The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: McConnell assures peaceful transition in 2021 after Trump stokes fears | Trump then says he would accept Supreme Court election ruling | Trumps pay respects to Ginsburg | Two rising GOP stars make abortion central in Supreme Court battle | Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Collins PAC donated hundreds of dollars to two candidates who support QAnon Republicans increasingly seek distance from Trump MORE avoids landmines | Rising COVID-19 cases spark winter fears | Bernie’s first event since dropping out



I SAID, it will be peaceful:



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Schumer labels McConnell's scheduled coronavirus stimulus vote as 'a stunt' Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline for coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Ky.) said this morning that a potential hand off of power in 2021 will be “orderly.” https://bit.ly/3iZLTrZ 

Why this was necessary to sayPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE refused to commit to a peaceful transition if he loses his reelection campaign in November.  

McConnell tweeted: "The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”


Yesterday, President Trump said to reporters about the election, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There will be a continuation,” Trump said. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anyone else? The Democrats know it better than anyone else.” https://bit.ly/3iZLTrZ


“President Trump on Thursday said he would accept a hypothetical Supreme Court ruling declaring Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE the winner in November's election, a small concession as Republicans rebuked his refusal a day earlier to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.” Trump’s full comments on Brian Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio showhttps://bit.ly/3341mBP

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Abortion is top of mind:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Two rising GOP stars with White House aspirations are making the landmark abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade central to the approaching confirmation battle over the Supreme Court, worrying other Republicans with their eyes on November.” https://bit.ly/3cw2TUi

Which Republican senators: Sens. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyConservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Hillicon Valley: Trump refuses to condemn QAnon | Twitter revises its policy, lets users share disputed article | Google sees foreign cyber threats Chairman: Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Mark Zuckerberg MORE (R-Mo.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonBarrett fight puts focus on abortion in 2020 election COVID outbreak threatens GOP's Supreme Court plans This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Ark.) 

Why other Republicans are not keen on this issue on the forefront: “It’s an uncomfortable subject for other Republicans, who would prefer to talk about the nominee’s judicial temperament in more general terms. These senators fear an explicit criticism of Roe v. Wade could prompt a political backlash in the elections less than two months away. The different views are becoming a source of tension as Senate Republicans gear up for a high-profile confirmation battle with the highest of political stakes.”

Susan Collins is getting it from all sides:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is avoiding political land mines as Republicans move to confirm a conservative Supreme Court nominee before Nov. 3. https://bit.ly/2RVhfUC

How so: “The death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Push to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Biden owes us an answer on court-packing MORE has thrown a wild card into the battle for control of the Senate, and poured fuel onto what was already a contentious issue in Maine: Collins’s votes on Trump’s judicial nominees, especially her support for Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMajor abortion rights group calls for Democrats to replace Feinstein on Judiciary Committee Trump rebukes Collins amid difficult reelection fight Supreme Court battle turns into 2020 proxy war MORE’s confirmation in 2018.”  

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/2RVhfUC 

This a.m. at the Supreme Court





Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 6,937,145

U.S. death toll: 201,959 

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

For context: A month ago today, 5,706,449 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 176,819 had died. https://bit.ly/3hT0jbW

Everyone is worried about the winter…:

Via The Hill’s Jessie Hellmann, the U.S. is bracing for a winter of the coronavirus pandemic overlapping with the flu. https://bit.ly/2GaNNak

The latest: “Temperatures are beginning to dip across the country and case counts are subsequently starting to rise again, putting the country on the wrong path as colder weather approaches.” And the death toll has exceeded 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. 

Where we thought we’d be vs. where we are: “Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Whatever happened to Deborah Birx? Infectious disease expert calls White House advisers herd immunity claims 'pseudoscience' MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, had hoped daily new cases would be around 10,000 by the fall, but the seven-day average is 42,000 and heading upward.”


Hey, Bill Belichick, are you, uh… ok?:

Giving off those I-just-got-into-a-bar-fight vibes. 



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At the Supreme Court this morning:



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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to North Carolina and Florida this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Wisconsin today.

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Eau Claire, Wis.

10 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Melania Trump slams 'salacious gossip' by ex-adviser who wrote tell-all book Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol MORE paid respects at the Supreme Court to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

12:30–4:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2G2LPZU

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Midwest Manufacturing in Eau Claire. 

2:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Charlotte, N.C. 

5:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Jacksonville, Fla.

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Jacksonville.

8:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

10 p.m. EDT: President Trump stays in Doral, Fla.


1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing.

1:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Made in America event. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2Hujc8A 

1 p.m. EDT: Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Senate Democrats seek to alleviate public concern about some results not being available on election night Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' MORE (I) delivers remarks in Washington, D.C. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3mMXYTu 

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks in Charlotte, N.C., on health care. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/362WZsl

4:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump slams Facebook, Twitter for limiting spread of New York Post's Biden story OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis Trump creates federal government council on global tree planting initiative MORE participate in a Cops for Trump listening session in Minneapolis. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3mNxvVL


Today is National Cherries Jubilee Day.

And because you made it this far, here’s a gorilla making sure her baby is OK: https://bit.ly/3hzolsm