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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by NSSF — Robust May jobs report | Trump breaks protocol with jobs tweet | What Trump's pardons mean for the Mueller probe | Clinton allies open to Warren in 2020 | Vermont paying people $10k to move there | National Doughnut Day deals

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Trump: 'Who me? Yeeeeeah, I did that...' 

 

Just announced -- Today feels like a good day for jobs:

The U.S. economy added a robust 223,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department announced this morning. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest level since April 2000. What was expected for May: 200,000. Oh and: Job gains were 15,000 more than previously reported in March and April. http://bit.ly/2syljNo

UHHHH, TRUMP WASN'T SUPPOSED TO TWEET THIS: Via The Washington Post's Damian PalettaPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE tweeted his excitement about the jobs numbers 69 minutes before the Labor Department released the numbers, breaking decades of protocol. What Trump tweeted at 7:21 a.m.: "Looking forward to seeing the employment numbers at 8:30 this morning." Reaction: "Treasury yields moved sharply higher within seconds." https://wapo.st/2J8psin

Context: "The jobs data come out once a month and often can lead to massive buying or selling trends on Wall Street, depending on how the information is received. It is extremely closely held and kept under tight control until it is released at 8:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month." The numbers are often privately shared with the president beforehand. https://wapo.st/2J8psin

INTERESTING READ: FiveThirtyEight's Julia Wolfe gives context on how you should read these monthly jobs report numbers.  https://53eig.ht/2L95K6o

 

Happy Friday -- it's June!  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 cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

 

TALKED ABOUT

It's a tough job being friends with Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerGeorge Will charges that Trump colluded with Putin DNC claims Secret Service blocked attempt to deliver lawsuit against Kushner On The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger MORE:

Via NBC's Carol E. Lee and Julia Ainsley, "A close friend of Jared Kushner has come under scrutiny by Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE for his proximity to some key meetings between Trump associates and foreign officials, according to five people familiar with the matter." Who: Richard Gerson, a hedge-fund manager in New York. Full story: https://nbcnews.to/2xy6Y9x

 

President Donald Pardon:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "President Trump's use of the presidential power of the pardon is under scrutiny once again, after he announced on Thursday he would erase the conviction of conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza." Why critics are on edge: "The political nature of some of Trump's pardons disquiets his critics -- especially when set against the backdrop of his jabs at the Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller." Why Trump's pardons are so unusual: http://bit.ly/2LbYFCc

 

What's going on in Trump's head following the latest school shooting:

Via The Associated Press's Jonathan LemirePresident Trump sat down yesterday with the families of students who were killed or injured in last month's school shooting in Texas. Rhonda Hart, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, told The Associated Press that the president kept mentioning arming teachers. "Trump repeatedly used the word 'wacky' to describe the shooter and the trench coat he wore. She said she told Trump, 'Maybe if everyone had access to mental health care, we wouldn't be in the situation.'" More from the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2LNF0cS

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Fascinating read – what do you get when you mix a Clinton and a Bernie? A Warren:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, 2016 brought out a division within the Democratic Party – Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House protests extend into sixth day despite rain Clinton: US is 'losing friends and allies' under Trump Justice Dept releases surveillance applications for former Trump aide MORE vs. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders mocks Trump: ‘He could change his mind tomorrow’ Sunday shows preview: Questions linger over Trump-Putin summit Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE – a split that still hasn't healed. But the good news for Dems: Though Clinton had more centrist positions, her allies say they could see themselves supporting the more progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE (D-Mass.) One complication: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is contemplating another presidential bid, which could split the liberal vote. http://bit.ly/2J5kyCB

TIDBITS ABOUT BIDEN: Author Kate Andersen Brower sat down with former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden rips Trump immigration policy: 'One of the darkest moments in our history' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Trump: Biden would be ‘dream’ opponent MOREHere are a few of the interesting nuggets: http://bit.ly/2kGjs5x

 

Wageco, amirite?:

Costco announced it will increase its minimum wage to $14 an hour. Costco's minimum wage now: $13 an hour. When the change will take effect: June 11. Reasoning: Costco's finance chief said the change will cost $110 million to $120 million, but is expecting a 7 percent drop in taxes from the GOP tax cuts. The trend: Walmart and Starbucks are among the other big companies to have also raised wages after the GOP-backed tax bill passed. http://bit.ly/2sz6Lgv

 

New -- Your Facebook feed will start looking a little different:

Via The Associated Press's Barbara Ortutay, Facebook will stop featuring 'Trending Topics.' Why: "The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook's later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world." Anything to replace the trending topics?: Facebook is testing a 'breaking news' label and is planning to feature more local news. http://bit.ly/2J0XI37

 

IN LOCAL NEWS

Opening tomorrow -- So. Many. Cake. Truffles.: 

Milk Bar is opening its first-ever flagship store tomorrow in Washington, D.C​. Where: In the Logan Circle neighborhood. ​Oh and: The bakery will also feature weekly experimental baked goods (!) Details: http://bit.ly/2kHe3vl

INCLUDING THIS ICE CREAM CONE: "Coffee + Donut, which features a homemade cinnamon sugar donut waffle cone filled with chocolate fudge and a choice of Cereal Milk or Chocolate Covered Pretzel soft serve, topped with donut crumbs, coffee sand and chocolate dough bites." 

OK, IF I CAN MAKE THIS CAKE WITHOUT MESSING IT UP, ANYONE CAN: To celebrate its opening, Yours Truly tried the baking class to create Milk Bar's famous birthday cake. See how my cake came out --> http://bit.ly/2J3Dfe2 

 

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NOTABLE TWEETS

I feel physical pain looking at this photo:

 

This is a pretty interesting photo of President Trump and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz: 'I'm glad' Disney fired James Gunn over 'horrible' tweets Washington needs to end hidden inflation tax on our capital gains GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes MORE (R-Texas):

  

ON TAP

Congress is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading for Camp David this afternoon.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump privately frustrated over lack of progress with North Korea: report Russian diplomat calls on Pompeo to free accused Russian agent Pelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress MORE in the Oval Office.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Camp David.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in the U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command ceremony. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2kI1fVr

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Doughnut Day.

 

Juuuuuust in case you didn't take off from work for National Doughnut Day...:

Here's a list of where to get free doughnuts today. Yes, it includes Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme.  https://usat.ly/2LOh89f

 

Trending – this goose is going to have quite the headache:  

A goose wandered onto the field of a Detroit Tigers-Los Angeles Angels baseball game Wednesday night. https://detne.ws/2swsi9C

Watch this video to the very end: http://bit.ly/2Hd4hcX

Imagine when this goose gets released and finds its friends again. 'Guys I have the craziest story!'

 

So, what are we still doing here?: 

Via Quartz, "Starting in 2019, Vermont will pay people who move there and work remotely for an out-of-state employer $10,000 over two years to cover relocation expenses, coworking memberships, computers, internet, and other work-related expenses. Gov. Phil Scott signed the bill into law on Wednesday." http://bit.ly/2LNV5iM

 

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a dog in perfect camouflage: http://bit.ly/2kDXYGG