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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tells governors he has power to reopen state economies

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump sets up clash with governors | Says he has authority to reopen state economies | Trump retweets call for Fauci to be fired | What sparked new tensions | Supreme Court to hear arguments by phone | Justices to make live audio public | How the pandemic is threatening Trump politically | Biden's plan to reopen US | Tornado watch for DC

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Attention, older Supreme Court justices. Please mute your audio:

The Supreme Court announced this morning that it will hear oral arguments by telephone conference next month. https://bit.ly/2RP44VN

Including: A big case involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE's financial records

When the court will hear cases: May 4-6, and 11-13

The list of 10 cases it will hear by phone: https://bit.ly/2RzaaJL

 

ALSO NEWSY FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT -- THE LIVE AUDIO WILL BE PUBLIC (!):

"Although the SCOTUS press release states that the live audio feed will be provided to the 'news media,' that feed will be made public. So for the first time the Court will provide real-time live audio of arguments." (Via @SCOTUSblog) https://bit.ly/2V7fAhg

 

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Trump says he has the power:

President Trump claimed he has the power to reopen states, not governors, amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://bit.ly/2XyUqtU

He tweeted: "For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect...." https://bit.ly/2xf9Bhf

And he then added: "....It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!" https://bit.ly/2RwZtHo

 

Don't pay attention to Twitter, Anthony. Nothing to see here.:

President Trump retweeted a tweet yesterday that called for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: CDC urges 'universal' indoor mask use when not at home | Pelosi bullish on COVID-19 relief | Trump largely silent on coronavirus as health officials sound the alarm Fauci warns US has not hit 'Thanksgiving peak' even as cases soar The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Fauci to serve as Biden's chief medical adviser MORE to be fired. https://bit.ly/3a5ISku

The tweet that Trump shared: "Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could've saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci..." https://bit.ly/34w7Ubn

He then tweeted: "Sorry Fake News, it's all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up," Trump tweeted, adding praise for the right-wing One America News Network. https://bit.ly/2yczi1M

 

WHAT SPARKED THIS RETWEET:

During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" yesterday, Fauci was asked if more lives would have been saved if social distancing guidelines were enacted sooner. https://cnn.it/3cbMumo

Fauci's response: "I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing, and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously, no one is going to deny that."

  

The tide is high, but he's holding on. He's gonna be your number one:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "the political tide in the coronavirus crisis is threatening to turn against President Trump, who faces what he himself has called the biggest decision of his presidency on how swiftly to recommend a reopening of a nation buckling under the pandemic's economic strain." https://bit.ly/2RORshp

For example -- his approval numbers: "Recent polls have shown public approval of his handling of the crisis ticking downward. His overall approval ratings have followed a similar trajectory, reversing the gains he made at the beginning of the crisis." 

Economically: "Trump could also be hurt as the true magnitude of the economic crisis begins to bite. Jobless figures released on Thursday showed an additional 6.6 million people had made new unemployment claims in the previous week, bringing the number of new claims over the past three weeks to around 16 million -- a figure without any remotely close precedent." 

And politically: "The political climate is also fragile and feverish, with the nation amid a crisis that is both fast-changing and unparalleled in living memory. Trump's presumed opponent in November, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE, has a welcome chance to unify Democrats and progressives around his campaign after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.) suspended his campaign. That could be another piece of bad news for Trump, who likely benefited in 2016 when Sanders took his challenge to eventual Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE through the summer."

How this could play out: https://bit.ly/2RORshp

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2V2ZYLB 

  

WHERE THINGS STAND

Cases in the U.S.: 558,526

Deaths in the U.S.: 22,154 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://nyti.ms/2VN1Vwg

  

GETTING TRACTION

'He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump's Failure on the Virus':

Via The New York Times's Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Giuliani has discussed possible pardon with Trump: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience MORE, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes, "an examination reveals [President Trump] was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response." 

The full report: https://nyti.ms/34vQknM

The theme: "A central theme of our reporting - some who were able to, or trying to, communicate the threat to the president had lost credibility with Trump for other reasons. Some people found themselves stymied when they tried to reach the president." (Tweet from The Times's Maggie Haberman) https://bit.ly/2V7XbAV

 

REACTION FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP:

The president tweeted, "The @nytimes story is a Fake, just like the 'paper' itself. I was criticized for moving too fast when I issued the China Ban, long before most others wanted to do so. @SecAzar told me nothing until later, and Peter Navarro memo was same as Ban (see his statements). Fake News!" https://bit.ly/3a2PEHO

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Joe Biden has a plan for reopening the U.S.:

Former Vice President Joe Biden published an op-ed in The New York Times, "My Plan to Safely Reopen America: An effective strategy to beat the virus is the ultimate answer to how we get our economy back on track." https://nyti.ms/2XxZTRQ

The gist: "First, we have to get the number of new cases of the disease down significantly ... Second, there needs to be widespread, easily available and prompt testing -- and a contact tracing strategy that protects privacy ... Third, we have to make sure that our hospitals and health care system are ready for flare-ups of the disease that may occur when economic activity expands again." 

Read Biden's full op-ed: https://nyti.ms/2XxZTRQ

  

IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Be prepared for severe storms today. Tornadoes are even possible.:

Via The Capital Weather Gang, "Fierce winds and severe storms likely in D.C. area Monday. Tornadoes cannot be ruled out." https://wapo.st/3ehCsCa

Including a wind advisory: A wind advisory is in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. with gusts up to 55 mph (!) 

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

This is pretty impressive:

Watch: https://bit.ly/2wxfx4C

 

It's a little hard to tell, but is the bunny buying carrot cake?:

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out.

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence led a teleconference with governors.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

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

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoBipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package Hundreds protest over NY bar owners arrested for coronavirus violations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates MORE (D) held a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2V2jVlD

2 p.m. EDT: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) gives an update on his state's coronavirus response. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3b6eS9w

5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2wzG6Gq

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peach Cobbler Day.

 

This is big -- here's the famous DoubleTree cookie recipe:

DoubleTree by Hilton just released the recipe for its famous chocolate chip cookies. The recipe: https://bit.ly/2RyElQZ

 

And to brighten your Monday, here's a dog that could double as a helicopter: https://bit.ly/2Rz1fIh