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The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Key takeaways from Detroit debate’s first night | Sights and sounds | Progressives, moderates brawl | Warren, Sanders dominate talk time | Williamson goes viral over ‘dark psychic force’ | Buttigieg forehead smudge explained | CNN takes heat over format | Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanRyan denies protesting national anthem at Democratic debate Sanders campaign selling ‘I wrote the damn bill’ stickers after viral debate exchange The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE denies protesting anthem | Dems fear trap in Trump attacks on minority lawmakers | Senate to vote today on budget | Fight looms over Trump spy pick | National Avocado Day 

TALK OF THE MORNING

So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us

Like the ceiling can’t hold us:  

–> http://bit.ly/2LSKuX0😉

TAKEAWAYS FROM LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE:

  1. Debate puts Democratic divides on display — moderates vs. progressives http://bit.ly/2GyKh7h
  2. Bernie SandersBernie SandersYoung Turks host says Marianne Williamson proved why she ‘deserves’ to be on debate stage Romney calls Sanders ‘all hat, no cattle’ after Democratic debate O’Rourke predicts Democrats ‘can win Texas’ away from Trump in 2020 MORE gets lots of time, but Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenYoung Turks host says Marianne Williamson proved why she ‘deserves’ to be on debate stage Romney calls Sanders ‘all hat, no cattle’ after Democratic debate Delaney fires back at Warren after debate: She ‘doesn’t want to defend’ her policies MORE gets biggest moment http://bit.ly/2GDHlWZ
  3. Steve BullockSteve BullockYoung Turks host says Marianne Williamson proved why she ‘deserves’ to be on debate stage The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Intraparty rift bursts through in latest Democratic debate MORE has big night — this is the first debate that he qualified for.
  4. Marianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson‘Dark Psychic Force’ domain names redirect to Trump, DNC after Williamson debate comments Young Turks host says Marianne Williamson proved why she ‘deserves’ to be on debate stage GOP chairwoman hits Democratic policies with Williamson’s ‘yada yada yada’ moment MORE‘s ‘dark psychic force’ comment breaks internet and keeps her in race
  5. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeButtigieg says forehead smudge during debate could have been a gnat he ‘smushed’ O’Rourke calls El Paso the ‘Ellis Island of today’ Warren, Sanders dominate debate talk time MORE sags; Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg says forehead smudge during debate could have been a gnat he ‘smushed’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Intraparty rift bursts through in latest Democratic debate MORE doesn’t leave big impression

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley:  http://bit.ly/2ZldtWx

CNN was criticized for the debate format: “CNN faced backlash for its first primary debate of the 2020 campaign season, with members of the media comparing its production to a sporting event or movie trailer and others lamenting the time spent to kick off the event.” Explanation from The Hill’s Joe Concha:  http://bit.ly/2GDLJFr 

Here’s a list of the top five moments during the debate: http://bit.ly/2Zlc8iw

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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS IN DETROIT:

Now THIS you have to watch: Here is video of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) scootering between the TV satellite trucks. Don’t fall. Don’t fall. Don’t fall. Watch:  http://bit.ly/2ZoEVD0

That’s a nifty press badge: “The CNN press badge is in the shape of an orb, advantage Marianne” (From The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel) Photo: http://bit.ly/2GAEyxS

Tidbit: “A Marianne Williamson staffer told me in Miami that when she visits the networks, reporters and producers sneer at her but the makeup artists always cry when they meet her.” (Via BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith) http://bit.ly/2Zmqijw

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE DEBATE:

Did anyone notice the smudge on Pete Buttigieg’s face at the beginning of the debate?: Here’s a photo of the smudge: http://bit.ly/2ZmAclh Then this morning, Buttigieg explained on CNN’s “New Day”: “Alright, so our best guess is that there were these little, kind of gnats around. Maybe I smushed one and it got on my forehead. I don’t know,” Buttigieg laughed. “I didn’t know about it until after.” Watch:  http://bit.ly/2Zlq3VH 

LOL — that is code for…: “Whenever a candidate says, ‘My friend here,’ it’s code for ‘This SOB that I want to punch in their face'” http://bit.ly/2GzZx3G

Oops, that was Tim Ryan: Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly confused Tim Ryan for Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate De Blasio defends Al Sharpton amidst Trump attacks Trump signs 9/11 compensation fund bill alongside first responders MORE during the debate. Screenshot of the tweet:  http://bit.ly/2GDm3Zx

The gif of the night: ‘So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us, like the ceiling can’t hold us!’ Gif of Sanders and Hickenlooperhttp://bit.ly/2GDfKoZ

Sir Charles was there: Photo: http://bit.ly/2GQh4F9

On the age difference between Sanders and Buttigieg — oh snap: “Buttigieg won an essay contest in high school by writing about then-Rep. Sanders.” (Via NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald) http://bit.ly/2ZlnGlR

^ Eeeek: “Sanders was older when Buttigieg was born than Buttigieg is now.” (From The Hill’s Reid Wilson) http://bit.ly/2ZiETfW

Observation after the debate: Right after last night’s debate, CNN already added its countdown clock for the next debate. http://bit.ly/2Zq5CHm

New Twitter followers for each candidate: Marianne Williamson gained the most Twitter followers during the debate with 8,008. Full list of the Twitter follower increase:  http://bit.ly/2GF3Hax

Can’t. Unsee.:

This literally looks like a family portrait with two elderly parents and their 8 adult children. pic.twitter.com/hpFgKhPKjp

— Alex Joshua (@_alex_joshua) July 30, 2019

Observation about Beto’s answer about the border: “O’Rourke was clearly prepared for that question about illegal border crossings – and had his answer down pat – right down to the time limit.” (Via MSNBC’s Garrett Haake) http://bit.ly/2GDmTFs

Speaking times for each candidate: Elizabeth Warren spoke the most (18: 33), followed by Bernie Sanders (17: 45) and Pete Buttigieg (14: 07). The full chart of speaking times:  https://nyti.ms/2GAZPao

The Fox Theatre is beautiful: Here’s a photo of the debate venue: http://bit.ly/2ZoW92W

DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS:  

The line of the night: “I don’t understand why anyone goes through all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we can’t do and what we shouldn’t fight for,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyYoung Turks host says Marianne Williamson proved why she ‘deserves’ to be on debate stage Delaney fires back at Warren after debate: She ‘doesn’t want to defend’ her policies Warren’s excited hand rub in reaction to Delaney wealth tax question turns into meme MORE (D-Md.). http://bit.ly/2ZiGhiE Video of the back and forth:  http://bit.ly/312rnxp

The top tweeted moments of the nightNo. 1: Warren’s line ^ to Delaney about “what we can’t do.” No. 2: Responses to the Green New Deal. No. 3: Williamson and Warren discussing racism. http://bit.ly/2YxAxQO

The crowd got a kick out of this Marianne Williamson answer: “Crowd erupts after [Marianne] Williamson says the wonkiness of #DemDebate doesn’t dispel ‘the dark psychic force’ of ‘hate’ coming from Trump.” http://bit.ly/2YfXNYf

^ The force I’m now picturing: For all the Stranger Things fans: http://bit.ly/2ZhwNEa

Powerful moment from Buttigieg: “A 13-year-old asked me what we’re going to do about school safety and then began shaking and … crying … all I could think of looking into the eyes of this child is, ‘we’re supposed to be dealing with this so you don’t have to.’ ” http://bit.ly/2ZmKuBV

Good representation of the night: ” ‘Might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump,’ Hickenlooper says of Sanders’ policy being a losing strategy in 2020.  (This is definitely a moderates vs. progressives night.)” http://bit.ly/333iZPN

REACTIONS AND FROM THE SPIN ROOM:

From the chaos of the spin room: Claustrophobia warning. Video:  http://bit.ly/2ZkLMNR

Let’s play, ‘where’s Bernie?’: Photo:  http://bit.ly/2ZkGiSV

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney calls Sanders ‘all hat, no cattle’ after Democratic debate The real reason Democrats defend Baltimore The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (R-Utah): “Asked why @BernieSanders is so angry, the answer is simple: 28 years in Congress and never able to pass even a scintilla of his socialist agenda. All hat, no cattle.” http://bit.ly/2YwXqrt

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) denies protesting the national anthem: “Congressman Ryan wasn’t protesting and didn’t mean to make any statement last night in Detroit, it was a moment of absentmindedness while on a debate stage that won’t happen again,” his campaign said in a statement. During the anthem, Ryan did not place his hand on his heart, attracting attention on social media. http://bit.ly/2GEe6Dh

Williamson on herself: During an interview with CNN after the debate, Marianne Williamson said that besides herself, she’s “a Bernie and Elizabeth person.” http://bit.ly/2ZjgarS

Finally, someone asks Warren the practical question we all want to know!:  

Ladies and gentlemen, your next viral kid reporter is Jeffrey Kraft, age 10, with @KSMKidScoop, seen here talking with @ewarren pic.twitter.com/Oxb7A7buRW

— Daniel Newhauser (@dnewhauser) July 31, 2019

Watch:  http://bit.ly/2ZpBz2G

Such a relatable answer: A reporter asked Marianne Williamson if the night went as she hoped it would. Her answer: “I don’t know yet. I mean, I’ll tell you when, you know, later when I see the memes.” Watch:  http://bit.ly/2ZkqboJ

DEBATE ROUND TWO — DING, DING:

Who is debating tonight:

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Racked by schism, Democrats yearn for Obama The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s new target: Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Colo.)

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenO’Rourke predicts Democrats ‘can win Texas’ away from Trump in 2020 CNN roasted over debate production, format: ‘A disservice to serious people’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Yang likens Democratic debate to ‘boring football game’ Overnight Health Care: Trump campaign ad to hit Dems on health care during debate | ACLU says 900 migrant kids separated over past year | Medicaid expansion backers use ballot measures to sidestep GOP MORE (D-N.J.)

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Military service can help Gabbard and Buttigieg with undecided Democratic voters The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s new target: Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Hawaii) 

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Overnight Health Care: Trump campaign ad to hit Dems on health care during debate | ACLU says 900 migrant kids separated over past year | Medicaid expansion backers use ballot measures to sidestep GOP Candidates face make-or-break moment in Democratic debates MORE (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO’Rourke predicts Democrats ‘can win Texas’ away from Trump in 2020 CNN roasted over debate production, format: ‘A disservice to serious people’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate MORE (D-Calif.)

Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Overnight Energy: Harris, Ocasio-Cortez unveil first step of Green New Deal | Inslee proposes environmental justice office | Democrat pushes FDA to act after ‘forever chemicals’ found in bottled water Harris, Ocasio-Cortez unveil first step of Green New Deal MORE (D-Wash.)

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Yang likens Democratic debate to ‘boring football game’ The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: High stakes for Detroit debate clash MORE

What time: 8 p.m. EDT

Rules and logistics for tonight’s debate:  https://cnn.it/2GDWB62 

IN CONGRESS

Trump has a natural talent for setting traps:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, “House Democrats up in arms over President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Oversight Committee requests documents from CBP Facebook groups Young Turks host says Marianne Williamson proved why she ‘deserves’ to be on debate stage White House calls trade talks with China ‘constructive’ MOREs attacks on minority lawmakers are sounding a warning to their own party heading into the 2020 elections: Don’t take the bait.” http://bit.ly/2GEa2TF

Keep in mind: “While Democrats have rushed to the defense of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Oversight Committee requests documents from CBP Facebook groups Hours after Trump retweet, Twitter account suspended Reagan disparaged ‘monkeys from those African countries’ in call with Nixon in unearthed tapes MORE (D-Md.), the prominent Congressional Black Caucus member Trump has attacked this week, they also sense the president is setting a political trap.”

Democrats are making their dissatisfaction clear:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Morgan Chalfant, Democrats are signaling they will oppose President Trump’s pick for director of national intelligence, Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeWith US intel agencies, the old ways may have worked better The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Senate braces for brawl over Trump’s spy chief MORE (R-Texas), setting up a brutal and uncertain confirmation battle. http://bit.ly/2Zol0nu

What it would take for Ratcliffe to be rejected: “Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate, so it would take four GOP defections with unified Democratic opposition to deny Ratcliffe’s confirmation.”

Why Ratcliffe is controversial: “Ratcliffe, a three-term congressman and former federal prosecutor, has faced a wave of criticism for his dearth of intelligence credentials, and his opponents argue he lacks the experience to fulfill the role effectively … Critics have also raised concerns that Ratcliffe, a staunch Trump ally, is too political for the role and will not be an unbiased steward of the nation’s intelligence, an issue guaranteed to come up during his confirmation hearing.” 

What to expect:  http://bit.ly/2Zol0nu

Op-ed:  http://bit.ly/2SSb03H

Happening today — let’s do this thing and get out of town:

The Senate is expected to vote on a House-passed two-year budget deal before they head out of town. https://cnn.it/2GEgRV4

When: “Exact timing of the vote on the budget deal is not locked in yet but is expected to be announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOcasio-Cortez pushes back on McConnell’s claim of ‘modern-day McCarthyism’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Senate braces for brawl over Trump’s spy chief MORE sometime Wednesday — meaning the vote could come in the afternoon or evening or slip to Thursday.”  

Is it expected to pass?: Yes, it will likely pass. The House already approved the measure and left town last week.

What to expect, via CNN’s Ted Barrett and Lauren Foxhttps://cnn.it/2GEgRV4

IN OTHER NEWS

Announced this morning — Puerto Rico’s next governor:

“Outgoing Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (D) on Wednesday named former Resident Commissioner Pedro PierluisiPedro Rafael PierluisiPuerto Rico governor names successor Puerto Rico rep: Fed board to oversee island akin to ‘dictatorship’ In spending bill, a path to statehood MORE (D) as his secretary of State designate, putting Pierluisi in line to become Puerto Rico’s next governor.” http://bit.ly/2ZxoBzC

He should just wear a target polo, tbh:  

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano, “Democrats and organized labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, the pick to lead the Labor Department, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing President Trump’s support among rank-and-file union voters.” http://bit.ly/2GE6dOt

Keep in mind: “Trump has yet to formally nominate Scalia but critics are already vowing to put a spotlight on that agenda and Scalia’s work as a lawyer for businesses in high-profile labor fights.” 

NOTABLE TWEETS

So close to recess, they can almost touch it:  

Last vote series of the evening in the Senate..as evidenced by all of the cars parked on the plaza, ready to whisk senators away later tonight pic.twitter.com/AtjnFItqQU

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 30, 2019

ON TAP

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

The Senate’s full schedule today:  http://bit.ly/2Zig03Q

1: 45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the president of Mongolia. 

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a victory committee reception in Washington, D.C., for North Carolina House candidate Dan Bishop.

Today: Harry Potter’s birthday! Photo of the celebration by the books’ publisher:  http://bit.ly/2Zq96cU

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the Young America’s Foundation Annual National Conservative Student Conference in Washington, D.C. Livestream:  https://cs.pn/2GBK0QS

2: 30 p.m. EDT: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a press conference. The Fed is expected to cut rates today for the first time in a decade. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GE2rV1

8 p.m. EDT: The next Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit.

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…

Today is National Avocado Day.

What is better than Chipotle guac? Free Chipotle guac:

To celebrate National Avocado Day, Chipotle isn’t charging for guacamole on its entrees. https://cnn.it/2ZmbgKE

And because it’s been a long week so far, here’s a proud mama parrot posing with her newborn. So photogenic! http://bit.ly/2GBKLtc

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