The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall |  Latest storm path | Weather Channel reporters almost taken out by the storm |  Kyle Rittenhouse arrested |  Inside the NBA boycott |  Obama commends players |  Trump still scheduled to give convention speech tonight |  Sights and sounds |  Crenshaw poses with tank |  Pelosi, Meadows restart COVID-19 relief talks |  Best National Dog Day posts

 

LATEST WITH HURRICANE LAURA

What, are locusts next?:

 

 

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana overnight with wind gusts well over 100 mph, bringing "catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding.” https://cbsn.ws/2EzgzkB 

The storm’s pathhttps://bit.ly/2G3X58g

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

“Almost all roads in Lake Charles are impassable this morning. #Laura leaving behind catastrophic damage.” (from News 15’s Cory SmithVideo of the aftermathhttps://bit.ly/2EEK0l0

Oh my gosh — Stay safe, please!!: Here is footage of a Weather Channel crew in the middle of the storm last night. Reporter Stephanie Abrams was hit in the head with debris. “We’re fine, everyone we are fine. We are totally fine, everything is OK,” Abrams said after. Watchhttps://fxn.ws/3b2atFt   

Yikes, this clip is worth watching

 

 

This video has more than 1.9 million views so far. Watchhttps://bit.ly/31w9FFq

THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME A HURRICANE HAS INTERRUPTED A REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION:

In 2012: The first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., was canceled because of Tropical Storm Isaac. The New York Times article that dayhttps://nyti.ms/3hAhijZ 

And in 2008: 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3hA40nr

SO, COULD TRUMP POSTPONE TONIGHT’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANE?:

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report George and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Trump carries on with rally, unaware of Ginsburg's death MORE said that is a possibility, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE’s speech is still on for tonight. Conway told reporters last night: “We never say no around here, because things happen at a volume and velocity around here, and we adapt to events. As of right now, the president plans to speak tomorrow.” https://politi.co/3b0CtZW

It’s Thursday! Though, it has felt like a Friday all morning to me. Anyone else? I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and happy thoughts to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3

Speech highlights:

Pence on Hurricane Laura: “Before I go further, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm’s way.” https://politi.co/34F1qJq

Pence addressed the protests in Kenosha: "Let me be clear: the violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.” Pence added: "We will have law and order on the streets of America for every American of every race, and creed and color." https://bit.ly/2G4be5l 

Yikes: Football coach Lou Holtz said, "The Biden/Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholics in name only.Watch: https://bit.ly/3hzuyFh

Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnNetflix distances from author's comments about Muslim Uyghurs but defends project Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Key Democrat opposes GOP Section 230 subpoena for Facebook, Twitter, Google MORE (R-Tenn.) on the closures: "They close our churches but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open." https://bit.ly/34zqQYM 

This Marsha Blackburn quote has been getting traction: "If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like Communist China to me." https://bit.ly/2EFlAru

Hm…  — from 24-year-old congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn: “If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you just don’t know American history …  James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence.” Narrator: Madison did not sign the Declaration of Independence. https://bit.ly/31wl9Zy

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Almost every speech tonight is pretaped: ABC’s Jon Karl pointed out, “Every speech tonight - with the exception of Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Pence vows for law and order everywhere Trump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE's - is pre-taped.  Every one.” https://bit.ly/3aXnqjN 

A pretty cool setup at Fort McHenry: Here’s a photo: https://bit.ly/3hA4GJA 

Photo of Pence’s stagehttps://bit.ly/3b7yzyA

Check out that hat: “Making Logging Great Again” Photohttps://bit.ly/3hwEX4R 

If you’ve been noticing the lectern’s signs, they’ve been changing!: “Day 1 and Day 3 had Trump 2020 signs on the lectern, Day 2 had a Trump-Pence sign” (from Bloomberg’s Ryan Teague BeckwithPhotoshttps://bit.ly/31tfFyS 

 

 

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This was a very personal story: “[White House press secretary] Kayleigh McEnany gives a deeply personal speech on the third night of the convention, talking about her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA2 gene. She says the president called her afterward.” https://bit.ly/3lk5Jzz  

President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara TrumpLara Lea TrumpHillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes Lara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida Sunday shows - Democrats target Trump as violence flares MORE put her husband Eric to work: She tweeted, “Getting ready to speak at the RNC with my personal assistant.” The video she postedhttps://bit.ly/2QuxIhG

REACTIONS AND ANALYSIS:

On Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg How fast population growth made Arizona a swing state The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Pence elbow bump at NYC Sept. 11 ceremony MORE’s remarks: Bloomberg’s Ryan Teague Beckwith pointed out: “Karen Pence is pretty good at this, they should make better use of her.” https://bit.ly/3hxlMb1 

About the sports figures who have appeared: “We've heard from football players and a coach during the Republican convention. But not baseball or basketball.  They could have had Curt Schilling speak, but he's on the advisory board for ‘We Build the Wall.’ " https://bit.ly/31wpV9x 

YUP — Did anyone else feel this way watching Pence’s speech?: “Seeing a live crowd feels so strange as I cover this from my living room.” https://bit.ly/3hyF6om 

The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser commented on former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard GrenellRichard GrenellWhat's Biden's real China policy? Unlike Trump, he's done a 180 A judge's Monsanto ruling affects both the law and the economy CNN's Tapper tried to talk GOP candidate out of running against Democratic incumbent: report MORE’s comment: “Huge fact check required: Ric Grenell claims he watched Trump ‘charm’ Angela Merkel,” Glasser tweeted. https://bit.ly/2D2yvU0

LATEST WITH THE PROTESTS

Athletes boycott following the police shooting of Jacob Blake:

Via CNN, “What began as the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to boycott their playoff game following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team's home state cascaded into a wave of similar protests across the American sports scene by Wednesday night.” https://cnn.it/3jdTdzI

New update — the playoffs will restart:

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that “NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs.” https://es.pn/32p37HS 

What about today’s games?: “Thursday's three playoff games will be postponed and it's undetermined when the games will be rescheduled.”

‘INSIDE THE HECTIC HOURS AROUND THE HISTORIC NBA BOYCOTT’:

Via ESPN: https://es.pn/3jjJo3f

‘INSIDE BASEBALL’S MIXED RESPONSE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT, AND WHAT’S NEXT’:

Also via ESPN: https://es.pn/3lopFkV 

Tidbit — what Oracle Park looked like last night:  Where the San Francisco Giants play. Photo: https://bit.ly/31xa6Q4

CHECK OUT TODAY’S FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES SPORTS:

https://bit.ly/2QG97H7

REACTION FROM FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA:

“I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.” Obama’s full tweethttps://bet.us/32KpGY3

Kyle Rittenhouse has been arrested:

“A teenager who walked among protesters in Kenosha, Wis., carrying a military-style semi-automatic rifle was arrested and faces a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with shootings that left two people dead on Tuesday night.” https://nyti.ms/32sTf01 

The New York Times tracked Rittenhouse’s movements that night. The Times’s Christiaan Triebert tweeted, “Visual Investigations team reviewed hours of livestreams to track 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse’s movements during and leading up to the shootings.” The timelinehttps://bit.ly/34DPcRh

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OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

The Fed dropped a bombshell:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “The Federal Reserve on Thursday formally adopted a monetary policy strategy that calls for allowing inflation to run above the bank’s 2 percent target in a bid to maximize the job gains that come with economic expansions.” https://bit.ly/34EHHt6 

What happened this morning: “In a Thursday speech, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced that the central bank would aim to keep price and wages increases at an annual average of 2 percent instead of aiming directly at that target.” 

Meaning: “The Fed’s new strategy will likely mean the central bank will tolerate higher levels of inflation for longer stretches to balance out years of persistently low price and wage increases.”

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,832,581 

U.S. death toll: 179,977

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

For context: Three months ago today, 1,681,793 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 98,933 had died. https://bit.ly/2XuxKL6

COVID-19 RELIEF TALKS ARE RESTARTING ON CAPITOL HILL:

“Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-Calif.) and White House chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election White House chief of staff knocks FBI director over testimony on election fraud Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid MORE plan to speak Thursday afternoon, sources said, restarting negotiations on a much-needed coronavirus stimulus package that have been at a standstill for the past three weeks.” https://bit.ly/3jj2syD

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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This tweet has nearly 23k likes so far.

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out.

Noon: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. 

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters on Hurricane Laura. 

1 p.m. EDT Monday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Science & American Advancement.” Featured speakers: Former National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump campaign tweet of Biden clip as manipulated media | Democrats demand in-person election security briefings resume | Proposed rules to protect power grid raise concerns Lawmakers call for bipartisan push to support scientific research The Hill's 12:30 Report: Presidential race tightens in key states MORE (R-Ind.) and Under Secretary for Science Paul DabbarDetails and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/3gydHkY

WHAT TO WATCH:

10:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. 

7 a.m. EDT Friday: NBC’s Craig Melvin interviews Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act What Kamala Harris' VP nomination means to us Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' MORE (D-Calif.) on NBC’s “Today.”

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Pots De Creme Day.

I thought we would all enjoy some photos of good boys and girls:

Via KSDK, here are a few of the best National Dog Day posts on social media yesterday: https://bit.ly/32oS5lW

And to leave you on a good note, here’s a dog trying to make a new friend: https://bit.ly/3b5rs9U