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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Cuomo rings the first opening bell since March 23 |  Stocks surge |  First manned U.S. space mission since 2011 |  How to watch tomorrow |  Biden plans risky economic argument against Trump |  10 Senate seats most likely to flip |  HBO Max set to launch with ‘Friends’ debut 



New show idea — ‘The masked governor’:




New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCardinal Dolan hails Supreme Court decision on churches, COVID-19 Cuomo blames new conservative majority for high court's COVID-19 decision Vaccine skepticism emerges as early test for Biden MORE (D) rang the opening bell this morning at the New York Stock Exchange which opened for the first time in more than two months. https://bit.ly/3bYFcC0

The markets opened with a surge of optimism: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 600 points, or 2.4 percent, while the S&P 500 rose 63 points, or 2 percent, rising above 3,000 for the first time since the early days of the pandemic.”

When the trading floor closed: March 23.

It’s Tuesday. 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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook


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State of Small Business Report: Insights from 86,000 businesses and employees


A new report from Facebook and the Small Business Roundtable looks at how small and medium-sized businesses are dealing with the impact of COVID-19  — and what they need on the road to recovery.

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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,665,852 

Deaths in the U.S.: 98,294 

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

For context: This time last week, 1,510,988 people in the U.S. had tested positive for the coronavirus and 90,432 had died. https://bit.ly/36y2ayY


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2A9zZtQ


Via The Washington Post’s Robert McCartney, officials say the Washington, D.C., area will have adequate testing and tracing equipment by July. https://wapo.st/3d7qdqW


This gives me the chills:

“Entrepreneur Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskOn the Money: Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up | Consumer confidence falls as COVID-19 rages | Grocery, retail workers urge reinstatement of hazard pay ahead of holiday rush Elon Musk passes Bill Gates to become world's second-richest person in Bloomberg rankings SpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station MORE’s SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending the U.S. space agency’s nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.” https://reut.rs/2X0ywz4

What a stunning photo of the spacecrafthttps://bit.ly/3c6U4hE

What the crew’s capsule looks like: Here’s a tour of the spacecraft, via The Science Channel. Watchhttps://bit.ly/3d4ZZFq 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3d2liHK

What to know about the two astronauts on the mission: Meet Bob Behnken and Doug Hurleyhttps://wapo.st/2MctZn7


Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. https://bit.ly/2LYjYcK


Here’s the NASA livestream: https://bit.ly/2X2PoFr



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*Cue Salt-N-Pepa* — ‘Let’s talk about the econ-o-my. Let’s talk about you and me’:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE is planning to campaign with a risky economic argument against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MOREhttps://bit.ly/2ywah2a

The Biden campaign’s criticism of Trump: “They plan to argue that Trump handled the pandemic poorly, is mishandling the economy, and that their candidate is the better leader to shepherd the country to a recovery.” 

How Team Biden plans to do that: “Allies say [Biden] will lean on his record in 2009, when he was a part of the Obama administration handling the recovery from the last big recession.”

The risk: “The economy was long seen as a Trump strength, and [Kenneth Baer, who served as a senior adviser in the Obama White House’s Office of Management and Budget] warned Democrats that an economic rebound could bolster the president again unless Biden is an effective messenger.” 


Via The New York Times’s Adam Nagourney, here’s what Biden and Trump could learn from Obama, McCain and 2008: https://nyti.ms/3eizOv5

If not North Carolina, then where?:

“Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielMichigan certifies Biden victory in another blow to Trump Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday GOP chairwoman leans into election claims: Party will 'run down every single irregularity' MORE said Tuesday that ‘a lot of states’ have offered to host the party's convention in August after President Trump threatened to move it from North Carolina.” https://bit.ly/2ZD8T93 

In McDaniel’s words: “The president is right to say to the governor, you need to assure us before we lock in all these hotel rooms and we bring all of this revenue to your state that you’re going to let us have this convention,” McDaniel said. “There’s a lot of states that are calling the president right now saying, hey, why don’t you bring that revenue to our state.

10 Senate seats most likely to flip:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood and Julia Manchester, “Five senators are staring down serious political danger ahead of the November elections ... Democrats are after four seats in particular – in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina – while Republicans are largely playing defense, but see an easy pickup opportunity in Alabama. A handful of seats in states like Iowa, Montana and Michigan are also showing signs they may be in play.” https://bit.ly/2XuAmaz


Doug Jones (D-Ala.)

Cory GardnerCory GardnerHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure MORE (R-Colo.)

Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyTrump nominee's long road to Fed may be dead end McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol McSally's final floor speech: 'I gave it my all, and I left it all on the field' MORE (R-Ariz.)

Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTwo more parting shots from Trump aimed squarely at disabled workers Trump transition order follows chorus of GOP criticism The Memo: Trump election loss roils right MORE (R-Maine)

Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisNorth Carolina — still purple but up for grabs Team Trump offering 'fire hose' of conspiracy Kool-Aid for supporters Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection MORE (R-N.C.)

Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Memo: Trump plows ahead with efforts to overturn election More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Peggy Noonan: 'Bogus dispute' by Trump 'doing real damage' MORE (R-Iowa)

Kansas (Open)

Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerTrump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races MORE (R-Ga.)

Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesRick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Mont.)

Gary PetersGary PetersRepublican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race Hillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (D-Mich.) 

Reasoning for eachhttps://bit.ly/2XuAmaz


Trying out that shiny, new, remote voting:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, “A revised surveillance bill will serve as an early test of the House’s new proxy voting system. The House is set to return to Washington on Wednesday for the first time since taking the historic step of allowing for members to vote remotely.” https://bit.ly/2XA95Dq 

When the Senate will return: On June 1.

Coronavirus relief: “The House is set to take up legislation to change the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to give small businesses more time to spend loans. The legislation would change the window from the eight weeks established in Congress’s third coronavirus relief package to 24 weeks.”

DeVos rule: “The House could potentially try to override Trump’s expected veto of a resolution rebuking a Department of Education rule that critics argue will hinder student loan borrowers' ability to seek loan forgiveness from predatory institutions, if they receive the veto message this week.”


Getting traction — oh … fun!:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2XmeAWo

For example: “A sheriff’s deputy bangs on your door at 10pm and tells you there’s a rocket test that night between 3-4am. Now, this is a mile from your house. And every previous rocket has blown up.” https://bit.ly/2XlVCPx

The full threadhttps://bit.ly/2XmeAWo


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

12:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in the new director of national intelligence. Vice President Pence also attends. 

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a teleconference with governors.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report MORE.


This morning: NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineWhat should Biden do with NASA and the Artemis Program? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden increases Electoral College win The Hill's Morning Report - Trump battles ballots; vaccine news boosts markets MORE and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana held a press briefing ahead of tomorrow’s launch. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2ZH5shJ

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

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on protecting seniors with diabetes. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2ZByNKn


Today is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day.

‘Friends’ fans, get excited!:

HBO Max is launching tomorrow. 

The fee: $14.99 per month

Programming to expect: “HBO Max will include all the shows and movies on HBO, plus a selection of high-profile licensed content, like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Rick & Morty and South Park.”  

Everything you need to know about the new streaming servicehttps://cnet.co/2ZBgSne

Skittles in black and white:

For Pride Month, Skittles is temporarily removing the rainbow coloring from its packaging. Why: “During PRIDE, only #OneRainbow matters,” Skittles tweeted. Photohttps://bit.ly/3gfmIk8

And because you made it this far, here’s a bird helping its hedgehog friend cross the road: https://bit.ly/2yxCjKH