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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 CuomoNew York City reports zero COVID-19 deaths for first time since pandemic hit Florida health officials agreed to receive remdesivir from New York before DeSantis dismissed offer Cuomo says Northeast will likely see rise in COVID-19 cases due to surge in other parts of country 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.

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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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

Deaths in the U.S.: 98,294 

Breakdown of the numbers 

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.




Via The Washington Post’s Robert McCartney, officials say the Washington, D.C., area will have adequate testing and tracing equipment by July.


This gives me the chills:

“Entrepreneur Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskHouse appropriators cut NASA's moon landing funds; will Senate do better? The Hill's 12:30 Report- Presented by Facebook - Trump threatens schools' funding over reopening NASA, China and the UAE are scheduled to send missions to Mars in July 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.”

What a stunning photo of the spacecraft

What the crew’s capsule looks like: Here’s a tour of the spacecraft, via The Science Channel. Watch 




What to know about the two astronauts on the mission: Meet Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley


Wednesday at 4:33 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Here’s the NASA livestream:



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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 BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE is planning to campaign with a risky economic argument against President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE

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:

If not North Carolina, then where?:

“Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRepublican National Convention attendees to be tested every day for coronavirus Trump to hold in-person fundraiser with wealthy donors in Florida Biden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June 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.” 

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.”


Doug Jones (D-Ala.)

Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate MORE (R-Colo.)

Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallySenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-Ariz.)

Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Republicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report MORE (R-Maine)

Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-N.C.)

Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle MORE (R-Iowa)

Kansas (Open)

Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Is Georgia reaching a tipping point? Democrats hope for tidal moment in Georgia with two Senate seats in play GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle MORE (R-Ga.)

Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate MORE (R-Mont.)

Gary PetersGary Charles PetersHealth care group launches M ad campaign hitting Trump in battleground states The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (D-Mich.) 

Reasoning for each


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.” 

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!:




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.”

The full thread


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 PompeoHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Amazon backtracks, says email asking employees to delete TikTok was sent in error Amazon asks employees to delete TikTok from mobile devices: report MORE.


This morning: NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineHouse appropriators cut NASA's moon landing funds; will Senate do better? NASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson Why the Trump 'Make Space Great Again' campaign ad went sideways MORE and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana held a press briefing ahead of tomorrow’s launch. Livestream

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestream 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on protecting seniors with diabetes. Livestream


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 service

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. Photo

And because you made it this far, here’s a bird helping its hedgehog friend cross the road: