The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders drops out of 2020 race

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders drops out of 2020 race | Biden praises Sanders, appeals to his supporters | Signs for optimism in coronavirus fight | Officials face new dilemma | McConnell to move on $250B in small business aid | Dems seeks additional funds for hospitals, food assistance | Trump urges GOP to fight mail-in voting | How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus | What it's like to be pregnant during the outbreak | Breaking down TV pundits' home studios



Berning rubber on the way out:

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns Sanders: Police departments that violate civil rights should lose federal funding MORE (I-Vt.) is ending his presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination, making former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE the presumptive nominee to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal plan to contain Washington protests employs 7,600 personnel: report GOP Rep calls on primary opponent to condemn campaign surrogate's racist video Tennessee court rules all registered voters can obtain mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 MORE in November.

From Sanders: "Together we have transformed American consciousness as to what kind of nation we have become and taken this country a major step forward.”

"The path to victory is nearly impossible. While we are winning the ideological battle...I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today, I am announcing the suspension of my presidential campaign."  

Watch Bernie Sanders’s announcement — here’s the livestream:

Keep in mind: This is Sanders’s second failed attempt to defeat the Democratic Party establishment and win the nomination. 

His campaign emailed out:

Good point: “We went from wondering if would be a brokered Democratic convention to if there will be any Democratic convention.” (Via historian Julian Zelizer



Former Vice President Joe Biden posted on Medium: “Bernie has put his heart and soul into not only running for President, but for the causes and issues he has been dedicated to his whole life. So, I know how hard a decision this was for him to make — and how hard it is for the millions of his supporters — especially younger voters — who have been inspired and energized and brought into politics by the progressive agenda he has championed.”

To Sanders supporters: “I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country. I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You’re needed.” 

Read Biden's full Medium post:



“Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality It's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen MORE. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!”



Warren tweeted, “Thank you @BernieSanders, for fighting so relentlessly for America’s working families during this campaign. Your fight for progressive ideas moved the conversation and charted a path for candidates and activists that will change the course of our country and party.”



DJT is not a fan of expanded mail-in voting:

President Trump urged Republicans this morning to “fight very hard” against expanding mail-in voting.

Why: Trump says he fears voter fraud.

Trump tweeted: "Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason, doesn’t work out well for Republicans.”

What sparked this tweet: Wisconsin held its primary yesterday amid the pandemic. Democrats pushed for expanding absentee voting or postponing Election Day, but a court battle sided with Republicans. The full back story:



The president tweeted, “Once we OPEN UP OUR GREAT COUNTRY, and it will be sooner rather than later, the horror of the Invisible Enemy, except for those that sadly lost a family member or friend, must be quickly forgotten. Our Economy will BOOM, perhaps like never before!!!”


A congressman with COVID-19 is now ‘virus-free!’:

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), who tested positive for the coronavirus on March 18, says he is now “virus-free.”

How he is doing: McAdams said that he lost 13 pounds while he was in the hospital but is now “back to work.” 

McAdams told ABC News: “It hit me really hard. But I’m doing so much better right now. I'm virus-free. They told me I can be out of quarantine. I still am practicing social distancing and remaining isolated, but I'm doing so much better.”



Via NBC’s Josh LedermanPhoto:


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Cases in the U.S.: 399,979

Deaths in the U.S.: 12,912

Breakdown of the numbers by state:


Hospitals are running out of ventilator drugs:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, the scarcity of ventilators has been getting attention amid the coronavirus outbreak, but hospitals, especially in hard-hit areas, are struggling to keep the medications for patients on ventilators in stock.

Keep in mind: Ventilators are pretty much useless unless hospitals have the correct drugs to sedate patients. 

What types of drugs: “Those medications include opioids to kill pain, sedatives and paralytics.” 


Some good signs about the coronavirus crisis:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, emerging positive signs about the spread of the coronavirus are presenting a new set of challenges for health officials.

The good news: In Europe, the two worst hot spots, Italy and Spain, are beginning to cool, even though their problems remain severe. In New York, by far the worst-hit U.S. state, there has been a notable drop in new hospitalizations related to the coronavirus — even as the Empire State recorded its highest one-day death toll, with 731 new deaths, on Monday.” 

^ ICU admissions are down in New York, too: “Deaths are ... a grim lagging indicator of the spread of COVID-19. New admissions to intensive care units in New York have fallen sharply. Having run at a rate of more than 300 per day for the six days from March 29 to April 3, there were only 89 such admissions on April 6.”

The tricky part: “The danger, as far as public health officials see it, is of social distancing measures slackening too fast and allowing the coronavirus to establish a new foothold. A related dilemma is how to manage public expectations and behavior if people feel either that the nadir is past or that some worst-case scenarios won’t come true.” 

How this could play out:



Phase Four of coronavirus relief:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “pressure is building on Congress to pass another round of coronavirus relief legislation, but Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about what’s needed and how fast.”

It’s unlikely to pass before May: “Democrats want to move swiftly while GOP aides warn it’s unlikely a fourth bill will pass before May.”

What to expect:


Happening Thursday — to give more time to work on the next relief bill: 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump vows to campaign against Murkowski after senator's criticism Senate advances conservation fund bill, House introduces companion Paul clashes with Booker, Harris over anti-lynching bill MORE (R-Ky.) says he will ask for unanimous consent to give around $250 billion in additional small business aid to prevent more layoffs. 



Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'Scary' to see uniformed troops on steps of Lincoln Memorial Pelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker calls on Senate to confirm Michael Pack as head of US media agency McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump over treatment of protesters House Democrat demands answers from Secret Service about role breaking up White House protests MORE (N.Y.) are pushing for hundreds of billions of dollars for hospitals, state and local governments and food assistance.

Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement this morning: “As Democrats have said since Day One, Congress must provide additional relief for small businesses and families, building on the strong down-payment made in the bipartisan CARES Act.”


What members of Congress are up to:

The Hill’s Jordain Carney has an interesting report on what Congress members are up to during the outbreak:

“A farm. A bed and breakfast. A basement. Those are some of the places where lawmakers are trying to self-isolate, or at least socially distance, as they step up their efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outside the close, clubby quarters of Washington.” 

The full read:



What it's like to be pregnant during the coronavirus outbreak:

The Hill’s Judy Kurtz describes her pregnancy during the outbreak of COVID-19.

" ‘Leave your husband at home.’ That was the most jarring instruction my OB-GYN office delivered before one of my final appointments. I'm a few, short weeks from my due date and thankfully healthy. But the lead-up to the debut of our third child has been ... different.”

“As the OB-GYN receptionist gives me a heads up that I'll go through two screenings before I can enter the office, I'm tearing up on the phone. Of course, the policy makes sense — the hospital staff has to make sure I don't have any coronavirus symptoms before I enter.”

The full story — it’s worth reading:



This is so relatable: 


For all ‘The Office’ fans:



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

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke with House Republicans.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks with House Democrats.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a phone call with state, local and tribal leaders to discuss the coronavirus response.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence participate in a phone call with faith leaders.

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



5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream:



Today is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day.


Because we are ALL staring at TV pundits’ backdrops:

The Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Stiles published a review of television pundits’ home studios.

For example: NBC’s Kristen Welker won “Most Symmetrical. CNN’s Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump says he believes Scarborough 'got away with murder' Trump urges NYC to activate National Guard in response to unrest CNN's Cuomo reports 'funky stuff' in his blood work after COVID-19 recovery MORE won “Best Pillows.” CNN’s Brian Stelter won “Most Flagrant Stack of Books That Wasn't There Before.” 

The screenshots with superlatives:


And because you made it this far, here’s a cat who is really, really, REALLY sick of humans being home all day: