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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall | Latest storm path | Weather Channel reporters almost taken out by the storm | Kyle Rittenhouse arrested | Inside the NBA boycott | Obama commends players | Trump still scheduled to give convention speech tonight | Sights and sounds | Crenshaw poses with tank | Pelosi, Meadows restart COVID-19 relief talks | Best National Dog Day posts
LATEST WITH HURRICANE LAURA What, are locusts next?:
The storm’s path: https://bit.ly/2G3X58g
“Almost all roads in Lake Charles are impassable this morning. #Laura leaving behind catastrophic damage.” (from News 15’s Cory Smith) Video of the aftermath: https://bit.ly/2EEK0l0
Oh my gosh — Stay safe, please!!: Here is footage of a Weather Channel crew in the middle of the storm last night. Reporter Stephanie Abrams was hit in the head with debris. “We’re fine, everyone we are fine. We are totally fine, everything is OK,” Abrams said after. Watch: https://fxn.ws/3b2atFt
Yikes, this clip is worth watching:
This video has more than 1.9 million views so far. Watch: https://bit.ly/31w9FFq
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME A HURRICANE HAS INTERRUPTED A REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION:
In 2012: The first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., was canceled because of Tropical Storm Isaac. The New York Times article that day: https://nyti.ms/3hAhijZ
And in 2008:
SO, COULD TRUMP POSTPONE TONIGHT’S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANE?:
White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Memo: Trump reaches for optimism as weapon against Biden Republicans cast Trump as best choice for women Biden knocks Trump for using White House as ‘prop’ for convention MORE said that is a possibility, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Trump reaches for optimism as weapon against Biden Five takeaways on GOP’s norm-breaking convention Trump taunts Democrats in White House speech: ‘We’re here and they’re not’ MORE’s speech is still on for tonight. Conway told reporters last night: “We never say no around here, because things happen at a volume and velocity around here, and we adapt to events. As of right now, the president plans to speak tomorrow.” https://politi.co/3b0CtZW
It’s Thursday! Though, it has felt like a Friday all morning to me. Anyone else? I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and happy thoughts to [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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THE HILL CONVENTIONS 2020 Join The Hill at our virtual 2020 Conventions Hub
Join The Hill at our virtual 2020 Conventions Hub — your digital headquarters for exciting events and the latest conventions news. We’ll kick off each day with The Big Questions. Party leaders, pollsters and campaign veterans join our editors to discuss the political and policy issues shaping our nation, then stay tuned in for our afternoon briefings — deeper dives into the key policy areas that will shape the 2020 campaign including energy, affordable housing, and the ongoing response to COVID-19.
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 Speech highlights:
Pence on Hurricane Laura: “Before I go further, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm’s way.” https://politi.co/34F1qJq
Pence addressed the protests in Kenosha: “Let me be clear: the violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedoms to see Americans strike each other down.” Pence added: “We will have law and order on the streets of America for every American of every race, and creed and color.” https://bit.ly/2G4be5l
Yikes: Football coach Lou Holtz said, “The Biden/Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholics in name only.“ Watch: https://bit.ly/3hzuyFh
Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Pence rips Biden as radical risk Pence condemns Kenosha violence, backs police in convention speech MORE (R-Tenn.) on the closures: “They close our churches but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open.” https://bit.ly/34zqQYM
This Marsha Blackburn quote has been getting traction: “If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like Communist China to me.” https://bit.ly/2EFlAru
Hm… — from 24-year-old congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn: “If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you just don’t know American history … James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence.” Narrator: Madison did not sign the Declaration of Independence. https://bit.ly/31wl9Zy
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
Almost every speech tonight is pretaped: ABC’s Jon Karl pointed out, “Every speech tonight – with the exception of Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOVERNIGHT ENERGY:Trump says he will tour damage from Hurricane Laura | Park Service under fire for role in GOP convention | US officially joins global trillion tree planting initiative Biden tears into Trump ahead of GOP convention speech Republicans cast Trump as best choice for women MORE‘s – is pre-taped. Every one.” https://bit.ly/3aXnqjN
A pretty cool setup at Fort McHenry: Here’s a photo: https://bit.ly/3hA4GJA
Photo of Pence’s stage: https://bit.ly/3b7yzyA
Check out that hat: “Making Logging Great Again” Photo: https://bit.ly/3hwEX4R
If you’ve been noticing the lectern’s signs, they’ve been changing!: “Day 1 and Day 3 had Trump 2020 signs on the lectern, Day 2 had a Trump-Pence sign” (from Bloomberg’s Ryan Teague Beckwith) Photos: https://bit.ly/31tfFyS
This was a very personal story: “[White House press secretary] Kayleigh McEnany gives a deeply personal speech on the third night of the convention, talking about her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA2 gene. She says the president called her afterward.” https://bit.ly/3lk5Jzz
President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara TrumpLara Lea TrumpThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests The Memo: Trump uses convention to target key states GOP women offer personal testimonials on Trump MORE put her husband Eric to work: She tweeted, “Getting ready to speak at the RNC with my personal assistant.” The video she posted: https://bit.ly/2QuxIhG
REACTIONS AND ANALYSIS:
On Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests Second night of GOP convention outdraws Democrats’ event with 19.4 million viewers The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Pence rips Biden as radical risk MORE’s remarks: Bloomberg’s Ryan Teague Beckwith pointed out: “Karen Pence is pretty good at this, they should make better use of her.” https://bit.ly/3hxlMb1
About the sports figures who have appeared: “We’ve heard from football players and a coach during the Republican convention. But not baseball or basketball. They could have had Curt Schilling speak, but he’s on the advisory board for ‘We Build the Wall.’ “ https://bit.ly/31wpV9x
YUP — Did anyone else feel this way watching Pence’s speech?: “Seeing a live crowd feels so strange as I cover this from my living room.” https://bit.ly/3hyF6om
The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser commented on former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard GrenellRichard GrenellThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests Overnight Defense: House panel probes Pompeo’s convention speech | UN council rejects US demand to restore Iran sanctions | Court rules against Pentagon policy slowing expedited citizenship Trump Jr. seeks to elect ‘new blood’ to Republican Party MORE’s comment: “Huge fact check required: Ric Grenell claims he watched Trump ‘charm’ Angela Merkel,” Glasser tweeted. https://bit.ly/2D2yvU0
LATEST WITH THE PROTESTS Athletes boycott following the police shooting of Jacob Blake:
Via CNN, “What began as the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott their playoff game following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team’s home state cascaded into a wave of similar protests across the American sports scene by Wednesday night.” https://cnn.it/3jdTdzI
New update — the playoffs will restart:
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that “NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs.” https://es.pn/32p37HS
What about today’s games?: “Thursday’s three playoff games will be postponed and it’s undetermined when the games will be rescheduled.”
‘INSIDE THE HECTIC HOURS AROUND THE HISTORIC NBA BOYCOTT’:
Via ESPN: https://es.pn/3jjJo3f
‘INSIDE BASEBALL’S MIXED RESPONSE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT, AND WHAT’S NEXT’:
Also via ESPN: https://es.pn/3lopFkV
Tidbit — what Oracle Park looked like last night: Where the San Francisco Giants play. Photo: https://bit.ly/31xa6Q4
CHECK OUT TODAY’S FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES SPORTS:
REACTION FROM FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA:
“I commend the players on the @Bucks for standing up for what they believe in, coaches like @DocRivers, and the @NBA and @WNBA for setting an example. It’s going to take all our institutions to stand up for our values.” Obama’s full tweet: https://bet.us/32KpGY3
Kyle Rittenhouse has been arrested:
“A teenager who walked among protesters in Kenosha, Wis., carrying a military-style semi-automatic rifle was arrested and faces a charge of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with shootings that left two people dead on Tuesday night.” https://nyti.ms/32sTf01
The New York Times tracked Rittenhouse’s movements that night. The Times’s Christiaan Triebert tweeted, “Visual Investigations team reviewed hours of livestreams to track 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse’s movements during and leading up to the shootings.” The timeline: https://bit.ly/34DPcRh
THE HILL CONVENTIONS 2020 The Big Questions Morning Briefings
Begin each convention day with The Hill. Party leaders, pollsters and campaign veterans join our editors daily at 11AM EDT to discuss the political and policy issues shaping our nation and the 2020 campaign — including interviews with Mercedes Schlapp, NRCC Chair Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerThe Hill’s Convention Report: Trump to attack Biden at final night of convention | Speech comes amid hurricane, racial justice protests | Biden accuses Trump of ‘rooting’ for violence Republicans cast Trump as best choice for women The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests MORE, Michael Steele and more.
OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING The Fed dropped a bombshell:
Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “The Federal Reserve on Thursday formally adopted a monetary policy strategy that calls for allowing inflation to run above the bank’s 2 percent target in a bid to maximize the job gains that come with economic expansions.” https://bit.ly/34EHHt6
What happened this morning: “In a Thursday speech, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell announced that the central bank would aim to keep price and wages increases at an annual average of 2 percent instead of aiming directly at that target.”
Meaning: “The Fed’s new strategy will likely mean the central bank will tolerate higher levels of inflation for longer stretches to balance out years of persistently low price and wage increases.”
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,832,581
U.S. death toll: 179,977
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
For context: Three months ago today, 1,681,793 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 98,933 had died. https://bit.ly/2XuxKL6
COVID-19 RELIEF TALKS ARE RESTARTING ON CAPITOL HILL:
“Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump taunts Democrats in White House speech: ‘We’re here and they’re not’ McConnell: GOP-controlled Senate a ‘firewall’ against Pelosi agenda Ex-Democrat Van Drew speaks at GOP convention MORE (D-Calif.) and White House chief of Staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOn The Money: Democrats offer lower price tag for COVID-19 aid but stalemate persists | Jobless claims tick down but remain above 1 million | Pelosi predicts Democrats will get Trump tax returns if Biden wins Overnight Health Care: Shifting CDC testing guidance sparks backlash | Democrats offer lower price tag for COVID-19 aid but stalemate persists | Trump administration to purchase 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests Democrats offer lower price tag for COVID-19 aid but stalemate persists MORE plan to speak Thursday afternoon, sources said, restarting negotiations on a much-needed coronavirus stimulus package that have been at a standstill for the past three weeks.” https://bit.ly/3jj2syD
NOTABLE TWEETS: In Louisiana:
This tweet has nearly 23k likes so far.
The House and Senate are out.
Noon: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters on Hurricane Laura.
1 p.m. EDT Monday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Science & American Advancement.” Featured speakers: Former National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthOvernight Health Care: Shifting CDC testing guidance sparks backlash | Democrats offer lower price tag for COVID-19 aid but stalemate persists | Trump administration to purchase 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests OVERNIGHT ENERGY:Trump says he will tour damage from Hurricane Laura | Park Service under fire for role in GOP convention | US officially joins global trillion tree planting initiative The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Hurricane Laura makes landfall amid RNC, social justice protests MORE (R-Ind.) and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3gydHkY
WHAT TO WATCH:
10:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
7 a.m. EDT Friday: NBC’s Craig Melvin interviews Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump attacks Biden hard in White House address accepting GOP nomination Alice Johnson praises Trump for First Step Act, urges compassion for ‘forgotten faces’ Harris calls for officer involved in Jacob Blake shooting to be charged MORE (D-Calif.) on NBC’s “Today.”
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
Today is National Pots De Creme Day.
I thought we would all enjoy some photos of good boys and girls:
Via KSDK, here are a few of the best National Dog Day posts on social media yesterday: https://bit.ly/32oS5lW
And to leave you on a good note, here’s a dog trying to make a new friend: https://bit.ly/3b5rs9U
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