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


Presented by the Walton Family Foundation



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 BarrettMcConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Progressives give Biden's court reform panel mixed reviews Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat MORE to a full Senate vote. https://bit.ly/35mA7Cm 

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 GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike 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: https://cs.pn/37uFPVc 

What happens next: Barrett’s nomination advances to a full Senate vote on Monday. https://bit.ly/37qMz6u

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 cmartel@thehill.com  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook. 

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At each Democrats’ seat



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Video of the vote: https://bit.ly/3dQ0B2S

Handmaid protesters showed up: Here’s a photo, via NBC’s Haley Talbot: https://bit.ly/3jpsJLk

Video of the protesters outside the Capitol: https://bit.ly/3koW4qs

The fog this morning made for some interesting photos


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Meanwhile with the Democrats who boycotted


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From Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTop academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' The first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally 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." https://bit.ly/3mdziT3


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: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE's son.” https://bit.ly/2IVTkDj

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.” https://bit.ly/3mf54zg

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 TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' 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: https://bit.ly/3jkA7aM



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: https://bit.ly/2TeunF5





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. https://bit.ly/3ognG3A

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: https://bit.ly/3ognG3A

In this case, less money means mo’ problems: 

Via The New York Times’s Shane Goldmacher and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Pence sets the stage for 2024 Trump frustrated with pace of super PAC Media stumbles: Its bias shows in covering Biden v. Trump 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: https://nyti.ms/35ql9eq



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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.” https://bit.ly/37xDkSk

How so: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Senate GOP opens door to earmarks McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' 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: https://bit.ly/37xDkSk



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

U.S. death toll: 222,263

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: Five months ago today, 1,577,758 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 94,729 had died. https://bit.ly/36HF4pF



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.”  https://bit.ly/35m7UeJ 


Democracy in action:


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Watch: https://bit.ly/2IWsVoU



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 TrumpTrump says Prince Philip's death an 'irreplaceable loss' for UK Twitter will not allow Trump account archive on platform Jill Biden unveils next phase of military families program MORE leave for Nashville, Tenn.

1 p.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3ogXR3u 

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: https://bit.ly/3odSW33


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. https://bit.ly/37DqEZQ 

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: https://bit.ly/37DqEZQ

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: https://bit.ly/3magy6W