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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Convention edition: Dems formally nominate Biden | Left unhappy over AOC’s role | Pandemic-era balloon drop | Convention sights and sounds | States use geographic video clips for roll call | Graham praises Jill Biden | Kamala watches at home in her college sweatshirt | Pence campaigns in Wisconsin | The Hill hosts Clyburn for DNC event



The magic word this year is … wait for it … ‘normal’:

Wild, right?:



Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Reassurances of normalcy and competency might be more highly prized than sweeping promises of radical change in 2020. The focus on [Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE’s] biography also poses a contrast between his personality traits and those of President Trump.” https://bit.ly/2Each35

The message last night: “Joe Biden is decent and normal.” 

Because it’s been a weird year: “The theme might, in a different year, seem flat or overly modest. But Team Biden’s bet is that it will be just what voters are looking for amid a global pandemic, severe economic disruption and ongoing tensions over racial justice.”


“I cannot a remember a time when ‘normal’ was used as such high praise in American politics...” https://bit.ly/2EhbQ6G

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Goodyear blows a tire:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE urged supporters this morning to boycott Goodyear tires after a report that company employees in Kansas were banned from wearing “Make America Great Again” gear. https://bit.ly/325zn2J   

Trump tweeted: “Don’t buy GOODYEAR TIRES - They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS. Get better tires for far less! (This is what the Radical Left Democrats do. Two can play the same game, and we have to start playing it now!).” https://bit.ly/3kYV3Gi


WIBW’s Shawn Wheat reported yesterday that  “a Goodyear employee says the company has put out a new policy that has some calling it not equal for all.” The full reporthttps://bit.ly/34fNPYv


“Goodyear is based in Ohio (a key swing state!) and employs 64,000 people” https://bit.ly/2E7ea0n 

CNN’s Kate Bennett tweeted a photo of Trump’s car: If you zoom in, you can see the Goodyear logo on his tires. The photo with the caption, ‘Who wants to tell him’https://bit.ly/2YhNTDp


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Jill Biden defended her husband’s cognitive ability:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, defended her husband’s cognitive abilities after attacks from the Trump campaign. https://bit.ly/3iVJk9G

She said on NBC’s “Today: “It’s ridiculous. Joe is on the phone every single minute of the day talking to governors, Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K MORE, he’s on Zoom, he’s doing fundraisers, doing briefings. He doesn’t stop from 9 in the morning until 11 at night.” 

Watch Jill Biden’s full responsehttps://bit.ly/325Gfx5

Lindsay Graham praises Jill Biden (!):

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHarrison says campaign had to spend record M haul 'to get this thing to toss-up status' BlackPAC rolls out Senate race endorsements for the first time The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Sights and sounds outside the Amy Coney Barrett vote MORE (R-S.C.), a strong defender of President Trump, complimented Jill Biden on her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. https://bit.ly/3aDux0x

Graham tweeted: “Tonight, Jill Biden did a very good job representing herself and Joe in the causes they believe in.  She’s an outstanding person who has led a consequential life.” 

Keep in mind — Graham had a lot of nice things to say about Biden in 2015: “Graham in 2015 said in an interview with HuffPost that if you ‘can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, you’ve got a problem … He’s said some of the most incredibly heartfelt things that anybody could ever say to me. He’s the nicest person I think I’ve ever met in politics.’ ”

Trump did not appreciate Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesJudiciary Committee postpones hearing with McCabe on Russia probe This week: Senate kicks off Supreme Court fight Cindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team MORE’s appearance:

President Trump slammed former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates’s speech last night, questioning whether she had leaked to the press while she worked at the Justice Department. https://bit.ly/3aIvzbx

Trump retweeted: “Deep stater Sally Yates is speaking at the DNC, being billed as ‘someone willing to speak out.’ She was fired by Trump for trying to stop official government policy, which had just been voted on by the American public. Sally Yates was fired for being an enemy of the people.”  

And Trump added to the tweet: “She was a terrible A.G. Was she the leaker?” 

The full tweetshttps://bit.ly/2Q9ozey

Progressives are not pleased about AOC’s role:

Via Politico’s Alex Thompson and Caitlin Oprysko, “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE had less time to speak at the Democratic National Convention than a former Republican governor, a George W. Bush Cabinet official, and the party's unsuccessful 2004 nominee. And the left isn't happy about it, reigniting some of the tension from the 2020 presidential primary.” https://politi.co/3297YwG 

The strategy: “Biden's convention has so far seemed more intent in reaching out to moderates and disillusioned Republicans rather than the left wing of the party that he defeated in the primary.”  

Keep in mind: “It's unclear whether Ocasio-Cortez would have spoken at all had Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins MORE not asked her to second his nomination.” 

The full storyhttps://politi.co/3297YwG


The best news of the night: Reporters don’t have to write ‘presumptive’ when talking about Joe Biden as the nominee!:

Democrats officially nominated Joe Biden as their presidential nominee last night after the Democratic National Convention’s roll call. https://bit.ly/2YiR7qq


Every state’s delegation cast their votes for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a short video clip filmed in the state. 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3aFyUrY 

Here’s a screenshot from all 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia: https://bit.ly/2CJVrHC 

I’m looking at you, Rhode Island calamari! ;)



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/325OFEH


From Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden: "I never imagined, at the age of 26, I would be asking myself: How do you make a broken family whole? Still, Joe always told the boys, 'Mommy sent Jill to us' — and how could I argue with her?" she said. "We found that love holds a family together. Love makes us flexible and resilient. It allows us to become more than ourselves—together. And though it can’t protect us from the sorrows of life, it gives us refuge—a home." https://bit.ly/328O2dl 

From former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Trump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate Davis: On eve of tonight's debate — we've seen this moment in history before MORE“If you want a president who spends hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media, he’s your man.” https://bit.ly/2E52MlI

From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference Pelosi calls Iran 'bad actor' but not equivalent to Russia on election interference Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump MORE (D-N.Y.): "President Lincoln, honoring the great sacrifice at Gettysburg, didn't say: 'It is what it is.' President Roosevelt, seeing a third of the nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished, didn't say: 'It is what it is.' America: Donald Trump has quit on you." https://bit.ly/3hcYJC2

From Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams: “America faces a triple threat: A public health catastrophe, an economic collapse, and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality. This year’s choice could not be any clearer.” https://bit.ly/3aBigtA 

From Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates: "From the moment President Trump took office, he has used his position to benefit himself rather than our country. ... Rather than standing up to Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden: Countries that interfere in U.S. elections will 'pay a price' Biden swipes at Trump ally Giuliani at debate: He's 'being used as a Russian pawn' Trump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report MORE, he fawns over a dictator who’s still trying to interfere in our elections." https://bit.ly/31cGUOa 

If you want to rewatch last night’s convention: Here’s the video: https://bit.ly/3iPNxvu


A line we keep hearing: “Like Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama to young voters: Create 'a new normal in America' by voting for Biden Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy Michelle Obama shares pro-Biden music video featuring Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson MORE…Sally Yates and Bill Clinton have hammered Trump over ‘it is what it is.’” https://bit.ly/3g9CRpV Why the line is particularly notable: Trump used this line a few weeks ago when responding to, “a thousand Americans are dying a day.” https://wapo.st/2Q3Y7D3 

A good point about earned media: “One thing about this 17 keynote speakers approach: A lot of local papers will do big pieces on their hometown rep who got 30 seconds or so in primetime — and that's valuable media coverage for Biden and the Democrats.” https://bit.ly/3kQXZVs  

This is not Bill’s first rodeo: “This [was] the 11th straight Dem convention at which Bill Clinton has spoken. He was the Dem Govs Association representative in 1980.” (Tweet from The Hill’s Reid Wilsonhttps://bit.ly/2FxctJX


YES, a balloon drop!: Here’s video of the small balloon drop when Biden became the nominee: https://bit.ly/3hbqiMe 

Biden posted a selfie he took tonight: Here it is: https://bit.ly/2FCeODA 

The fashion trend of the year: “The face mask wrapped around both of their hands, in an empty classroom, is peak 2020.” Photohttps://bit.ly/2FsT2lt

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Obama says he voted by mail: 'It's not as tough as a lot of folks think' Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis MORE (D-Calif.) watching at home:  


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2E8MmJ5


Carter’s speech was only audio: “The address from [former President] Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterDavis: On eve of tonight's debate — we've seen this moment in history before Obama urges voters to back Graham challenger in South Carolina Poll: Graham leads Harrison by 6 points in SC Senate race MORE at this convention is audio only. Carter is 95 years old.” (from CNN’s Abby D. Philliphttps://bit.ly/2E5fS2m

Another age tidbit: “Fun fact: Bill Clinton is now as old as Bob Dole was when they ran against each other in the 1996 presidential election.” (via NBC’s Mike Memolihttps://bit.ly/3206FjM 

Biden previewed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) speech on his Snapchat account: Here’s a screenshot from Peter Hamby:  https://bit.ly/3aC7xz7 

Tidbit about Bill Clinton’s age: “Clinton hasn't been president for 20 years, but he's younger than both of this year's nominees.” (via McClatchy DC’s Adam Wollnerhttps://bit.ly/34jChU6 

Lol, this gif if incredible:  





Interesting to compare the times Clinton’s past convention speecheshttps://bit.ly/2CFGiHc


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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,487,837 

U.S. death toll: 171,865

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For context: Two months ago today, 2,191,371 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 118,436 had died. https://bit.ly/327DTOk


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Now THAT'S a gavel and a half:



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The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Janesville, Wis.

10:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Janesville, Wis.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks on “Joe Biden’s Failure to Put American Workers First.”  

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11 a.m. EDT: House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) spoke at an event hosted by The Hill. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3iNmkd4

Noon: Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSeattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo MORE held a news conference on Operation Legend. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3iUuj85 

1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/34drVFj 

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting an event, “COVID-19: The Way Forward.” Featured speaker: Rep. Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiHillicon Valley: Trump refuses to condemn QAnon | Twitter revises its policy, lets users share disputed article | Google sees foreign cyber threats Democrats introduce bill providing 0 million to protect schools from cyberattacks The Senate must act to reauthorize cell transplantation program MORE (D-Calif.) Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2FEQZLp

9 p.m. EDT: Night three of the Democratic National Convention. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2Q20J4k


Today is National Soft Serve Ice Cream Day.

And to break up your Wednesday afternoon, here are two unlikely friends … with great balance, I might add!: https://bit.ly/3iLpNZE