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 ObamaObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week Media and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk 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 DeJoyJudge orders Postal Service to sweep facilities twice a day for any ballots that can be delivered on time Brent Budowsky: Democracy in America is on trial Postal Service misses court-ordered deadline for unsent mail ballots 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.” https://wapo.st/321tfZs 

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. https://bit.ly/2Yab7v8

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Make sure to notice where Trump made these comments:

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 criticized former first lady Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech as being “extremely divisive.” https://bit.ly/3iQDxSP 

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:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3271FtT

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. https://bit.ly/2Q4KSlu

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 Collinshttps://bit.ly/2E76SJU


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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 SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism 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." https://bit.ly/31ZmB5L

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." https://bit.ly/327VSEq

Uh, well, that’s an unfortunate spot for her to be: "I hate politics,” Michelle Obama said. https://bit.ly/2Y7wyNh 

From Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): "Under this administration authoritarianism has taken root in our country." https://bit.ly/3h5bjTS 

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 storyhttps://nyti.ms/2Q2ByOU 

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 KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) said during her remarks. https://bit.ly/325sfnb 

From Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerPope Francis swipes at groups protesting COVID-19 restrictions in NYT op-ed Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Oregon governor urges hosts to 'uninvite' guests MORE (D): "Hello America. I'm Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Or as Donald Trump calls me, 'that woman from Michigan.'" https://bit.ly/327OMzM 

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoFor Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty Cardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 Cuomo blames new conservative majority for high court's COVID-19 decision 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 ClyburnClyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed 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." https://bit.ly/3h8hpTp   

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: https://bit.ly/2YcDYyX


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 Viserhttps://bit.ly/2DUrDJ3 

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 Chaithttps://bit.ly/2E53wHn 

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.” https://bit.ly/31Zvxbr 

‘Michelle Obama shines, scorching Trump’https://bit.ly/320b9Hf


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 Heuserhttps://bit.ly/2E3h5Hh 

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 Tanihttps://bit.ly/2EfuNXf 

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

Hahaha, I am hyperventilating:  


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2FAe023


I am HERE for the John Kasich memeshttps://bit.ly/320o4sB 

CLASSIC dad response: Politico’s Natalie Fertig tweeted, “Gretchen Whitmer: ‘hello, I'm gretchen whitmer.’ My dad: ‘hello.’” https://bit.ly/2E23KPB

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 Friedmanhttps://bit.ly/3kNOma2

If you’re wondering which video clips are live and which are pretaped: PBS’s Lisa Desjardins live-tweeted which acts are live. Follow alonghttps://bit.ly/2Q3XpFS 

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 — hahahahttps://bit.ly/3h7O0ZA 

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.” https://bit.ly/3j2KDE7 

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?’” https://bit.ly/324h51E 

The best part of the night, IMO



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2YbW1Fn


If you didn’t see the performance, I suggest watching at least a few seconds of it: Here’s the video: https://bit.ly/2YewWdb

This is a pretty interesting comparison:  



The full-size photoshttps://bit.ly/320uhoz



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 ManafortFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court MORE.” https://bit.ly/325PFZh 

See for yourself — read the full reporthttps://bit.ly/2YtkJS7 

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 reporthttps://bit.ly/325PFZh


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

U.S. death toll: 170,586 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

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. https://wapo.st/3hcQVR2 

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:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3iQnXH0

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



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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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony MORE participated in a proclamation signing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3kXkBDK 

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12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in an Iowa disaster recovery briefing in Cedar Rapids. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2YflfTA

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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. https://lat.ms/31ZjOtw

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 outhttps://bit.ly/2Q1W6qM

And because you made to the end, here's a corgi dog sledding with two other corgis: https://bit.ly/2YeEXi9