The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose | Former clerks gather | Dems shut down Supreme Court expansion talk | GOP hopes confirmation will give Nov. boost | Low morale at the CDC | Big crowd at Trump’s Pa. rally | Two GOP chairmen release Hunter Biden findings | First presidential debate next week | Jurassic Park cast urges Americans to vote



Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgOcasio-Cortez says Breyer should retire from Supreme Court Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Juan Williams: Time for Justice Breyer to go MORE has arrived at the Supreme Court for the final time:



Memorial services begin today for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Livestream of this morning’s memorial service at the Supreme Courthttps://cs.pn/3mMbWFe 

Happening now — livestream of Ginsburg’s casket outside the Supreme Court:  https://cs.pn/32RHlhA


On the Capitol steps: “More than 100 of Justice Ginsburg's former clerks meet her casket at the Supreme Court steps.” Photo from CNNhttps://bit.ly/2ErxLIN



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2EwN82Q

At 5:30 a.m. EDT this morning: “About a dozen people in line at 530am to pay respects to Justice Ginsburg who will lie in repose at 11am. FYI you can not walk past the casket at top of steps - visitors limited to street in front of SCOTUS” Photo from Fox 5 DC’s Steve Cheneveyhttps://bit.ly/33RCT1E 

Her casket’s arrivalhttps://bit.ly/3mLhqQB 

Throwback: Here are photos of Ginsburg attending repose ceremonies for past Supreme Court justices (via C-SPAN’s Howard MortmanPhotoshttps://bit.ly/33Q8WPq


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Uncle Don is saying nope:

President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE just announced new sanctions on Cuba. https://bit.ly/304s3nI

The new sanctions: The sanctions “[block] American travelers from staying at Cuban government-owned properties and restricting imports of Cuban alcohol and tobacco.” 

Trump just said from the East Room of the White House: “These actions will ensure that U.S. dollars do not fund the Cuban regime and go directly to the Cuban people.” https://bit.ly/304s3nI


Nine is still the magic number:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Senate Democrats are shooting down discussions of whether to expand the number of Supreme Court justices if Republicans quickly fill the seat of the late Justice Ginsburg. https://bit.ly/33Q1Eew

Where the idea came from: “Progressive activists and some lawmakers have raised the idea since Ginsburg’s death was announced on Friday night, arguing the party needs to be ready to take bold steps if they have the Senate majority and the White House next year while facing a 6-3 conservative court … The effort would tie together two controversial ideas: nixing the 60-vote legislative filibuster and then passing legislation to add seats to the Supreme Court.” https://bit.ly/33Q1Eew

^ DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ARE TELLING Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE TO STAY OUT OF IT:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Amie Parneshttps://bit.ly/2FZ6Jcm


How so, via The Hill’s Alexander Boltonhttps://bit.ly/3mVR2Ui


Start your engines!:

Via Politico’s Gabby Orr and Nancy Cook, “Trump falls into the trap he set for Biden: Some on Trump’s team are bracing for a humiliating loss at next week's debate — after Trump lowered expectations for Biden by mocking his acumen for months.” What to expecthttps://politi.co/302UWRd


On first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE: "Sometimes she'll call me Mr. President but she's only kidding.” https://bit.ly/2RQQd0D 

Love this: “OMG *NSYNC playing at the Trump rally in Pittsburgh” (from CBS’s Kathryn Watsonhttps://bit.ly/2RUZO6o 

Photo of the crowd



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/32URJ8f

Meanwhile — a bird flew into Air Force Two’s engine: “Per pooler [CNN’s Daniella Diaz], Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceVirginia couple pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges linked to Capitol riot Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election How to investigate Jan. 6 (and other politicized issues) without a commission MORE’s plane, Air Force 2, was forced to turn back to the Manchester Airport after a bird flew into an engine following tonight’s campaign rally in NH. Pence now returning to DC via cargo plane.” https://bit.ly/32WGJqM


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,902,930 

U.S. death toll: 201,120 

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

Morale is low at the CDC:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “The Trump administration’s bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent efforts to meddle with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking a substantial toll on the nation’s foremost public health institution.” https://bit.ly/3iXZ4t8

How so: “In interviews with half a dozen current and former CDC officials, they described a workforce that has seen its expertise questioned, its findings overturned for political purposes and its effectiveness in combating the pandemic undermined by partisan actors in Washington.” Detailshttps://bit.ly/3iXZ4t8


This a.m. — stirring the pot:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Two Senate Republican chairmen on Wednesday released findings from their months-long investigation into the Bidens, arguing that Hunter Biden's work for a Ukraine gas company ‘cast a shadow’ over Obama-era policy.” https://bit.ly/35XeCdb

Who released the report: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: House targets tech giants with antitrust bills | Oversight chair presses JBS over payment to hackers | Trump spokesman to join tech company | YouTube suspends GOP senator YouTube suspends Ron Johnson for 7 days GOP senators introduce bill to make Iran deal subject to Senate approval MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Iowa governor questions lack of notice on migrant children flights to Des Moines Senate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) 

Read the reporthttps://bit.ly/360senP


This is a very cute clip — also, hey Joe Biden:




Cue the Jurassic Park theme song:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3iXfZvY

Nor should they!:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3cqog9p


The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m. EDT: The Senate held a roll call vote. 

1 ­– 3 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/32Tb6OY

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with state attorneys general to discuss protecting consumers from social media abuse. 

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


This morningChad WolfChad WolfLawmakers slam DHS watchdog following report calling for 'multi-year transformation' Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave MORE testifies to become the next homeland security secretary. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3hVpmet 

Today: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Work Redefined.” Details: “The nature of work is changing. In a few short months, coronavirus has irrevocably altered how we work, where we work and who gets to work. These changes will have a cascading impact on how we learn and prepare to join the workforce.” Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/364eAjE 

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump delivered remarks in honor of Bay of Pigs veterans. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3clJEg0 

11 a.m. EDT: The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose outside the Supreme Court. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/32RHlhA 

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a news conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3iXUtqW


Today is National Snack Stick Day.

And to make you smile, here’s a monkey really appreciating her snack: https://bit.ly/3mMkDPS