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IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Tune in for ‘Fridays with Don’:
This morning, President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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 BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill 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
Happy Friday! And Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers reading! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to firstname.lastname@example.org — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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NEWS THIS MORNING
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.”
REACTION FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP:
“Totally expected ... even the Democrats aren’t blaming me for that.” (From The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim) https://bit.ly/3fscqNf
WHERE THINGS STAND
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,259,777
Deaths in the U.S.: 75,852
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
CALIFORNIA IS STARTING TO REOPEN:
What to know, via CNN’s Jon Passantino: https://cnn.it/2YMNv0D
LATEST WITH CORONAVIRUS RELIEF
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 HarrisBiden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post Harris unveils 0M commitment to new global health fund Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam MORE (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) and Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Six Democrats blast Energy Department's uranium reserve pitch MORE (D-Mass.)
Read the “Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act”: https://bit.ly/2zlvRXg
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. 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 JohnsonLiberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes 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 GrahamTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles 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.”
HOW LAWMAKERS AND THE TREASURY ARE TUSSLING OVER IRS GUIDELINES OF THE RELIEF PACKAGE:
Via The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda: https://bit.ly/2WJwFNU
Free Munchkins for everyone!:
UMass-Lowell surveyed Massachusetts registered voters.
The full poll, including approval of local grocery stores: https://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 TrumpFormer aide sees Melania Trump as 'the doomed French queen': book If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham planning book: report MORE participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Op-ed: https://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 Monday: https://bit.ly/2WCTWRp
WHAT TO WATCH:
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: https://bit.ly/2WADOQt
1 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with congressional Republicans. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2AdOiOh
1:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion on the food supply. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2YJu352
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
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: