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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



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.

UHHHH, TRUMP WASN'T SUPPOSED TO TWEET THIS: Via The Washington Post's Damian PalettaPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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."

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.

INTERESTING READ: FiveThirtyEight's Julia Wolfe gives context on how you should read these monthly jobs report numbers.


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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.




It's a tough job being friends with Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFive things to know about Trump confidant Tom Barrack Dems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia 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:


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:


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:



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 ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report MORE vs. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night 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 WarrenKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night MORE (D-Mass.) One complication: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is contemplating another presidential bid, which could split the liberal vote.

TIDBITS ABOUT BIDEN: Author Kate Andersen Brower sat down with former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenHarry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report The Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down MOREHere are a few of the interesting nuggets:


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.


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.



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:

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 --> 



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I feel physical pain looking at this photo:


This is a pretty interesting photo of President Trump and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate MORE (R-Texas):



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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall Dems demand briefing, intel on North Korea nuclear talks Pompeo: US will not share information with countries using Huawei systems MORE in the Oval Office.

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



11 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in the U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command ceremony. Livestream:



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.


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.

Watch this video to the very end:

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."


And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a dog in perfect camouflage: