The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's abortion funding reversal riles 2020 field

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's abortion funding reversal riles 2020 field
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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden changes decades-long position on abortion funding | US economy adds a weak 75k jobs in May | US-Mexico trade talks continue | Monday’s tariffs could be delayed | Uber helicopter launching in July | Capital Pride Festival events, road closures | National Doughnut Day deals



Don’t Hyde your feelings: 

Just one day after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE reaffirmed his decades-long support for a band on federal funding for abortions — the Hyde Amendment — he changed his mind.

Biden said last night: "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code … I can't justify leaving millions of women without the access to care they need, and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right.” 

Watch Biden’s comments


Some context: Just two days ago, Biden reaffirmed his support for the Hyde amendment.

Reaction from Planned Parenthood CEO Leana Wen: "Happy to see Joe Biden embrace what we have long known to be true: Hyde blocks people—particularly women of color and women with low incomes—from accessing safe, legal abortion care.”




Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Democratic presidential candidates are ramping up their media appearances, pumping out policy proposals and sharpening attacks on their rivals as two critical moments loom.” How so

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May June be better:

The U.S. economy added 75,000 jobs in May, falling extremely short of expectations.

For context: Economists expected around 185,000 jobs added in May after more than 200,000 jobs were added in April. 

The unemployment rate: Stayed at 3.6 percent.  

Labor force participation: Stayed at 62,8 percent. 

Updates to March and April jobs’ numbers: “The Labor Department also revised down March’s gain from 189,000 to 153,000 jobs, and April’s gain from 263,000 to 224,000 jobs. The revision shave 75,000 jobs off the books for 2019.”

The good news: “The jobs report included one bright spot: A broader measure of unemployment that includes people wanting to work but not seeking a job fell to a decade low of 7.1 percent.”


Via USA Today’s Paul Davidson

Yikes, that was a close call:


“A Russian destroyer nearly collided with an American guided-missile cruiser in the Philippine Sea, the U.S. Navy said on Friday, calling the incident ‘unsafe and unprofessional.’ The Russian Pacific Fleet, meanwhile, blamed the U.S. for the close encounter.” 

The Navy released video of the incident — watch: Yikes.


I don’t want to jinx anything, but the Mexico tariffs ~could~ be delayed:

Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian, “The White House is moving ahead with plans to impose tariffs against Mexico in response to a surge in illegal migration, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE could decide over the weekend to delay them, a senior administration official said Friday.” 

What changed: Negotiations and deliberations are ongoing. 

If nothing changes, when the tariffs are expected to take effect: Monday, June 10 




You can request an Uber helicopter starting on July 9:

Via The New York Times’s Shivani Vora, “Uber Copter to Offer Flights From Lower Manhattan to J.F.K.: For an 8-minute, one-way flight, the average ride will cost between $200 and $225 per person and include private ground transportation on both ends of the trip.” The full story


Trending — This letter a kid wrote to get out of school is laugh-out-loud funny:  



Getting traction:





The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is returning from his trip. 

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule. 

4:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpNational champions LSU to visit White House Friday Vince Vaughn visits with Trump during college football national championship The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night MORE get back to the White House after their trip to England, Ireland and France. 

June 11: The Hill is hosting an event titled "Affordable Housing & the American Dream." Featured speakers: Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more MORE (R-Ohio). Details and how to RSVP:

June 25: The Hill is hosting an event at the Newseum to discuss "Cost, Quality and Care: The Medicare Equation." Featured speakers: Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieOvernight Health Care: Big Pharma looks to stem losses after trade deal defeat | House panel to examine federal marijuana policies | House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers Lawmakers express alarm over rise in cocaine overdose deaths House GOP reopens investigation into opioid manufacturers over role in crisis MORE (R-Ky.) and Doris MatsuiDoris Okada MatsuiBipartisan food allergy legislation gains ground in Congress, but the fight has only just begun Democrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Blood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure MORE (D-Calif.). Details and how to RSVP


This morning: Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrParnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' Parnas says he's speaking out because of betrayal from associates: 'I felt like my family left me' Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon MORE spoke at the FBI National Academy graduation in Quantico, Va. Livestream

8:20 p.m. EDT: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) participates in “The Political Party Live!” podcast in Iowa. Livestream


Today is National Doughnut Day! Here’s a list of where to get free doughnuts today:

Oh, Canada — I’m cryinnng:

Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — House Dems charge Trump with abuse, obstruction of Congress in impeachment articles The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump says he is fighting testimony to protect presidency Trump fans defend Watergate scandal when Kimmel swaps Nixon's name for Trump's MORE Live!” asked Toronto Raptors fans to trash their NBA finals rival, the Golden State Warriors. Watch — this is so Canadian

Get out your rainbows!:

The Capital Pride Festival is happening in Washington, D.C., this weekend.  

Where to celebrate in D.C.: Washingtonian has a helpful list of “food and drink specials, drag brunches, pool parties, and more.” The list 

Here’s a list of road closures

And because you made it this far, here’s a six-month-old puppy learning to walk down stairs. So cute:

“My six-month-old puppy learned how to walk down the stairs by watching her brother. Her brother only has three legs.”