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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE has lagged Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants 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 ClintonHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' Edie Falco to play Hillary Clinton in Clinton impeachment series White House defends Biden's 'Neanderthal thinking' remark on masks 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 PelosiOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks MORE and White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward 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 BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Liberal watchdog group files ethics complaint over Boebert's reimbursements Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides 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 SherrillNJ lawmakers ask Gannett to stop 'union-busting' efforts at 3 state newspapers Tim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack MORE (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 DabbarLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/2QH4gp2


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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!:



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

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And because you made it to the end, here are goats in pajamas: https://bit.ly/3lzJi9S 



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