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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 BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force 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 HarrisBiden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's 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 YangGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' 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 TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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 CollinsBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Two more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism 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 GardnerHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure MORE (Colo), Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTrump nominee's long road to Fed may be dead end McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol McSally's final floor speech: 'I gave it my all, and I left it all on the field' MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Let's give thanks to Republican defenders of democracy MORE (S.C.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge North Carolina — still purple but up for grabs Team Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters MORE (N.C.), Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Peggy Noonan: 'Bogus dispute' by Trump 'doing real damage' MORE (Iowa), John CornynJohn CornynCornyn says election outcome 'becoming increasingly clear': report Top GOP senator: Biden should be getting intel briefings GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results MORE (Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden and reproductive health rights Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls 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 BoltonPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Bolton calls on GOP leadership to label Trump's behavior 'inexcusable' 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 PutinScarborough says he'll never return to Republican Party after GOP supported Trump Will Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? Russian vessel threatens to ram US warship in disputed waters in Sea of Japan 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 ComeyCarter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE, proven liar James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe new marshmallow media in the Biden era Will China get the foreign policy president it wants? Is America ready to return to the Obama-Biden foreign policy? MORE, & perhaps the lowest of them all, Wacko John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFormer CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' The new marshmallow media in the Biden era 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 DuceyMcSally's final floor speech: 'I gave it my all, and I left it all on the field' Arizona secretary of state calls on Trump, members of Congress to stop 'perpetuating misinformation' Graham becomes center of Georgia storm 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!

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