|July 13, 2020: Howie Hawkins won the Green presidential nomination at the party’s virtual convention. Donald Trump postponed his rally in New Hampshire.
The Cook Political Report updated its race ratings on July 8, 2020:
- Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District moved from Toss Up to Lean Democratic.
- Maine moved from Lean Democratic to Likely Democratic.
- Georgia moved from Lean Republican to Toss Up.
- Maine’s 2nd Congressional District moved from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.
Notable Quote of the Day
“Democrats will nonetheless still try to make the Supreme Court a campaign issue, with the most persuasive argument being that however relatively tolerable this last term has been, giving Trump additional slots to fill on the Court could build a conservative majority so strong that Roberts couldn’t hedge its partisan bets even if he wanted to. The next two justices to leave the Court are likely to be its two octogenarian liberals, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (87) and Stephen Breyer (81). So another shift to the right is entirely possible if Trump wins reelection. …
Whether or not Democrats succeed in making the Supreme Court a campaign issue, Trump is clearly going to emphasize it again. He doesn’t have much choice. His response to the disgruntlement of conservatives with the Bostock and DACA cases was to echo it while renewing his pledge to reshape the Court in a second term.”
– Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine
- Joe Biden and Donald Trump won the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in Louisiana, respectively. Biden also won the Puerto Rican Democratic primary on Saturday.
- The Trump campaign postponed a New Hampshire rally scheduled for Saturday due to a tropical storm.
- Donald Trump Jr. announced he is self-publishing a book, Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Defense of the Indefensible, the week of the Republican National Convention in August.
- Facebook is considering banning political advertisements in the days before the November 3 election, according to Bloomberg. “A halt on ads could defend against misleading election-related content spreading as people prepare to vote. Still, there are concerns that an ad blackout may hurt ‘get out the vote’ campaigns, or limit a candidate’s ability to respond widely to breaking news or new information,” Bloomberg reported.
- Howie Hawkins won the Green Party presidential nomination at the virtual Green National Convention on Saturday. His running mate is Angela Walker.
What We’re Reading
Flashback: July 13, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post arguing that Hillary Clinton should be denied access to national security briefings.