The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from night 1 of Dem's virtual convention

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Convention edition: Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE wows | Slams Trump for ‘a total and utter lack of empathy’ | Trump claps back at ‘extremely divisive’ speech |  Kasich camera angle becomes a meme | Sights and sounds | Senate releases final Russian interference report | Postmaster general agrees to Senate testimony Friday | Death Valley hits century-long temperature record



What a DeJoy this week is for politics:



Via The Washington Post’s Jacob Bogage, “Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyWatchdog says USPS regularly cheats workers of pay FreedomWorks misfires on postal reform Postal Service to slow certain mail deliveries starting in October MORE will testify at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Friday about the U.S. Postal Service’s vote-by-mail financial requirements, according to two people familiar with the decision.” 

Didn’t we already know this?: Well, DeJoy agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Monday. Now he is testifying before the Senate, as well.

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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Make sure to notice where Trump made these comments:

President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE criticized former first lady Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech as being “extremely divisive.” 

In Trump’s words: "She was over her head, and frankly she should’ve made the speech live, which she didn't do. She taped it. It was taped a long time ago because she had the wrong deaths. She didn’t even mention the vice presidential candidate in the speech." 

Where Trump made these comments: During a ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. 

Tidbit — how the Trump team is preparing for his remote convention speech:




Trump pardons Susan B. Anthony:

During a ceremony this morning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, President Trump announced that he would posthumously pardon women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony.

Why she was convicted: “Anthony was found guilty in 1873 by a completely male jury for having illegally voted in the November 1872 presidential election and was fined $100.”


“When a reporter says all the women in the room at the White House for the women’s suffrage celebration are his supporters, Trump says it’s a bipartisan group. One woman says, ‘We’re not all supporters.’” (via CNN’s Kaitlan Collins


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Democrats kicked off their 2020-festive virtual nominating convention last night with headlining speeches from former first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE (I-Vt.).


Former first lady Michelle Obama went there: "Whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation — or any semblance of steadiness — what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy."

Obama on Trump: "Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. ... He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is."

Uh, well, that’s an unfortunate spot for her to be: "I hate politics,” Michelle Obama said. 

From Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): "Under this administration authoritarianism has taken root in our country." 

Bernie didn’t ignore the elephant in the room: “While Joe and I disagree on the best path to get universal [health care] coverage, he has a plan that will greatly expand health care and cut the cost of prescription drugs.”  

This was a powerful moment — Kristin Urquiza, whose father supported Trump and died of COVID-19, did not hold back: “My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trumpand for that, he paid with his life." Her full story 

Kloba-zinger!: "The president may hate the post office, but he's still going to have to send them a change of address card come January,” Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThis week: Democrats face mounting headaches Klobuchar: 'It is evil to make it deliberately hard for people to vote' Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats   MORE (D-Minn.) said during her remarks. 

From Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerMichigan GOP governor hopeful says he would support state abortion ban: recording Democratic senator requests tech company policies on extremist content Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (D): "Hello America. I'm Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Or as Donald Trump calls me, 'that woman from Michigan.'" 

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Letitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (D) used coronavirus as a metaphor — and of course he used charts: “Our nation is in crisis and in many ways, COVID is just a metaphor. A virus attacks when the body is weak and when it cannot defend itself.” 

From Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnThis week: Democrats face mounting headaches Clyburn on spending bill: 'I feel very comfortable that we're gonna get there' This week: Democrats kick off chaotic fall with Biden's agenda at stake MORE (D-S.C.): "With so many families experiencing loss in this pandemic — lost jobs, lost loved ones, and lost confidence in the president to keep us safe — we need a president who understands both profound loss; and what it takes to bounce back."   

Just in case you enjoyed the night so much that you want to watch it again: Here’s the full video from last night’s convention:


An excellent point about Obama’s speech: “Michelle Obama is giving a quiet, sobering, emotional speech. It’s easily the most potent and powerful moment of the night, delivered in a way that turns limitations of a virtual convention into a strength. It’s hard to imagine it working as well in a large arena with a big crowd.” (Via The Washington Post’s Matt Viser 

Some context to Sanders’s authoritarian comments: “Interesting that Bernie is the first speaker to directly make the case that Trump is an authoritarian threat to democracy.” (Via New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait 

Yup: The New York Times’s Charles M. Blow pointed out, “This is a good effort by the DNC, but you can already tell that a virtual convention is going to be tough.” 

‘Michelle Obama shines, scorching Trump’


Haa!: “John Kasich assures conservative voters that Biden won’t turn ‘sharp left’.... downscreen, CNN teases upcoming speech by Bernie Sanders.” (h/t Politico’s Steve Heuser 

Time to pipe in the crowd noise: “It’s so quiet on the DNC livestream you could literally hear someone opening the door during one of the guest interviews” (From The Daily Beast’s Max Tani 

New record: It took a full 18 minutes (!) for the first Bruce Springsteen song to play on the livestream. 

Hahaha, I am hyperventilating:  




I am HERE for the John Kasich memes 

CLASSIC dad response: Politico’s Natalie Fertig tweeted, “Gretchen Whitmer: ‘hello, I'm gretchen whitmer.’ My dad: ‘hello.’”

If you noticed Obama’s necklace: “For all those who want to know, Michelle Obama’s V-O-T-E necklace is from By Chari.” (h/t The New York Times’s Vanessa Friedman

If you’re wondering which video clips are live and which are pretaped: PBS’s Lisa Desjardins live-tweeted which acts are live. Follow along 

Getting traction — This throwback is VERY funny: “The best DNC moment in history was 2004, when Kerry accepted the nomination and the balloons dropped too slowly and CNN aired live audio of the director repeatedly yelling ‘GO BALLOONS’ and finally ‘what the f*** are you guys doing up there?’ at 1:50.” Watch — hahaha 

SO many camera angles: New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi tweeted, “I would read 5,000 words about how the Kasich video was produced. I wish I’d been there.” 

Lol, oh come onn: The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim tweeted: “Text from a Republican who shall remain anonymous: ‘Who is Maggie Rogers? House candidate?’” 

The best part of the night, IMO





If you didn’t see the performance, I suggest watching at least a few seconds of it: Here’s the video:

This is a pretty interesting comparison:  



The full-size photos



Here it is, the final report on Russian interference:

Via The Hill’s Olivia Beavers, “A Senate Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday detailed significant ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, particularly with former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report MORE.” 

See for yourself — read the full report 

The gist: “Among the probe's newest revelations is that Konstantin V. Kilimnik, an associate of Manafort's, was a "Russian intelligence officer." Manafort's contacts also posed a “grave counterintelligence threat,” according to the report … The Senate committee said it also obtained information that suggested Kilimnik was possibly connected to the Russian intelligence service's 2016 hack and leak operation.”   

What to know about the report


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,446,233 

U.S. death toll: 170,586 

Breakdown of the numbers

Well, that didn’t last long:

Just a week after classes began at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the school is shifting to online-only classes. 

Why: “[Officials] said 177 cases of the dangerous pathogen had been confirmed among students, out of hundreds tested. Another 349 students were in quarantine, on and off campus, because of possible exposure to the virus, they said.”  

When the new order will take effect: Wednesday 

Why this is so important: “The shift signaled enormous challenges ahead for those in higher education who are pushing for professors and students to be able to meet on campus.”


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This tweet wins the day:




This is one of those rhetorical ‘yikes, how did we get here?!’ moments:





The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Iowa and Arizona today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C. 

9:15 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Yuma, Ariz. 

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a teleconference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response. 

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an update in Yuma on border wall construction.

5:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on immigration and border security. 

11 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.


9 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE participated in a proclamation signing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Livestream 

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12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in an Iowa disaster recovery briefing in Cedar Rapids. Livestream

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Today is National Ice Cream Pie Day. It’s also National Fajita Day!

It’s a wicked scorchah!:

Temperatures in Death Valley hit 130 degrees on Sunday, which is thought to be the highest temperature on Earth in nearly 90 years.

The most beautiful public restrooms I’ve ever seen:

Via Forbes’s Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, a well-known architect designed brightly colored, transparent public restrooms in Tokyo.

You said ‘transparent…?: “The design relies on a new smartglass technology that turns the walls opaque when the door is locked. ‘At night, they light up the parks like a beautiful lantern,’ according to The Nippon Foundation.”  Aha!

The photo is worth checking out

And because you made to the end, here's a corgi dog sledding with two other corgis: