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The Hill's 12:30 Report: First Kennedy to lose a Massachusetts election

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Kennedy concedes to Markey | First Kennedy to lose Mass. election | New study: Cheap, widely available steroids helpful for COVID-19 patients | Sen. Ernst is ‘so skeptical’ about coronavirus death count | Wendy’s free nuggets in September | Carole Baskin on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Ed Marks the Kennedy:

 

 

Incumbent Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally MORE (D-Mass.) defeated Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyConor Lamb defeats Trump-backed challenger for reelection in Pennsylvania Van Drew fends off challenge from Kennedy after party switch Markey wins reelection in Massachusetts MORE (D-Mass.) in the Massachusetts Senate primary.

What to know about Markey’s campaign: “The 74-year-old Markey campaigned heavily on his progressive record, particularly regarding environmental issues, citing his co-authorship of the Green New Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezKamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far MORE (D-N.Y.), who endorsed him over Kennedy. The senator’s campaign slogan read, ‘It’s not your age — it’s the age of your ideas that’s important.’” https://bit.ly/2YXUxim

Why Kennedy’s loss is noteworthy: “It marks a stunning change in fortune for Kennedy, who has been seen as a likely future presidential contender and garnered national attention in 2018 when he delivered the rebuttal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE’s State of the Union address … Additionally, his last name made him a popular commodity in Massachusetts.” https://bit.ly/2YZZEPb

MORE ON HOW ED MARKEY TOOK DOWN A KENNEDY:

Via The Hill’s Julia Manchester: https://bit.ly/2YZZEPb

THIS CAN’T BE A FUN STAT FOR THE FAMILY:

Rep. Joe Kennedy became the first Kennedy to lose an election in Massachusetts: https://bit.ly/3lHwnTd

FROM THEIR SPEECHES LAST NIGHT:

Markey told his supporters: "Tonight is more than just a celebration of a movement. It is a real reaffirmation of the need to have a movement, a progressive movement of young people demanding radical change, demanding justice.” Watch Markey’s full victory speechhttps://cs.pn/2EPa3Xa 

Kennedy told his supporters: “No matter the results tonight, I would do this again with all of you in a heartbeat. We may have lost the final vote tonight, but we have built a coalition that will endure." Watch Kennedy’s full concession speechhttps://cs.pn/32SNw3N

It’s Wednesday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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This is brutal:

 

 

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^For those of you who don’t get the joke, this is one of Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift'The Daily Show's' Trevor Noah to host Grammy Awards Stevie Wonder, Céline Dion and other stars to perform at Thanksgiving concert honoring nurses Taylor Swift allows song to be used in campaign ad MORE’s new songs. If you haven’t heard it, it’s very good!https://bit.ly/3lGPr3P

TIDBIT — JOE KENNEDY IS NOT THE ONLY KENNEDY RUNNING FOR OFFICE:

Amy Kennedy, wife of Patrick Kennedy, is running against Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewThe Hill's Campaign Newsletter: Election Day – Part 4 Van Drew fends off challenge from Kennedy after party switch Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night MORE, in NJ-02.” (Via The Hill’s Julia Manchesterhttps://bit.ly/34XgOAY

ALSO IN MASSACHUSETTS — PROGRESSIVES FAILED TO UNSEAT REP. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOvernight Health Care: Trump announces two moves aimed at lowering drug prices | Sturgis rally blamed for COVID-19 spread in Minnesota | Stanford faculty condemn Scott Atlas Trump announces two moves aimed at lowering drug prices IRS races to get remaining stimulus checks to low-income households MORE:

“Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, fended off a primary challenge from Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse on Tuesday in a blow to progressives who had hoped to unseat the longtime incumbent.” https://bit.ly/3lIyAOo

NEWS THIS MORNING

Breaking — the referees, I mean ‘debate moderators,’ have been set!:

Via The New York Times’s Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Maggie Haberman to pen book about Trump's life and legacy Pence to spend time in Florida as Trump refuses to concede MORE, the Commission on Presidential Debates has chosen the moderators for each of the fall presidential debates. https://nyti.ms/3bjTbDK 

The first presidential debate, on Sept. 29: “Fox News Sunday” host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE

The vice presidential debate, on Oct. 7: USA Today’s Susan Page 

The second presidential debate, on Oct. 15: C-SPAN’s Steve Scully

The third presidential debateon Oct. 22: NBC’s Kristen Welker

Just announced — Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE set a record for his fundraising:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) pulled in a combined $364.5 million in August, more than doubling their fundraising from July and signaling a massive fundraising boon for Democrats in the days surrounding their national convention.” https://bit.ly/3bjkQVe

For context: “The staggering total marks the best monthly fundraising sum for Biden and the Democrats to date, and the best month of online fundraising in U.S. political history. Of the $364.5 million raised, $205 million came from online, small-dollar contributions, Biden’s campaign said.”

ALSO ANNOUNCED — JOE BIDEN WILL VISIT KENOSHA TOMORROW:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will visit Kenosha, Wis. tomorrow amid the unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blakehttps://bit.ly/2ESLpod 

TimingPresident Trump visited Kenosha yesterday.

New study — steroids are helpful for sick patients:

“A new analysis from the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that cheap, widely available steroid drugs help reduce deaths among severely ill coronavirus patients, shedding more light on the path to treating the virus.” https://bit.ly/3lKZJQs 

Read the analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Associationhttps://bit.ly/3jDCzcZ

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,078,513 

U.S. death toll: 184,747 

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

For context: Two months ago today, 2,686,928 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 128,064 had died. https://bit.ly/3lFcdsV

Btw, Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Peggy Noonan: 'Bogus dispute' by Trump 'doing real damage' MORE is skeptical about the COVID-19 death count:

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said on Monday that she is “so skeptical” about the coronavirus death count. https://bit.ly/2QKnLgk 

She told the crowd at an event: “These health-care providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if COVID is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?”

Op-ed — physical distancing vs. social distancinghttps://bit.ly/3jBYL7o

HOW NEW YORK CITY’S SCHOOLS PLAN FELL SHORT:

Via Politico’s Madina Toure and Nick Niedzwiadek: https://politi.co/3gTiRZ8

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Election Day could be a mess — here’s a doomsday scenario:

Via The New York Times’s Trip Gabriel, “What if early results in swing states on Nov. 3 show President Trump ahead, and he declares victory before heavily Democratic mail-in votes, which he has falsely linked with fraud, are fully counted?” The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/3jFgjzG

NEW POLL — TRUMP’S PATH TO REELECTION IS TOUGH:

“One of the first major national polls released after the Republican National Convention shows former Vice President Joe Biden with an almost double-digit lead over President Trump.”  

The numbers: “The survey, conducted by veteran pollster Ann Selzer for Grinnell College, finds Biden leading 49 percent to 41 percent, on the strength of a huge advantage among female voters, suburbanites and Americans with a college degree.” More from the poll: https://bit.ly/3lLcZEG

JOE BIDEN ADJUSTS STRATEGY IN MIDWEST BATTLEGROUNDS:

Via The Washington Post’s Matt Viserhttps://wapo.st/3jEN67T

NOTABLE TWEETS:

If you click on one thing in this newsletter, please promise me it will be this:

As the Huffington Post’s Erin E. Evans so eloquently stated, “Look at this patriot speaking truth to power.” https://bit.ly/2Gnjy0d 

 

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Watchhttps://bit.ly/32S29nJ

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out.  

President Trump is in North Carolina this afternoon and Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Wilmington, N.C. He tweeted this morning: “Will soon be heading to Wilmington, North Carolina, and then will be going to Battleship North Carolina. Look forward to seeing all of my friends!” https://bit.ly/2QOBv9W

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

4:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:15 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks on schools reopening amid the pandemic. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2Z0Y281

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on “designating Wilmington, NC as the first American World War II Heritage City.” Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2YZqnLR

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Blueberry Popsicle Day. Sure? Why not?

I feel like I have talked about chicken nuggets a lot lately, but alas…:

Via Thrillist, “Wendy's is offering a free 10-piece order of chicken nuggets with any purchase through its app.” How long the offer is valid: Through September 27. Detailshttps://bit.ly/32QnNJ3

Just announced — Hey all you cool cats and kittens, look who’s back!:

“Tiger King” star Carole Baskin will compete on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The full lineuphttps://bit.ly/31QkJgJ

And speaking of cool cats and kittens, here are kittens who have taken up wrestling as a competitive sport: https://bit.ly/34XXJyk