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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Don’t expect a government check anytime soon | Obama’s new project | Mask vs. vaccine |  Presidential debates are coming | Barr attacks lockdowns | Some good news on jobs | Hurricanes are outpacing their names



Don’t expect another government check anytime soon:



Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Senate Republicans are looking to leave D.C. at the end of next week and “negotiations between the White House and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Overnight Health Care: CDC expands definition of 'close contact' after COVID-19 report | GOP coronavirus bill blocked in Senate | OxyContin maker agrees to B settlement with Trump administration MORE (D-Calif.) are not likely to produce a COVID-19 deal before the election.” 

Now what? “We’ll take it up again after November,” Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP coronavirus bill blocked as deal remains elusive Clyburn predicts action on coronavirus relief after elections GOP to Trump: Focus on policy MORE (R-S.D.) said. https://bit.ly/3c7CVGd

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Obama’s dropping a new release:

Former President Obama revealed his new memoir “A Promised Land” is coming out Nov. 17, 2020. It may or may not be a controversial book, but the timing of its release means any drama won’t impact the election. https://bit.ly/32E5DLN





Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama to young voters: Create 'a new normal in America' by voting for Biden Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy Michelle Obama shares pro-Biden music video featuring Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson MORE dropped the last episode of her podcast on Spotify on Wednesday, so the Obamas clearly coordinate their content calendars. It remains to be seen if Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Jaime Harrison on Lindsey Graham postponing debate: 'He's on the verge of getting that one-way ticket back home' Quinnipiac poll reports Biden leading Trump by 8 points in Pennsylvania MORE's sales can beat Michelle’s blockbuster book - but it will be longer at 768 pages ("Becoming" was 448). https://spoti.fi/2RCwIsE



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Perhaps you doth protest too much:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield reassured people he believes “in the importance of vaccines” Wednesday night after dropping a shocker earlier in the day at a hearing:




Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3moBU1g 

Earlier, Redfield said: “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.”

Then he got in trouble with the president: "It’s not more effective by any means than a vaccine, and I called him about that," President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE said at a press conference.

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, experts weigh in on the mask vs. vaccine debate (spoiler: they’re not enemies!): https://bit.ly/3cfkFLm


Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “the development of a coronavirus vaccine is fast becoming an issue in the presidential race.” https://bit.ly/3c9ZFoZ


Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, Trump also disputed Redfield’s timeline on the vaccine https://bit.ly/33vR3oM


Do you even debate, bro?

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, it seems President Trump is not doing any traditional prep work for his upcoming debates with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE. https://bit.ly/3hzC0Q4 

“He is preparing for debates by running the country as president,” according to campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. “I don’t know that any actual debate prep has occurred to this point, and I don’t know of what plans are to begin that.”

Reminder: There are three Trump-Biden debates. The first one is Sept. 29.


That was way harsh, Barr:

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Steele dossier source insists he is not Russian agent: 'It's slander' Voting rights group files suit against Trump, administration officials alleging voter intimidation MORE raised some eyebrows on Wednesday night in his remarks to Hillsdale College in Michigan. 

He compared coronavirus lockdown orders to slavery: "You know, putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”

He compared rank-and-file DOJ staffers to preschoolers: "Letting the most junior members set the agenda might be a good philosophy for a Montessori preschool, but it's no way to run a federal agency.”

Via The AP’S Eric Tucker, Barr is under fire for the comments. https://bit.ly/35JRj6s 

Full remarks: https://bit.ly/3c7lo0Z


Can’t say I’m *thrilled*:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, jobless claims dipped to 860,000 this week. He reports: “While the numbers continued moving in a positive direction, they remain extraordinarily high by historical standards.” https://bit.ly/35LVcHV


The Hill’s contributor Liz Peek argues that the economic “recovery looks like a ‘V.’” Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2FQj8Pq



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,640,540 

U.S. death toll: 197,091 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


This is so sad:




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The full story: https://bit.ly/32ACJMD

It’s very you, 2020:



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Fact check: True. https://wapo.st/2HbbEYb


The House and Senate are in session. President Trump is headed to Wisconsin for the afternoon but will be back in Washington tonight. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C. 

10:30 am EDT: Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTrump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Schumer says he had 'serious talk' with Feinstein, declines to comment on Judiciary role Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) announced a draft resolution that would allow President Trump to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student debt for all borrowers. 

10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) held a press conference urging Republicans to negotiate on a coronavirus relief package.


1:00 pm EDT: The Hill Virtually Live event on "Lessons from a Pandemic: Reliable Access to Affordable Medicines" with Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night MORE (D-Ct.) and others. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2FDigOz 

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks at the White House Conference on American History at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2FGtRwn

7 p.m. EDT: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2ZDGyPp 

8 p.m. EDT: Former Vice President Biden participates in a CNN town hall from Scranton, Penn. 

9 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks at a Great American Comeback Event in Mosinee, Wis. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2FMPaMe


Today is National Monte Cristo Day. It’s also National Apple Dumpling Day.

'Trevor never even skips leg day - but he skips voting day?':

The dating app OKCupid is out with its own mock political ad today. It urges: "Register to vote and be a VILF" (I’ll let you figure that acronym out). The ad jokes it's "approved by the Commission of Sexy Voters." According to app data, users who say they are registered voters are 63 percent more likely to get a match. https://bit.ly/33wYV9K 



And because you read this far, here are two dogs attempting to share an ice cream cone. The narration has me on the edge of my seat: https://bit.ly/3iADDy7