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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Peaceful daytime protests devolve into nighttime violence | Sights and sounds across the country | DC sets curfew for 7 p.m. | Fires set near the White House | Reporters hit with rubber bullets | Tanker truck appears to drive through crowd | Trump slams Biden staff for donating for protesters’ bail | Biden meets with community leaders in Delaware | Senate returns | 7-year-old throws prom for his nanny



A weekend that will be written in American history books:



Peaceful daytime protests this weekend over the death of George Floyd devolved into violence each night as rioters and looters vandalized cities across the U.S.  

Important to remember about the protest coverage you’re seeing on TV: CNN’s Leigh Munsil pointed out, “Lots of reporters on the scenes are (rightly) reminding viewers that for many hours during the day, these protests were peaceful. The images of what happens during the night are important and urgent, absolutely, but remember the full picture.”  




It’s Monday. 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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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) just announced a 7 p.m. EDT curfew in the city tonight after violent demonstrations last night. 

From Bowser: “Every American should be outraged by the murder of George Floyd. I want to implore D.C. residents to think of ways to be part of the solution, not part of the destruction.”


On Sunday afternoon outside the White House: “It appears that there could be as many as 2,000 peaceful protesters occupying the street near Lafayette Park right now. The vibe is one of immense solidarity and unity.” (Via CBS’s Julia Boccagno 

The scene was ‘tense but peaceful’ around sunset: Via NBC’s Sahil KapurPhoto 

Wholes Foods boarded up: Photos from Popville 

Workers hurrying to board up the Farragut North metro station: Here’s a photo:

Livestream of last night’s protests

After dark — Cars set on fire two blocks from the White House

Yikes, this really does look like a war zone: Here is video outside the White House:

The images on television last night: 



Helicopters hovered over the White House: Video from NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell 

What the protests looked like from inside the White House gates: Via NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell: 

Fireworks were set off 

This morning — Secret Services officers cleaned the police shields: Here’s a photo from CNN’s Jeremy Diamond

The stack of police shields at the White House

Graffiti: “The aftermath of the dc protests last night includes some truly juvenile graffiti” (Via The Daily Beast’s Sam SteinPhoto: 

Iconic D.C. monuments defaced:

WHERE WAS President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE?:

Via The New York Times’s Peter Baker and Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanHillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Trump appeals to 'Suburban Housewives of America' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads MORE, Secret Service rushed President Trump to an underground bunker on Friday night. 

“Mr. Trump remained cloistered inside, periodically sending out Twitter messages like ‘LAW & ORDER!’ until the evening, when he went quiet. While some aides urged him to keep off Twitter, Mr. Trump could not resist blasting out a string of messages earlier in the day berating Democrats for not being tough enough and attributing the turmoil to radical leftists.”


An injured journalist in New York: The Wall Street Journal’s Tyler Blint-Welsh tweeted, “Lost my glasses and my ankle is in searing pain after NYPD hit me in the face multiple times with riot shields and pushed me to the ground. I was backing away as request, with my hands up. My NYPD-issued press badge was clearly visible. I’m just sitting here crying. This sucks.” 

A reporter was shot with rubber bullets on live television: This video has nearly 20 million views.

A Seattle journalist and photographer were assaulted: KIRO’S Jessica Oh tweeted, “My photographer and I were just physically assaulted, cornered in the parking lot of the mall by protestors who stole our mic and my phone. Please be careful out there.” Video of the scene 

This was surreal to watch live




A CNN photographer was injured in D.C.: CNN’s Josh Replogle tweeted: “I was supporting a CNN cam had my creds on police knew I was media. I was on the side out of the way trying to let cops pass me. police pinned me, an officer hits my knee with a baton while another officer had me pinned. I’m hurt but ok” Video 

A reporter apologized for his bad video shot: “A reporter apologizing to viewers that their shot isn’t good because he got tear-gassed. A lot of journalists making the industry proud tonight” (Via The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy BarrWatch


If you haven’t been following on social media — I’ve seen dozens, maybe hundreds, of powerful images, videos and stories of the weekend protests on social media, but here are just a few of the trending posts:  

A confederate monument was taken down: In Birmingham, Ala. Watch it happen 

A tanker truck appears to have driven through protesters in Minneapolis: The driver was arrested, and no injuries have been reported. The story from KMSP: Here’s video of the incident from the New York Times

Another vantage point: Here’s the traffic video showing an aerial view, via KSTP: 

Protesters shut down the 110 freeway in Los Angeles

A Vans store was looted: Here is video of police officers trying to stop people from stealing shoes. Watch — this video has over 3 million views so far

Outside 30 Rock on Sunday 

From actor John Cusack: “Cops didn’t like me filming the burning car so they came at me with batons.  Hitting my bike.  Ahhm here’s the audio ” Video 

A man brought a bow to combat protesters: This video has more than 15 million views. Watch


Trump slams the Biden campaign for donating bail money:

President Trump criticized campaign staff of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to host virtual Hollywood campaign event co-chaired by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling Trump plans to accept Republican nomination from White House lawn US seizes four vessels loaded with Iranian fuel MORE for donating money to help Minnesota protesters pay bail. 

Trump tweeted: “Sleepy Joe Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more. Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe. They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!”

This is an especially important moment for President Trump:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “The gravest civil unrest in half a century is piling pressure on a president who has usually been more adept at exploiting America’s divisions than healing them … For President Trump, the turmoil is the latest wave in the sea of troubles that now encircles his reelection hopes.” 

First: “The coronavirus crisis has claimed more than 100,000 American lives and is the worst public health disaster in a century. Widespread lockdowns in response to the threat of COVID-19 have catapulted the nation’s unemployment rate past the highest levels seen during the Great Recession a decade ago. Unemployment was at historic lows earlier this year.” 

And now: “Now racial tension — the deepest and rawest wound in American life — has exploded with greater velocity than at any time since 1968, a year that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, as well as riots during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.”

This is important: “The tensions and frustrations are further inflamed by the fact that minority communities have been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus and its related economic damage.” 

How this could play out


Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President Trump is strengthening his grip on the Republican Party as they head into the heat of an election season that Democrats want to make a referendum on Trump and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.”


We have mentally aged since the Senate was here last:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Monday will mark the first day senators are back in the nation’s capital since protests started last week, providing, in some cases, their first encounter with reporters, and each other, about what Congress’s and the administration’s response should be.”

Obama-era probes: “Senate Republicans are set to escalate two investigations into the origins of ‘Crossfire Hurricane,’ the name of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign.”

Nominations: “On the floor, McConnell has teed up five nominations, including Brian Miller to be the special inspector general for pandemic response.”  



Cases in the U.S.: 1,792,512 

Deaths in the U.S.: 104,435

Breakdown of the numbers

For context: This time last week, 1,646,495 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 97,794 Americans had died. 



Happening this morning — Biden is out and about:

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden is holding meetings today after the weekend of protests and unrest.  



Photo of Biden praying:

Photo of Biden meeting with a community leader

Happening at 1 p.m.: “Biden will have a virtual roundtable today at 1 p.m. with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, his campaign says. Usually it would be the president convening such key mayors.” (Via Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein


I’m coming with:





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

10:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence met with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations How would a Biden Justice Department be different? MORE in the Oval Office. 

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump holds a teleconference with governors, law enforcement and national security officials. Vice President Pence also attended. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. The Senate’s full schedule today


11:15 a.m. EDT: “Members of the SpaceX Dragon Crew join astronauts on board the International Space Station to hold a news conference hosted by NASA.” Livestream from C-SPAN 

11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoMarlee Matlin: 'Unfathomable' that White House doesn't have sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup New York may be undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing homes: AP MORE (D) held a news conference. Livestream

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


Today is National Olive Day.

And because we could really use a happy story to end on, here’s a 7-year-old boy who threw a prom for his nanny after her prom was canceled: 

The photos are adorable.