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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Team Biden feeling confident after Detroit test | Dems scramble to make next debate | Klobuchar qualifies for round three | GOP shaken by Hurd retirement | Trump weighs in on Cummings’s break-in: ‘Really bad news!’ | Strong July jobs report despite economic worries | Republicans push back on election security bills | Trump to begin 10-day summer vacation | French’s releases … mustard ice cream (?)
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Add another podium on the stage:
The Democratic National Committee criteria: Candidates need at least 2 percent in four recent polls and 130,000 unique donors.
Klobuchar’s criteria: Klobuchar has already met the polling requirement, and according to her campaign she has now met the donor threshold.
Happy summer Friday! 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 [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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Post-debate — The Biden campaign is cheesin’:
How so: “Biden had several shaky moments, and the ferocious attacks against the 76-year-old’s record on civil rights, immigration and health care portends the fights ahead. Biden’s rivals view him as a rickety front-runner who will at some point collapse under pressure. But that hasn’t happened yet, and Team Biden feels the former vice president weathered a major test this week, steadying his candidacy after a poor first debate performance raised questions about whether he could rise to the challenge.”
And in polling: “Biden is dominating the field with older voters and black Democrats, two constituencies critical to the primary and general election.”
But Democrats are worried about Wednesday’s negative debate:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democratic lawmakers were left shaken and worried by Wednesday night’s bruising presidential debate, which left some fearing the fight will hurt the party and result in a damaged nominee.” http://bit.ly/2KcPcwL
How so: “Senate Democrats are frustrated that candidates are spending too much time and effort attacking each other for relatively small policy differences, while not focusing their ire on President Trump.”
Which Democrats are nervous: http://bit.ly/2KcPcwL
Op-ed from a Dem strategist: http://bit.ly/2Kd9ZAt
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Just who Elijah Cummings wants tweeting about his burglary:
This morning, President Trump responded to reports that Rep. Elijah Cummings‘s (D-Md.) house was reportedly broken into last Saturday. http://bit.ly/2MBdLFs
Trump tweeted: “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!” Trump’s tweet: http://bit.ly/2MAz5Li
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE BURGLARY:
Via CBS Baltimore, Cummings’s Baltimore home was broken into Saturday at 3:40 a.m. EDT. It’s still unclear if anything was stolen. Details: https://cbsloc.al/2MBh7IC
What timing: The robbery reportedly happened just a few hours before President Trump first tweeted that Cummings is a “brutal bully” and that his Baltimore district was “rat and rodent infested” and a “very dangerous & filthy place” where “no human being would want to live.”
NEWS THIS MORNING
It’s the first Friday of the month. You know what that means?!:
The Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in July. http://bit.ly/2MFtqTU
For context: This is a good sign amid worries about the economy in the long term.
The unemployment rate: It remained steady at 3.7 percent.
Have ya Hurd?:
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), the only African American Republican in the House, announced he will not seek reelection in 2020.
From Hurd: I “have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.”
Read Hurd’s announcement on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2KdOxuU
Democrats pushed Republicans’ buttons:
Via The Hill’s Maggie Miller, Republicans are finally punching back after a week of attacks from Democrats over stalled election security bills. http://bit.ly/2KbnqRb
What Republicans are being accused of: Stopping all efforts to secure the 2020 elections. Senate Democrats have tried to force votes on election security legislation but have been blocked by their GOP counterparts.
How the GOP is responding: Republicans are “arguing instead that Senate Democrats are abandoning the legislative process, treading on states’ rights and misleading voters about what their legislation would do.”
For example — from Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.): “When they talk about federalizing elections, or having to have a central D.C. location to be able to give certification to every vendor or Voter ID laws or federal funding for elections, those are not election security items, that’s a completely different thing,” Lankford told The Hill.
White House renovations:
Building a new wall (fence)… around the White House pic.twitter.com/KMA1o9MfnF
— Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle) August 2, 2019
The Senate is officially off for August recess. The House is out.
President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is leaving for vacation in Bedminster, N.J. Vice President Pence is in Georgia today.
4 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., for a 10-day vacation. Details: http://bit.ly/2Mv8kb3
5:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.
Aug. 15: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. http://bit.ly/2MyJWFn
Sept. 9: The Senate returns. http://bit.ly/2MA6VzV
WHAT TO WATCH
11:20 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at the second annual Resurgent Gathering in Georgia. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2KcPc00
1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump makes an announcement on trade with the European Union. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Kb5kPt
Sunday morning: Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who just announced he will not seek reelection, will appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is International Beer Day! It’s also National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
Must we ruin EVERYTHING?:
French’s has unveiled a mustard-flavored ice cream for National Mustard Day tomorrow. https://cnn.it/2MBiRRY
Where to find it — ugh, just don’t tell me if you do want it: Coolhaus ice cream stores.
Ummm, what an amazing idea:
Via Thrillist, “This Hotel Will Deliver Puppies and Prosecco Right to Your Room.” Details — because I would never tease you like that: http://bit.ly/2MzandX
And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s a memorizing video of ice cream and popsicles melting in the sun: http://bit.ly/2Kda6fn