that the vaccine development in the U.S. has prioritized safety and effectiveness. https://bit.ly/31JvkZB
Azar said on ABC: “The point is not to be first with a vaccine, the point is to have a vaccine that is safe and effective for the American people and the people of the world.”
REACTION FROM FORMER FDA COMMISSIONER GOTTLIEB — RUSSIA IS DOING A RUSH JOB:
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted, “Russia was reported to be behind disinformation campaigns to sow doubts in U.S. about our Covid vaccines; and today’s news that they “approved” a vaccine on the equivalent of phase 1 data may be another effort to stoke doubts or goad U.S. into forcing early action on our vaccines.” https://bit.ly/2XO7Zoy
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,098,452
U.S. death toll: 163,533
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
For context — three months ago today: 1,332,411 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 79,606 Americans had died. https://bit.ly/31zVaza
THE HILL EVENTS
RSVP today for our Breaking Through virtual event
On Thursday, August 13, The Hill Virtually Live hosts a virtual event, Breaking Through: U.S. Businesses Powered By Global Exports. Global trade is messier today than years ago – a pandemic is creating unforeseen challenges, sanctions are back, and the WTO is wobbly. But global trade is still thriving in many sectors. While nations may be squabbling, businesses are finding ways to deliver their products to consumers. Rep. Rick Larsen, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and more join The Hill's Steve Clemons.
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Let’s play, count the number of insults in a tweet Dumbest, sleazebag, proven liar and wacko — am I missing any?:
“President Trump on Tuesday defended his ‘reluctance to embrace’ United States intelligence agencies as he continues to question the latest reports that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election.” https://bit.ly/3gMHfwl
He tweeted: “John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE, one of the dumbest people I’ve met in government and sadly, I’ve met plenty, states often that I respected, and even trusted, Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin's party wins big majority in Russian parliamentary elections Putin's party expected to keep control of lower house amid fraud complaints Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' MORE of Russia more than those in our Intelligence Agencies. While of course that is not true, if the first people you met from … so called American Intelligence were Dirty Cops who have now proven to be sleazebags at the highest level like James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE, proven liar James ClapperJames Robert ClapperAfghanistan disaster puts intelligence under scrutiny Domestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? MORE, & perhaps the lowest of them all, Wacko John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Still in the game: Will Durham's report throw a slow curveball at key political players? UFOs are an intriguing science problem; Congress must act accordingly MORE who headed the CIA, you could perhaps understand my reluctance to embrace!” https://bit.ly/30KUU15
IN OTHER NEWS
A low response to the census is a huge deal:
Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “With just weeks until the Census Bureau faces a critical deadline to finish counting 330 million Americans, cities and states are racing to get through to hard-to-reach communities who risk being left out of the final tally.”
What’s at stake: “At stake are billions of dollars through hundreds of federally administered programs — and political power for the next decade. Some states are so close to the cutoff point at which they would earn or lose a House seat in the apportionment that will come from census figures that just a few thousand missing people could mean a smaller congressional delegation.”
What could happen: https://bit.ly/3acRW8W
Lol, been there:
^ But then today: They look a lot better! Screenshot: https://bit.ly/3gOjXGb
The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is in Arizona for the day.
9 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Tucson, Ariz.
11 a.m. EDT: The Senate met. The Senate’s full schedule: https://bit.ly/3fLJwqb
12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a phone call with America’s sheriffs.
4:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Phoenix.
5:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a "Latter-day Saints for Trump" Coalition Launch in Mesa, Ariz.
7:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyDozens of Republican governors call for meeting with Biden on border surge White House debates vaccines for air travel OSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate MORE (R) to discuss COVID-19.
12:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.
This week: Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to choose his running mate. Op-ed: https://bit.ly/30Ltatc
WHAT TO WATCH:
This morning: “The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit rehears oral argument to determine whether a federal district court judge must dismiss the perjury case against Michael Flynn as recommended by the Justice Department.” C-SPAN livestream: https://cs.pn/2DPY2A2
2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a “Cops for Trump” event in Tucson. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2XP7Ykob
5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a press conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2XRvFs9
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is National Panini Day!
And because you made it this far, here is a sheep trying to figure out how to use a trampoline. Impressive!: https://bit.ly/3aexHHS