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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump’s Labor Day news conference | Atlantic editor says more reporting coming | Dems brace for Election Day chaos | 21 percent would get a free COVID-19 vaccine ASAP | WaPo: DeJoy reimbursed employees for political contributions by bonuses | Walmart launches Prime competitor



Let’s talk about the econ-o-my. Let’s talk about you and me!:



President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Conservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE announced this morning a 1 p.m. EDT news conference to discuss the jobs numbers and the economy.

He tweeted: “Will be having a Labor Day News Conference today at the White House, 1:00 P.M. Jobs number, and the Economic comeback, are looking GREAT. Happy Labor Day!” https://bit.ly/35fgddN

Livestream of the 1 p.m. news conferencehttps://bit.ly/3jNQ75M

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Dems are worried that Election Day will be a mess:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “Democrats are bracing for potential chaos on Election Day, fearing that the combined force of President Trump’s warnings of voter fraud and the expected influx of absentee ballots will lead to a bitter and protracted fight over the election’s results.” https://bit.ly/337OBES 

Yes, the party has been worried for months, but …: “Two developments this week renewed and worsened those fears.” 

The first: “A top Democratic digital firm warned of a potential ‘red mirage’ on Election Night, in which in-person vote tallies show Trump in the lead until mail-in ballots counted after Nov. 3 swing the race in the direction of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE.” 

The second: Last week, “Trump suggested that supporters attempt to vote twice — by mail and in person — to test the ability of election systems to detect fraud, prompting an outcry from state officials who warned that casting more than one ballot is illegal.”  

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/337OBES

Say it with me … ‘Set. The. Narrative!’

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “The Trump campaign is already looking forward to the first presidential debate at the end of the month, eyeing the one-on-one format with Democratic nominee Joe Biden as the best remaining chance to sway voters toward the president.” https://bit.ly/3h2XrIT

When is the first debate: Sept. 29 in Cleveland


“More voters expect President Trump to win the 2020 presidential debates than former Vice President Joe Biden (D), according to a new poll released Sunday.” https://bit.ly/3lUepgx 

The numbers: “In the USA Today/Suffolk University poll of registered voters, 47 percent predicted Trump would come out on top in the presidential debates, compared to 41 percent who said the same about Biden.”


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading President Trump, 52 percent to 42 percent, according to a CBS News-YouGov poll released Sunday. https://bit.ly/3h5fYo9


Hoooboy — apparently The Atlantic has more reporting:

Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, said his magazine's story about Trump calling Americans who died in battle ‘losers’ and ‘suckers,’ was just the tip of the iceberg.” https://cnn.it/2GCIUY3 

Goldberg told CNN's Brian Stelter on "Reliable Sources”: "I would fully expect more reporting to come out about this and more confirmation and new pieces of information in the coming days and weeks We have a responsibility and we're going to do it regardless of what he says."



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,280,400

U.S. death toll: 188,954

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

For context: One month ago today, 4,826,861 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 158,321 had died. https://bit.ly/333EW23

Who is groovy with getting a vaccine ASAP:

Twenty-one percent of Americans said they would get a free coronavirus vaccine immediately when it is available, according to a new CBS News/YouGov survey. https://bit.ly/3h4ggeR 

What about everyone else?: Well, 58 percent of Americans polled said they would let others get the vaccine first to see the effects.


Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitanohttps://bit.ly/3h3JNp1


I don’t DeRecommend doing this:

Via The Washington Post’s Aaron C. Davis, Amy Gardner and Jon Swaine, “Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyGaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to country: 'Turning peril into possibility' Senate panel advances Biden's Postal Service nominees MORE’s prolific campaign fundraising, which helped position him as a top Republican power broker in North Carolina and ultimately as head of the U.S. Postal Service, was bolstered for more than a decade by a practice that left many employees feeling pressured to make political contributions to GOP candidates — money DeJoy later reimbursed through bonuses, former employees say.” https://wapo.st/35cWlIk

From David YoungDavid Edmund YoungFirst-term Democrat presses for coronavirus relief agreement this year Axne wins reelection in Iowa Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll MORE, DeJoy’s longtime director of human resources: “Louis was a national fundraiser for the Republican Party. He asked employees for money. We gave him the money, and then he reciprocated by giving us big bonuses. When we got our bonuses, let’s just say they were bigger, they exceeded expectations — and that covered the tax and everything else.”


I’m cackling at this:

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Lol, this kid is going places:



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The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump has no public events on his schedule. Vice President Pence is in Wisconsin this afternoon.

9:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for La Crosse, Wis.

5:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Washington, D.C. 

Thursday: The Hill Virtually Live is hosting, “The Future of Education Summit.” Featured speakers: Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaCrist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Biden under pressure to spell out Cuba policy It's time for a second Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to country: 'Turning peril into possibility' Budd to run for Senate in NC Former North Carolina chief justice launches Senate campaign MORE (R-N.C.) and Sal Khan of Khan Academy. Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/35a9sdv


12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at “A Stronger American Workforce” event in La Crosse, Wis. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3jVoPe0

4:15 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participates in an AFL-CIO event. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2F9zgeH 

4:50 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Nearly half of women say they're more stressed amid pandemic: survey Alabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary MORE (D-Calif.) campaigns in Milwaukee, Wis. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/35fGKYO


Today is National Beer Lover’s Day.

A new competitor in town:

Walmart is launching a subscription service, similar to Amazon Prime. https://cnn.it/3iaX4O9 

The gist: “The $98-a-year Walmart+ membership plan includes free shipping on items $35 and over, including same-day deliveries on certain items from stores, such as groceries. Members will also get 5-cent-per-gallon discounts on gasoline and the ability to scan items with the Walmart app while they shop in physical stores (and pay without waiting in a checkout line).”

And because you deserve it, here’s a dog trying to do gymnastics. And I stress “trying:” https://bit.ly/3lMKG92