The Hill's 12:30 Report: Presidential race tightens in key states

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump narrows Biden lead in 3 swing states | Race tightens | Portland mayor, Trump trade jabs after protest shooting | Biden gives speech in Pittsburgh | Will accuse Trump of inciting violence | White House says Trump hasn’t spoken to Blake’s family | Trump’s Tuesday Kenosha visit still on | Government funding deal likely tied to COVID-19 relief package | Meadows, Pelosi clash



Mooove, Joe! Get out of the way. Get out of the way, Joe, get out of the way!:



Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE has lagged Joe BidenJoe Biden Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine MORE badly in the polls for much of 2020, but strategists in both parties predict his numbers will rise and the race will tighten as the Republican Party consolidates further behind him this fall.” https://bit.ly/2YP2qH6

The race is already tightening: Specifically in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania

Why those three states matter: “Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are the three traditionally Democratic states that Trump won in 2016 to stun Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCommunion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Trump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them MORE. He is likely to need wins in at least two of those states, if not all three, to win reelection.” 

The polling to back that uphttps://bit.ly/2YP2qH6


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is giving a speech in Pittsburgh where he is expected to accuse President Trump of inciting violence amid the racial justice protests. https://bit.ly/3bdaPJt

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'Cause baby now we got bad blood:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, “As the parties scramble for an elusive deal on another round of coronavirus relief, mistrust and bad blood between two of the principal negotiators — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Set millions of tires on fire, pay less than ,000 On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more Democrats seek to calm nervous left MORE and White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsGOP governors embrace culture wars with White House in mind Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Head of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report MORE — have snarled the talks and complicated the path to a timely agreement.” https://bit.ly/2YNaTdW 

An example of the bad blood: “The tensions were on full display Thursday after a 25-minute phone call between the two power brokers — the first talks between the sides in roughly three weeks — failed to break the long impasse. Meadows, Pelosi charged afterwards, displayed a ‘disregard’ for the needs of suffering Americans by rejecting more emergency funding. Pelosi, Meadows countered, offered ‘25 minutes of nothing.’ ”


“The odds are rising that any deal on a fifth coronavirus relief package will be tied to legislation to prevent a government shutdown.” https://bit.ly/2QEA4uv


Trump has not spoken to Jacob Blake’s family yet:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on “Fox & Friends” this morning that President Trump has not yet spoken to the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., despite the White House reaching out. https://bit.ly/3gLnMeo

Trump will visit Kenosha tomorrow — will he meet with the family?: No, Trump is not currently scheduled to meet with the Blake family.  

In McEnany’s words: “We are efforting outreach, have not been able to connect yet. So tomorrow the plan is so far to go and to meet with law enforcement and to look at the damage from the riots, but we are holding his family close to our hearts.”

Jab, jab, jab, sucker punch:

President Trump and Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) on Sunday traded jabs over who was responsible for the rise in violence in the city between Black Lives Matter protesters and counterprotesters that led to a fatal shooting Saturday night.” https://bit.ly/3jyLuwv 

First, Wheeler blamed Trump in a press conference: "Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It’s you who have created the hate and the division. It’s you who have not found a way to say the names of Black people killed by police officers even as people in law enforcement have, and it's you who claimed that white supremacists are good people. 

Trump almost immediately tweeted: “Ted Wheeler, the wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his City during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever. Wrong! Portland will never recover with a fool for a Mayor…” Read Trump’s full tweetshttps://bit.ly/2YPZtWA

Wheeler shot back: "It's classic Trump. Mr. President, how can you think a comment like that, if you're watching this, is in any way helpful? …  It's an aggressive stance. It's not collaborative. I certainly reached out, I believe in a collaborative manner, by saying earlier that you need to do your part and I need to do my part and then we both need to be held accountable.” https://bit.ly/3jyLuwv


“Portland, Ore., has had nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On Saturday night, a caravan of supporters of President Trump traveled through the city, clashing with counterprotesters. A man was shot and killed during the unrest.” Everything we know about the incident, via The New York Times’s Bryan Pietschhttps://nyti.ms/32Jc52O


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,002,615 

U.S. death toll: 183,203 

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

For context: A month ago today, 4,496,737 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 152,074 had died. https://bit.ly/2YPN850


Oh no. Kennedy added an ‘H’ to Worcester the day before the primary:



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The House and Senate are out. 

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Vice President Pence, Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEnergized Trump probes pose problems for Biden Pavlich: Biden can't ignore defund the police contributions to violent crime spike Progressives slam Garland for DOJ stances on Trump-era cases MORE and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad WolfChad WolfLawmakers slam DHS watchdog following report calling for 'multi-year transformation' Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave MORE.

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

Tuesday: President Trump visits Kenosha, Wis. https://cnn.it/34Nh0mf


This morning: The Atlantic Council held an event on foreign policy in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/31NBPw5 

1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3lvKcUG 

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Science & American Advancement.” Featured speakers: Former National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Energy: Climate emerges as infrastructure sticking point | US recovers millions in cryptocurrency paid to pipeline hackers | Chief scientist: NOAA is ' billion agency trapped in a .5 billion budget' Chief scientist: NOAA is ' billion agency trapped in a .5 billion budget' GOP lawmakers request briefing on Democrats' claims of 'suspicious' Capitol tours before Jan. 6 MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthGOP gambles with Pelosi in opposing Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Hillicon 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 MORE (R-Ind.) and Under Secretary for Science Paul DabbarLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/2QH4gp2


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Because it’s still technically August and you shouldn’t be ~too~ productive:

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