The Hill's Morning Report - Prime Time Drama: Mystery Wraps Trump's Supreme Court Pick

The Hill's Morning Report - Prime Time Drama: Mystery Wraps Trump's Supreme Court Pick

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Wolf in July Fourth Greetings: "God bless abortions and God Bless America" ​​Graham: Trump's Supreme Court chooses "All Winners" One arrested after allegedly killing Trump supporters, GOP legislators MORE announces his candidate to the Supreme Court at 9 pm From the East Room's East Room in a dramatic reality television presentation that will launch a furious confirmation battle just four months before the midterm elections.

The president said Sunday he reduced it to four finalists. His decision will be made today by noon.

The White House increases tension and makes great efforts to counsel people and keep the identity of the candidate secret until the last moment.

The Hill: Trump's Supreme Court decision revives the White House.

The Associated Press: In the past, backdoors and a tunnel helped the Supreme Court candidates until they were announced.

When republicans can hold together and confirm the candidate, as they did with Justice Neil Gorsuchit could for a long time throw the balance of the Supreme Court in favor of the Conservatives.

The inserts:

*** Breaking this morning *** … The Conservative Judicial Crisis Network will launch $ 1.4 million in new cable and digital displays after suppression of democratic senators in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia tonight to support the president's candidate. .. Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyJudge on the Trump Shortlist boasts at the High Court of Michigan The Hill's Morning Report – Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance – Anticipation Builds for Trump's SCOTUS Selection Amy Coney Barrett appears as a favorite right, target for left MORE (D-Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampJudge on Trump shortlist boasts of Michigan High Court The Hill's Morning Report – Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance – Expectations build for Trump SCOTUS pick Amy Coney Barrett joins as favorite on the right, goal for MORE left (D-N.D.) And Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinJudge on Trump shortlist boasts of Michigan High Court Meet the Senator on Trump's Supreme Court Shortlist The Hill's Morning Report – Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance – Expect builds for Trumps to get SCOTUS MORE (D-W.Va.) Goods were expected election year goals, but sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Which is not to be re-elected until 2020, but represents a deep red state, is a new twist.

The Hill: Trump Court Fight endangers Senate's Dems, House GOP.

The New York Times: The Democrats in the Red State are facing "a terrible vote".

Meanwhile, the campaign to influence the president's decision is in full swing. Here's a list of The Hill compiled by top conservatives so far. https://bit.ly/2KHBQun

The man who charges the boards too late? judge Thomas Hardiman, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, 53, a Pennsylvania native who was runner-up last year at Gorsuch. Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, served with Hardiman on the 3rd Circuit and recommended him to the President. Hardiman was confirmed by the Senate for his current post in 2007 with 95-0.

The New York Times: Trump gives Hardiman a new look for Supreme Court.

We introduced you to the other finalists, but some quick notes before the finals tonight …

  • 7. Appeals Court Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the youngest of the group and a favorite among the social conservatives, would probably have the hardest time to confirm and appears to have lost momentum in recent days.
  • The New York Times reports that McConnell attempted to instigate Trump to tap either Hardiman or the 6th District Appellate Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51. Some have described Kethledge as "Gorsuch 2.0," but conservative media, such as Breitbart News, have hammered him over the past few days and vowed to sink his nomination for his earlier immigration decisions.
  • Judge at the District Court of Columbia Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was an early favorite, but his ties to the former president George W. Bush and his extensive judicial acts, including some opinions on health care that have drawn criticism from the right, could make him a risky bet.

Take that awayThe Republicans we speak of believe that the GOP will ultimately join forces with Trump's nominees instead of pushing the Senate's ratification discussions beyond September and especially beyond the November elections. The next term of office of the Supreme Court will begin on the first Monday in October.

Lead the day

INTERNATIONAL & WHITE HOUSE The President has a big week ahead, including a consistent NATO summit in Brussels and meetings outside London with the British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth the second, A week later, Trump meets in Helsinki with the Russian president Wladimir Putin,

In Brussels, Trump will continue to push NATO allies to increase their defense budgets as relations between the president and some world leaders become increasingly strained. Here are five topics to be seen at the annual summit meeting (The Hill). … The trumpeted by Trump NATO is to demonstrate their increased readiness (Wall Street Journal). … In the run-up to the NATO and Putin summits, Trump's unorthodox diplomacy rumbles with allies (The Washington Post).

foresighted Demonstrations and protests in the UK On four days (including two days in Scotland) Trump will largely avoid central London while meeting with May and the Queen (The Guardian). … Among the vibrant anti-Trump displays expected in the city: A giant balloon showing the US president as a round baby with a diaper (The New York Times). … The White House says the president does not care about demonstrators and is "more popular" around the world than some of its predecessors (The Times of Israel).

Trump's agenda during his next Meeting with Putin There remains something open, much to the dismay of the German officials, who say that there was no coordination with NATO allies leading to the Putin meeting. They fear Trump could allow the Russian president to take advantage of Trump's determined avoidance of friction (Reuters). His attitude towards Putin is decidedly warm, while the State Department's official stance towards Russia is less pronounced:

North Korea: And speak of cool diplomacy, Foreign Minister Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP Senator: US should continue military exercises with South Korea if North Korea break talks GOP Senator: Actions towards North Korea will speak louder than words Graham: "China's hands" across North Korea reproach the US negotiators MORE In Pyongyang, he received a harsh reception last week when he discussed denuclearization. He did not meet Kim Jong Unand while the secretary described the talks as "productive," the North Korean officials were mocking (Bloomberg). … Pompeo foresees a bumpy road (Reuters). … The United States and North Korea are still opposed to all denuclearization issues raised at the Trump Kim Summit last month (The Associated Press).

Pompeo, as America's top diplomat, is still a remarkable example of the "great personalities" the President drew for his cabinet. But as market leaders leave the departments and agencies, Trump's leadership team is slowly becoming populated by technocrats, the Washington Post reports.

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POLICY & CAMPAIGNS: A new development in the debate over whether the Democrats should support the abolition of immigration and customs control (ICE).

In an article written for the Washington Post, Obama's former Minister of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson says the call to abolish ICE is "not a serious political proposal".

"The complete abolition of ICE would endanger public safety. ICE is a law enforcement agency. It consists essentially of two components: investigation and deportation procedures, or ERO, and Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, which investigates cross-border crime such as smuggling dangerous drugs and contraband, stealing intellectual property, child pornography, and trafficking in human beings. " – Johnson

And BuzzFeed has an interesting piece about asking Democrats what it would look like to do away with ICE. There was no conclusive or consistent answer.

BuzzFeed: Democrats do not really know how ICE would abolish.

The Hill: Clash stands over ICE funding.

Trump has already called for the abolition of the ICE to use Democrats as border security extremists. It is an interesting debate that unfolds at a time when the Democrats believe that they are ready for big gains in parliament with the upcoming midterm elections.

Washington Post / Schar School Survey: Democrats have 10 points ahead of generic choice, preferential advantage.

More from the election campaign … House returns to work this week under the guise of insecurity, as both parties have to deal with leadership issues (The New York Times) … Electoral optimism is the key to the medium-term hopes of the GOP (The hill) … The progressive populist who wants to help the Democrats regain the rust belt (Bloomberg) … McConnell confronts protesters at the Kentucky restaurant (The hill) … Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan Seventh Former Ohio State Wrestler Claims Jordan Knows Alleged Sexual Abuse Paul Ryan Will Wait For The Results Of Jim Jordan's Inquiry Jordan denies having known of Ohio's alleged ill-treatment, claiming timing of allegations "suspicious" MORE (R-Ohio) Denies Knowledge of Abuse Claims at Ohio State University (The hill).

IN FOCUS / SHARP TAKES

IMMIGRATION: A federal judge has rejected a request by the Trump administration to extend a deadline for the reunification of families who were separated after the illegal border crossing.

The deadline for the reunification of all children under 5 with their parents is Tuesday. The administration has until July 26th for everyone else.

The Associated Press: Judge insists that the deadline for the reunification of children at the border be respected.

ACLU: Fewer than half of children's meetings are reached by the deadline.

Meanwhile, the rolling PR disaster continues the Trump government's "zero tolerance policy."

The Associated Press: Children as young as a US court waiting to reunite with their families.

A few polls on this topic …

Reuters / Ipsos: Immigration issue for US voters, economy in second place.

Washington Post / Schar School: Most Americans are against key parts of Trump's immigration plans, including the Wall. But more voters trust Trump on border security than Democrats.

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OPINION

Against the Packing of Courts: Democrats Have Not Learned From Merrick Garland, by Kevin D. Williamson, Contributor of the Opinion, The National Review https://bit.ly/2uetEqj

Do poor people have a right to health care? from the editors of the New York Times https://nyti.ms/2uhBLT2

People are returning to the world of work, an important step for the economy. By Evan Kraft, Opinion Maker, The Hill. https://bit.ly/2L4POm0

WHERE AND WHEN

The house returns to work on Tuesday.

The Senate occurs at 15 o'clock. and takes the exam from the nomination of Mark Bennett US Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit. A vote on Bennett's nomination is expected at 17:30.

The president will be having lunch with Vice President Pence at 12:30 and later announcing to his Supreme Court nominees this night of prime time White House broadcasting.

The vice president will join the President for lunch in the private dining room and later attend the announcement of the Supreme Court in the East Room.

secretary Pompeo will hold meetings with Vietnamese officials in Hanoi and travel to Abu Dhabi, where he will meet senior UAE officials.

ELSEWHERE

> Four of 12 captured Thai boys were rescued from a flooded labyrinth of caves, Officials say, and are in a stable condition in a hospital. Planning for the remaining eight children and their trainer, who were trapped for two weeks, depended on special conditions, and today was another "extraction run" (New York Times). Late on Sunday, a spokesman said that the rescuers had worked at least 10 hours to prepare for the Monday morning operation, involving about 90 divers, 50 of them from abroad (Reuters).

> The death on Sunday of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess in the UK, Those exposed to Soviet-era neurochemical Novichok launched a homicide investigation with possible international implications. Authorities believe Sturgess, along with a companion, has suffered accidental exposure to a contaminated object through her hands (The New York Times)

> A journalist's conscience led them to reveal a source to the FBI and her outrage over House GOP's treatment of the FBI prompted her to announce her 2017 decision. She explains why. from media columnist Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post.

THE NEARER

And finally … If you have ever hiked, or even made a long walk, this morning you will appreciate TWO stories of dog lovers and hikers. Nanook, a "Guardian Angel" Husky is apparently a self-trained rescue dog. He helped a college student from Tennessee, who walked alone in Alaska in June and never once got into trouble, The Associated Press. Nanook's owner was not surprised when he heard the details because it had happened before. "He just does it alone," he said.

Named in Arizona, a dauntless golden retriever puppy Todd between his owner and a snake in late June as they wandered and suffered the brunt of the battle on his head (ABC7). His injured, swollen face became viral on Facebook, and suddenly the Arizona Diamondbacks saw an uplifting PR opportunity to call Todd a team hero.

Without question we think that dogs make for happy walks and longer lives!

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