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



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.

Including: A big case involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation 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:



"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)


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Trump says he has the power:

President Trump claimed he has the power to reopen states, not governors, amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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...."

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!"


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 FauciCNN's Burnett presses Navarro on hydroxychloroquine in combative interview: 'You're an economist, not a scientist' Overnight Health Care: Fauci says family has faced threats | Moderna to charge to a dose for its vaccine | NYC adding checkpoints to enforce quarantine Fauci says family has faced threats, harassment amid pandemic MORE to be fired.

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..."

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.



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.

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."

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 BidenGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Trump outraises Biden in July, surpasses billion for the cycle Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would 'gut' Americans With Disabilities Act MORE, has a welcome chance to unify Democrats and progressives around his campaign after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden 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 ClintonPence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE through the summer."

How this could play out:




Cases in the U.S.: 558,526

Deaths in the U.S.: 22,154 

Breakdown of the numbers:



'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 HabermanTrump appeals to 'Suburban Housewives of America' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads Does Donald Trump even want a second term? 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:

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)



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!"



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."

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:



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."

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



This is pretty impressive:



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



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.



This morning: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo to serve as National Association of Governors chair New York City adding 'key entry point' checkpoints to enforce quarantine Iconic NY columnist Pete Hamill dies MORE (D) held a press briefing. Livestream:

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

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



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