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This morning, 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 called into “Fox & Friends.” About an hour beforehand, Trump let his Twitter followers know about his interview and to “enjoy.”


Trump said he hasn’t been tested for COVID antibodies: “No, I haven’t, but we’re getting that, and you know we’re leading in that too,” Trump said during a phone interview on “Fox & Friends.” “I will do that.”

Trump said his valets will wear masks now: Keep in mind, one of his valets recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE getting coronavirus testing: Trump said he would help presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden receive rapid coronavirus testing. “Yes, 100 percent. I would love to see him get out of the basement so he can speak.”

On the economy: “The third quarter is going to be a transition. Fourth quarter I think is going to be very good. And I think next year we’re going to have one of the best years we’ve ever had.”

On the killing of Ahmaud Arbery: "I looked at a picture of that young man. That looks like a really good young guy, and it’s a very disturbing situation to me. And I just, my heart goes out to the parents, and the family, and the friends." 

What Trump says he ‘learned a lot from Richard Nixon’: Reflecting on the Russia investigation, Trump said he learned from Nixon, “don’t fire people.” Trump continued: "I learned a lot. I study history. And the firing of everybody — I should’ve in one way, but I’m glad I didn’t, because look at the way it turned out. They’re all a bunch of crooks and they got caught." 

Lol, this is pretty funny: Watch Trump’s message to moms on Mother’s Day:

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It’s jobs day:

The U.S. has lost 20.5 million jobs in April as the coronavirus pandemic crippled the economy, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

The unemployment rate: 14.7 percent. For context, the unemployment rate in March was 4.4 percent. 

Just how big this number is — ugh: “April’s staggering job losses also shattered records for both the largest one-month decline in jobs — roughly 2 million in September 1945 — and the highest level of unemployment ever recorded by BLS, 10.8 percent in November 1982. The jobs lost in April alone are almost 2.5 times the 8.7 million jobs lost during the Great Recession and nearly equal to the 22.4 million jobs gained in the decade of recovery that followed.”


“Totally expected ... even the Democrats aren’t blaming me for that.” (From The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim 




Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,259,777 

Deaths in the U.S.: 75,852

Breakdown of the numbers


What to know, via CNN’s Jon Passantino


Democrats float $2,000 monthly payments:

Via Politico’s Burgess Everett, “A trio of Democratic senators are pitching a big idea: pay most American families thousands of dollars each month until the coronavirus’s economic crisis subsides.”

The three senators with the idea: Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Klobuchar on defense as Floyd death puts spotlight on record MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyBipartisan senators call for investigation of TikTok's child privacy policies OVERNIGHT ENERGY: New documents show EPA rolled back mileage standards despite staff, WH concerns | Land management bureau grants 75 royalty rate cuts for oil and gas | EPA employees allege leadership interference with science in watchdog survey EPA's Wheeler grilled by Democrats over environmental rollbacks amid COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.) 

Read the “Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act”:

Spotted: Senate Republicans pouring cold water:





Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Senate Republicans are not sold on sending another round of stimulus checks to Americans amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Who is on board: The White House and Democrats are on board with sending at least one more round of stimulus checks. 


From Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.): “Well people in hell want ice water too. I mean, everybody has an idea and a bill, usually to spend more money. It’s like a Labor Day mattress sale around here.”

From Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe Schumer: GOP should 'stop sitting on their hands' on coronavirus bill MORE (R-Wis.): “I wasn't a real big supporter of that in the first round. This isn't your classic recession.”

From Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Graham announces hearing on police use of force after George Floyd killing In a new cold war with China, America may need to befriend Russia MORE (R-S.C.): “The real stimulus that’s going to change the trajectory that we're on is going to be the economy, not government checks. So I doubt there will be another payment.”


Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda


Oh wow:




Free Munchkins for everyone!:

UMass-Lowell surveyed Massachusetts registered voters.





The full poll, including approval of local grocery stores


The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is visiting Des Moines, Iowa, today. 

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Des Moines, Iowa.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump: 'No reason for violence' in George Floyd protests CNN coronavirus town hall to feature science author David Quammen, 'Empire' actress Taraji Henson The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases social media executive order as a 'big day' for 'fairness' MORE participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Op-ed 

12:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with faith leaders to discuss how to hold safe religious gatherings. 

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

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate meets again. The Senate’s full schedule on Monday


12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. It’s nice seeing these on the daily guidance again! Livestream 

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with congressional Republicans. Livestream

1:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion on the food supply. Livestream


Today is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. For planning purposes, tomorrow is National Shrimp Day and Sunday is National Liver and Onions Day.

And because this is what we all deserve to see, here’s a family of pets posing for their holiday card: