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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump gives an update on vaccine efforts | House returns | Cuomo extends stay-at-home order as 5 regions reopen | U.S. retail sales plunge by 16 percent | COVID-19 relief bill not likely before June | Burr scandal sends shockwaves through GOP | Trump allies don’t want Trump involved | Trump at Camp David this weekend | National Chocolate Chip Day

 

HAPPENING NOW

Let’s talk vaccines:

 

 

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 is set to give an update on a coronavirus vaccine from the Rose Garden. 

When Trump is scheduled to begin: Any time now. 

Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2LBxuTr

TIDBIT — THE NIH DIRECTOR EXPECTS LARGE-SCALE VACCINE TESTING BY JULY:

Via The Associated Press’s Lauran Neergaard, National Institute of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins said at least 4-5 vaccines “look pretty promising” and wide-scale testing could begin by July. https://bit.ly/2T9rRjD

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WHERE THINGS STAND

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,419,998

Deaths in the U.S.: 85,974

For context: This time last week, 1,259,777 tested positive for the virus and 75,852 Americans died.

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

NEW POLL — THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS SOCIAL DISTANCING HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY:

According to a new Gallup poll, “Fifty-eight percent of U.S. adults surveyed reported that they were either completely (17 percent) or mostly (41 percent) isolating themselves — a 17-point drop from a high of 75 percent during the week ending on April 5.” https://bit.ly/3cA5rjt 

The full pollhttps://bit.ly/369Pyhe

READ THE FULL DRAFT OF THE CDC’S REOPENING GUIDELINES:

https://cnn.it/2LtYowv

NEWS THIS MORNING

New data — the corona plunge:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “U.S. retail sales plunged more than 16 percent in April as COVID-19 and the measures to contain it closed thousands of stores across the country and derailed the economy, according to data released by the Commerce Department on Friday.” https://bit.ly/3dNDuEN 

The numbers: “Retail sales fell 16.4 percent in April from March’s total and 21.6 percent from April 2019 levels, stripping the U.S. economy of a critical source of growth. Consumer sales on the whole make up roughly two-thirds of U.S. gross domestic product, and the retail industry has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn.”

New York’s stay-at-home order is extended, but not for all regions:

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoOvernight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus Cuomo: New York City on track to start reopening week of June 8 MORE (D) extended his state’s stay-at-home order for regions that have not met the criteria to slowly start reopening. https://bit.ly/2WSbEjO

The regions that have met the criteria and can begin Phase One of reopening: Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley.

LATEST WITH CORONAVIRUS RELIEF

June is the new ‘right now’:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Striking a bipartisan deal over a new coronavirus relief bill is becoming increasingly unlikely before June with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO MORE (D-Calif.) at odds over additional legislation.” https://bit.ly/3dNDbtD 

Happening today: The House is expected to vote on a $3 trillion relief bill that has no chance of passing in the Senate. The bill is mainly meant to begin negotiations and allow members to vocalize their priorities. 

Timing of a potential next package: “The stalemate almost certainly ensures the House, Senate and White House won’t get an agreement on, and pass, another rescue package before the Memorial Day recess. Senators say that while they expect to pass something eventually, it probably won’t happen between now and next Friday when the recess begins.”

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Kayleigh McEnany is rocking the podium:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, “President Trump’s new press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has made her presence quickly felt at the White House, reviving the press briefing and taking on an outsized role in messaging the administration’s response to the novel coronavirus in the throes of an election year.” https://bit.ly/2AxhnEn 

How so: “McEnany, 32, possesses many of the qualities valued by her boss: She’s not intimidated by the media, she’s poised and good on television and she’s a vociferous defender of the Trump agenda.”

The positive: “Her early appearances have earned her accolades from communications experts, particularly for her careful preparedness and delivery.”  

The negative: “Critics have faulted McEnany for laying effusive praise on the president and offering misleading or exaggerated pronouncements.”

IN CONGRESS

Buzz, buzz, buzz, (Burr), buzz, buzz:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFISA 'reform': Groundhog Day edition Rubio: Coronavirus conspiracy theories could be used in foreign election misinformation campaigns Justice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein MORE (R-N.C.) sent shock waves through the GOP yesterday by stepping down as Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman amid a probe into controversial stock trades. https://bit.ly/3bEaZb3 

In the Republican Party: “While Republicans praised Burr for standing down and offered support for a colleague, they acknowledged the FBI’s seizure of Burr’s cell phone created difficult optics for Republicans battling to retain their Senate majority.”  

The ideal scenario for Republicans: “One Republican senator who requested anonymity to comment on the political problem created by the FBI raid said the best-case scenario would be for Burr to be exonerated by the Justice Department before the Nov. 3 election. The Republican acknowledged it looks bad for Senate Republicans as a whole but added that it would look worse if Burr resigned from office altogether.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ALLIES WANT HIM TO STAY OUT OF IT:

Via Politico’s Anita Kumar, “Donald Trump’s allies don't much like Richard Burr. But they'd prefer the president keep out of the criminal investigation of the senator … The reasoning, according to five Republicans close to the White House, is mainly political: Burr's home state of North Carolina is crucial to the Trump's electoral prospects in November. It's a key state Trump hopes to win again and the Republican Party is planning to hold its nominating convention there in August. Additionally, North Carolina's other senator, Republican Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits Tillis campaign releases first general election TV ad emphasizing 'humble' roots MORE, faces a tough reelection that is critical for retaining GOP control of the Senate.” https://politi.co/2z0SnEX

NOTABLE TWEETS:

On Capitol Hill:

 

 

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ON TAP:

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

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2AwN0xT

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the U.S. Space Force flag and signs an Armed Forces Day proclamation. This is closed to press. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting. 

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Camp David.  

5 ­– 8 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate returns. The Senate’s full schedule Mondayhttps://bit.ly/3dRsYwv

WHAT TO WATCH:

11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) gives an update on his state’s coronavirus efforts. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2WBihIx

Noon: President Trump delivers remarks from the Rose Garden on vaccine development. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2LBxuTr 

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2zFA0FE

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a Presidential Recognition Ceremony. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2zC0CaK

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day. And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Barbecue Day and Sunday is National Cherry Cobbler Day. What an American weekend.

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s a dog trying to convince its owner to stop working: https://bit.ly/3bGOtyF