The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump eager to leave the hospital


Trump wants to go home:



Via CNN’s Maeve Reston and Kevin LiptakPresident TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE is indicating that he wants to return to the White House as soon as today, even as the specifics of his condition are unclear. https://cnn.it/36yxTSl

What Trump is saying: “Trump was demanding to go back to the White House on Sunday, two sources familiar with the situation told CNN. ‘He is done with the hospital,’ one of the sources said of Trump's mood on Sunday. Trump is concerned the sight of him being hospitalized ‘makes him look weak,’ the other source said.” 

What we know: “Monday morning, the President's advisers were signaling he would likely be back to the White House by the evening, a prospect first raised by one of his physicians during Sunday's briefing. The messages were funneled through Fox News, which the President has been watching almost without interruption inside the presidential suite at Walter Reed, often growing upset by what he views as exaggerated descriptions of his health.”

NEW INFO FROM Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsAuthor: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff Agency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Republicans wrestle over removing Trump MORE:

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said that a decision will be made later today on when to release President Trump from the hospital. https://bit.ly/3d0L6Vd

Meadows said on "Fox & Friends": "The doctors will actually have an evaluation sometime late morning and then the president, in consultation with the doctors, will make a decision on whether to discharge him later today. We’re still optimistic that based on his unbelievable progress and how strong he's been in terms of his fight against this COVID-19 disease that he will be released, but that decision will not be made until later today."


His doctors appear upbeat

There have been drops in Trump's oxygen level

Trump is on a number of medications


And what we don’t know:

Why Trump is receiving the drugs he is  

What Trump's chest scans showed

When Trump contracted the virus


Details for eachhttps://bit.ly/3iBVYKl



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Another positive COVID-19 case in the White House:

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany just announced that she tested positive for COVID-19.

Read her announcement on Twitterhttps://bit.ly/36AzqHS 

She spoke with reporters last night … without a mask: “At 6pm last night, McEnany gaggled with reporters without a mask.” (From CNN’s Allie Malloyhttps://bit.ly/3nihO9q 

Here’s a photo of McEnany yesterday: From CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaCNN expanding Jake Tapper's show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer's show CNN's Acosta moving away from White House FBI puts up signs in DC seeking info on Capitol intruders MOREhttps://bit.ly/34orXc0 

On McEnany still working: “Kayleigh was told she had direct contact with Hope HicksHope HicksTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus Women set to take key roles in Biden administration MORE but was told allowed to continue to come to work based on negative tests because she is an essential worker. She has been wearing a mask.” (From The New York Times’s Annie Karni) https://bit.ly/34pQYDH 

From ABC’s Jonathan Karl: “I wish you a speedy recovery.  And I hope the White House will begin to take appropriate precautions on White House grounds.” https://bit.ly/34pZouS

By the way, Mark Meadows tested negative today: “Meanwhile, the White House chief of staff tested negative again this morning, per his aide” (Via CNN’s Jeremy Diamondhttps://bit.ly/2I2adff


The White House released photos of President Trump working in the hospitalhttps://bit.ly/3iyjcBg

A few of the signs from well-wishers outside the hospitalhttps://bit.ly/2St5gOj

…is that Batman?https://bit.ly/33x9ISr   

Woof, this was five days ago: Here’s a photo of Trump’s Duluth, Minn., rally last Wednesday. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan pointed out, “feels like a lifetime ago.” Photo of the crowdhttps://bit.ly/3jyOeub 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2SqkBiL

Not every Friday newspaper was able to add the Trump COVID-19 news in time: The Hill’s Reid Wilson tweeted: “Looks like NYT print version went to bed before Trump’s positive test, but LA Times got it” Photohttps://bit.ly/2GArUlk


Trump ticked off a lot of people with this stunt:

President Trump briefly left his hospital suite to make a “surprise” visit to supporters from his motorcade. https://bit.ly/3cYprNq 

Reaction from a doctor associated with Walter Reed: “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.” https://bit.ly/3ixVVPN

And from CNN medical analyst Leana Wen: “I cannot imagine a situation in which a patient with #covid19 who has had at least two substantial drops in oxygen saturation & is on multiple treatments for severe illness would go for a car ride.  AND: Actively contagious. In a sealed car. With agents required to be there.” https://bit.ly/3iv693l  

Video of the incident:




And here is audio of the crowd as Trump passed byhttps://bit.ly/33uUopq 

The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) was angry for another reason: "It is outrageous for the president to have left the hospital — even briefly — amid a health crisis without a protective pool present to ensure that the American people know where their president is and how he is doing," said WHCA President Zeke Miller. "Now more than ever, the American public deserves independent coverage of the president so they can be reliably informed about his health." https://bit.ly/2GB3eJi


The Trump campaign is scrambling:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Brett Samuels, “A campaign that has relied heavily on the candidate ginning up enthusiasm at in-person events will have to make do with virtual events and campaign trail stand-ins as [President Trump] recovers at Walter Reed National Medical Center.” https://bit.ly/3ld2Kbk

Why Senate Republicans are particularly anxious:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Republicans are growing weary of the political roller coaster that is President Trump and say their prospects of keeping the Senate in November are as unpredictable as Trump himself.” https://bit.ly/2GpPW2s 

This last week: has been “the latest example of Senate Republican planning and discipline being undermined by an unpredictable president who likes to operate by his own set of rules.” 

Yikes, it has been A WEEK:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3d2YJDi 


Sen. Toomey is retiring:

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGovernment used Patriot Act to gather website visitor logs in 2019 Appeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (R-Pa.) announced that he won’t seek reelection in 2022. https://bit.ly/2GuM6oN 

What’s next for Toomey: “Toomey, who is in his second Senate term, also said he has decided not to run for governor in 2022 and instead will return to the private sector, although he doesn’t have any ‘specific plans’ for what he’ll do after 18 years of public service in Washington — three House terms and two Senate terms.” 


Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.) just postponed tomorrow’s scheduled hearing with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeCarter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to know about the Pfizer vaccine announcement MOREhttps://bit.ly/34p0xCV 

Why McCabe was testifying: “McCabe had been expected to testify as part of Graham's months-long probe into ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ the name of the FBI's investigation of Russia's election meddling and the Trump campaign, as well as the subsequent investigation by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE.”


Welp, it’s a bit more complicated now:

The already tight timeline to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the November elections is now even more uncertain due to the coronavirus. https://bit.ly/3ix6uTs  

How so: “Republicans have laid out an ambitious timeline to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court that's left them only days to spare before the Nov. 3 election and no room for surprises.” 

And complicating everything: “The party now finds itself with six members absent this week — three because they tested positive for coronavirus and three who are working remotely due to potential exposure — capping the 53-seat GOP majority at 47 members for at least a week.” 

Not to mention: “Four of the six are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responsible for Barrett’s hearing and sending her nomination to the floor.” That includes:  Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDemocrats see Georgia as model for success across South McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 MORE (R-N.C.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans wrestle over removing Trump Lawmakers, leaders offer condolences following the death of Capitol Police officer GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE (R-Utah), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNewly released video from inside Capitol siege shows rioters confronting police, rifling through Senate desks Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? Democratic super PAC targets Hawley, Cruz in new ad blitz MORE (R-Texas) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) 

What to expect: Well, Republicans are still planning to stick to their original timeline for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.


Coronavirus relief package: “Congressional Democrats and the administration are continuing negotiations on a fifth coronavirus package, talks that gained new urgency in the wake of Trump’s diagnosis.” Where it stands: “The two sides are still haggling over a price tag for a bill, which has been a months-long sticking point.”

Nominations?: “Before McConnell announced that he would try to alter the Senate’s schedule, he had teed up votes on his favorite topic: judicial nominations … If McConnell can delay the Senate’s schedule, those would be delayed. He did not say in his statement if he will still hold votes this week if Democrats don’t agree to the pro formas.”  

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3ix6uTs 


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 7,423,328

U.S. death toll: 209,857

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





Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3jKcVne

Throwback to this video from June:





The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He has no public events scheduled. 

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence's adult daughter congratulates President-elect Biden Ilhan Omar says she won't get vaccine: 'People who need it most, should get it' White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence MORE leave for Salt Lake City, Utah.


4 p.m. EDT: Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE and his wife Jill Biden deliver remarks in Miami, Fla. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3ngGjDT

4:45 p.m. EDT: The Massachusetts Senate debate between Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote David Sirota: Democrats gave away leverage in forcing vote on ,000 checks Sanders to slow down NDAA veto override in bid to get vote on K checks proposal MORE (D-Mass.) and Republican challenger Kevin O’ConnorLivestreamhttps://cs.pn/34qckkn


Today is National Apple Betty Day.

Check out Princess Diana’s dress in 'The Crown':

Via NBC’s Alyssa Newcomb, “ ‘The Crown’ is giving fans the first look at what actor Emma Corrin looks like dressed in a near replica of Princess Diana's wedding dress from her 1981 royal wedding to Prince Charles.” https://on.today.com/3nl8TEk

It’s a boy!:

The six-week-old panda cub at the National Zoo is a boy, the zoo announced. https://wapo.st/2GuN2cN

Fun fact: “Outwardly, male and female cubs appear similar at birth, so a genetic test was the most accurate way to determine the cub’s sex,” according to the zoo.

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who loves to watch cookies bake: https://bit.ly/36z1JGD