The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump floats $100M+ in personal spending for reelection bid


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And I’ll make that check out to … me!:



Via Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs, Mario Parker and Bill AllisonPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE is considering spending up to $100 million of his own wealth to fund his reelection bid. https://bloom.bg/2R5LuI2 

For context: “Though Trump personally contributed $66 million to his 2016 campaign, it would be unprecedented for an incumbent president to put his own money toward winning a second term.”


“The president, who hated writing checks to his own campaign and did so reluctantly in 2016, is supposedly considering a huge investment of $100 million of his own money for the final 8 weeks … The chance this is likely to happen is quite slim. But the chance the president is saying it in hopes it loosens wallets of donors who have been holding back is high.” https://bit.ly/3haG8G2 




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Potentially happening this week:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs Obama chief economist says Democrats should accept smaller coronavirus relief package if necessary Memo to Biden: Go big — use the moment to not only rebuild but to rebuild differently MORE (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he will force a vote on a GOP coronavirus relief package after weeks of closed-door talks between Republican senators and the White House.” https://bit.ly/3bDWfe1

McConnell said in a statement: "Today, the Senate Republican majority is introducing a new targeted proposal, focused on some of the very most urgent healthcare, education, and economic issues. ... I will be moving immediately today to set up a floor vote as soon as this week.” 

What to expect in the bill: “The Republican bill is expected to include a federal unemployment benefit, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, and more money for coronavirus testing and schools, as well as liability protections from lawsuits related to the virus.”

This morning — diving a little deeper into Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyJudge orders Postal Service to sweep facilities twice a day for any ballots that can be delivered on time Brent Budowsky: Democracy in America is on trial Postal Service misses court-ordered deadline for unsent mail ballots MORE:

House Democrats are investigating Postmaster General Louis DeJoy after allegations that he pressured his employees to make campaign contributions that he later reimbursed. https://bit.ly/3i9QFTj 

Read The Washington Post report with the allegationshttps://wapo.st/35cWlIk


White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE said DeJoy will cooperate with the investigation. https://bit.ly/2FdtVTQ 

In Meadows’s words: "Never underestimate Congress’s ability to ratchet up an investigation 60 days out from a presidential election … The political rhetoric gets heated and accusations get thrown away, and then many times right after the presidential election, voilà, they go away.” Meadows said: He believes DeJoy will "cooperate completely.”

SMH, already arguing over the wish list:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Democrats emboldened by their electoral prospects are quietly haggling over what the agenda for next year should be if they gain control of Congress and the White House in 2021.” https://bit.ly/2GHvaeD

Priority No. 1 — coronavirus: “The top priority of Democrats is to pour federal resources into combating the coronavirus and the economic devastation it has caused, lawmakers say.”  

Also under discussion: “Private discussions are also taking place over whether to eliminate or reform the legislative filibuster, which sets up a 60-vote threshold to pass most major legislation through the Senate.” 

Where the disagreements are: “Beyond that, there’s little agreement over whether to move next to immigration reform, gun control, legislation to address climate change or health care reform. Other Democratic priorities on the table include tax reform, housing reform, voting rights legislation and campaign finance reform.”


Trump slams the Pittsburgh Black Lives Matter protesters:

After a video of a group of Black Lives Matter protesters confronting diners in Pittsburgh went viral, President Trump slammed the group. https://bit.ly/3jPRiBQ 

He tweeted: “BLM Protesters horribly harass elderly Pittsburgh diners, scaring them with loud taunts while taking their food right off their plate. These Anarchists, not protesters, are Biden voters, but he has no control and nothing to say. Disgraceful. Never seen anything like it. Thugs!” Read Trump’s second tweet on the incident:  https://bit.ly/3jYNTRi



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,304,402 

U.S. death toll: 189,236 

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

A rare joint pledge from pharmaceutical companies:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “Nine pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday issued a rare joint pledge seeking to reassure the public about the safety and efficacy of their potential vaccines for coronavirus.” https://bit.ly/3m3HmGz

The companies included in the joint pledge: Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, who are all working on coronavirus vaccines 

The gist of the pledge: “The joint pledge states that the companies will not seek Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for their vaccines until a rigorous phase 3 clinical trial shows that it is safe and that it works.”  



Oh, come on! Once was bad enough:



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The Senate meets this afternoon. The House is out. President Trump is in Florida and North Carolina today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

11:20 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Jupiter, Fla.

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

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate returns!

4:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Winston-Salem, N.C. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a cloture vote on a nomination. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3bBpBtq

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivered marks in Winston-Salem, N.C.

10:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.

Thursday: The Hill Virtually Live is hosting, “The Future of Education Summit.” Featured speakers: Rep. Donna E. Shalala (D-Fla.), Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerNorth Carolina's Mark Walker expected to announce Senate bid Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report House GOP votes to keep leaders in place MORE (R-N.C.) and Salman Khan of Khan Academy. Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/35a9sdv


3 p.m. EDT: President Trump gives remarks in Jupiter, Fla., on the environment. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2GzO07i 

9 p.m. EDT: MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowQuarantined Maddow shares story of partner who is fighting COVID-19: 'Don't get this thing' The tribal journalism of cable news is at a crossroads MSNBC's Joy Reid: Close presidential race shows 'great amount of racism and anti blackness' in US MORE interviews President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenPress: Trump's biggest fear is — lock him up Biden faces politically thorny decision on Trump prosecutions New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include write-offs: report MORE.


Today is National Ants on a Log Day.

Who run the world!?:

Three moms have qualified for the U.S. Open women’s single quarterfinals, for the first time in history. https://bit.ly/2F2PNl8

Who: “Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Tsvetana Pironkova

Oh wow: “There were nine mothers in the draw when the tournament got underway on Aug. 31.” 

And to brighten your Tuesday afternoon, here’s a puppy with ambitious ideas: https://bit.ly/3m1n5BB