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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court to hear Trump border wall, asylum policies | Pelosi sets 48-hour deadline on coronavirus relief deal | Why she chose that timing | Hidden factors for a potential Trump win | Biden, Schumer could face battles with the left | Fauci ‘absolutely not’ surprised Trump got COVID-19 | Few virus cases as NYC schools open
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Photos of the Week: Climate protests, Blue Origin and a koala MORE (D-Calif.) set a 48-hour deadline last night for the White House and Congress to agree to a coronavirus relief bill for it to pass before the election. https://bit.ly/31jwY4M
Does it look like they will agree to a deal?: It’s not looking likely, but it’s not impossible!
When the 48-hour deadline expires: The end of Tuesday
The sticking points: “Pelosi … outlined several areas of disagreement that still exist between Democrats and the administration, which she said made ‘unacceptable changes’ to language from Democrats on coronavirus testing … In addition differences over testing, Pelosi pointed to tax credits, funding for child care, more funding for state and local governments and language on the Census.” Read Pelosi’s full letter to her caucus: https://bit.ly/349Aalq
Everything we know about the coronavirus bill negotiations: https://bit.ly/31jwY4M
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING ON CAPITOL HILL:
It’s ACB time: Republicans are on track to confirm Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettBiden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Couric says she edited Ginsburg interview to 'protect' justice from criticism Why Latinos need Supreme Court reform MORE to the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on her nomination Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT. What to expect: https://bit.ly/31jwY4M
It’s Monday. Election Day is in 15 days (!) I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to firstname.lastname@example.org — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Well, let’s hear it:
Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a pair of disputes over Trump administration immigration policies, including the president’s diversion of military funds to build a wall along the United States' southern border and a policy requiring asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases proceed through American courts.” https://bit.ly/3o2sXeW
Why the timing will be noteworthy: “The cases are expected to be heard sometime after the anticipated confirmation of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE’s third justice, Amy Coney Barrett, and are likely to present the first major legal confrontation over Trump immigration policy to the 6-3 conservative majority court.”
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Don’t fall into the ‘it’s over, Biden will win’ trap:
Via Politico’s David Siders, “By almost every measure that political operatives, academics and handicappers use to forecast elections, the likely outcome is that Joe Biden will win the White House … Yet two weeks before Election Day, the unfolding reality of 2020 is that it’s harder than ever to be sure. And Democrats are scrambling to account for the hidden variables that could still sink their nominee — or what you might call the known unknowns.” https://politi.co/3ke16WK
Think: Turnout, both for in-person voting and early voting, and rejected mail-in ballots
Here are “the hidden factors that could produce a surprise Trump victory”: https://politi.co/3ke16WK
10 COUNTIES TO WATCH THAT COULD SHOW US WHERE THE ELECTION IS HEADED:
Via The Hill’s Tal Axelrod: https://bit.ly/2IF1v6F
And *if* Biden wins — please don’t get mad, my Dem readers, for jinxing anything for you — it may not be all rosy:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE (D-N.Y.) got a glimpse of what's in store for them if there's a blue sweep after watching progressives call for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.” https://bit.ly/3dH8ffV
How Biden and Schumer face battles with the left: https://bit.ly/3dH8ffV
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 8,157,704
U.S. death toll: 219,706
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Fauci ain’t surprised:
In a new interview with CBS News, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFDA advisory panel scheduled to discuss Merck COVID-19 antiviral pill Feehery: Build back bipartisan Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment MORE, a member of the White House's COVID-19 response team, said he was not surprised that President Trump got COVID-19 after the Rose Garden event. https://bit.ly/3jaequ8
When asked if he was surprised: "Absolutely not," Fauci said. "I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask."
Watch Fauci’s full response on ‘60 Minutes’:
40 million and counting:
More than 40 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. https://bit.ly/3kpSSLz
The situation in Europe: “Europe has now surpassed the U.S. in number of new infections per 1 million people, according to CNBC. As of Monday, the U.S. reported a seven-day average of 162 cases per 1 million people, compared to 187 per million in Europe, according to CNBC.”
IN NEW YORK CITY — ONLY A FEW COVID-19 CASES AS SCHOOLS REOPEN:
Via The New York Times’s Dana Rubinstein and J. David Goodman, “Out of 15,111 staff members and students tested randomly by the school system in the first week of its testing regimen, the city has gotten back results for 10,676. There were only 18 positives: 13 staff members and five students.” https://nyti.ms/3kcxFUV
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56 years ago today:
The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Las Vegas and Arizona today. Vice President Pence is in Maine and Pennsylvania.
9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Maine.
12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves Las Vegas and flies to Arizona.
1:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Pennsylvania.
4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Tucson, Ariz.
7:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.
11:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.
Tuesday, Oct. 20: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, "America’s Most Reliable Voter.” Featured speakers: Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDemocrats struggle to gain steam on Biden spending plan Building back better by investing in workers and communities Barletta holds wide lead over GOP rivals in early poll of Pennsylvania governor race MORE (D-Pa.), Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertLawmakers spend more on personal security in wake of insurrection We must address the declining rate of startup business launches Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' MORE (R-Ariz.), Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Miami Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin Miami mayoral candidate arrested, accused of impersonating police officer MORE, League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase. Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/2H0wHgk
WHAT TO WATCH:
11:40 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign rally in Hermon, Maine. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2T7lQ6D
3 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Prescott, Ariz. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2FMWSXm
4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign rally in New Cumberland, Pa. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3kqaIhv
6 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Tucson, Ariz. Livestream: https://cs.pn/34cQWAd
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. Sure? I guess I’ll allow it.
And because you read this far on a Monday afternoon, here is a dog who has just had a long day and is taking matters into its own hands: https://bit.ly/2FKqSTG