The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump calls into 'Fox & Friends'

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This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE called into “Fox & Friends.” About an hour beforehand, Trump let his Twitter followers know about his interview and to “enjoy.” https://bit.ly/3cgCx7B


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.” https://bit.ly/2YKz3GI

Trump said his valets will wear masks now: Keep in mind, one of his valets recently tested positive for the coronavirus. https://bit.ly/2WdpuhG

On Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report 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.” https://bit.ly/2L7WfGK

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.” https://bit.ly/3fuQhh6

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." https://bit.ly/2YMgFgG 

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." https://bit.ly/2yDIEEv 

Lol, this is pretty funny: Watch Trump’s message to moms on Mother’s Day: https://bit.ly/2SKCetW

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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). https://bit.ly/2WxAlC8 

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 Kimhttps://bit.ly/3fscqNf 


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2AbFyIj


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

Deaths in the U.S.: 75,852

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


What to know, via CNN’s Jon Passantinohttps://cnn.it/2YMNv0D


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.” https://politi.co/2ywz6LE

The three senators with the idea: Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report Maya Rudolph says she loves playing Kamala Harris on SNL: 'Feels like being on the side of the good guys' MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning MORE (I-Vt.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyTech CEOs clash with lawmakers in contentious hearing OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks MORE (D-Mass.) 

Read the “Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act”: https://bit.ly/2zlvRXg

Spotted: Senate Republicans pouring cold water:



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Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, Senate Republicans are not sold on sending another round of stimulus checks to Americans amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://bit.ly/2YKjG0Y 

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 JohnsonOvernight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand screening of foreign visitors Democrat announces 2022 bid for Ron Johnson's seat 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 GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights 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 Jagodahttps://bit.ly/2WJwFNU


Oh wow:



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Free Munchkins for everyone!:

UMass-Lowell surveyed Massachusetts registered voters.




Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2AaX8w4

The full poll, including approval of local grocery storeshttps://bit.ly/3fzAaif


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 TrumpSchumer calls Trump 'a moron' over coronavirus response Melania Trump gives rally remarks in rare joint appearance with the president The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Op-edhttps://bit.ly/2SLpfIL 

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 Mondayhttps://bit.ly/2WCTWRp


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! Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2WADOQt 

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with congressional Republicans. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2AdOiOh

1:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion on the food supply. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2YJu352


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: