The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — GOP convention edition: Sights and sounds | Republicans rebuke Democratic narrative | Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleTrump's test sparks fears of spread: Here's who he met in last week Kid Rock opens Trump rally by saying 'fake media' will say it didn't happen Kid Rock to headline Trump rally in Michigan MORE give energetic, dark speeches | Trump thanks CNN for convention coverage | Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' 'The soul' versus 'law and order' Author Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' MORE: ‘America is not a racist country’ | Sen. Scott: ‘Our family went from Cotton to Congress in one lifetime’ | Filibuster debate looms if Dems take the Senate | Jennifer Garner cries at Office ending, cast reacts



Me when anybody says the ‘RNC Convention’ The ‘C’ *clap* stands *clap* for convention:



Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “There was more darkness than light at the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday.” https://bit.ly/3aTkTHj  

The lighter themes: “Parts of the program seemed intended to humanize 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 and to inoculate the GOP against charges of racism and sexism. Some of those efforts were effective, particularly speeches from former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottFrom HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-S.C.) … those speeches …  could easily have been delivered to a convention of the pre-Trump GOP…” 

The darker themes: “The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., suggested that basic freedoms of thought, expression and religious affiliation would be trashed under a Biden administration. His girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle ignited social media with a high-volume speech in which she alleged that Democrats wanted to ‘destroy this country.’” 

I’m fine. Don’t worry about me. I’m great.  

Fabulous, even.: 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2Yx3SxB


^Or like the dish ‘shrimp scampi!’






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This was a powerful line from Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.): "Growing up, [my grandfather] had to cross the street if a white person was coming. He suffered the indignity of being forced out of school as a third grader to pick cotton, and never learned to read or write.  Yet, he lived to see his grandson become the first African American to be elected to both the United States House and Senate. Our family went from Cotton to Congress in one lifetime. And that’s why I believe the next American century can be better than the last.https://bit.ly/2EfBLw5

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on race: America is not a racist country. This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. They came to America and settled in a small Southern town ... I was a brown girl in a Black and White world.” Watch her full comments on race:  https://bit.ly/3gAvs3n

From the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.: “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 is basically the Loch Ness Monster of the swamp. For the past half-century, he’s been lurking around in there. He sticks his head up every now and then to run for president, then he disappears and doesn’t do much in between.” https://bit.ly/3aTaqM5

From Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump surrogate, girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox host: “They want to destroy this country and everything we have fought for and hold dear. They want to steal your liberty, your freedom. They want to control what you see and think and believe so that they can control how you live.” https://bit.ly/3hxBfI4 

From the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters: “These radicals are not content with marching in the streets,” Mark McCloskey said in his joint remarks with his wife Patricia. “They want to walk the halls of Congress. They want to take over. They want power.” https://bit.ly/2CVWxQv

Conservative activist Charlie Kirk was the first to speak: "We may have not realized it at the time, but Trump is the bodyguard of western civilization. Trump was elected to protect our families from the vengeful mob that seeks to destroy our way of life--our neighborhoods, schools, churches, and values. President Trump was elected to defend the American way of life." https://bit.ly/3lhDPEv 

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump's scorched earth style overshadows campaign's message in final weeks Sunday shows - Trump Michigan rally grabs the spotlight RNC chairwoman: Republicans should realize distancing themselves from Trump 'is hurting themselves in the long run' MORE swiped at Eva Longoria: “Democrats started their convention last week with Eva Longoria, a famous Hollywood actress who played a housewife on TV. Well, I’m actually a real housewife and a mom from Michigan with two wonderful kids in public school who happens to be the only — only the second woman in 164 years to run the Republican Party.” https://bit.ly/3gxaXUR


I love moments like this — we’re all human!: 



^Lol, well said, Leigh.

Watch: https://bit.ly/2YxXgzc


Ugh, THANK YOU for this tweet: “Pronunciation guide for those following this week:

The other party is the Demo-CRATIC Party (not ‘Democrat Party)

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 is pronounced COMMA-la Harris (not Ka-MAHLA). 

Thanks for playing” (via MSNBC’s Joy Reidhttps://bit.ly/32lMih7

^Interesting to note about Nikki Haley’s speech compared to most: The Daily Beast’s Hanna Trudo pointed out that, “Haley, for what it's worth, says ‘Democratic Party’ and not ‘Democrat Party.’ " https://bit.ly/31nVemR

Who had ‘two minutes’ for the first mention of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Trump, Biden tangle over Wall Street ties, fundraising The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE?: “Less than two minutes into the Republicans’ convention, we have the first image of Hillary Clinton.” (from Time’s Phil Elliotthttps://bit.ly/32oTVmW

Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzCongressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created? MORE cutaways: “Bizarro world: CNN was running ads during [Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) speech], [Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTrump when asked if he'd be kinder in his second term: 'Yes, I think so' Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox The Memo: Trump searches for path to comeback MORE] was talking over him on Fox. The only place you could watch Gaetz from start to finish...was MSNBC.” https://bit.ly/3jnYC7F

Hey, Jon Voigt, heyyy: Actor Jon Voight narrated the introduction to the convention’s first night. https://bit.ly/3lfVPiA

Pssst, I have a secret: “The RNC comes live tonight from DC's Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, which is technically part of the... *William Jefferson Clinton* Federal Building” (via The Daily Beast’s Sam Brodeyhttps://bit.ly/3lhELJ1

Throwback to 1984: “Day One of Republican Convention 1984 (8/20/84), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Jennifer Lawrence says until Trump she was 'a little Republican' Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave MORE spoke. Wasn't yet a Senator. He was a first-term Congressman. ‘House of Representatives today is dominated by a liberal Democratic coalition which is totally insensitive to wills, desires, concerns of American people.’” (via C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, who always has the best throwback videos!) Watch: https://bit.ly/3l9wG9b 

Trump met with frontline workers in the White House: Notice that no one is wearing a mask in this. Photo from The Washington Post’s Matt Viser: https://bit.ly/2YtJMEg 



Watch: https://bit.ly/3lhcAKc



President Trump appreciated CNN’s convention coverage: He tweeted this morning, “Very appreciative that @CNN covered the vast majority of the Republican Convention last night. That was really good for CNN, while at the same time being good for our Country. Thank you!” https://bit.ly/2YAl5WV

Guilfoyle may have broken the FCC’s volume regulation: Wolf Blitzer: ‘Very, very forceful speech from Kimberley Guilfoyle.’ 

Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperNY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: 'You would think he was a gentleman' Democrats condemn Trump's rhetoric against Michigan governor as allies defend rally Illinois governor blames Trump's allies for state's wrong direction on coronavirus MORE: ‘Forceful is one word for it.’" https://bit.ly/2EfNBq5

^: House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (R-La.) followed Guilfoyle and there was quite a difference in tone.



Here’s a clip if you missed ithttps://bit.ly/31mZNhk 

Agreed.: “Trump awkwardly socially distancing is more effective than Biden awkwardly talking to screens.” (from The Hill’s Rafael Bernalhttps://bit.ly/34uRKkD 

The Republican National Convention videos are well done so farhttps://bit.ly/3jaPsuR 

A theme for both conventions this year: “Dems packed their convention with Republicans for Biden. Republicans now have on their first Democrat, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones” Photohttps://bit.ly/32k4RSQ


So would one say Chuck 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 is … filibustering … the decision?:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “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.) is facing competing pressure points as he weighs one of the biggest questions he’ll face if Democrats win back the majority: whether or not to nuke the filibuster.” https://bit.ly/34vpLkL 

The debate: “Democrats — increasingly within striking distance of regaining the Senate — are plotting an ambitious agenda if they have control of Congress and the White House for the first time since 2010.  But the 60-vote legislative filibuster stands in the way of some of the biggest items on their to-do list, including ethics and election reform, immigration, health care and climate change legislation.”  

Where it standshttps://bit.ly/34vpLkL


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,743,686 

U.S. death toll: 177,336 

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

For context: Three months ago today, 1,646,495 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 97,794 had died. https://bit.ly/3dptzp5


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This looks like an educational workplace safety video on VHS:



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Today is National Banana Split Day! It’s also National Whiskey Sour Day

Maybe all that sensitivity training in ‘The Office’ prepared the cast for this:

Actress Jennifer Garner recently finished ‘The Office’ and cried during the ending. https://fxn.ws/3lhMAOU 

Watch Jennifer Garner’s video reaction to finishing the serieshttps://bit.ly/32lTM3S 

Awww!: The cast of ‘The Office’ left nice comments on Garner’s video. Screenshotshttps://bzfd.it/32t5nxQ

And to leave you on an entertaining note, here’s a cat playing with a fidget spinner: https://bit.ly/3jaVWtH