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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking – Pelosi scolds Democrats over public fighting | Differences between progressives, Dem leaders spill into open | Acosta to hold press conference to defend himself | GOP support for Labor secretary gets shaky | British ambassador resigns amid Trump feud | Biden to ramp up campaign appearances | Court tosses emoluments lawsuit against Trump | Anxiety grows over debt limit | US women’s soccer team gets ticker tape parade | Crowd chants for ‘equal pay’ | Burger King selling tacos
NEWS THIS MORNING
Donald Trump must be dead chuffed:
British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch resigned this morning after a public spat with President TrumpDonald John TrumpS&P 500 breaks 3,000 for first time Strife between Seoul and Tokyo makes Kim Jong Un’s DMZ victory even more valuable Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide MORE. http://bit.ly/2NJG8Dn
From Darroch’s resignation letter: “The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like. Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador.”
Read his resignation letter: http://bit.ly/2NJF4iR
Brief back story: Darroch privately described the Trump administration as “clumsy and inept,” but those documents were leaked. Trump then called Darroch “a very stupid guy” among other insults. http://bit.ly/2YIBNl5
It’s Wednesday. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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HAPPENING THIS MORNING
USA! USA! USA!
The U.S. women’s national soccer team celebrated its World Cup win in New York City this morning with a ticker tape parade.
Livestream of the parade: http://bit.ly/32it4br
NEWS RIGHT BEFORE THE PARADE:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation to ensure equal pay for men and women. https://7ny.tv/2NMPAG7
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
That’s a lot of confetti: According to CBS News, 2,000 lbs. of paper was used in the parade. http://bit.ly/2NMHP37
Team members chanted “Equal pay! Equal pay!”: Watch: http://bit.ly/2NJTf7z
Ooo, la la: Former President Obama tweeted a photo this morning showing off his custom jersey. Photo: http://bit.ly/2NKQe7f
Watch Megan Rapinoe with a bottle of champagne: http://bit.ly/2NMLPk9
Spotted in the parade: Trump 2020 campaign flags. Video: http://bit.ly/2NLk4sa
THE TEAM WILL VISIT THE SENATE:
The U.S. women’s national soccer team this week accepted Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGeorgia’s ‘millennial mayor’ enters race to unseat GOP senator Obama shows off custom US women’s soccer jersey to celebrate World Cup win Rapinoe to Trump: ‘You’re excluding people that look like me’ MORE‘s (D-N.Y.) invitation to visit the Senate. http://bit.ly/2NJSZFD
LATEST WITH THE JEFFREY EPSTEIN CONTROVERSY
Alex AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal Trump defends Acosta amid Epstein scrutiny Warren: Acosta ‘ethically compromised and unfit to serve’ as Trump Labor secretary MORE should probably hold off on printing more business cards, that’s all I’m saying:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Brett Samuels, Labor Secretary Alexander AcostaRene (Alex) Alexander AcostaJeffrey Epstein forces Washington to deal with embarrassing connections Epstein lawyer Dershowitz defends plea agreement Accuser says Epstein raped her when she was 15 MORE‘s job security took a hit after Republican senators slammed his involvement in a 2008 plea deal with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. http://bit.ly/2NMyPLn
What GOP senators expect to happen: Republicans predict that Acosta will resign over what appears to be a “sweetheart deal” for Epstein.
From a GOP senator: “It’s up to the president, but he’ll probably have to resign just so the Democrats stop hammering.”
JUST ANNOUNCED — HAPPENING AT 2:30 P.M. EDT:
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is holding a press conference to defend his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case. http://bit.ly/2NIon7x
Tidbit from a Trump confidant:
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, who is a longtime confidant of President Trump, thinks Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will be pushed out of his Cabinet position soon. http://bit.ly/2NIjwDb
Ruddy told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonTrump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks Democratic debates don’t need spectacle of live drawings and opinion hosts CNN to conduct live draw for second Democratic debates MORE: “My experience with Donald Trump is if he sees somebody is a bad apple … he will stay as far away from that person is possible. I think the plea agreement he did is indefensible.”
On whether Acosta will be gone within weeks: “I think in a relatively quick period, he will be gone,” Ruddy responded.
Watch Ruddy’s interview on CNN: http://bit.ly/2NL9G3K
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
This a.m. — Major court win for Trump:
Via The Hill’s Jacqueline Thomsen, “The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia alleging that President Trump is violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, finding that they did not have the standing to sue the president.” http://bit.ly/2NLrdZC
Please ignore the grumbling in the back of the room:
Via The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel and Scott Wong, Democratic leadership is optimistic about a defense policy bill despite opposition from progressives. http://bit.ly/32iEmfJ
Why members of the Progressive Caucus are on the fence: Progressives are not thrilled about the $733 billion price tag of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). And the bill has xxbecome a vehicle allowing tensions about immigration and how Democratic leaders are handling border aid to spill out into public. http://bit.ly/32luUbk
THIS MORNING DURING A CLOSED-DOOR DEMOCRATIC MEETING:
Via Politico’s Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObama shows off custom US women’s soccer jersey to celebrate World Cup win The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary High anxiety hits Senate over raising debt ceiling MORE (D-Calif.) scolded progressives this morning for publicly blasting their colleagues. “If you have a complaint about our members, come talk to me about it, don’t tweet about it,” Pelosi told Democrats. https://politi.co/2NLowqE
INTERESTING READ — HOW AOC’S FEUD WITH NANCY PELOSI COULD THREATEN THE PARTY IN 2020:
Via the Associated Press’s Lisa Mascaro: http://bit.ly/32jMmgs
HOW PROGRESSIVES FACE STEEP ODDS OF OUSTING INCUMBENT DEMOCRATS:
Lawmakers may have the pleasure of raising the debt ceiling sooner:
Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senators are growing anxious that they might have to vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in a matter of weeks given new estimates that the government could hit its borrowing limit earlier than expected.” http://bit.ly/2NLyGYC
Why the expedited timing could cause headaches on Capitol Hill: “Lawmakers had hoped they would be able to avoid the politically painful vote to raise the debt ceiling until the fall — and that it could be packaged with other legislation to fund the government and set budget caps on spending.”
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Get ready to see a lot more Joe:
Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Obama take another literary spin as crime-fighting duo Trump confidant: Acosta will be gone in weeks The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary MORE will take on a more aggressive schedule in the coming weeks, adding more town halls to his schedule on the heels of criticism that he wasn’t campaigning as much as his competitors, say aides and allies close to the campaign.” http://bit.ly/2NLcNIE
Oh and: Biden’s campaign is expected to unveil policy platforms in the next few days.
Trending — no, I just have something in my eye!:
A journalist went to cover a story about a shelter for abandoned dogs. This good boy clung to the writer upon leaving. Dude adopted him and took him home.
Dogs, bruh… pic.twitter.com/05JjQzL2vZ
— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) July 8, 2019
Oh man, this is awkward:
Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyA true believer in diversity, inclusion On The Money: US banks see profits rise | Pelosi ‘optimistic’ on infrastructure deal with Trump | Former Black Caucus staffers flex clout on K Street Former Congressional Black Caucus staffers flex clout on K Street MORE (D-Ohio) tweeted a PSA against vaping.
Hey teens! Vaping isn’t fleek or fire , that’s why the State of Ohio launched #MyLifeMyQuit to show you that you don’t need fat clouds ☁️☁️☁️ to be radical! https://t.co/Jui9ezzLmZ
— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) July 9, 2019
The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in California today.
11 a.m. EDT: The Senate voted on several nominations. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/32ilDkr
3:30 — 4:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/32fw74h
4:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump campaign event in Coalinga, Calif.
7:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
8:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump calls off Iran strike at last minute The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump jumps into 2020 race The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — All eyes on Trump as 2020 bid begins MORE participate in a Combined Space Operations Center mission briefing.
11:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence arrive in San Diego.
July 15–6: Amazon Prime Day. Here’s a list of deals: https://cnet.co/2NM6Efr
July 17: Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have ‘no choice’ but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE will testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. http://bit.ly/2Llw8gS
WHAT TO WATCH
9:30 a.m. EDT: The U.S. women’s national soccer team celebrated its World Cup win with a New York ticker tape parade. Livestream: http://bit.ly/32it4br
11:10 a.m. EDT: President Trump gave a speech and signed an executive order on “Advancing American Kidney Health.” Livestream: http://bit.ly/32kqfGE
5:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives remarks about trade in Coalinga, Calif. Livestream: http://bit.ly/32lcyaq
8:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and Karen Pence give remarks at Vandenberg Air Force Base personnel. Livestream: http://bit.ly/32irA0Y
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Piña Colada Day.
This is beautiful, though you may need insulin after consumption:
Starbucks is offering a Tie-Dye Frappuccino for a few days. Photo: https://r29.co/32gdz3G
Burger King is now selling $1 tacos. https://cnn.it/32k4Pd1
And because you made it this far, here’s a baby with a better handshake than most: http://bit.ly/2NLlRxo