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The Hill’s 12:30 Report — GOP convention edition | 4 test positive for COVID-19 after attending RNC | Trump’s firework show | Protesters heard from Trump’s South Lawn remarks | Trump tears into Biden during acceptance speech | Convention sights and sounds | March on Washington today | Japanese PM resigns | Remnants of Laura head for Northeast | Trump visits New Hampshire | ‘Chipotle IQ’ test for free food
NEWS THIS MORNING Four test positive from the Republican National Convention in Charlotte:
Four people have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. https://bit.ly/3jqE7a2
Who: Two attendees and two staffers
From Mecklenburg County officials: “These individuals were immediately issued isolation instructions and any known close contacts were notified and issued quarantine instructions.”
The concern: “Charlotte officials had raised concerns over the lack of social distancing measures taken at even the scaled-back convention, where only a few hundred Republicans gathered to formally renominate President TrumpDonald John TrumpKanye West sues to get on Wisconsin ballot after being rejected Mary Trump reveals recordings of Trump’s sister swiping at Ivanka, Eric Leonard Cohen lawyer considers legal action after RNC uses song after Trump acceptance speech MORE and Vice President Pence. Video of the event showed few people wearing masks and many posing close together for photographs. “
Precautions taken: “But Republicans did take precautions, using special badges that logged their movement in case contact tracers needed to alert them about possible infections.”
Keep in mind about the magnitude of the spread so far: About 792 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far, according to officials, with four positives.
Shinzo bids Adieu:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned due to a medical condition. https://cnn.it/2EAqqGP
Details: “Abe suffers from colitis, a non-curable inflammatory bowel disease, which was also a factor in his sudden resignation as prime minister in 2007, ending his first term after just over a year in office. On Monday morning, Abe visited Keio University Hospital in Tokyo for what was his second hospital visit in a week.”
Happy Friday! We have made it through both pandemic-era conventions. 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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HAPPENING TODAY The ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ March on Washington:
Via WTOP, Thousands are gathering in Washington, D.C., today for the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington to protest police brutality. https://bit.ly/2YHQPcK
Who is speaking: “Speakers will include relatives of [George] Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and others killed by police. Anthony Benjamin Crump, a lawyer who represents many of them, will also address the crowd. Speakers also will include Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeSharpton, police reform take center stage at National Mall Sheila Jackson Lee presses Congress to pass reparations bill at DC march The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech MORE (D-Tex.), Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s ‘wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, and singers George Clinton, Tyrese and Ne-Yo.”
‘BLACK LIVES MATTER GROWS AS MOVEMENT WHILE FACING NEW CHALLENGES:
Via The New York Times’s John Eligon: https://nyti.ms/3b5UupH
FROM THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION Don’t get me wrong. I love fireworks. But there’s just something about a balloon drop at conventions…:
The theme of President Trump’s nomination acceptance speech last night was to portray Joe BidenJoe BidenKanye West sues to get on Wisconsin ballot after being rejected Trump: I want to see first woman president, but not Harris Trump decries DC protesters as ‘thugs’ MORE “as a purveyor of a liberal agenda that would lead America to ruin.” Quick catchup if you missed Trump’s speech last night: https://bit.ly/3gCHpW6
This photo of the fireworks amid protests is everywhere on social media: https://bit.ly/2YKHSiR
- It’s Trump’s GOP now
- GOP works overtime to define Trump on race
- GOP works to tie Biden to far-left
- Convention casts COVID-19 as a thing of the past
- Republicans seek to close gender gap
Context and details for each: https://bit.ly/2EICYMh
National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar commented last night: “Too much box-checking, not enough thematic cohesion.” https://bit.ly/2QA4cqM
President Trump promised a vaccine by the end of the year: “We’ll produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner,” Trump told the crowd. https://bit.ly/3lnDW1b
Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpMary Trump reveals recordings of Trump’s sister swiping at Ivanka, Eric The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump accepts GOP nomination: ‘Best is yet to come’ MORE on her father’s tweets: “I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste. And I know his Tweets can feel a bit unfiltered. But the results speak for themselves.” https://bit.ly/3lrNS9N
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech Five takeaways on GOP’s norm-breaking convention Trump attacks Biden hard in White House address accepting GOP nomination MORE on race: “President Trump does not dabble in identity politics. He wants everyone to succeed and believes in the adage ‘a rising tide lifts all boats.’ Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong.” https://bit.ly/3b2yTOY
Carson also addressed Kenosha: “Before I begin, I’d like to say that our hearts go out to the Blake family and the other families who have been impacted by the tragic events in Kenosha,” Carson said. https://bit.ly/31An6o3
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
Tidbit: Ivanka Trump told the crowd that her son Joseph built President Trump a LEGO replica of the White House. Trump has it displayed in the Oval Office.
Comparing Trump’s speech to Biden’s: “Number of times that Joe Biden said the word ‘Trump’ in his convention speech: 0
Number of times that Donald Trump said the word ‘Biden’ in his convention speech text: 41” (via The Washington Post’s Matt Viser) https://bit.ly/3hBEZZb
Walking down these stairs with so many eyeballs — and with those heels (!) — has to be stressful: Photo of President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech Five takeaways on GOP’s norm-breaking convention Republicans cast Trump as best choice for women MORE walking down the stairs: https://bit.ly/34LooyB
Oh man, this is such an awkward moment: I’ve been there, Melania. Here is a video of first lady Melania Trump’s quick facial expression after greeting first daughter Ivanka Trump. This is pretty uncomfortable to watch.
^The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes captioned the video: “Me when I see someone I know at the grocery store” Lol, well said. https://bit.ly/32A6JXA
“For those wondering why @FLOTUS chose the bright green??” (from CNN’s Kate Bennett) Photo explanation: https://bit.ly/2YDp84D
Wow, that is a lot of people:
^ Was everyone COVID-19 tested?: No. Via NBC News, White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPelosi slams GOP, says .3 trillion in coronavirus relief not enough On The Money: Meadows says Trump willing to sign .3T coronavirus bill | Consumer spending slowed in July as coronavirus surge dampened recovery | Only five states making use of Trump’s expanded unemployment benefits Meadows says Trump willing to sign .3 trillion coronavirus relief bill MORE said “a number” of guests have been tested but not everyone. Masks were not required, either. https://nbcnews.to/3b1xgku
So, who was tested?: “People in what’s considered ‘close proximity’ to [President Trump] were tested but not several hundred people in audience, who are seated right next to each other.” https://bit.ly/2YDnkZp
Members of Trump’s Cabinet sat in the front row — notice the only person in that group wearing a mask is … wait for it … Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar:
Meanwhile outside the White House: “People sitting in the crowd on the South Lawn can hear the wail of sirens outside the White House complex, where protests are taking place.” (from The New York Times’s Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump uses White House as campaign backdrop Hillicon Valley: ‘Fortnite’ owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE) https://bit.ly/3gAvd8l
^From the White House lawn, you can hear the protests: Video: https://bit.ly/3hC0Hw8
The protest looks like a block party: “This is the street party/protest that is on the back part of the @WhiteHouse at 15th and Constitution – lotta loudspeakers & a live band jamming out of this bus.” Watch: https://bit.ly/2EwntXO
Throwback — McConnell looks so young and spritely!: Via C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, here’s a photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi slams GOP, says .3 trillion in coronavirus relief not enough Sharpton, police reform take center stage at National Mall Democrats worry about voter backlash in suburbs MORE (R-Ky.) at the Republican National Convention in 1988. Photo: https://bit.ly/3hAPs6Z
Lol: NBC’s Sahil Kapur tweeted, “A rare Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: House chair announces contempt proceeding against Pompeo | Top general says military has no role in election disputes | Appeal court rejects due process rights for Gitmo detainees The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump accepts GOP nomination: ‘Best is yet to come’ MORE smile.” Photo: https://bit.ly/34CVmB2
Hahaha *pause for deep breath* ah hahaha — this caption:
LATEST WITH HURRICANE LAURA Six people have died:
At least six people have died and thousands are without power after Hurricane Laura stormed through Louisiana. https://cnn.it/2EAC1Wn
These aerial view photos are pretty wild: Via The Associated Press, here are overheard photos of the damage from Hurricane Laura: https://bit.ly/34BwUjv
Before and after: The winds shattered the glass of a building in Lake Charles, La. Photo: https://bit.ly/3jnD3nk
WHERE THE STORM IS NOW HEADED:
Via ABC News’s Max Golembo, “Laura is still a tropical depression Friday morning, but is losing its tropical characteristics over Arkansas. However, the storm is still producing heavy rain and with the possibility of tornadoes.”
Today: “What’s left of Laura will move through Mid-Mississippi Valley and into Ohio Valley Friday evening, bringing gusty winds, a flash flooding threat and a threat for a few tornadoes.”
On Saturday: “Laura will combine with a cold front and will bring heavy rain and a threat for flash flooding to the Northeast Saturday from Philadelphia to New York City and into southern New England.”
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 5,873,124
U.S. death toll: 180,901
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
For context: One month ago today, 4,307,542 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 148,295 had died. https://bit.ly/2YJbCMX
NOTABLE TWEETS: I am here for this content:
The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in New Hampshire this afternoon and Vice President Pence is in Minnesota and Michigan today.
10:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Duluth, Minn.
12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at a “Workers for Trump” event in Duluth.
2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives a briefing on Hurricane Laura.
2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Traverse City, Mich.
3:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Manchester, N.H.
5:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a campaign rally in Traverse City, Mich.
7:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves New Hampshire and flies back to Washington, D.C.
8:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.
9:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.
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: Trump pressure on health agencies risks undermining public trust | Top FDA spokeswoman ousted after 11 days OVERNIGHT ENERGY: 21 states sue White House over rollback of bedrock environmental law | Administration faces rough week in court | Trump hits Biden on climate at convention The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech MORE (R-Ind.) and Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3gydHkY
WHAT TO WATCH:
6 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3jAobT5
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
Today is National Cherry Turnovers Day. It’s also National Red Wine Day!
And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Chop Suey Day and Sunday is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!
Get that free Chipotle!:
Chipotle has launched a “Chipotle IQ” test, giving customers free food for a high score. Aha!: “The focus [of the questions] is on Chipotle’s sourcing, ingredients, recipes, and sustainability efforts.” Details from Thrillist:https://bit.ly/3hCiZNV
A new Fitbit/Apple Watch competitor in town:
Amazon has created a new wrist wearable and smartphone app to track “activity, body fat [and] emotions.” https://cnb.cx/3hB5Owq
And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here’s a dog really handling the rain: https://bit.ly/3b0K3Ug
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