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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will stay in session until COVID-19 deal is reached | Won’t budge on bill demands | Why that’s risky | Settlement in Breonna Taylor suit | Florida makes or breaks Trump’s reelection | Scientific American endorses Biden | Hurricane Sally slowly headed for Gulf Coast | Reese’s rumored to launch potato chip-stuffed cups



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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike MORE (D-Calif.) announced this morning that the House will stay in session until a coronavirus relief package is passed. 

Specifics: “In a conference call with the House Democratic Caucus — the first since the chamber returned from a long summer recess — Pelosi indicated she isn't willing to accept a ‘skinny’ legislative package and told her troops the chamber's calendar will be extended until an agreement is sealed, according to sources on the call.” 


“The Problem Solvers Caucus, comprised of centrist Democrats and Republicans, will propose a $1.5 trillion package that provides another round of stimulus checks, boosted unemployment insurance and much-needed aid for cities and states.” Details from The Hill’s Scott Wong

Pelosi isn’t budging — and it’s a bit risky:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is standing firm on Democrats’ demands for broad COVID-19 relief, shrugging off mounting pressure from Senate Republicans and a small but vocal group of moderate lawmakers in her caucus to pass a slimmer bill.” 

Why that’s a risky strategy: “Her strategy carries risks, just weeks before Election Day, if voters deem House Democrats to be the main obstacle to another round of coronavirus aid, particularly after Senate Republicans mustered 52 votes in favor of their pared-down measure last week.” 

What moderate Democrats (and ones with tough reelection battles) are suggesting: “With that in mind, a growing number of moderate Democrats …  have pressed Pelosi and Democratic leadership to stage a pre-election vote on some version of emergency assistance for states, households and small businesses struggling through the pandemic, even if the package doesn’t check every box on Pelosi’s wish list.”

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If one were to put all his or her eggs in one basket, that basket would be Florida:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE will travel to Florida on Tuesday. Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTop Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations The Memo: 2020 is all about winning Florida MORE has committed to spending $100 million to help the Democrat win the state. And President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE is in the middle of a $32 million Florida ad spend, with more sure to come.” 

I.e.: “It all underlines one thing: The 2020 election could all come down to Florida — again.”

The gist of why Florida matters so much: “If Trump loses the Sunshine State’s 29 Electoral College votes, it becomes difficult to see his pathway to a second term. If he wins, he could be well on his way.” 

How this could play out


Tampa at 1:30 p.m. EDT, followed by Kissimmee at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Details from WPTV

An unusual endorsement today:

Scientific American tweeted, “Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now. The 2020 election is literally a matter of life and death. We urge you to vote for health, science and Joe Biden for President.”

The post continues: “The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his willfully ignorant response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which cost more than 190,000 Americans their lives.” The full tweets

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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,557,802

U.S. death toll: 194,674

Breakdown of the numbers



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It is mid-September and we are already at ‘S’ in the storm alphabet??:

Hurricane Sally is slowly headed towards the Gulf Coast this week. 

Where the storm is headed: “Life-threatening storm surge is expected, particularly in parts of southeast Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.”  

Models of Sally’s path, via The Weather Channel

Louisville offers settlement to Breonna Taylor’s family:

Via CNN, “The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT killed by police six months ago. A source told CNN on Tuesday the agreement was a multimillion dollar settlement. Taylor family attorney Sam Aguilar also confirmed to CNN there is a settlement in the case.”

Back story: “Taylor's family sued the city after Louisville Metro Police officers broke down the door to Taylor's apartment and fatally shot her while executing a late-night, ‘no-knock’ warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13.”  



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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is at the White House and is heading to Philadelphia later today.  

10:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Bahrain’s minister of foreign affairs Abdullatif Al-Zayani.

10:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination.

10:55 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with the United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

11:20 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now Warning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation MORE met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu.  

11:30 a.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today 

12:30 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. 

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a working lunch with the officials from Israel, the United Arab Emirate and Bahrain.

2:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds nomination votes. The Senate’s full agenda today 

3 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

3:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Philadelphia. 

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

5:30 p.m. EDTVice President Pence meets with “the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom.” 

6:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE.  

8:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump returns to the White House.


Noon: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in an Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Livestream

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Understanding the Venture Economy: America's Hidden Resilience Factor.” Featuring: Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootHomicides spike 52 percent in Chicago amid coronavirus pandemic Chicago mayor says 'suffering' small businesses need access to capital The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations MORE (D). Livestream 

1:30 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden meets with veterans in Tampa, Fla. Livestream

2:30 p.m. EDT: A Senate Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on Google searches and competition. Livestream 

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in an ABC News Town Hall event in Philadelphia.


Today is National Double Cheeseburger Day. It’s also National Linguine Day!

What a time to be alive:

Via Fox News’s Michael Hollan, “Reese's rumored to be debuting peanut butter cup stuffed with potato chips.” What we know

And because you made it this far, here’s a gorilla hugging her baby: