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The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement

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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 BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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 HarrisWhite House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it 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:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2CfAUdA

HERE’S THE DNC SPEAKER LINEUP SO FAR:

https://bit.ly/2PFJtBL 

Lol: “who at the DNC dropped the ball on having Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Dozens of famous men support ,400 monthly payments for mothers for 'unpaid labor at home' Yang intervenes after man threatened with metal pole on Staten Island Ferry 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 Watsonhttps://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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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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 TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump 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 CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy 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 GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (Colo), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP targets Manchin, Sinema, Kelly on Becerra House Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid New rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Georgia DA investigating Trump taps racketeering expert for probe: report MORE (S.C.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (N.C.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSenate inches toward COVID-19 vote after marathon session Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after militia strikes in Iraq Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE (Iowa), John CornynJohn CornynSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam Overnight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels MORE (Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package 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

THE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,098,452 

U.S. death toll: 163,533 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://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

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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 BoltonTrump offered North Korea's Kim a ride home on Air Force One: report Key impeachment figure Pence sticks to sidelines Bolton lawyer: Trump impeachment trial is constitutional 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 PutinWhite House calls Microsoft email breach an 'active threat' As gas prices soar, Americans can blame Joe Biden How to think about Russia 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 ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE, proven liar James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE, & perhaps the lowest of them all, Wacko John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' 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 happenhttps://bit.ly/3acRW8W

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Lol, been there:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2PI5AaD 

^ But then today: They look a lot better! Screenshot: https://bit.ly/3gOjXGb

ON TAP:

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 schedulehttps://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 DuceyTwo Republicans can stop voter suppression Oregon governor orders schools to reopen by April 19 Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case 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 livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2DPY2A2 

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a “Cops for Trump” event in Tucson. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2XP7Ykob 

5:30 p.m. EDTPresident Trump holds a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2XRvFs9

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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