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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump threatens to withhold Michigan, Nevada funding over mail-in voting | All 50 states begin reopening | Connecticut becomes the final state to ease restrictions | Trump, Pelosi relationship worsens after ‘morbidly obese’ comment | Trump calls Pelosi ‘a sick woman’ | Dems weigh in on Biden VP pick | Pence visits Orlando | Meets with tourism leaders | Socially distant Memorial Day plans

 

IN CONGRESS

Oh, reaaaaally? You didn’t think calling the president ‘morbidly obese’ would bother him?:

 

 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) defended calling President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE “morbidly obese” when expressing her worry about him taking a controversial, unproven coronavirus treatment, saying she didn’t think Trump would be “so sensitive” about his appearance. 

Pelosi said during an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace: "I didn't know that he would be so sensitive. He's always talking about other people's ... weight, their pounds.”  

Pelosi also said: "I think he should recognize that his words weigh a ton. Instead of telling people to put Lysol into their lungs or taking a medication that has not been approved except under certain circumstances, he should be saying what your previous guest mentioned, things that would help people.”

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HOW TRUMP RESPONDED TO PELOSI CALLING HIM ‘MORBIDLY OBESE’:

When President Trump was first asked to respond he said, “I don’t respond to her. I think she’s a waste of time.”

But about five minutes later, in response to an unrelated question, Trump said: “Pelosi is a sick woman. She's got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems.” https://bit.ly/2zhwC3T

WHAT STARTED THIS SQUABBLE:

Trump started taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine that he has been touting as a coronavirus treatment, despite concerns over the unproven treatment. https://bit.ly/3gad9mD

Pelosi was then asked about Trump’s decision to take the drug: "I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say," Pelosi said. "So, I think that it's not a good idea." https://bit.ly/3dY2CsD

KEEP IN MIND:

President Trump’s declaration that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to guard against the coronavirus has drawn a swift backlash from health experts and stirred debate about how best to keep the president healthy amid the pandemic.” https://bit.ly/3e3iPg3

HOW PELOSI AND TRUMP’S RELATIONSHIP HAS SLID FURTHER INTO THE MUCK:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillishttps://bit.ly/2Zlsri5

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THE HILL EVENTS

Join us at our virtual economy event!

On Thursday, May 21 The Hill hosts Advancing the American Economy, a national virtual summit to discuss a responsible reopening of the US economy. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden rallies Senate Dems behind mammoth spending plan Mnuchin dodges CNBC questions on whether Trump lying over election Democrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer MORE joins Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackAl Eisele, founding editor of The Hill, dies at 85 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects MORE for a headline interview followed by an afternoon of discussions with leading CEOs and national health experts. Additional speakers to be announced. 

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WHERE THINGS STAND

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,532,212 

Deaths in the U.S.: 92,128 

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

For context: A week ago now, 1,371,395 Americans tested positive for the virus and 82,461 Americans had died. https://bit.ly/36hYP6T

All 50 states have partially reopened:

As of this morning, all 50 states have begun reopening their economies.  

The last holdout: This morning, Connecticut became the 50th state to ease restrictions. https://cnn.it/2LWE8nP 

Yes, but: States are moving at very different paces to reopen. Texas and Georgia, for example, are reopening quickly, while New York, California and Pennsylvania are moving at a slower pace. Details from CNNhttps://cnn.it/2LWE8nP

ADVOCATES SAY STATE REOPENINGS PUT NURSING HOMES AT RISK:

Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixelhttps://bit.ly/2TqXiWZ

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2zPkMhr

Lol, meanwhile in New Jersey!:

 

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HAPPENING AT 1 P.M. EDT

Sooo, what does our new digital reality look like?:

The Hill is hosting a virtual event on the shift to all things digital and the infrastructure needs to make that possible. https://bit.ly/36gRvIx 

Accommodating the new normal means an increased reliance on telecommunication networks and an accelerated digitalization of industries. Yet, digital literacy is uneven, as is basic access to the internet. How should policymakers approach the goals of coverage, access, affordability and capacity? 

Who is speaking:

- Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneBiden's keeping the Canada-US border closed makes no sense Biden administration stokes frustration over Canada Reducing compliance burdens for the beauty industry MORE (D-Wash.), Co-Chair, Women's High Tech Caucus

- Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, Federal Communications Commission

Michael Hinojosa, superintendent, Dallas Independent School District

Francella Ochillo, executive director, Next Century Cities

Jason Oxman, president and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council

Sign up for the livestream: It starts at 1 p.m. EDT. https://bit.ly/36gRvIx

AND HAPPENING TOMORROW — WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR ECONOMY:

The Hill is hosting “A National Virtual Summit on Advancing the American Economy.” 

Featured speaker: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Sign up for the virtual eventhttps://bit.ly/3fZPLb4

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

I’ll take away your funding, Michigan and Nevada! I’ll do it!:

President Trump threatened to withhold funding to Michigan and Nevada this morning over mail-in voting.https://bit.ly/2zQzjJU

Trump’s reasoning: Trump suggested it would encourage voter fraud.

IN MICHIGAN:

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) announced that all registered voters in the state would receive an absentee ballot. 

Trump tweeted: “Breaking: Michigan sends absentee ballots to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!” https://bit.ly/2ygvZHk 

^ Jocelyn Benson responded: “Hi!  I also have a name, it’s Jocelyn Benson. And we sent applications, not ballots. Just like my GOP colleagues in Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska and West Virginia.” https://bit.ly/2WQhljL

IN NEVADA:

The state is holding a mail-in primary election. 

Trump tweeted about Nevada: “State of Nevada ‘thinks’ that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, ‘I think’ I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury” https://bit.ly/2LKkNGa

Congratulations, Tiffany Trump!:

President Trump congratulated his daughter this morning for graduating from Georgetown Law. 

He tweeted: “Congratulations to my daughter, Tiffany, on graduating from Georgetown Law. Great student, great school. Just what I need is a lawyer in the family. Proud of you Tiff!” https://bit.ly/2yoifKU

BECAUSE THESE MADE ME LAUGH

 

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Fun fact: Did you know that Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge House clears .1 billion Capitol security bill, sending to Biden Senate passes .1 billion Capitol security bill MORE (D-Vt.) has actually made several cameo appearances in Batman movies over the years? Watchhttps://bit.ly/2AMrBko

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Democrats to Biden: ‘Aiiiight, so we have thoughts’:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, “Once bitterly divided over the crowded, raucous 2020 presidential primary, progressives and centrists, insurgents and establishment Democrats are now unified behind Biden, and they’re cheering his pledge to pick a woman as his running mate this summer.” https://bit.ly/36goxZh 

Yeaaaah, but…: “They just can’t agree on who that woman should be.”

SOME EXAMPLES:

“Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelDemocrats repeal prohibition on funding abortions abroad Investing in child care paves the way to a better economy Democrats introduce equal pay legislation for US national team athletes MORE (D-Fla.), co-chairwoman of the Women’s Caucus, is pushing her home-state colleague, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsThe Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Cuba, Haiti pose major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE, for vice president.

“Rep. Wm. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayLobbying world Ex-Rep. Clay joins law and lobbying firm Pillsbury Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges MORE (D-Mo.) wants ... Biden to select Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who Clay believes would help Democrats win the all-important swing state — and the White House.”

“Rep. Adriano EspaillatAdriano de Jesus Espaillat CabralHouse at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate NYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency The Memo: Harris, Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic divide on immigration MORE (D-N.Y.), a Hispanic Caucus member, said it’s critical that Democrats have a strong woman of color on the ticket, someone like Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarLatina lawmakers discuss efforts to increase representation The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 Migrant children at military bases: What is Biden doing? MORE (D-Texas) or Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE (D-Calif.).”

Other examples and how this could play outhttps://bit.ly/36goxZh

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Busted, senator:

 

 

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Lol, those refund descriptions:

 

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ON TAP:

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

9:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Orlando, Fla. 

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks with Westminster Baldwin Park Leadership about nursing home challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a conference call with the National Hispanic Community.

12:30 p.m. EDT: A roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2XdFShA 

1:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida breaks COVID-19 hospitalization record with more than 10,200 patients 'Freedom-loving' conservatives stoked latest round of infection and death Florida reports record 21,000 COVID-19 cases in single day, highest since start of pandemic MORE (R) to discuss reopening. 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D). 

WHAT TO WATCH:

10 a.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE held a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2AJBL5b 

11 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held her weekly news conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2AMhVq6

11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoUniversity of Michigan says all students, faculty, staff must be vaccinated by fall term Cuomo signs legislation making baseball the official sport of New York CNN's Cuomo tells restaurant owner: 'You sound like an idiot' for denying service to vaccinated customers MORE (D) gives an update on his state’s coronavirus response. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3g3HSS6 

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting an event, "The Vir{tech}ual World Ahead." Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3dLgfeB  

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable discussion with tourism industry leaders. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2ZjEqgg 

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

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Quiche Lorraine Day.

Cel-e-brate the holiday at home!:

Via Washingtonian’s Mimi Montgomery, here are a few ways to celebrate Memorial Day while social distancing: https://bit.ly/2ymBRyY

And because you made it this far, here’s a kitten that found the perfect place to nap: https://bit.ly/2LWHMy1