Cup of Joe – July 4, 2023

The Bidens return to the White House from Camp David on Tuesday to host an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn.

Vice President Harris is in Los Angeles for the first part of the week, moving on to Phoenix on Thursday for remarks to the Gila River Indian Community.

Among the many events in Washington on Independence Day is the Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol featuring the fireworks display from the other end of the National Mall around 9:09 p.m. ET.

Doug Burgum will campaign in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Supporters of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. plan to participate in Independence Day parades across the country on Tuesday. Casey DeSantis will appear at an event with Gov. Kim Reynolds in Johnston, Iowa, on Thursday. Donald Trump will hold a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday. Nikki Haley will spend the latter half of the week campaigning in New Hampshire. Mike Pence will campaign in Iowa for most of the week. Marianne Williamson will campaign in New Hampshire all week.

The Senate and House are out all week. The Supreme Court is adjourned until the first Monday in October.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will travel to Beijing this week to meet with senior Chinese officials, CNBC reports.

Associated Press: “The goal of her visit is to deepen and increase the frequency of communication between U.S. and China, the official said. While there are clear areas of common interest where Yellen can make progress, the official said, there are also significant disagreements that will not be resolved through a single trip.”

Speaker Kevin McCarthy could throw a major wrench into negotiations over the National Defense Authorization Act if he caves to conservatives by “letting them load up the bill with provisions that strip Biden-era personnel policies out of the military,” Politico reports.

“The dilemma underscores the balance GOP leaders must strike between lawmakers on their right, many of whom rarely vote for the defense bill, and the Democrats they’ll ultimately need for any bill to become law.”

“French President Emmanuel Macron is counting on law enforcement to restore order after almost a week of nationwide riots touched off by a police officer’s fatal shooting of a teenager,” Bloomberg reports.

“Macron met with key cabinet ministers into the evening hours on Sunday in his latest attempt to craft a response to the violence, which is testing his authority and ability to carry out reforms.”

Charleston Post & Courier: “Trump lashed out at his recent indictment on 37 federal charges for allegedly mishandling classified documents, lobbed vague accusations of corruption at President Joe Biden and repeated false claims about the 2020 election during a meandering 75-minute speech at the small Upstate town’s Independence Day Celebration July 1.”

“Even as his legal woes mount and his primary opponents, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, begin to take more direct shots at Trump, a significant slice of the South Carolina electorate won’t consider anyone else.”

“The Supreme Court ended its term this week in familiar fashion, issuing blockbuster conservative decisions on affirmative action, gay rights and student loans that divided along partisan lines, with the court’s three Democratic appointees in dissent,” the New York Times reports.

“While not quite as stunning as last June’s decisions eliminating the right to abortion and expanding gun rights, the new rulings were of a piece with them and were a further indication that the court remains receptive to the conservative legal movement’s agenda, including cutting back on a progressive conception of civil rights and frustrating President Biden’s initiatives.”

“But the entire story of the most recent term is considerably more complicated than that of the previous one, which had seemed to establish an unyielding conservative juggernaut characterized by impatience and ambition — and built to last.”

“Lindsey Graham was booed for several minutes in his home state of South Carolina while he appeared to help stump for Donald Trump at the ex-president’s rally on Saturday,” Rolling Stone reports.

“From the moment the U.S. senator from South Carolina was introduced into when he was at the podium speaking, the gathered crowd mercilessly booed him.”

Later, Trump told rallygoers that Graham could help him get “liberal votes.”

“Donald Trump said in 2016 that a president under indictment would ‘cripple the operations of our government’ and create an ‘unprecedented constitutional crisis’ – years before he himself was indicted on federal charges while running for a second term as president,” CNN reports.

“Trump made the comments nearly seven years ago about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

“A majority of Americans approve of the Supreme Court ruling restricting the use of race as a factor in college admissions, though the country is more divided on other high-profile rulings and increasingly viewing the court as driven more by politics than the law,” according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

Elon Musk suggested limiting voting rights to parents since they have a stake in the future, unlike those who are childless.

Politico: “Confidantes and aides expect Obama’s political appearances to be strategic, with an emphasis on leaning in at opportune moments and with an eye on tackling some of the political work that Biden has trouble with. That means reaching out to younger voters, enlisting the next generation of Democratic leaders and spreading his and Biden’s message on unconventional platforms in addition to the campaign events, fundraisers and rallies.”

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