The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants

 

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Less than 24 hours after President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE expressed happiness about his scripted take-down of four Democratic freshman lawmakers during a reelection rally in North Carolina, he attempted to distance himself from the crowd’s “send her back” chant aimed at Somali-born Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' MORE (D-Minn.), whom Trump on Sunday urged to “go back” to her country.

 

“I felt a little bit badly about it,” the president told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office. “I would say that I was not happy with it. I disagreed with it. But, again, I didn’t say that. They did.”

 

The president’s sudden disavowal of his Greenville, N.C., supporters and their public echo of his Sunday tweet evolved after Republican lawmakers met privately with Vice President Pence to air misgivings that “send her back” was a divisive and politically damaging GOP rallying cry if it caught on elsewhere heading into the 2020 campaign cycle.

 

“We cannot be defined by this,” North Carolina conservative Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerTop GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum NCAA and its allies spent 0K on lobbying last year amid push for athlete pay MORE told reporters. “That does not need to be our campaign call.”

 

The Associated Press: Trump falsely claims he tried to stop “send her back” chant.

 

The New York Times editorial board: The real meaning of “send her back!” It’s become the message of Donald Trump’s presidency.

 

Walker was not the only Republican who recoiled without criticizing the president. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders comes under fire over cost of 'Medicare for All' Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (R-Calif.) said at a news conference that the chants “have no place in our party and no place in this country.” Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerTrump Jr. says Sanders won't be 'real competition' if he's the nominee House Democratic campaign arm raised .1 million in January Republicans sense momentum after impeachment win MORE (Minn.), head of the House Republicans’ campaign committee, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that “there’s no place for that kind of talk.”

 

As Niall Stanage reports, the president’s excoriating and personal slams against the liberal lawmakers, joined by the Greenville crowd’s reaction, elevated fears about Trump’s brand of race-tinged nationalism and the coarseness of the nation’s political jousts. Lawmakers and commentators on Thursday agonized publicly about the potential that political speech could spark violence.

 

The Hill: Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers called for increased security following the Trump rally’s “send her back” chants.

 

The Hill: The House is ending a rollicking, exhausting, unprecedented week, one that included a party-line vote to condemn the president’s “racist comments” and another to table articles of impeachment filed by a Texas Democrat.

 

In comments on social media, the president’s supporters piled on, agreeing with Trump’s assertions that the four freshman Democrats, self-nicknamed “the squad,” are dangerous “extremists.”

 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocrats duke it out in most negative debate so far Republicans give Barr vote of confidence Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (R-S.C.) advised “everybody should ramp it down,” but he also suggested that overheated rhetoric from the House Democrats invited Trump’s response, calling it a “two-way street” (The Hill). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans give Barr vote of confidence Democrats block two Senate abortion bills VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing MORE (R-Ky.) said during a Thursday morning interview with Fox Business that Trump was “on to something” when he castigated Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Ocasio-Cortez suggests a Bloomberg presidency would pave the way for 'a worse Trump' Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive Democrat confronts Rep. Cuellar at parade, calls for him to debate her: report There's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms MORE (D-Mass.).

 

McConnell said they want to recast America “into a socialist country” with liberal policies that would cost jobs and end private health insurance, and which he said are supported by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (D-N.Y.). “We’re going to have a big choice next year.”

 

In Minnesota on Thursday afternoon, Omar’s supporters offered their own take. “Welcome home Omar!” they chanted and cheered as the congresswoman arrived at the Twin Cities airport, television news cameras circling behind glass doors, awaiting her appearance.

 

Hours later, she tweeted: “Home sweet home!”

 

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LEADING THE DAY

CONGRESS: The House voted Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025, with lawmakers largely voting along party lines as progressives and centrist Democrats came away with wins in the legislation. 

Progressives won the battle for the bill to have the $15 wage enacted nationwide, while centrists were able to extend the phase-in for the wage from five years to six years. Centrists also came on board to back the bill due to an amendment requiring a study of the economic impact in the early stages of the wage hike’s implementation. 

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The legislation, which was the first vote to raise the federal minimum wage since 2007, won the support of three Republicans — Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickDemocrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' This week: Trump's budget lands with a thud on Capitol Hill House approves pro-union labor bill MORE (Pa.), Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyOvernight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides 2 Democrats say they voted against war powers resolution 'because it merely restated existing law' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles next week MORE (Fla.) and Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithCheese, wine importers reeling from Trump trade fight House approves pro-union labor bill Pro-union bill draws 2020 battle lines MORE (N.J.), while six Democrats — Reps. Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamTim Scott: Sanders would be toughest challenger for Trump Trailing Democrats tout strength with black voters ahead of South Carolina Clyburn rejects claim that South Carolina voters won't support Sanders' democratic socialism MORE (S.C.), Kendra HornKendra Suzanne HornBloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements Trump goes all in for NASA's Artemis return to the moon program House panel proposes NASA bill that would scrap the lunar base — or maybe not MORE (Okla.), Ben McAdams (Utah), Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderHouse votes to condemn Trump Medicaid block grant policy Here are the lawmakers who defected on Iran legislation Group of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report MORE (Ore.) and Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.) — voted “no.” 

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the hike would cost the U.S. 1.3 million jobs by 2024, but that it would lift 1.3 million individuals out of poverty. 

 

Despite the legislation’s passage, the bill is likely dead-on-arrival in the Republican-led Senate (The Hill). 

The Washington Post: House Democrats move to tamp down internal feud, delete tweets that sparked infighting. 

 

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> Budget/debt ceiling: As Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinFinancial trade tax gains traction with 2020 Democrats Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference MORE close in on a deal to raise the spending caps and debt ceiling, one major potential roadblock lies ahead: the president.

With an agreement nearing the finish line, Senate Republicans are worried that Trump could scuttle any deal. They want a firm commitment that he will support the bill after past dealings ahead of key spending deadlines, including the December deal the Senate thought they had secured. Trump refused to sign a short-term resolution at the time despite assurances from Pence to the Senate GOP that he would, leading to a 35-day partial government shutdown.  

"Oh absolutely," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTrump defends handling of coronavirus as Democrats hit him during debate Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus MORE (R-Ala.) when asked if he needs a public assurance from Trump. "I think the leader would want that, too." 

"We've got to get the president on board," Shelby added.

 

With an agreement close that could potentially add $2 trillion to the deficit over a decade, Niv Elis writes that members of both parties are short on solutions for addressing the debt. 

The potential deal would increase spending for 2020 and 2021 by an estimated $250 billion to $300 billion over those two years, and it would entrench a higher spending path because there are no legal spending limits in place after those years. While budget watchers have raised alarms that the deficit is on an unsustainable path, members of Congress have only stopped pointing fingers long enough to throw up their hands. Democrats blame Republicans for passing $1.9 trillion in deficit-financed tax cuts and demanding huge increases to defense spending. Republicans blame Democrats for demanding dollar-for-dollar increases to domestic spending to match defense increases. 

 

The New York Times: As Washington seeks budget deal, negotiators try to sideline Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWhite House preparing to ask Congress for funds to combat coronavirus: report Tucker Carlson calls out Mick Mulvaney on immigration remarks: 'Dishonest and stupid' Trump furious after officials allowed Americans with coronavirus to fly home with other passengers: report MORE.

 

> Mueller testimony: House lawmakers are gearing up for their highly anticipated public hearing with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE on Wednesday. 

Democratic members and staff on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees in recent days have held closed-door meetings as they lay out their game plans in advance of Mueller’s testimony, which was delayed by a week after the initial hearing was set for July 17. Lawmakers say they’re painstakingly planning their questions with guidance from the committees in order to maximize their time with Mueller, keeping their specific lines of questioning close to the vest. 

On the Republican side, they are holding mock hearings to prepare. Many GOP lawmakers on the committees are Trump loyalists and are expected to try to poke holes in the investigation’s credibility, as they’ve tried to do for months (The Hill). 

 

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ADMINISTRATION: In another escalation of U.S.-Iran tensions, Trump said Thursday that a U.S. Navy ship “destroyed” an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the ship (The Hill).

 

“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests,” the president said.

 

The drone incident would appear to fit a pattern of harassing behavior by Iranian forces in the Gulf region that predates the Trump administration. U.S. military officials have tried not to further inflame the situation. It was not clear late Thursday whether the unmanned aircraft was armed, or how the Navy brought it down.

 

Iran on Friday denied Trump’s assertion that the United States destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were safe. There was no sign of a major Gulf clash, despite fears both sides could blunder into war (Reuters).

 

Trump’s unusual disclosure of the drone incident follows accusations that some White House officials have sought to antagonize Iranian officials. In May, national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonSchumer on Trump intel shakeup: 'Disgrace,' 'closer to a banana republic' Trump directly sought to block publication of Bolton's book: WaPo 'Parasite' studio fires back after Trump criticism: 'He can't read' MORE, rather than the Defense Department, released a statement that the United States was sending a bomber task force and a naval strike group led by an aircraft carrier to the region (The Washington Post). 

 

Meanwhile, state media reported Thursday that Iran seized a foreign oil tanker on Sunday that it claimed was carrying "smuggled fuel.” The semi-official Fars News Agency released video that purported to show the tanker, saying it was ambushed by Islamic Revolutionary Guard forces with 12 people aboard. The U.S. State Department demanded the release of the tanker and its crew (AlJazeera).

 

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> Labor Department: Trump tweeted on Thursday that he will nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to be secretary of Labor, to succeed Alexander AcostaAlex Alexander AcostaFlorida sheriff ends work release program criticized over Jeffery Epstein The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by National Association of Manufacturers — Whistleblower complaint roils Washington On The Money: Senate confirms Scalia as Labor chief | Bill with B in wall funding advanced over Democrats' objections | Lawyers reach deal to delay enforcement of NY tax return subpoena MORE, who resigned last week. Scalia, 55, is a partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is a member and former co-chairman of its Labor and Employment Practice Group. He also co-chairs the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group.

The younger Scalia served as the Labor Department solicitor from 2002 to 2003 after his appointment by former President George W. Bush (The Hill).  

> Defense Department: Trump on Thursday said he “will be asking” the Pentagon to examine a federal contract with Amazon for cloud computing services “to see what’s going on.” Trump, who frequently assails Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosThe new American center Kickstarter union seen as breakthrough for tech activism Hillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative MORE because of his ownership of The Washington Post, told reporters Thursday that he’s “getting tremendous complaints about the contract” from competitors Microsoft and Oracle. “Great companies are complaining about it,” the president asserted. The contract, which the Pentagon is poised to award in August, is valued at $10 billion (Bloomberg).

 

> Department of Homeland Security: The administration gutted a federal program aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

 

> Environmental Protection Agency: The administration halted regulatory inspections of power and chemical plants that are conducted on a surprise basis (The Hill).

 

> Justice Department: Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons Hugh Hurwitz, accompanied by other administration officials, at 11 a.m. will unveil results of the bipartisan criminal justice reform law known as the “First Step Act,” signed by Trump in December.

 

According to the group Americans for Prosperity, more than 2,000 inmates will reenter society today, their sentences completed, helped by the new law.

 

Today, thousands of people who served their time and earned a second chance are returning to their communities and families,” said Americans For Prosperity board member Mark Holden in a statement. “Now, it’s on all of us to unite around tearing down employment barriers and other obstacles to help these folks, and those who follow, successfully rejoin society.”

 

Holden appealed to Congress and the administration to “equip the more than 10,000 people who are released from prison every week with the tools and training needed to improve their lives.”  



IN FOCUS/SHARP TAKES

2020 POLITICS:  Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates MORE (D-Calif.) are poised to do battle on the debate stage once again as they were paired together for the second night of the second debate in less than two weeks. 

 

CNN made the announcement during a live draw to determine who would take part in which debate on July 30 and July 31 in Detroit. Biden and Harris will headlining the second night after their heated clash in Miami over the former vice president’s record on civil rights and busing.  

 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.) will take center stage on the first night. Among those joining the two senators on night one are South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE (D-Minn.), and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). Alongside them will be Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockStates, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Democratic governors worried about drawn-out 2020 fight MORE (D), the only candidate who did not appear at the first debate in Miami. 

 

Alongside Biden and Harris on the second night will be Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats' Obama-to-Sanders shift on charter schooling This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter MORE (D-N.J.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet Biden proposes 0B housing plan Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan MORE (D-Colo.) (The Hill). 

 

According to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll, Biden continues to lead the field, taking 25 percent. He is followed by Warren and Sanders with 16 percent, and Harris’s 14 percent backing. Buttigieg sits fifth with 8 percent, while no other candidate polls higher than 3 percent. 

 

In the same poll, Trump’s approval rating reaches 48 percent, with 51 percent disapproving. 

 

> Medicare for All vs. ObamaCare: The fight over health care has taken center stage in the Democratic primary, and Democrats are struggling over just how far to the left the party needs to shift to defeat the president. 

 

Sanders and Biden are escalating their fights, slamming each other as being either too radical or too timid on "Medicare for All" and the Affordable Care Act, respectively. But even the moderate candidates have embraced policies that were previously deemed far too liberal, and some lawmakers are cautioning against going further to risk alienating the mainstream Democratic voters that are key to winning the White House and taking back the Senate. 

 

"I understand the appeal of Medicare for All, but folks supporting it should be clear that it means getting rid of ObamaCare, and I'm not for that," Biden said announcing his plan.   “I knew the Republicans would do everything in their power to repeal ObamaCare. They still are. But I’m surprised that so many Democrats are running on getting rid of it.

 

Health care was the issue that helped propel Democrats to win the House in 2018, and some Democrats are worried that the back-biting and intraparty criticisms will harm their efforts to win the White House. They hope the attacks will calm down (The Hill).

 

“My hope is that we don't lose focus of the here and now,” said Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Schumer: Trump coronavirus response marked by 'towering and dangerous incompetence' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE (D-Conn.). “Frankly, my constituents are focused on making sure that they don't lose their health care in the next year. They're not as concerned with the debate within the Democratic presidential field about, you know, what the 10 to 20 year future of American health care looks like.” 

 

Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post: Labor fight roils Sanders campaign, as workers demand the $15 hourly pay the candidate has proposed for employees nationally.

 

The New York Times: Anxious Democratic governors urge 2020 field not to veer too far left.

 

Axios: Where Trump’s Facebook ad spending goes.

 

> Warren rolled out her plan to take on Wall Street on Thursday, and despite her tough words for the financial sector, the industry isn’t sweating her rise in the polls.

 

As Ben White at Politico writes

 

“Most of them don’t love Warren’s economic and regulatory policies. But they generally understand them and appreciate that the Democratic presidential candidate declared herself a “capitalist to my bones” and believer in free markets, albeit with strong cops on the beat.”

 

“Many bankers view Warren — a former Republican who’s made her policies clear for years — as the safer presidential choice if the progressive wing wins out in the Democrats’ internal war. If it comes down to Warren or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an avowed democratic socialist who continues to make personal feuds with bankers a centerpiece of his campaign, many of them would swallow hard and take Warren.”

 

The Hill: Gallup: Trump averages highest approval rating of his presidency in second quarter. 

 

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OPINION

Trump knows what he's doing with those tweets — setting his 2020 strategy, by Margaret Carlson, opinion contributor, The Hill. https://bit.ly/32x2DyJ 

 

No presidential candidate can unite the country, by B.J. Rudell, opinion contributor, The Hill. https://bit.ly/2XZljnh 



WHERE AND WHEN

Hill.TV’s “Rising” at 9 a.m. ET features NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineKatherine Johnson, 'hidden figure' at NASA during 1960s space race, dies at 101 The real reason SpaceX hired former top NASA official Trump goes all in for NASA's Artemis return to the moon program MORE, talking about the Apollo 11 50th anniversary; Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineTrump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Hillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency MORE (D-R.I.), with his takeaways from this week’s House antitrust hearing with major tech firms, including Amazon; and Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief economist, with a take on the state of the economy. Find Hill.TV programming at http://thehill.com/hilltv or on YouTube at 10 a.m.

 

The House meets in a pro forma session at 9:30 a.m. and lawmakers return to work next week hoping to wrap up business before beginning a lengthy August recess.

 

The Senate convenes Monday at 3 p.m. to consider the nomination of Mark Esper to be secretary of Defense. The Senate’s vote on the nominee is schedule with notable speed; Esper’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee took place this week.

 

The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFive takeaways from Trump's trip to India Melania Trump attends 'happiness' class during India visit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats set for pivotal debate tonight MORE will pose for photos commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing before departing for their property in Bedminster, N.J. The president will headline a reelection fundraiser there at 5 p.m. (InsiderNJ).

 

Pence on Saturday will head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to salute the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

 

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: More closures possible at US bases in Europe as coronavirus spreads | Pompeo says Afghan 'reduction in violence is working' | Man accused of trying to blow up vehicle at Pentagon Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working' Pompeo accuses China and Iran of hiding coronavirus outbreak MORE is speaking at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’ll continue traveling through Sunday to Guayaquil, Ecuador; Mexico City, San Salvador, El Salvador; and Orlando, Fla.

 

The Aspen Security Forum continues through Saturday in Aspen, Colo. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker speaks at 11:30 ET. Information HERE.

 

The Hill invites you to two live events: July 24 features the third annual Latina Leaders Summit at the Conrad Washington, D.C., with leaders from across the country, including Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico) and Rep. Grace NapolitanoGraciela (Grace) Flores NapolitanoBicameral group of Democrats introduces bill to protect immigrant laborers Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington MORE (D-Calif.). They’ll discuss paths to elective office and the next generation of Latina leaders. Information is HERE. … On July 25, The Hill presents “Policy Prescriptions: Lowering Drug Prices” at 1777 F Street NW, Washington, D.C., with Sens. Mike BraunMichael BraunOvernight Health Care: Ernst endorses bipartisan bill to lower drug prices | US partnering with drugmakers on coronavirus vaccine | UN chief says virus poses 'enormous' risks Senators, bruised by impeachment, hunt for deals Plan to probe Bidens sparks GOP divisions MORE (R-Ind.) and Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinOvernight Health Care: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Democratic senators press Amazon over injury rates MORE (D-Wis.), who will discuss how to lower patient drug prices. Sign up HERE.

 

Economic indicators: The Bureau of Economic Analysis at 8:30 a.m. reports on gross domestic product by industry for the first quarter of 2019.

 

OZY Fest, this weekend’s music-ideas-comedy-food festival in New York City’s Central Park, will include appearances by some politicians and presidential candidates. Featured on the festival agenda: former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives MORE (D-N.Y.), former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D). Information HERE.



ELSEWHERE

Locked up: Financier Jeffrey Epstein, arrested this month on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy with underage girls, was denied bail on Thursday when a judge agreed with federal prosecutors in New York that Epstein is a danger to the community and a flight risk and should remain in detention until trial (The Associated Press).

 

State Watch: The Florida prison system is under investigation after prison employees beat an inmate on Saturday at Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont, Fla. The beating was surreptitiously recorded by other inmates and uploaded to YouTube. The official explanation about what took place was contradicted by the video, sparking allegations of abuse and a cover-up. On Monday, screenshots of a private group chat among several Florida prison officers revealed their boasts about the violence. “That [inmate] looks like beetle juice,” one officer said (Florida Times-Union). … The Florida prison system is the subject of a recent six-month investigation, “Wasted Minds,” by GateHouse Media. Reporters found that education — which is viewed by experts as a potent antidote to recidivism — has been overtaken by vocational programs in the Florida prison system. The state’s incarceration model is described as “punish and contain.”

 

Supreme Court: On Monday, the body of former Justice John Paul Stevens, who died this week at age 99, will lie in repose at the court. The public can file past to honor Stevens, who served on the bench for 35 years, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Tuesday, the former judge is to become the 13th justice to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia (The Associated Press).

 

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THE CLOSER

And finally …   Bravo to winners of this week’s Morning Report Quiz! 

 

‍The news coverage marking this week’s 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission helped NASA-savvy puzzle masters. Kudos to Jonathan S. Berck, Patrick Kavanagh, Tom Chabot, Charlie Seymour Jr., Donna Nackers, Marilyn Dattilo, Linda Hall Daschle (former deputy administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration), David E. Letostak, Candi Cee, Lorraine Lindberg, Robert Fowler, William Mattingly, Carol Katz, R. Milton Howell, Dan Ebert, Larry Collins, Laura Truitt, Scott Wilbur, Jamie Danesi, Jack Barshay, John Donato, Norm Roberts, Glen Clark, David Straney, Greg Stetson, Ki Harvey, Rich Davis, Rich Gruber, Jerry Kovar, Tim Aiken, Noel St. Pre, Renee Rodriguez and Kathleen Kovalik.

 

They knew that 12 astronauts walked on the surface of the moon.

 

Six Apollo missions successfully landed astronauts on the moon and brought them back to Earth.

  

NASA’s Apollo era perfected innovations and inventions used today, including some freeze-dried foods, silver “space blankets” and cordless vacuum cleaners, so the correct answer was “all of the above” (NASA and UPI).

 

During the Apollo 11 mission, “Eagle” was the module that transported two astronauts to the moon’s surface: “The Eagle has landed.”

 

The primary catalyst behind President Kennedy’s announcement that astronauts would head to the moon was his eagerness to beat the Soviet Union after it embarrassed the United States with its Sputnik prowess and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s orbit of the Earth (NASA History Office and CNET).  

 

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