The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats delay convention over coronavirus

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats delay convention | Record 6.6M file for unemployment | Pelosi creates committee to oversee coronavirus response | Fauci gets security, dismisses death threats: 'It's my job' | US deaths from virus top 5,000 | Trump resists pressure for national stay-at-home order | Ina Garten’s massive quarantine cocktail 

 

IN CONGRESS

Just announced — we have a committee for that:

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO MORE (D-Calif.) has created a special House committee to oversee the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2UBD4L7

Who will lead the panel: Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.)

Pelosi told reporters on a press call this morning: "The panel will root out waste, fraud and abuse; it will protect against price-gauging, profiteering and political favoritism. We need transparency and accountability."

 

It’s Thursday or as I now like to call it, “Day.” 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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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NEWS THIS MORNING

A record number of people lost their jobs:

Almost 6.7 million people have filed for unemployment claims in the last week of March, shattering the last record that was set the week before. https://bit.ly/2UTBpzj

The record before today: About 3.3 million people filed for unemployment during the week ending in March 28.

For context: The record before the last two weeks in March was 695,000 in October of 1982. 

 

Ugh — this New York Times graphic really puts the number into perspective: 

 

WHERE THINGS STAND

U.S. death toll tops 5,000:

More than 1,000 Americans died of the coronavirus yesterday, moving the total American deaths from the virus to more than 5,100. https://bit.ly/39AYhZT

In the New York City metropolitan area alone: More than 1,374 people have died. The states total deaths have totaled at least 1,941, according to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus Cuomo: New York City on track to start reopening week of June 8 MORE (D). https://bit.ly/3aDWZ1o

 

HOW MANY CASES:

There are more than 217,000 cases in the United States. https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

 

THROWBACK — THE DAY THAT EVERYTHING ESCALATED:

NPR’S Steve Inskeep tweeted, “If you had to pick a day when everything changed, it's March 11. The president gave a speech. Markets plunged as he spoke. We learned Tom Hanks tested positive. The NBA played its last games. Within days, other leagues and schools shut down. March 11: three weeks ago [yesterday].” https://bit.ly/2xC4ebM

 

IN WASHINGTON, D.C. — DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT GW HOSPITAL:

Via The GW Hatchet’s Shannon Mallard, the GW Hospital will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. https://bit.ly/2w7JQyF  

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Fauci is a target of death threats now:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries Don't move the COVID-19 goalpost Overnight Health Care: Sewage testing gives clues of coronavirus | White House says Trump would take hydroxychloroquine again | Trump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K virus deaths MORE, a leading figure on the White House coronavirus task force, has been given a security detail after receiving death threats. https://bit.ly/2Jz5f7e

 

THIS MORNING FROM FAUCI:

Dr. Fauci dismissed the death threats, telling CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingCBS's Gayle King to host live call-in radio show on coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats delay convention over coronavirus Fauci dismisses death threats: 'It's my job' MORE, "you know, it's my job. This is the life I've chosen, and I'm doing it. I mean, obviously there's a lot of pressure. I would be foolish to deny that ... It's a job to do, and we've just got to do it." https://bit.ly/3aBTN6F

Watch Fauci’s interview on “CBS This Morning”: https://bit.ly/2xHR2Sy

  

What about a national stay-at-home order?:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE is holding back on declaring a nationwide stay-at-home order, even as some governors resist imposing restrictions that Trump's top public health officials say are needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.” https://bit.ly/39DT2bG

Why: Trump argues it is a decision better left for governors. 

The issue: “But the pressure is growing for Trump to be decisive as Republican-led states like Texas, Iowa and Missouri are among the final holdouts to issue stay-at-home directives.”

One expert said Trump may not have the authority:Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, said Trump may not have the legal authority to halt interstate travel or require governors to lock down a state. But the president has yet to fully use the power of his bully pulpit to encourage them to do so.” 

How this could play out: https://bit.ly/39DT2bG

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2JA6tz2

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The DNC convention is delayed until August:

Via The Hill’s Rafael Bernal, Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easley, “The Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee will be delayed for a month because of the coronavirus pandemic, two sources told The Hill.” https://bit.ly/39vMfAY

The old dates: July 13-16

The new dates: Aug. 17-20

When is the Republican convention: Aug. 24-27

Keep in mind: “The party out of power typically holds their convention about a month before the incumbent’s party.” 

  

IN LIGHTER NEWS

J.K. Rowling launches ‘Harry Potter At Home’: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Rowling unveiled a hub for children, teachers, parents and caregivers to access Harry Potter quizzes and games. https://bit.ly/3aFFY6Y

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division celebrated April Fool’s Day: Counsel William Rinner sent an email to staff about a business attire dress code for conference calls. Including this line: “Please make sure to dress in business professional attire, and ensure that any other members of your family that may be visible during the calls, including pets, wear similarly appropriate attire.” Please oh please comply with putting dogs in the proper dress code: https://politi.co/2UDXEKW

Zoom is having a strong month: The video conferencing software Zoom announced it has 200 million (!) daily meeting participants now. Compared to: Its maximum daily average of 10 million in December. https://bit.ly/39G33Fo

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Ina Garten is doing juuuuust fine: 

 

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a phone call with conservative leaders.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

   

WHAT TO WATCH

11 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) held a press conference to give an update on the state’s coronavirus outbreak. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2UEjZIi

5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/39ETiHs

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. That feels obtainable even for those quarantining. 

And in the spirit of competition (well... and boredom), here’s a new sport involving cats: https://bit.ly/2UWmRPt

Looks fun, right?