The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Sights and sounds outside the Amy Coney Barrett vote


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Fog or shine, Democrats or empty seats, the show went on:


Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to advance the nomination of Judy Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Anti-abortion movement eyes its holy grail Abortion rights face most difficult test yet at Supreme Court MORE to a full Senate vote. 

The vote: 12-0

The newsy part of the vote: Every Democrat on the committee boycotted the vote.

But doesn’t the committee need at least two Democrats to conduct business: Well, yes, technically. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden DACA court ruling puts weight of immigration reform on Democrats Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight MORE (R-S.C.) moved forward regardless. 

From Graham: "As you know, our Democratic colleagues informed the committee last night that they will not participate in the hearing. That was their choice. It will be my choice to vote the nominee out of committee. We're not going to allow them to take over the committee.”  

Livestream of the vote: 

What happens next: Barrett’s nomination advances to a full Senate vote on Monday.

It’s Thursday! 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  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook. 

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At each Democrats’ seat




Video of the vote:

Handmaid protesters showed up: Here’s a photo, via NBC’s Haley Talbot:

Video of the protesters outside the Capitol:

The fog this morning made for some interesting photos




Meanwhile with the Democrats who boycotted



From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer84 mayors call for immigration to be included in reconciliation Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? MORE (D-N.Y.): "The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is the most illegitimate process I have ever witnessed in the Senate. And her potential confirmation will have dire, dire consequences for the Senate, for the Supreme Court and our entire country for generations to come."


A subpoena for Facebook and a subpoena for Twitter:

“The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to subpoena the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter a week after both platforms limited the spread of a controversial article about Hunter Biden, Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football MORE's son.”

A charge dismissed related to George Floyd’s death:

“Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill on Thursday dismissed the third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who in May knelt on the neck of George Floyd for over eight minutes, killing him and igniting a summer full of nationwide protests decrying police brutality and systemic racism.”

Keep in mind: “Chauvin still faces the more serious charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.” 


Get out your beer, popcorn and homemade ‘Fight Night’ posters:

President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are meeting tonight for the last debate before the Nov. 3 election.

Why this debate is different: When one candidate is speaking, the other candidate’s microphone will be muted. 

Why the president needs this debate: “Trump has one last major chance [tonight] to meaningfully alter the trajectory of the presidential race.” More on why this debate matters so much to Trump:



Does Trump change tactics?

How does Biden handle attacks on his son?

Will either candidate get cut off?

Will Trump attack the moderator?

Can this debate be a game changer?

Reasoning for each from The Hill’s Max Greenwood:




Interesting read on what to make of this year’s polling:

In The New Yorker, Sue Halpern looks into whether we can trust the polls this time.

Excerpt: “If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that national polls are deceptive. Clinton was projected to beat Trump in the popular vote by about three percentage points, which turned out to be largely correct. But … a better way to assess a candidate’s chances is to look at polls of voters in battleground states, where, ultimately, the race will be determined.”  

The full piece:

In this case, less money means mo’ problems: 

Via The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanBiden vs. Trump is a compelling contrast for Democrats Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' 3 in 10 Republicans believe Trump will be reinstated as president: poll MORE, “President Trump’s campaign has far less money than advisers had once anticipated for the final stretch of the presidential election, as rosy revenue projections failed to materialize, leaving aides scrambling to address a severe financial disadvantage against Joseph R. Biden Jr. at the race’s most crucial juncture.”

How the small bank account is affecting the campaign in the final stretch:



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Have you noticed the subtle power shift on Capitol Hill?:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “A subtle power shift is emerging on Capitol Hill as Republicans face a possible future that might no longer include President Trump. The shift has been most apparent in the dynamics surrounding negotiations on a new coronavirus relief package.”

How so: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel Senators scramble to save infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) has sought to avoid a vote on a massive stimulus package that would badly divide the Senate GOP conference right before Election Day, even as Trump urges Republican senators to ‘go big.’”

How this could play out:



Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 8,342,228

U.S. death toll: 222,263

Breakdown of the numbers:

For context: Five months ago today, 1,577,758 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 94,729 had died.



Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “A new wave of viral infections is washing over the nation just weeks before Election Day, putting a new spotlight on a crisis that has come to define President Trump’s struggle for reelection.” 


Democracy in action:






The Senate is in. The House is out.

10:40 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Waterford Township, Mich.

Noon: The Senate meets.

12:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign event in Waterford Township, Mich.

12:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE leave for Nashville, Tenn.

1 p.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: 

2:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Fort Wayne, Ind.

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop by Belmont University — Curb Event Center in Nashville.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Nashville, Tenn.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign event in Fort Wayne, Ind.

5:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Indianapolis. 

7:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the debate venue.  

1 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House.



9 p.m. EDT: The final presidential debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Livestream:


Today is National Nut Day!

This should come with a side of insulin:

Einstein Bros. Bagels is introducing “Party Bagels” on Nov. 12. Basically, a doughnut sliced and shmeared with frosting. 

For example: “Churro – Starts with a donut, sliced and shmeared in the middle with sweet cream cheese buttercream frosting and coated on top with cinnamon sugar.” 

Photo of the “churro” and “chocolate birthday cake” flavors:

Let’s just say people have THOUGHTS about this on social media.

And because you made it to the end, here’s a well-matched “fight” between a goose and a puppy: