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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill | Dems don’t want Kavanaugh fight repeat |  Washington braces for first Trump, Biden debate |  What to expect  |  Tax story hits Trump at bad time |  House Dems unveil new COVID-19 relief package |  Lightning win Stanley Cup |  National Coffee Day deals



Amy Coney Barrett is making the rounds:



President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, has a packed schedule Tuesday on Capitol Hill when she will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and seven other key Senate Republicans in back-to-back sessions.” Her schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3iapUxf 



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Photo from one of the meetingshttps://bit.ly/3jfiudo 

By the way: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerGraham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-N.Y.) said this morning that he will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barretthttps://bit.ly/3mZnzbX

DEMS DON’T WANT A Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughBarrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice by Thomas GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg Clarence Thomas set to swear in Barrett at White House MORE REPEAT:

“Senate Democrats say they want to avoid a replay of the bitter fighting that characterized Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 Senate confirmation hearings, which centrist former  Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillBiden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears Fox's Bongino, MSNBC's McCaskill trade blows over Trump ride: 'You epic piece of garbage' MORE (D-Mo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) thought cost them their reelection bids that year.” How sohttps://bit.ly/33cOIAk

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Brace yourselves — it’s fight night!:

“Washington is bracing for an extraordinarily ugly and personal debate Tuesday night between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE, where nothing will be off limits as Trump seeks to make up ground in a race that appears to be slipping away.” https://bit.ly/2GcJuvA

Oh! This should be fun!: “The candidates, both in their 70s, are expected to attack one another over their age, mental acuity and fitness for office.”


Race: “Trump will almost certainly face allegations of racism at a moment of extraordinary civil unrest in the country.” 

Allegations: “The showdown between two men could also turn toward allegations they’ve faced from women, ranging from inappropriate touching to sexual assault.”

Families: “The candidates’ private lives and their children are expected to be dragged into the proceedings. Trump has already said he’ll invoke Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who Republicans say personally profited off of the former vice president’s political connections.” 

Taxes: “The New York Times report on Trump’s taxes has handed Biden a treasure trove of potential new attacks he could use to question the president’s wealth, business acumen and conflicts of interest, which Trump takes very personally.” 

More on what to expect, via The Hill’s Jonathan Easleyhttps://bit.ly/2GcJuvA


  1. What’s the focus of the debate?
  2. How personal does it get?
  3. How does Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Republican National Committee chair warns of 'most progressive, radical takeover of our country' if Biden wins Chris Wallace teases Sunday interview with 'bestie' Ice Cube MORE handle the candidates?
  4. Will the candidates keep control of their tempers?
  5. What do they do to appeal to women?

Explanations for each from The Hill’s Max Greenwoodhttps://bit.ly/3mXsfiJ



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Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2SbF9LA


House Dems: OK, so here’s what we’re thinking:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, “House Democrats on Monday unveiled a scaled-back $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package, a last-ditch effort to pressure White House negotiators to come back to the table and strike a bipartisan deal before the election.” https://bit.ly/33aT7ne 

What’s in the bill: “$436 billion in emergency aid for state and local governments; $225 billion for schools and child care; an additional round of $1,200 stimulus checks for most Americans; money to restore $600 expanded unemployment payments through January; $75 billion for testing, contact tracing and other health care efforts; billions for housing assistance; and funding to shore up the census, U.S. Postal Service and elections.” 

What’s happening with the package: “[House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Businesses, wealthy brace for Biden tax hikes | Dow falls more than 650 points as COVID-19 cases rise, stimulus hopes fade | Kudlow doesn't expect Trump to release detailed economic plan before election Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump MORE (D-Calif.)] did not indicate whether the House would vote on the new package. But Democratic lawmakers and aides said, barring a last-minute agreement with Mnuchin, they anticipated a vote on the legislation on Wednesday or Thursday, before lawmakers depart Washington and turn their focus to the campaign trail.”



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,152,221

U.S. death toll: 205,161 

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





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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is leaving for the debate this afternoon. Vice President Pence is heading to Pennsylvania this evening.

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote Democrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation GOP Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick to succeed Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the U.S. Capitol.  

Noon: The House meets.

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

2:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump rips Biden in scramble to win Pennsylvania Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Melania Trump to hit campaign trail in Pennsylvania MORE leave for the debate in Cleveland, Ohio. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2GcsqWl

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - White House plans for another in-person Barrett event Pence's 'body man' among aides who tested positive for coronavirus: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Sights and sounds from the final debate MORE leave for Lititz, Pa. 

6:30 ­– 7:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/2S7s2Lv 

6:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a debate watch party in Lititz, Pa.

8:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence returns to the White House.

12:30 a.m. EDT WednesdayPresident Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House. 

Wednesday: The Hill is hosting a three-part virtual event, “Century of the Woman.” Featured speakers: Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Century of the Woman: Can Leading Women Have it All? Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity MORE, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellCentury of the Woman: The State of Women and Voting Rights Female lawmakers, officials call for more women at all levels of government to improve equity The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Country reacts to debate night of mudslinging MORE (D-Ala.), Lilly Ledbetter, Ellevest's Sallie KrawcheckHilda Solis and Tina TchenDetails and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/36fG4mG


8 p.m. EDT: Utah gubernatorial debate. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/33de80Q 

9 p.m. EDT: The first presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/34cKOa5


Today is National Coffee Day! Via NBC’s Today, here’s a list of coffee deals today: https://on.today.com/3cHDPK7

A reason to celebrate!:

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup last night after defeating the Dallas Stars four games to two. From Fox13 Tampa Bay, here are photos of the team spraying champagne in the locker room: https://bit.ly/36hMaCM And drinking from the Stanley Cup: https://bit.ly/3n0WWU6

And because you read all the way until the end, here’s a baby elephant splashing in the bath: https://bit.ly/3n1Amur