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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump Org’s longtime CFO surrenders ahead of indictment | Trump Org slams probe as ‘politics’ | Supreme Court rules in favor of Arizona voting restrictions | Trump tells Hannity he’s made his decision about 2024 | Won’t say what decision is | Delta variant reignites mask debate



Trump’s CFO surrendered, but is not pleased about it: 

Via The New York Times’s Ben Protess, William K. Rashbaum and Jonah E. Bromwich, “Donald J. Trump’s long-serving chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, surrendered on Thursday to the Manhattan district attorney’s office as he and the Trump Organization prepared to face charges in connection with a tax investigation, people with knowledge of the matter said.” 

Tidbit — that’s a long day: Weisselberg and his lawyer appeared in the Manhattan building around 6:20 a.m. 

How he plans to plead: Not guilty to tax-related charges.

How the Trump Organization is responding:

The Trump Organization slammed the grand jury criminal indictment, dismissing the accusations as “politics.” 

From a Trump Organization spokesperson: "Allen WeisselbergAllen Howard WeisselbergEx-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE The Memo: Trump is diminished but hasn't faded The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden backs Cuban protesters, assails 'authoritarian regime' MORE is a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who has worked at the Trump Organization for 48 years. He is now being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former President. The District Attorney is bringing a criminal prosecution involving employee benefits that neither the IRS nor any other District Attorney would ever think of bringing. This is not justice; this is politics."

Liz Cheney got a new gig:

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) has chosen Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPhotos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris Jordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 Stefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism MORE (R-Wyo.) to serve on the select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack. 

Keep in mind: Cheney lost her spot in GOP leadership after voting to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE following the Jan. 6 siege.  

Who else is on the committee: “House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) will serve as the select panel's leader. Pelosi's other picks are House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report House GOP blames Pelosi — not Trump — for Jan. 6 House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarBiden backs effort to include immigration in budget package Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Select committee member thanks officers who responded Jan. 6: 'You were our last line of defense' House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (D-Fla.), Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate GOP Rep. Clyde defends 'normal tourist visit' comparison for Jan. 6 Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE (D-Md.) and Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Defense: Watchdog blasts government's handling of Afghanistan conflict | Biden asks Pentagon to look into mandatory vaccines | Congress passes new Capitol security bill Overnight Defense: House Armed Services starts defense bill markups | Two Navy sailors die of COVID-19 | Pentagon reimposes mask mandate in some places Misled condemnation of the Lebanese Armed Forces will help Hezbollah MORE (D-Va.).”

It’s Thursday — happy July! 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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Arizona, you may carry on:

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a pair of Republican-backed Arizona voting restrictions do not run afoul of federal law, rejecting a Democratic challenge and dealing a blow to voting rights advocates.”

The decision: 6-3, along the ideological lines you’d expect  

The issues at play in this case: “One Arizona policy at issue in Thursday’s case requires provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be discarded. The second measure makes it illegal for most third parties to deliver ballots for others, a practice critics refer to as ‘ballot harvesting.’ ”

Another ruling this morning:

Via CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger, “The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a California rule requiring charities to disclose the names and addresses of their largest donors, delivering a victory to a pair of conservative nonprofits that had challenged the requirement as unconstitutional.”


Look, ma! Look what we can do!:



Via CNN’s Clare Foran, “The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to approve a $715 billion transportation and water infrastructure bill focused on improving and repairing roads, bridges, transit and rail, and ensuring clean drinking water.” 

The vote: “The vote was 221-201 with two Republicans voting with Democrats in favor.” 

Keep in mind — this bill is mostly for negotiating purposes: “[House Democrats] hope the legislative text can be used to negotiate with the Senate and the White House to determine what specific policy proposals can be included as part of the recently announced bipartisan infrastructure framework.” More from CNN:


Coming up next on ‘Real World: Mar-a-Lago’:

In an interview with Fox News’s Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE last night, former President Trump said he has made his decision about whether to run for a second term in 2024.

Hannity: "You are not going to answer, but I have to ask, where are you in the process of. ... Let me ask you this, without giving the answer, what the answer is, have you made up your mind?"  

Trump: "Yes.”

Hannity happily responded: "I think you got it right, yeah.”  

Hannity later followed up: “If you move forward, you know how difficult it is, but you seem ready to reengage in that battle." 

Watch Trump’s full interview on Fox News


The mask debate, round two: ding, ding:

Via The Hill’s Justine Coleman and Cristina Marcos, “Health officials are grappling with how to prevent potential COVID-19 outbreaks from the delta variant that is spreading rapidly across the U.S.”

What changed this week: “Concern over the highly transmissible delta strain prompted Los Angeles County this week to recommend that all people wear masks indoors, even if they're vaccinated. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also encouraged fully vaccinated people to continue using masks.” 

Does it look like the CDC’s policies on masks will change? — so far, no: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not signaled any plans to revise its mask guidance, with Biden administration officials and some experts say that fully vaccinated Americans are safe from all existing COVID-19 variants.”

How this could play out

Where we stand:


COVID-19 death rate dropping




Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,666,245 

U.S. death toll: 604,719

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 327 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1 million doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million. 

Breakdown of the numbers:





He really does seem to be living his best life:



The full photo

It sounds like a rock concert!:


Trump visits the border as 'Gloria' blasts




The House is in. The Senate is out. President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE is in Surfside, Fla., today visiting the site of the partial building collapse.  

6:55 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge First lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MORE left for Miami. 

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

10:05 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden received a command briefing from Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (D), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida coronavirus cases jump 50 percent in one week Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' Publix will require employees to wear masks MORE (R), local leaders and first responders. 

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden thank first responders in Surfside, Fla. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden meet with families involved in the partial building collapse in Surfside.

7:50 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden return to the White House.


7:45 a.m. EDT: White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreTrump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated CDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream 

1:30 p.m. EDT: The White House COVID-19 response team holds a press briefing. Livestream 

3:50 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks in Miami. Livestream


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And because you made it this far, here is a dog living its best life: