The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump defends Michael Flynn in Twitter spree

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Another 3.8M file unemployment claims | Trump defends Michael Flynn in Twitter spree | Businesses worry about liability | Republicans’ optics advantage in returning to Washington | Pence visits Indiana | Dems confront Biden sexual assault allegation | Pelosi is ‘satisfied’ with Biden’s response | Dictionary adds ‘work from home’ abbreviation



Why Michael Flynn is making regular appearances on Trump’s Twitter feed:  


This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE tweeted his support for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, calling him a ‘war hero,’ after documents were unsealed in his criminal case. https://bit.ly/2SjvEKH

Trump tweeted: “What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States again!” https://bit.ly/2SotTMr

He also tweeted: “DIRTY COP JAMES COMEY GOT CAUGHT!” https://bit.ly/2W67R1W

More from Trump’s Michael Flynn tweetstormhttps://cnb.cx/2zKJAHq

Back story: “New documents unsealed late Wednesday in Flynn’s case [show] FBI agents debating how to approach Flynn for an interview in January 2017, when he was serving as White House national security adviser. In one handwritten note, an unnamed FBI agent asks whether it is their goal to ‘get him to lie.’” 

Read the FBI field notehttps://bit.ly/3f7zMrh

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You know I have to do this…:




These days, Thursdays mean more depressing numbers on unemployment claims:

Another 3.8 million Americans filed unemployment claims last week amid the coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2KS637v

For context: Over the past six weeks, 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,042,874 

Deaths in the U.S.: 61,187

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y



Free testing. Come and get your free testing:

Via CNN’s Madeline Holcombe, Los Angeles has become the first city to provide free, unlimited coronavirus testing to its residents. https://cnn.it/3cZi33e 

Do patients need to be symptomatic: Mayor Eric Garcetti said priority will be given to symptomatic residents, but asymptomatic residents can be tested, as well. 



Businesses are worried about liability:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano and John Kruzel, “The business community is pressuring the White House and Congress to shield companies from lawsuits as they seek to reopen, setting up a politically charged battle as coronavirus restrictions around the country are beginning to ease.” https://bit.ly/2KKVnHM

Expect to hear about this issue in the coming weeks: “The debate over liability protections has quickly emerged as a new sticking point as Congress weighs another round of coronavirus relief aid. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell says 'no concerns' after questions about health Overnight Health Care: Trump says he hopes Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare | FDA approves remdesivir as COVID-19 treatment | Dems threaten to subpoena HHS over allegations of political interference at CDC The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE (R-Ky.) has said the GOP-controlled Senate won’t pass a bill providing more assistance to state and local governments if it doesn’t include those legal protections.”  

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/2KKVnHM


Democrats are in the passenger’s seat:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis, “House Democrats are facing a disadvantage in the political battle over the coronavirus pandemic, with the one chamber controlled by their party delaying its return to Washington while Senate Republicans come back in session next week.” https://bit.ly/2KS70N7

The optics game: Even though Democrats are working on relief proposals and communicating with constituents virtually, Senate Republicans have the advantage of being in Washington.


Democrats are starting to confront the Biden allegations:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes, “Top Democrats are defending former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE against allegations made by Tara Reade, a former aide who says the then-senator sexually assaulted her in 1993.”https://bit.ly/2KLTXwL

For example — defending Biden: “Two powerful Democratic women – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a former rival to Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Stacey Abrams, a top candidate to be Biden’s running mate, have come to Biden’s defense, saying that women have the right to be heard but that they do not believe Reade’s allegations against Biden.”  

Where the Biden campaign stands: The campaign denied the allegations. Biden has not addressed the allegations himself.


Via Business Insider’s Rich McHugh, “A former neighbor of Joe Biden's accuser Tara Reade has come forward to corroborate her sexual-assault account, saying Reade discussed the allegations in detail in the mid-1990s.” The full storyhttps://bit.ly/2KIPLhk



Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2SnwCpl

This morning — Pelosi is ‘satisfied’ with Biden’s response:

In an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump predicts GOP will win the House Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | On The Money: Pelosi cites progress, but says COVID-19 relief deal might be post-election | Eviction crisis sparked by pandemic disproportionately hits minorities | Weekly jobless claims fall to 787K MORE (D-Calif.) said she is “satisfied” with how former Vice President Joe Biden responded to the allegation of sexual assault.

In Pelosi’s words: “I have great sympathy for any women who bring forth an allegation. I’m a big strong supporter of the 'Me Too' movement. I think it’s been a great contribution to our country. And I do support Joe Biden. I’m satisfied with how he has responded. I know him. I was proud to endorse him on Monday.”

Watch Pelosi’s full reactionhttps://bit.ly/3bTacUD

Interesting read — Justin wants to create A-mess:

Via Politico’s Tim Alberta, “Justin AmashJustin AmashEnergized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones MORE [I-Mich.] wants to destroy the system that created Trump: But critics fear his third-party White House bid will only serve to reelect the president.” https://politi.co/3ffAjrc 

Who is Amash?: An independent congressman who left the GOP last summer after clashing with President Trump and congressional Republicans. Earlier this week, he launched an exploratory committee for a third-party presidential bid. https://bit.ly/3f6J9HC


Oh. Yup. That’s him. — this is pretty cringeworthy:




The abbreviation for ‘work from home’ is now in the dictionary:



Watch the gif from Merriam-Websterhttps://bit.ly/2KM8kBd


By the way, here’s a list of the words Merriam-Webster added to the dictionaryhttps://bit.ly/2yT0enU


The House and Senate are back. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Indiana today.

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) in the Oval Office.

12:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Kokomo, Ind.

1:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tour the GM/Ventec Ventilator Production Facility in Indiana.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.


This morning: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2ygaCG5

This morning: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan State officials plead for more info on vaccine distribution plans Overnight Health Care: NIH chief: Trump has not met with task force in 'quite some time' | CDC reports 300,000 more deaths than expected this year | UK to start challenge trials for vaccine MORE (D) gave an update on his state’s COVID-19 response. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3f6I3vu 

1 p.m. EDT: The Senate’s pro forma session. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2Yo4M03 

2:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a roundtable discussion with GM and Ventec Life Systems employees. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3bQSiSL

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on senior citizens. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3aSEwxm


Today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. It’s also National Raisin Day. Justice for oatmeal cookies who always have to be associated with raisins. Even their holidays are combined!? 

And because you made it this far, here are puppies chilling in hammocks: https://bit.ly/2VOjRX2