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 BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida 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 HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat 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 YangBiden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful Doctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls 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

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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 John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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 CollinsDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' Poll: 57 percent of Americans think next president, Senate should fill Ginsburg vacancy On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami 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 Scott GardnerBreaking the Chinese space addiction Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden MORE (Colo), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOn The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami The Hill's Campaign Report: Presidential polls tighten weeks out from Election Day Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLincoln Project mocks Lindsey Graham's fundraising lag with Sarah McLachlan-themed video The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error MORE (S.C.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Energy: Trump officials finalize plan to open up protected areas of Tongass to logging | Feds say offshore testing for oil can proceed despite drilling moratorium | Dems question EPA's postponement of inequality training On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami Feds say offshore testing for oil can proceed despite drilling moratorium MORE (N.C.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstOn The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami Tillis appears to reinforce question about COVID-19 death toll The power of incumbency: How Trump is using the Oval Office to win reelection MORE (Iowa), John CornynJohn CornynHillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Lawmakers introduce legislation to boost cybersecurity of local governments, small businesses On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami MORE (Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments 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 BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales 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 PutinWatchdog confirms State Dept. canceled award for journalist who criticized Trump Former intelligence agency director Robert Cardillo speaks out against 'erratic' Trump Kremlin: Putin calls for reset between US and Russia on cyber relations before elections 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 ComeySteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Judge will not dismiss McCabe's case against DOJ Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE, proven liar James ClapperJames Robert ClapperOn China, Biden is no Nixon — and no Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Trump slams former intelligence officials to explain 'reluctance to embrace' agencies MORE, & perhaps the lowest of them all, Wacko John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanJournalism or partisanship? The media's mistakes of 2016 continue in 2020 Comey on Clinton tweet: 'I regret only being involved in the 2016 election' Ex-CIA Director Brennan questioned for 8 hours in Durham review of Russia probe 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:

 

 

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^ 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 DuceyReplacing Justice Ginsburg could depend on Arizona's next senator Kelly's lead widens to 10 points in Arizona Senate race: poll Polls show trust in scientific, political institutions eroding 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

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